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Tip of My Tongue Contest Results! (October Issue)

As you may have seen in our inaugural newsletter, the winner for our Tip of Our Tongue contest! If you didn’t receive our email, ahem, subscribe here!

If you’re not sure what the contest was, the jist of it was that we decided to include a 4th coffee in the October issue, however the coffee was unmarked. A mystery!

October 28, 2014
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10 differences Between Robusta & Arabica Coffee

Brewing Happiness

You may have noticed that some coffee bag labels brag about the fact that their coffee beans are 100% Arabica. Although it does sound like something magicians say, it isn’t gibberish – it refers to the type of coffee species in which the beans are from.

There are over 100 coffee species, however the two main ones that are widely produced and sold are: Coffea Arabica and Coffea canephora (also known as Coffea robusta).

Here’s a list featuring 10 differences between the two coffee species:

September 19, 2014
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How to Brew Cold Brew Coffee!

Summer might be fading but the best solution for your summer woes? Denial. Denial and cold brew. Toss on your favourite hoodie, start making some delicious cold brew coffee and pretend it's the middle of July.

Earlier in the year we went through how to brew iced coffee and reached out to our roaster partners with their favourite recipes to make iced coffee. Although cold brewing coffee does test your patience, it is a bit more popular than iced coffee because of the fact that the taste is so different and unique - the pronounced clarity and a serious reduction in bitterness. It’s a bit less acidic too because of the way it is (usually) brewed is hot-water-free.

September 15, 2014
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Does Coffee Fight Depression?

Brewing Happiness

Every Monday morning we understand the magical properties of a cup of coffee as it gives us that boost to get the week started. However, does drinking it do more for you and your taste-buds than what you originally anticipated? 

When we went to visit one of our featured roasters from the September issue, Propeller Coffee Co., outside of the front of their café/roaster was an entertaining sign that read: “They say money can’t buy happiness. We say money can buy coffee. And that’s pretty close. Happiness Brewing here.”

It got us thinking. We dug into some scientific journals to see if there were any studies out there that helped answer this question: Does coffee improve happiness?

September 08, 2014
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Win the September Issue! (4 are up for grabs!) #CoffeeTime

If you read our last blog post, we recently were nominated for the Canada Post eCommerce awards! Which is awesome! As mentioned, one way that you can help us win is through the consumer voting.

So! To help give you that extra incentive to vote for us, we decided to do a giveaway. We have The September Issue of The Roasters Pack which includes 3 packs of 4 ounces of freshly roasted coffee. 4 of them are up for grabs! Win 1 of the 4 and you'll have enough for over 35 cups of delicious coffee from small-batch Canadian coffee roasters.
September 05, 2014
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Canada Post Award Finalist + The Roasters Pack in the Media?

Woohoo!

We recently found out that we were one of the 3 companies who were selected as Finalists for the 2014 E-Commerce Innovation awards.

It’s unbelievable to us that service that we started 6 months ago is getting recognized. Every single day we’re striving to improve, so it means a lot to us to see others feel positively about what we’re doing as well.

August 26, 2014
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Cascara, the Coffee Cherry Tea with a How-To Brew Guide

Cascara Coffee Tea - Brewing
When the coffee cherry is processed to become the coffee bean that we know and love today, one of the key processes is the removal of the skin that surrounds the bean.

That skin on the fruit of the coffee cherry, also known as the coffee husk (‘husk’ or ‘skin’ translated in Spanish is Cascara, hence the name) is usually either a wasted product of coffee production or used as a fertilizer.

However it can actually make quite a tasty beverage.

 

August 04, 2014
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Kopi Luwak – 4 Reasons why it’s the Crappiest Coffee Available:

If you haven’t heard of Kopi Luwak, you might know it by what it’s most commonly called – “that cat poo coffee”.

It’s an Indonesian coffee product that has garnered a lot of attention specifically for the fact that a cat/raccoon like animal, the Asian Palm Civet, eats the coffee berry and digests it. From there the coffee is extracted from the excrement, roasted and brewed. Something that has been defecated ruins all preconceived notions of what should taste good - however it’s garnered the allure and the reputation of being the tastiest coffee available.

July 16, 2014
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