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Love in a coffee shop

Danielle sat at the square tables. Josh sat at the circle ones. That was in elementary school over a decade ago. Fast forward to one night in late November last year and he's on one knee next to 'their table' in our Kirkwood cafe.  I invited Danielle and Josh to Kirkwood to get to know them more and their story together. We sat at their table in the back corner of the cafe drinking coffee. Danielle works an early childhood teacher and Josh is a customer service rep. "We had gone to school together since elementary school and kind of ran in different circles," Danielle said. "In college we had a class together, public speaking, so it was nice and...

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Tyler visits decades of rich coffee history in El Salvador

Join us as Tyler presents this Friday at 3:30 p.m. in our Roastery on his experience below in El Salvador & Nicaragua. More info: Tyler Zimmer, our green coffee buyer is in El Salvador visiting our coffee producers this week. He sent us this note from the farm.  This is my first trip to El Salvador and I'm extremely excited to be able to visit. El Salvador is unique for a few reasons in Specialty coffee.  For one thing, unlike most of the South and Central American coffees, El Salvador hasn't given in to the hybrid varieties that much of Latin America has. Catmor is a variety that is a hybrid of Caturra and Robusta. While it cups as an...

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Sweet Bolivia Bolinda has arrived

It's been almost three years since we have offered a single origin Bolivian coffee, but once you try this one, you'll see why we're featuring it. This coffee was produced by smallholder farmers from the community (or "colonia") of Bolinda, which lies in a steep mountain valley about 10 kilometers outside the town of Caranavi. The colonia was was founded 52 years ago and used to be known as "Bolivia Linda" or "Beautiful Bolivia." After much deliberation, the community's residents decided to change its name to Bolinda, and it is now one of the larger settlements in the area. 

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