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Navigating Coffee Sourcing Part II: Quality

April 22, 2020 Posted in: Coffee, From the Director of Coffee, Sourcing
A Closer Look At Coffee Quality This is a Continuation of my first blog, “Navigating Coffee Sourcing Part I: Coffee Pricing”. I suggest taking a look at that before diving into this second section, to give a clearer outlook of the overall chain between grower and consumer. Here we are taking a closer look at... Read More

Navigating Coffee Sourcing Part 1: Coffee Pricing

Often times, I am faced with a hard nosed truth: most people just don’t care about where there coffee comes from. As Director of Coffee, someone whose job is literally to care about where coffee comes from, it can be a hard pill to swallow. But for many westerners, it’s simply a part of their... Read More

Let’s Talk Custom Tamps

June 23, 2018 Posted in: Barista Favorites, Cafes, Coffee
Baristas in specialty coffee, though outfitted with a high level of craftsmanship, work some early hours, wear a lot of hats in cafes, and are generally over-caffeinated (yes—it’s possible). We wanted to dedicate a blog to honoring our hard-working, highly skilled baristas by highlight a fun way we love to give back: custom tamps. The... Read More

Staff Favorite: Hario V60

October 24, 2016 Posted in: Barista Favorites, Brewing, Coffee
My alarm goes off. I get out of bed. What’s my first thought? Oh yes, start boiling water so I can brew my morning coffee. That’s how I start most days, making a delicious cup of coffee with my Hario V60. In my mind, there’s no better way to brew a single cup of coffee... Read More

Cooperative Coffees: A Coffee Family

October 5, 2016 Posted in: Coffee, Community, Sourcing, The Amavida Family

When you think of what a family is, what is your first initial thought? Maybe your mom, dad, a sister or a brother? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines family as a “specific group of people that may be made up of partners, children, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.” Although there are many definitions of what…

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Discovering the Chemex

April 7, 2016 Posted in: Barista Favorites, Brewing, Coffee

What is a Chemex? And how exactly does it work with coffee? About a month ago, I had absolutely no idea what this glass teepee-shaped device was nor how it worked, until a fellow co-worker showed me. He was preparing a Chemex demonstration for a local group at our cafe in Rosemary Beach one day….

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Espresso Cortado

February 15, 2016 Posted in: Barista Favorites, Coffee

Sometimes going to a café can be rather overwhelming. There are a ton of drinks that are titled “Traditional” but often more than not, there’s no information on these drinks unless you ask for it. Even then there’s more confusion because coming from a standpoint where you don’t know what anything is except that coffee…

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Nitro Cold Brew

January 25, 2016 Posted in: Cafes, Coffee, From the Director of Coffee

I am sharing my thoughts on a new coffee product that is taking the coffee industry by storm: nitrogen infused cold brewed coffee. My initial impression was…skepticism. Seriously? Coffee enthusiasts must just be running out of ideas. I was going to need a lot of convincing. I mean, we’re all accustomed to the ebb and…

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Duo Coffee Steeper Review

October 12, 2015 Posted in: Barista Favorites, Brewing, Coffee, Tea

A coworker of mine recently purchased Fellow’s Duo Coffee Steeper. The brand new product, funded by a Kickstarter campaign (which recently became a B Corp), was very limited and is already completely sold out. They went unbelievably fast. Now, I’m here to share my experience with the shiny temptress herself, the Duo Coffee Steeper. The Duo brews…

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Martin Trejo’s Latte Art

February 13, 2013 Posted in: Art, Brewing, Cafes, Coffee, From the Director of Coffee

Martin Trejo is Amavida’s Training & Development Coordinator and, boy, is he impressive! This guy can whip out flawless rosettas, hearts, and tulips with a smile on his face. We’re happy to have him. Check out this video of his latte art and see pictures below.   Thanks for reading!

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Clean Water Projects – Life Changing Work

To all, Mexico is amazing. Working on clean water projects is even more amazing! This is my first blog post and it is little intimidating, because I do not consider myself a great writer. Please indulge me as I express some of my views and feelings about our travels, growers, community, environment, and the wonderful... Read More
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