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Inside the La Marzocco

February 15, 2019 Posted in: Brewing, Coffee
  Meet A La Marzocco Work Of Art If you’ve been in any of our cafes, you know we love our La Marzocco Strada espresso machines. They’re powerful, efficient, and empower baristas to pull tasty, balanced shots. But there was one machine we just couldn’t get along with. The internal parts kept breaking. Shots just... Read More

Pour Over Please

January 25, 2019 Posted in: Brewing, Coffee

We admit, pour over coffee can seem pretty weird. We all have a moment of shock and confusion when we see baristas slowly pouring water over a cone to make a single cup of coffee for the first time. Well, it’s not just to look cool. Pour over brewing actually has a big impact on the flavor of your coffee—a pretty significant impact—which is why it has become such a popular coffee brewing method in the last decade.

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Two Kenyan Coffees, from One Farm

November 19, 2018 Posted in: Coffee

October was a milestone month here at Amavida. For the first time ever, we received two different Kenyan coffees from the same farm—Nyeri Hill—and they taste very different. Nyeri Hill AA Nyeri Hill AB Their names are the exact same minus one letter. The packaging is nearly identical. They both are even sourced from the…

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The French Press Effect

November 7, 2018 Posted in: Brewing, Coffee

Coffee Bean Suggestions From Coffee Pros What’s different about making french press coffee compared to regular coffee pots? Does it work with any coffee, or are there specific coffees that taste better in a french press? We receive these two questions regularly in our cafes, so we thought we’d spill the beans in a quick…

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Let’s Talk Custom Tamps

June 23, 2018 Posted in: 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…

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Why We Paid In Goats For Our New Coffee: Burundi Nemba

March 15, 2018 Posted in: Coffee, Community

Sourcing specialty coffee is typically a fairly straightforward process, but every now and then you come across specialty coffee beans that you have to jump through some hoops for. Our latest offering, Burundi Nemba, was one of these oddities. We collaborated with Kickapoo Coffee to find and source this specialty coffee through a local Burundian exporter,…

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Renewing Prosperity With Project Congo

July 25, 2017 Posted in: B-Corporation, Coffee, Fundraising, Local

A better world is being formed out there – and we want to share it with you. We’ve sourced a fine coffee through Cooperative Coffees and the Muungano Cooperative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This 89-point offering has a lemongrass tingle, a deep dark chocolate flavor, and a pleasant bergamot acidity. But this coffee is…

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