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How to Cup Coffee, According to the U.S. Cup Tasting Champion

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How to Cup Coffee, According to the U.S. Cup Tasting Champion

This week, we're cheering on our resident cup tasting legend Jake Donaghy as he heads to the World Cup Tasting Championships in Athens, Greece! Jake's journey from Olympia Coffee roaster and green coffee buyer to U.S. Cup Tasting Champion has been a wild and exciting ride for us, to say the least. For those following along, you might be thinking, "Wow, what a pro!" You might also be thinking: "How can I get this kind of tasting experience for myself?" Or, possibly: "What's with all the slurping?" Whatever your questions, Jake's here to help answer them! In this quick video,...

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Origin Week: East Africa

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Origin Week: East Africa

Over the next few months, we'll be taking some time here and there to highlight coffee themes we find intriguing, informative, and inspiring—and, y'know, just straight-up fun. So, to start off: welcome to Origin Week, where we're focusing in on some of the countries and regions of origin that produce the coffees we love so much. Beginning, appropriately, with where coffee started: East Africa. Nestled among the picturesque landscapes and fertile soils of countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Burundi, the coffee of East Africa has earned a distinguished reputation for distinctive flavors and unparalleled quality. The region's centuries-old coffee industry...

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Stirring It Up, Part 2: A Competition-Crushing Coffee Cocktail

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Stirring It Up, Part 2: A Competition-Crushing Coffee Cocktail

Let's be clear: one does not simply walk into the Coffee in Good Spirits competition and come away a winner. To do that, our very own Sam Schroeder had to conjure up some seriously magical coffee cocktails. And none more fantastical than this one: a veritable unicorn of a drink, served up in an iridescent ice cream cone with a pearly bubble—a BUBBLE—on top. For competition, Sam called this cocktail the "Kenya Crush" and used our Ichamama AA, a coffee perfectly suited to deliver a balancing act of refreshing, grapefruit-like bitterness and floral stone-fruit sweetness. But any coffee of a...

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Stirring It Up: Make Sam's "Hot Mama" Cocktail at Home

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Stirring It Up: Make Sam's "Hot Mama" Cocktail at Home

Our co-founder Sam Schroeder returned from Portland with a shiny first-place trophy from the U.S. Coffee in Good Spirits Championship... and half a mind to take a couple days off after a very long weekend. So, after some well-earned rest, he was gracious enough to meet us back in our Training Lab to chat about what’s next at the World stage of this competition. And to make one of his winning cocktail recipes: a custom creation that he's whimsically dubbed the "Hot Mama." For competition, Sam was tasked with mixing up three cocktails: two of his own creation, one hot,...

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Cupping with Jake: Coffee Tasting with a Cup Tasters Champion

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Cupping with Jake: Coffee Tasting with a Cup Tasters Champion

What's it like to be the Cup Tasters Champion in the United States? For Jake Donaghy, it's back to work as usual... but with the fun memories of Portland to take with him, and even more excitement ahead to look forward to."I just wanted to go and have fun and see friends and meet people," he admitted of his reasons for entering the competition. "But I ended up winning."As the reigning cup tasting champion in the U.S. division of SCA, Jake now advances to compete on the world stage, which will unfold in Greece in June of this year. How's...

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