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Lion's Head Impact
  • by Ben Magee

Lion's Head Impact

Several years back, just about the time we launched our coffee company, I had a dream. In this dream, I was on a train going through an abandoned town like after a war, with industrial buildings. As I was passing...

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The Fruit Behind Your Favorite Brew
  • by Ben Magee

The Fruit Behind Your Favorite Brew

When you think of coffee, you likely picture a steaming cup of dark, aromatic liquid. But did you know that coffee actually comes from a fruit? The journey from a tropical fruit to the familiar beverage in your cup is...

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Bishan Dimo Coffee: A Specialty Brew from Ethiopia
  • by Ben Magee

Bishan Dimo Coffee: A Specialty Brew from Ethiopia

Bishan Dimo coffee is a high-quality, specialty coffee originating from the Bishan Dimo village in the Guji zone of Ethiopia. Known for its unique and vibrant flavor profile, Bishan Dimo coffee showcases the rich heritage of Ethiopian coffee cultivation. Origin...

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The Purpose of the Plastic Valve on Coffee Bags
  • by Ben Magee

The Purpose of the Plastic Valve on Coffee Bags

If you've ever bought a bag of freshly roasted coffee, you might have noticed a small plastic valve on the packaging. This valve plays a crucial role in maintaining the quality and freshness of your coffee. Here’s why it's there...

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How to Tell When Grocery Store Coffee is Fresh Versus Stale
  • by Ben Magee

How to Tell When Grocery Store Coffee is Fresh Versus Stale

Identifying fresh coffee from stale coffee in grocery stores can significantly enhance your coffee experience. Here are some tips to help you determine the freshness of coffee. Check the Roast Date The most reliable indicator of coffee freshness is the...

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The Benefits of Coffee
  • by Ben Magee

The Benefits of Coffee

Coffee is not just a beloved beverage; it's also packed with numerous health benefits. From enhancing mental alertness to providing essential nutrients, coffee offers several advantages that go beyond its rich flavor and energizing properties.   1. Boosts Mental Alertness...

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The Coffee Tasting Wheel: A Guide to Flavor Exploration
  • by Ben Magee

The Coffee Tasting Wheel: A Guide to Flavor Exploration

The coffee tasting wheel is an essential tool for coffee enthusiasts, roasters, and professionals, helping them describe and analyze the intricate flavors and aromas found in coffee. Developed by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) in collaboration with World Coffee Research...

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The Art of Espresso Roast Coffee
  • by Ben Magee

The Art of Espresso Roast Coffee

Espresso roast coffee is a distinct type of roast designed specifically for brewing espresso. This style of roasting enhances certain flavor profiles and characteristics to create the bold, concentrated coffee that espresso lovers adore. Characteristics of Espresso Roasts 1. Roast...

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The Importance of Terroir in Coffee
  • by Ben Magee

The Importance of Terroir in Coffee

Terroir, a term often associated with wine, plays a crucial role in defining the unique characteristics of coffee. It encompasses the environmental factors that influence the growth and development of coffee plants, including climate, soil, altitude, and geography. These elements...

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Does Your Coffee Have Gas
  • by Ben Magee

Does Your Coffee Have Gas

When discussing coffee, most people focus on its flavor, aroma, or caffeine content. However, there's an intriguing aspect of coffee that often goes unnoticed: the gases it releases. Understanding these gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), can help coffee enthusiasts appreciate...

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The Oromo People of Ethiopia and Their Connection to Coffee
  • by Ben Magee

The Oromo People of Ethiopia and Their Connection to Coffee

The Oromo people, one of Ethiopia's largest ethnic groups, have a deep-rooted connection to coffee, both culturally and historically. Believed to be the first to discover the stimulating effects of the coffee plant, the Oromo people have a rich tradition...

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