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This is a good story and we are only on the first page

Today a team from TriBeCa Coffee Company will head to Kilimanjaro to both build a dairy for a woman farmer who produces amazing organic coffee on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and, in celebration of woman in coffee, will also be climbing Kilimanjaro and brewing Kilimanjaro coffee on the summit. They’ll not only be continually updating their social media feed, but will also have a live tracker that people can follow to see exactly where they are! Starting on the 12th of March to the 24th of March. Of the world’s estimated 1 billion poor, 70% are women. Women own less than 1% of the world’s titled land. The World Bank estimates that more than 500 million people throughout the world are dependent on coffee for their livelihoods, and of that number, 25 million are coffee farmers. Unfortunately, coffee farmers typically live and work in substandard conditions, which are compounded by the fact that they receive only a small percentage of the actual price for which the coffee is sold to the consumer. Women, who represent …

From a farm in Ethiopia to a Rocky Mountain bike trail

I’m sitting on a summit 6500′ above sea level where the Rocky Mountains of Canada meet the Columbia range. Surrounded by postcard views and staggering cliffs, I take in the crisp alpine air and turn my attention to the bag of carefully roasted beans I had stashed in my pack. Coffee is beautiful. I am reminded of this every time I open a new bag. These beans are more than vessels for caffeine, they have a story, and a purpose. The label on the bag can tell me where they came from, but how did they end up here? As I run my fingers over their smooth, chocolatey skin I like to think about all the hands involved in bringing these beans to my cup. I try to picture the faces of the people who planted the seeds and watched them grow into trees, then carefully harvested, sorting through rows upon rows of plants using calloused and cracked fingers to delicately select only the ripest cherries. For the farmers growing coffee, these beans are more …

How to find high quality coffee beans

From their aroma to their natural taste – there is quite simply nothing I enjoy more than a delicious, high-quality coffee bean. From the second I smell one, I simply cannot wait to get the product of it in my favorite coffee mug. But, these high-quality coffee beans can often be like gold… It is a beautiful hidden treasure, but, that means you have to go searching for it. And, that is not always the easiest task. However, I will tell you that the joy of finding some of the best, high-quality coffee beans is well worth the search. So, why waste any more time? Here are a few tips on how to find high-quality coffee beans: What do I look for? Look at the place of origin Anybody can label their coffee with a seal claiming great quality and service, but only those who really care about the pure essence of their coffee beans will be bold enough to list the variety, farm, or country of their coffee bean’s origin. A good, high-quality coffee …

How one man went from instant to grinding beans at home

Just over a year ago I was talking to a friend of mine about coffee. At this point in my life I enjoyed a coffee from @homecoffeesouth. The coffee is always of great quality and the staff are always on hand to talk about the one thing they love the most… COFFEE !! As my friend and I continued to talk, we agreed on one thing… how difficult it can be to enjoy quality coffee at home. We all have a jar of instant coffee at home but I wanted something better, something special, made with love and on a daily basis. This is where my coffee journey began. My friend recommended an online coffee company called @pactcoffee. Now, they are one of many companies offering coffee delivered to your door but I can only talk about these guys. They trade directly with farmers all over the world. That means they source the best coffee in the world while ensuring unbeatable pay for their farmers. I started with a different bag of ground coffee being …

Banana bread

One of my favourite childhood memories is my mom’s banana bread. Let’s bake some of my childhood, shall we? Love you mom. Ingredients: For the bread: 3 medium-to-large very ripe bananas 1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, melted 3/4 cup (150 grams) brown sugar (I use dark here; either light or dark work) 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup (about 180 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips 1/2 cup chopped walnuts For the rum caramel sauce: 1 1/2 tablespoons rum 2 tablespoons milk 3 ½ tablespoons heavy cream 1/3 cup (75 g) granulated sugar 25 g butter pinch of salt For the mascarpone frosting:  250 g mascarpone 1-2 tbsp powdered sugar (or to taste) ½ cup heavy cream Instructions:  For the bread: Heat your oven to 180°C. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan (23 x 13 x 6 cm), or spray it with a nonstick baking spray. Mash bananas in the bottom of a …

How about some coffee in New York?

“Welcome to New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do.” These words perfectly describe New York. Perfectly describe the coffee scene. Perfectly describe the people there. I have had the massive privilege of travelling to the amazing New York City twice in the past six months. I have experienced, seen and tasted so much awesomeness that it only seems fair that I share such experiences with you. If you are a coffee lover, love experiences and want to know where to get the best cup in the Big Apple, then this article is for you. I first want to preface this article by telling you what the coffee scene is like in this City. One word comes to mind: explosive. Absolutely explosive. I was in the city for over three weeks and every day I made it my mission to visit at least two to three stores a day. I wanted to meet baristas, I wanted them to make and tell me about their coffee and take some nice …

10 Excellent Gifts for Coffee Lovers

Finding a good gift for someone can often be pretty difficult. If you know someone who is a big fan of coffee, however, the task can become a lot easier. That’s because there are so many amazing gift options out there for people who adore the caffeinated beverage to bits. If you want to make an important coffee lover in your life smile, these 10 gift options should definitely do the trick for you. Shopping for coffee enthusiasts can be easy. They often don’t care much about apparel design and expensive bags. They just love their daily cups of joe! Maple Bacon Coffee There are many adventurous coffee lovers in this world. There are also quite a few interesting and quirky coffee flavor options out there. If you want to please your number one coffee lover, consider giving him or her some maple bacon coffee. The combination of maple and bacon may sound odd but is actually a favorite among many people everywhere. It’s a wonderful A.M. coffee option, too. Candy With Caffeine People who …

How to drink coffee… like an Italian

What could be better than enjoying a coffee… in Italy? Knowing what to order, and how (and when) to drink coffee like an Italian! That’s because Italian coffee isn’t like coffee in the United States or anywhere else. Even the names don’t mean what you might expect. Take a story we heard from one traveler to Italy. Since she was familiar with the “Italian” lingo of coffee from Starbucks, she thought she was all set when she arrived in Italy and, proudly, ordered a “latte.” The server looked at her funny. “Latte? Caldo o freddo?” (Hot or cold?). She spoke a little Italian, so it was her turn to look at him funny: “Caldo, of course!” she said. He disappeared for a moment, came back, and handed her a cup of exactly what she’d asked for—hot milk. Don’t want that to be you? Then it’s worth knowing a little bit about coffee in Italy! Here are some starting tips. A “bar” is really a “cafe” The number of places labeled “bar” in your average Italian city would make you think all Italians have a …

How to make your coffeeshop a catalyst for change

“Learn to make coffee, make coffee, chat, drink coffee, chat, change the world.” That pretty much sums up what it’s like to be a Green Bean at Vintage Coffee. But it is so much more that! Green Beans are an important part of who we are and what we do at Vintage. Vintage Coffee is driven by a simple, yet radical mission: to add value to our city one cup of quality coffee at a time. We actively do this by, firstly, giving a portion of our profits to different non-profit organisations every month and, secondly, by supporting four orphans by means of an established trust fund. Vintage Coffee started because we saw a need in our community and wanted our business to be a catalyst for change.  Consequently, we are a for-profit business that benefits non-profit organisations in and around our city. Vintage Coffee has found a way to give back to the community in the hopes that the profit donated will add value to the non-profit organisations, which will, in turn, add value …

Here’s why your next holiday needs to be to Vietnam

Viet Nam, a diverse Southeast Asian country bordering Cambodia, Laos, and China, has a lot to offer to a curious traveler, with the sprawling Mekong River Delta and non-stop rhythm of Saigon in the South, relaxed rural pace of Hoi An in the country’s center, and the stunning landscapes surrounding the capital, Hanoi, in the North. Charting a course from the South to the North, let’s embark on an in-depth exploration of this fascinating country, with stops below serving as guideposts to your own journey. South Vietnam: The energy, youth, and future of Viet Nam is here, in Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City). So is the foreign investment, the startups, and the momentum. The city is on fire and does not stop; there are more motorbikes than people in this metropolitan of more than 8 million – cross the roads at your own risk! The city is divided into 24 districts. Most visitors stay in Districts 1 and 2, but a more authentic experience awaits outside of this overdeveloped, backpacker-friendly scene. Districts …