Saturday, April 8, 2017

Most Popular Coffee Beans From Around the World

In this world there are so many choices of the finest Arabica coffee. Have you ever wondered what everyone else is drinking? Here at, we have broken ten of these of our most popular coffees down for you. However, since flavor preferences vary from person to person, these coffees are listed in no particular order. Some may love the bitterness of Sumatra Black Satin, while others may prefer a nutty Burundi AA Kirimoro. Whatever you are partial to, there is certainly something that will exceed your expectations.

Why wouldn’t this coffee be one of the most sought after? After all, Ethiopia is where coffee originated. It will forever be marked as the world’s first coffee growing territory. This coffee has a sweet earthy flavor and a mild floral aroma in a strong full-body. Hints of toasted coconut and hazelnut will linger on your taste buds.
This luxurious gourmet coffee is raised in the Yirga Cheffe sector of Africa at 5,800 to 6,600 feet above sea level and wet-processed. Each bean is meticulously hand-picked making this coffees’ quality stand out amongst all others. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans undergo a 72-hour fermentation process so the sugars in the coffee fruit are taken in, producing a more robust richness as opposed to dry-method coffee treatments.

The only coffee grown in the United States flourishes on the lush hillsides of the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. An altitude between 800 and 2,500 feet above sea level and rich volcanic soil provide an optimal environment for producing a well-balanced, full-bodied roast.

The perfect combination of sunlight, shade, and rain make Hawaii Kona the chief producer of any other Arabica coffee in the world. In addition, more than 600 farmers handpick, wet-process, and sun-dry the beans in order to sharpen production. Hawaii Kona must follow the strictest requirements and topmost wages around the globe.
Hawaii Kona is an outstanding balance of rich, but elegant flavor with hints of sweetness. Often described as “buttery,” this coffee is smooth with fruity undertones and a complex aromatic finish.

One of the finest supreme coffees, Kenya AA is grown near the origination of coffee. It’s no wonder it ranks so high on the list of the most superior coffees in the world. AA beans have a pleasant acidity and a strong heavy body. The aroma is floral and rich while the winey flavor provides a nice complement to the citrus and berry overtones.

Kenya AA coffee is grown in elevations between 4,900 and 6,600 feet above sea level in rich, red volcanic soil on small small farms. ‘AA’ indicates the screen size in the Kenya coffee grading system that the beans are more than one-fourth inch in diameter. These large beans are cared for under strict guidelines to provide high volumes of coffee that are of the finest quality.

Similar to Kenyan coffee, Tanzania Peaberry coffee is a refreshing and exquisite full-bodied taste along with an outstanding aroma, but with much lighter acidity. This small bean is known for its small roundness with a cleft in the center. Tanzania Peaberry coffee beans are more savory in flavor when compared to the more common oval-shaped coffee beans.

Tanzania Peaberry coffee is grown on the lower lush slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro near the border of Kenya. This area provides the most perfect environment for coffee trees to flourish. The beans are hand-sorted and wet-processed because only about 10% of the beans are actually ‘Peaberry’ coffee beans. One would think these beans would be costly, however, the ideal climate is perfect for raising peaberry coffee beans.

In a cup of Tanzania Peaberry coffee there will be a flavorful symphony of delicate wine notes that fade into undertones of black currant and smooth chocolate. The enduring floral aroma with hints of pineapple or coconut will whisk you away.

Antigua, Guatemala is a gorgeous valley that lies between three volcanoes and is the most perfect area for growing some of the world’s premium coffee. With abundant rainfall, steady humidity, ample shade, and elevations of up to 4,600 feet, it’s no wonder coffee is the number one industry in Guatemala.

Guatemala Antigua coffee has a full body of rich, spicy flavor with smoky and chocolatey undertones. A mosaic aroma is a pleasing to the velvety-smooth aftertaste.

Our next blog will breakdown the final five most popular coffees in the world. Until then, you will be able to try for yourself these amazing beans. Let us know what you think. would like to hear about your favorite coffee and what makes it so spectacular?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Health Benefits of Chai
The luxurious steaming delight of aromatic spices and black tea has been around for more than 5000 years. The chai recipe handed down generations had its own variations, but is most commonly a phenomenal combination of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, fennel, and peppercorn. These spices, along with Assam black tea, were used as herbal medicine rather than a beverage to treat minor conditions like to common cold.
The chai lattes we love today, is Assam black tea steep in whole milk rather than water, but still include the amazing spices. Take a look at the health benefits the next chai latte will bring to you. It’s not just a delightful rich and creamy beverage.

Black Tea:
  • Prevents some types of cancer
  • Strengthens bones and lowers risk of arthritis
  • 70% lower incidence of developing type 2 diabetes
  • L-theanine helps relieve stress
  • Strengthens immune system

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Improves insulin resistance by lowering blood sugar levels
  • Lowers risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Anti-fungal effect

  • Reduces muscle pain and soreness
  • Reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Helps treat chronic indigestion
  • Helps lower cholesterol

  • Aids in digestion
  • Elevates mood
  • Blood purifier
  • Helps prevent infections
  • Reduces blood pressure and circulation

  • Treats anemia
  • Improves digestion
  • Maintains healthy cholesterol levels
  • Improves immunity
  • Improves brain function

  • Aids in digestion
  • Reduces likelihood of skin cancer
  • Relieves sinusitis and nasal congestion
  • Antibacterial
  • Reduces memory impairment and cognitive malfunction
With all the goodness in chai, why not enjoy a cup everyday. Healthy and delicious! has a tremendous assortment of chai to offer. Our Masala SuperiorChai tea is a delightful Broken Pekoe loose-leaf black tea from Kenya and India along with masala spices of South India. Add a little milk and sugar to really bring out its enticing flavor!
We also offer a vast selection of Oregon Chai. Made with all-natural ingredients, these chai concentrates make it easy to enjoy a daily chai latte by just adding milk or milk substitute.
In addition, Monin Chai Tea Concentrate is perfect made with green tea extract, ginger, cloves, anise, and cardamom, just to name a few. The aroma and flavor are like no other!
Stop by for a look at what we have to offer. We are positive, you will find something to suit your fancy.
We would like to hear from you. What are your favorite ways to enjoy chai? Do you drink it on a daily basis just for the health benefits?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Coffee to Enhance Your Workout

Sure, I have seen that woman wondering into the gym with a double-shot latte in her hand, and then busting out a phenomenal power workout. Up until recently, I would have thought this woman was defeating the purpose of her workout by downing a grande of sugar, milk, and caffeine. I then, discovered she was actually doing her mind and body good by drinking coffee before her workout. Caffeinated coffee, removes the tired feeling and boosts our body’s ability for physical and mental activity.
Caffeine helps the mind and body stay alert to push through a workout by stimulating the central nervous system. Blood pressure increases, and therefore, the heart pumps more oxygen allowing the body to push harder to run that extra mile. Caffeine also increases the feel-good neurotransmitters, like dopamine, that effect pain receptors and mood making the last few reps seem less grinding.
In addition, drinking caffeine before a workout can keep those annoying food cravings at bay. Researchers have found, caffeine raises calorie burning by 72 fewer calories per day. Here are a few things to consider next time you hit the gym with your cup of joe :
Drinking your coffee an hour before your work out would be ideal since caffeine reaches its maximum effect between 30 and 75 minutes after consumption. You will find, however, if you already drink an ample amount of coffee everyday you will need to drink more in order to reap the benefits. It’s not recommended to over-caffeinate just to increase your workout ability.
Don’t forget the H2O. Coffee does count as liquid, but eight ounces won’t be enough to keep you hydrated through your entire workout. Remember hydrate before, during, and after. Also, try not to drink too much coffee as it can have a laxative effect. And, that is certainly not an optimal situation to be in.
Think about adding milk if you typically take your coffee black. After a night of sleep, the added protein and carbohydrates will help raise your blood sugar fueling you physically and mentally. As long as you don’t add a great amount of sugar, drinking coffee before your workout will be more beneficial to you than energy drinks and sugary sodas.
How much coffee is enough to boost your performance? Based on you body weight and fitness goals, you probably only need 250 to 300mg of caffeine to improve your workout performance. Eight ounces of regular-strength brewed coffee has 95 to 200mg of caffeine. In addition, try not to overdo the caffeine or you may find yourself suffering from headaches, insomnia, irritability, or an upset stomach.
If you workout at night, you may have to forget the caffeine if you are someone who is unable to sleep because of drinking caffeine too close to bedtime. Caffeine stays in your system for about six hours. So, if coffee tends to affect your sleep, you may want to consider a drink with diminished amounts of caffeine such as: cold brew coffee, dark roast coffee, or black tea. has the workout brew for you! From light to dark roast coffee of every origin as well as, a magnificent collection of teas. Take a look today. We are sure you will find a brew to boost your workout performance!

We would like to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please leave a comment.   

Monday, January 2, 2017

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Decaffeinated Coffee: Is it Okay to Drink?
There is some skepticism whether decaffeinated coffee is safe or not. This question, quite possibly, came from when coffee was first decaffeinated. In 1906, Ludwig Roselius, a German coffee merchant, patented the first decaffeination process. However, the “Roselius Process” is no longer used today because it used the organic chemical compound benzene, a known carcinogen, as a solvent to extract the caffeine from the coffee beans.
Today, coffee can be decaffeinated by four different methods. These methods are: indirect-solvent process, direct-solvent process, Swiss water process, and carbon dioxide process. All of these methods are considered to be a low health risk, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Indirect-Solvent decaffeination is a process in which the coffee beans are soaked in hot water for several hours to remove the caffeine. Now, the water consisting of caffeine is heated and treated with either methylene chloride or ethyl acetate. After ten hours, the now caffeine-free water is combined with the beans once again to bring back the flavors and oils to the beans.
Swiss water process is another indirect decaffeination process, however no chemical solvents are used. Instead, the water from the coffee beans is pushed through a charcoal filter which traps the caffeine molecules, but allows the flavors and oils to pass. The initial, now flavorless coffee beans, are then thrown out. And, the caffeine-free, flavorful water is used to decaffeinate a new batch of coffee beans. As a result, the caffeine can only be removed from the new batch of beans since the water is already over-full of flavors and oils that cannot break down and very little flavor is lost.
Organic coffee processors almost entirely use the Swiss water method for decaffeination.
In the Direct-Solvent decaffeination process, coffee beans are steamed to let the caffeine out. Then, the beans are rinsed over and over with either methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to dissolve the caffeine. The beans are steamed once again to remove remaining solvent.
Carbon dioxide decaffeination process places water-soaked coffee beans into a stainless steel vessel. Liquid CO2 is forced into the beans under very high pressure. The caffeine evaporates once the beans return to room temperature. This process leaves the beans 97% caffeine-free.
In summary, the solvents used to decaffeinate coffee beans (methyl chloride and ethyl acetate) evaporate at 104°F. So, if you take into account that coffee beans are roasted for 15 minutes or more at a minimum temperature of 400°F. And, appropriate brewing at is 200°F. Therefore, it does not make sense that your cup of joe would contain any of the solvent. offers a tremendous selection of decaffeinated coffee that are guaranteed full of flavor and freshness. Some great ones to try: Gourmet House Blend, Espresso Verdi, Organic Decaf ‘Swiss Water’ Peru, and Calypso Cream Flavored Coffee.
We would love to hear you thoughts on decaf coffee and look forward to your responses. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Flavors to Celebrate the Winter Season
The days are shorter and  Jack Frost is rapping at the door. Winter is in the air! The holiday season has crept up on us. Essence of cinnamon, cloves, and evergreens are pleasant aromas all around us. Now, is the perfect time to enjoy savory warm coffee or tea to bring out the spirit of the holiday season! has the classic flavors so reminiscent of winter and the holidays. We have an extraordinary selection of gourmet coffee and tea that will captivate your mind and senses with cheer and memories in every sip.
Holiday Cheer Flavored Coffee
Creamy French vanilla and caramel create a smooth coffee, while the spectacular addition of rum and almond flavors combine for a sensational holiday treat.Holiday Cheer Flavored Coffee is the perfect coffee to revel in as you are going about your holiday tasks.
Orange Blossom Spice Flavored Tea
The taste of sweet juicy oranges with a hint of cinnamon and cloves is a warming reminder of holidays past. If you adore the citrus with a bit of spice, Orange Blossom Spice Flavored Tea will definitely make those long, gray winter days brighter. Crafted from elite loose-leaf Chinese Ceylon Black Tea, every tea is hand blended with the exact amount of flavor to bring to you the most amazing flavored teas. Treat yourself to only 2 tiny calories bursting with spectacular aroma and delightful flavor.

Jack Frost Flavored Coffee
Add just a nip of cold to your morning cup of coffee. Peppermint adds a refreshingly cool sensation to smooth Irish Cream and Swiss Chocolate flavors. Wake up your senses in the early mornings or indulge in the chocolaty hints for dessert with Jack Frost Flavored Coffee. It is no wonder this coffee is one of our winter-time favorites. With all of its invigorating coolness and creamy texture, who could resist!
Best of all, every single one of our amazing Flavored Coffees and other gourmet coffees are roasted and shipped the very same day. So, you are guaranteed the freshest, most exhilarating cup of coffee possible.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about your favorite holiday scents, aromas, and flavors. Please share them in the comments box.