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Sharing Our Story

farmer trips

12.16.2011

Lee Wallace, Peace Coffee Queen Bean

There's a lot of conversation these days about our economy and the myriad ways in which it's broken. Whatever your policy solution, there's a wish that our humanity and our pocketbooks weren't so estranged from one another. How does one build an economy that values people and relationships? Last month our Queen Bean (a.k.a. CEO), Lee Wallace, explored that topic from the vantage point of…

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Cupping Marathon

quality

10.15.2011

Anna Canning, Special Correspondent

There's always something whirling in the roastery. Whether it's beans in the roaster, whirlwind travel schedules, crazy concoctions in Head Roaster Derek's imagination, or the ordinary hustle to get beans roasted and out the door, something's up. I caught up with Derek to hear about all of the above. He'd just returned from a visit to Co-op Coffees' lab in Montreal, where he joined members of …

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Roaster's Corner

quality

10.15.2011

Anna Canning, Special Correspondent

Since his return from Montreal, we haven't seen much of Derek as he's been in the lab putting the finishing touches on this year's interpretation of our winter seasonal, the Snowshoe Brew. This year, one of the ingredients that he's especially excited about is a natural-processed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. A special coffee, it imparts distinctly gingery notes to the blend, its trademark spice. Bea…

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Getting to Know Guatemala

farmer trips

09.15.2011

Kyle Feldman, Peace Coffee Customer Service

Coffee has been so intertwined with American culture and routine for so long that it cannot help be taken for granted by most of those who rely on it for their daily dose of energy or pleasure, or their chance to relax. For many of us, it is easily accessible and not usually worth more mental, physical, or emotional consideration than making sure that it is the right temperature or strength to …

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Roaster's Corner

fair trade, quality

09.15.2011

Anna Canning, Special Correspondent

Roasting coffee has a romantic sound to it. One of the old-school trades that one rarely learns from a book, the delicate balancing act between science and art is generally learned through apprenticeship from another roaster and a lot of trial and error. It's often a rather solitary pursuit that involves hours by a hot machine, the din of the motors drowning out the sound of anyone nearby. How…

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State Fair by the Numbers

events

09.15.2011

Peace Coffee Events Team

It sounds a little like the beginning of a perplexing word problem: If one member of our intrepid events team started setting out cups of coffee at 8:55am on August 25th and she laid 267 cups per hour, 12 days later at 9pm, how far would she have gotten? Turns out, it's a trick question. Had she done it alone, she would have left a trail of cups 1.52 miles long before she collapsed exhausted …

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The Places in a Cup

09.15.2011

Anna Canning, Special Correspondent

by Anna Canning, Special Correspondent Since moving to Portland, I've been thinking a lot about place and the concept that, for lack of a better English word springing to mind, I'm calling "placedness." Even when lost in a new neighborhood, there’s a sense of familiarity: a sense of how the light slants, the scents of the place (musty ivy, boxwood hedges, tree blossoms), the way it rai…

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Hangin' at the State Fair

events

08.15.2011

Peace Coffee Events Team

It's State Fair time again! Our events team is all abuzz for our biggest event of the year -- last year we gave out over 42,000 cups of coffee! It's not just big for us: we checked the numbers and, in terms of daily attendance numbers, Minnesota throws the biggest state fair of all the 50 states!* We think that calls for a little local pride, so this year we'll be brewing up our Twin Cities Bl…

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Honduran Is Here!

farmer trips

08.15.2011

Anna Canning, Special Correspondent

Our latest offering comes from a new origin for us: Honduras! COPROCAEL is nestled in the mountains of the Ocotepeque department, wedged between the borders of El Salvador and Guatemala. We've been in preliminary conversations about sourcing a Honduran coffee for over a year and are delighted with what's in the cup, kicking off what we hope will be a fruitful trading relationship. Back in Janu…

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Assessing Sustainability

bicycles, organic, sustainability

07.15.2011

Anna Canning, Special Correspondent

Is this the way that we’d want the world to be? We ask that question of ourselves a lot here at Peace Coffee. It gets phrased differently, but the sentiment dictates many of the business decisions that we make: Organic coffee? Yes, please. Bike delivery? Naturally. Caffeinating our local community at the amazing events that the Twin Cities hosts? As much as we can possibly fit into our sc…

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