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A savory match made in heaven

05.15.2017

There are few things more distinctive in the Twin Cities brunch scene than the Savory Waffle from the Birchwood Cafe. The brilliance behind presenting something we usually perceive as a sweet dish, like a waffle, in a savory suit comes from Chef Marshall Paulsen. Marshall has been with the Birchwood Cafe for 10 years and has beautifully accented owner Tracy Singelton's mission to support a…

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same coffee, new hands

05.15.2017

It seems like just yesterday we opened our garden-themed coffee counter in the Lakewinds Co-op in Richfield. After a three-year growing season, we've come to the conclusion that while coffee is the right answer for the space, Lakewinds should operate it, instead of us. On June 1st we officially hand over the operations to them. As part of the transition, we've already begun training their…

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To Earth Week and Beyond!

05.03.2017

Earth Week at Peace Coffee has always been full of hopeful declarations, conspiring events, and uniting moments with our friends on the front lines of Mother Nature’s bidding. Over the years, we have had the privilege to partner with great earth advocates during this time like #30DaysOfBiking, local cafe partners (Common Roots and Birchwood Cafe) celebrating earth-conscious patrons, …

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Announcing two new coffees!!

04.17.2017

We proudly welcome two new coffees into our lineup, available today! Tree Hugger Blend Trees have a special place in a coffee lover’s heart; naturally an understory plant, organic coffee thrives under a canopy of shade trees that help regenerate the soil, feed families, and generally make our planet a better place. We’re proud to call ourselves tree huggers. Twenty years and…

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Change is brewing.

04.03.2017

For many years we’ve been expertly roasting single origin coffees to highlight their intrinsic qualities and crafting perfectly balanced blends that harmonize complex regional characteristics. We have offered nearly 20 different coffee varieties year-round, in addition to our seasonal and Alchemy coffees. To say that it’s been a feat to carry that many coffees and deliver consi…

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Fapecafes Ecuador - Alchemy #20

03.09.2017

In the beginning of 2016, many of our staff gathered to plan out the year’s coffees, including seasonals and limited releases like those in our Alchemy Series. We knew that our number of iterations in the series was creeping near #20, and we all thought...wouldn’t it be amazing if we could release Alchemy #20 this year, our 20th? The gears began to turn as we plotted out which …

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Spring Drinks 2017

02.28.2017

Spring is on it’s way, and as the new season drifts in on the wings of our favorite pollinators we’ve been busy dreaming up a few dandy drinks to welcome it. Every year in the first weeks of February we sit down over espressos (okay, maybe a few bottles of War & Peace too) and try to capture the spirit of spring in caffeinated-liquid form. On those nights, we’re remin…

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Pollinator Blend 2017

02.27.2017

Our first seasonal coffee of 2017 ushers in the season of hope. As the world awakes from its slumber and darkness, we fix our sleepy eyes on all things bright and buzzing. The 2017 version of Pollinator Blend is brimming with floral aromas and red fruit sweetness. A sweet springtime porch sipper, notes of honey and orange blossom drift in windswept harmony with dark chocolate and carameliz…

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Coffee is what brings us together today.

02.02.2017

In a time of seemingly incessant focus on what divides us, what our differences are; We’ve been trying to focus on what brings us together, what we have in common. Are you having trouble wading through that cloud of negativity too? Okay, we’ll start. Coffee. Wonderful, magical, invigorating, essential, gorgeous coffee. One of life’s great equalizers. Like music, or a smi…

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Seasonal Brew Social Media Giveaways

01.01.2017

Enter to win our Seasonal Brew social media giveaways by showing us how you're enjoying, sipping or brewing up your beans at home! Tag @Peace_Coffee in your post to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and use the seasonal brew hashtag to be automatically entered for a prize package! We'll draw a new winner every two weeks and will notify the winner by reposting their photo on our account. Use…

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Trade in your fruitcake for a rootcake

12.24.2016

It's that time of year. Our ovens are warm to stay the cold winter winds, and our Nordic Ware pans are ready to recieve all the delicious treats we can cram into a weekend of baking! One thing I keep coming back to year over year is this recipe for Parsnip bread, my own personal antidote to fruit cake. I give these 'root cakes' to family and friends as part of my most favorite holiday trad…

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Happy Holidays & Warm Wishes...

12.19.2016

from our mug to yours. It has been wonderful celebrating 20 years of Peace Coffee with our loyal customers and partners throughout 2016, and on December 9th we had one more rather festive celebration in the roastery that was filled with Ugly Sweaters, Pizza Lucé, and merriment. Our 20-year Ugly Sweater Open House brought over 300 customers and wholesale partners together to go out …

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A Decade of Roasting

12.16.2016

This year marks my tenth anniversary as a roaster at Peace Coffee. As the year has progressed, I've been thinking a lot about what I've learned over the years, which coffees have really stood out, what I love about certain green coffees, and how my roasting and profiles have evolved over the time. Fondo Paez is definitely one of those coffees that have stood out over the past decade. When…

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Climate Change: In Your Daily Cup

12.01.2016

I’ve always been drawn to coffee. Not necessarily to coffee the crop, or the beverage from which many of us get our daily caffeine, but to what happens specifically in any space where coffee is served. It could be a group of folks around a dinner table, or perhaps a few regulars sitting on soft seats in the opening moments at a neighborhood shop; coffee has a way of bringing people t…

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A Coffee Shade of Winter

11.30.2016

Winter. The days are short, the weather is cold, our layers are thick, and sometimes a warm drink is just the ticket. We’ve concocted a menu to celebrate the flavors of the season and warm you through and through. Our perennial winter favorite, the Fireside Chat is back. It’s an Americano (espresso + hot water) spiced with orange oil and a dose of clove syrup: sweet, spicy, an…

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Bulking up on co-ops

10.17.2016

October is Co-op Month and that's good timing for us. As we look back on our first 20 years, we marvel at and appreciate the critical role that co-ops play in our entire supply chain. Here in the Twin Cities when we were just a fledgling coffee company with Paul Bunyan-sized dreams, food co-ops were some of the first to believe in us—and to offer space for our beans in their bulk bin…

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A Word on Automatic Pour Over Machines from Jackson

10.10.2016

A good number of coffee making machines are popping up these days that call themselves “automatic pour over” machines. These machines started out as super fancy, boutique-y numbers like the Chemex Ottomatic and the Ratio Eight, costing hundreds of dollars and boasting minimalist chic for the person who needs their coffee maker to both make exceptional coffee and match their Des…

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Pedaling Peace 20 Years Strong

09.22.2016

Peace Coffee and bikes go way back together. We actually started bike delivering our coffee before we could afford our own roasting machine, but two roasters and a few delivery vans later, bikes remain central to what we do. We ride to work, we ride for work, & sometimes we ride for fun after work—in short, we collectively spend a lot of time in the saddle. One of the most sough…

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Fall Colors Have Never Tasted So Good

09.09.2016

The State Fair is past, which means that summer must be winding down. We’ve updated our menu to keep pace with the seasons, and transition you smoothly from the summer lemonades to pumpkin spice season. To help ease you along, we’ve mixed up the Fall Fizz. Available only in September, this sparkling house-made soda brings the seasons together in a tall, refreshing glass: 100% …

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Thanks for helping us #RaiseAMug at the Fair!

09.06.2016

Peace Coffee celebrated its 20th anniversary in style at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year. We spent the waning months of summer plotting and planning how we could increase our presence and visibility inside the Health Local Foods Area, put together by our friends at Renewing The Countryside. We put our collective heads together and dove deep into just what makes our state so gre…

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#RaiseAMug Instagram Giveaways!

08.24.2016

2016 Minnesota State Fair, August 25 - September 5 Snap a photo with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox at the Peace Coffee booth inside the Eco Experience building with a buddy, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #RaiseAMug and tag: @Peace_Coffee to be entered for our daily giveaways. Each post will also be entered for our fair hangover giveaways on September 6. Giveaways: Daily: -1 12…

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A 40,000 Pound Milestone

08.09.2016

Yesterday, with much fanfare and hard work, we received a 40,000 pound cargo container of Guatemalan coffee beans. While we receive deliveries as large as this every few weeks, this container was shipped directly from Apecaform Coffee Cooperative in Guatemala right to our roastery door, bypassing other stops along the way. The coffee was harvested in late spring, put into 275 bags, each w…

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#RaiseAMug to 20 Years

08.01.2016

As the steamy days of August begin, we are reminded of that feeling you get when your first mug sits just under your nose and the steam raises your eyebrows and pulls your eyelids back from their morning fog. August at Peace Coffee means we are fixing our gaze on the great Minnesota get-together. Yes, it’s time again to begin talking about the Minnesota State Fair, and this year Peac…

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At Peace Coffee Pride is A Holiday

06.24.2016

By Melanee Meegan, Peace Coffee Director of Marketing

Peace Coffee won't be at the Pride Parade this year. We won't be sampling Yeti Cold Press in Loring Park, or throwing coffee beans from the back of our bike trailer along the parade route. And that's a good thing. Peace Coffee won't be at Pride for the same reason we give staff other holidays off: so our diverse and amazing people can celebrate their community. To mark the fact that now …

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Peace Coffee + Twin Six Collaboration

06.16.2016

Peace Coffee and bikes go way back. Once upon a time, when we were just getting started, we had the idea of slinging a few bags of coffee on the bike to deliver to one of our new accounts. We stuck with bikes for reasons both fun and practical and our love has only multiplied. First one, then two bike delivery people, then a whole racing team, and a staff of 50+, many bikers among them. Th…

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Halva nice summer

06.01.2016

No matter how many years it has been since your calendar counted off the semesters, there's always something about this time of year that gets the refrain “School's out for the Summer” running through our heads. It's the season of road trips, of patios, of lake cabins, and adventures. This year's Summer drink menu is inspired by that spirit of adventure, as interpreted by our b…

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World Fair Trade Day: Connections and Community

05.13.2016

At the heart of our mission is our connection to the communities that support us, both here at home and around the world. This Saturday May 14th, people around the globe are highlighting those connections by celebrating World Fair Trade Day. Fundamentally, the fair trade movement believes that we can transform the global economy through the purchases we make. Fair Trade works to benefit …

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in it together

04.29.2016

Minnehaha Avenue is getting a major facelift this summer and while that will be good news for the neighborhood next summer, for now, it provides challenges for local businesses like our Wonderland Park location. While access along the roads will be more difficult April through November, we'll be open for every minute of it. And to reward you for making the trek, we're offering a few specia…

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Springtime at Peace Coffee

04.20.2016

It’s finally springtime in Peace Coffee land. The earth seems to be waking up all at once from its much needed rest. The ground that was hardened by the winter frost is now softening and we’ve taken the snow studs off our delivery bike tires. Ah, it’s much more pleasant to roll down the Greenway trail with warmer winds in the gleaming sunshine. This sentiment is echoed in…

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derek's favorite food from indonesia

04.18.2016

One of the joys of staff visiting coffee farmers is hearing how their own personal interests filter their experience: The bookkeeper travelling in Chiapas takes pictures of the co-op's ledgers, the bike delivery guy comes back with photos of innovative ways bikes are used for transportation in Guatemala, etc. And thus it's no surprise that our Head Roaster Derek returned from his trips to…

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Spring Drinks are Here

03.01.2016

Spring Break is almost here, which means that it's sunny somewhere. In the spirit of eternal optimism and jaunts to warmer climates, we're offering up our spring drinks, even if the ground hasn't thawed yet. Found My Thrill Found my Thrill is our latest take on a Cafe Miel and a tribute to the inimitable Fat's Domino's version of the song “Blueberry Hill.” We've sweetened the…

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Celebrating 20 Years

02.04.2016

At this time of year, we start to anticipate the arrival of the first few samples of the Mexican and Central American harvest at our roastery. Each new crop varies a little from the previous year's, and there's always a flurry of activity as the roasters get acquainted with the new crop. We've been buying from many of the same cooperatives for many seasons so it's like a reunion with old f…

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Valentine’s Day starts right … MEOW!

02.03.2016

Aside from coffee (and bikes), there is nothing that we adore more at Peace Coffee than our cats. With Valentine's Day just 'round the corner we are celebrating our furry soulmates with a #catsofpeacecoffee Instagram takeover! We've also created a list of our favorite #catsofinstgram and cat videos below. Enjoy! Cats of Instagram We Love @Catsby_the_bookshop_cat Because we …

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Caffeinate Your Cutie

02.01.2016

Our hand-selected Valentine's Day gifts are perfect for any loved one, including yourself! We're offering a limited edition Winter Provisions coffee sampler, delectable honey bon bons from Saint Paul, a kitty love mug, and all the classics. All items featured below can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Gift bundles are packed in a bright red gift box on a bed of craft paper crinkles a…

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Winter Wanderland

01.20.2016

In Minnesota, we celebrate winter! We love our fat bikes, snow shoes, ice skates, and skis. Heck, some of us even keep fishing. So fill your thermos full of Peace Coffee, grab your gear, and get outside! If that doesn't keep you busy, we also have plenty of winter events to check out ... City of Lakes Loppet Art Sled Rally Saint Paul Winter Carnival Art Shanty Project If relaxing…

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Coffee Beer or Bust

01.19.2016

Here in Minnesota, winters can be tough. With short days and chilly nights, we find ourselves dreaming of cruising bike trails around the lakes on warm afternoons and spending nights in our backyards sipping cold brews by the fire. At Peace Coffee, we spend the cold months roasting and brewing up delicious coffees to stave off the winter chill. And just as those warm mornings are made bet…

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Winter Cheer is here

12.01.2015

This winter, we're committed to keeping you warm and full of good cheer, no matter how frozen and bleak the landscape outside. Our coffee shops winter drink lineup features all the best of the season's flavors—stop by and find your favorite! Our shops are strategically located around town so wherever you're out and about this holiday season, we've got you covered: Downtown Mpls, wa…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

11.09.2015

Have thanks to give? Looking for gifts that fit Santa’s list? In need of tasty treats to last eight beautiful nights? Or a year-end treat for your hard-working mail carrier? Whatever you're celebrating this holiday season, we've got you covered. Our 2015 holiday gifts (featured below) include local confections and delicious coffee to share with family, friends, and colleagues. All …

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Support IATP and help family farmers around the world

11.05.2015

Peace Coffee was born out of late night conversations between coffee farmers in Mexico and IATP policy analysts to counteract harmful trade negotiations that keep coffee-producing families in poverty. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) is a nonprofit that works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trad…

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Wonderland Park Celebrates 5 years!

11.05.2015

This month marks five years since we opened our flagship coffee shop! Our goal in opening the shop was to get closer to you, our community, and to take the final step in the supply chain from coffee growers to coffee drinkers—and we truly couldn't have done it without you. Our gift to you! On Tuesday, November 10th we'll be giving you, our friends and neighbors, a special birthday …

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Coffee Connections in Xela

09.29.2015

Drew Ditlefsen, Peace Coffee Courier

In June, Lee, the Queen Bean, and I traveled to Guatemala to attend the Producer/Roaster Exchange organized by Cooperatives Coffees and hosted by Manos Campesinas. This year we were joined by roasters from the northernmost part of Canada and farmer cooperatives from as far south as Peru. This year's theme was microorganisms, organic farming practices, the continued battle with coffee…

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Always Fun at the Fair

09.24.2015

This year at the "Great Minnesota Get Together", Peace Coffee again partnered with Renewing The Countryside to offer weary fairgoers with coffee from 9am-12pm during weekdays and 9am-3pm on fair weekends! With the help of our roastery staff, baristas, friends and family we connected with over 12,000 fairgoers, offering them complimentary samples of a rotating selection of fresh brewed Peac…

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Local Pumpkins For Lattes

09.23.2015

Here at Peace Coffee, we talk a lot about the connections in your cup, and our mission to connect those who drink the coffee with the ones who grow it—but have you ever wondered who put the pumpkin in your Harvest Moon Latte? This year we're going straight to the source for our fall staple flavor, bringing organically grown pumpkins to town from our friends at Big River Farms CSA. A…

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Fall is in the Air

09.01.2015

We've noticed a little chill to early mornings lately and we've updated our menu to reflect the bittersweet fact that fall is on its way. Think crunchy leaves, back-to-school, and all-American specialties like apple pie—we've got your seasonal cravings covered. Harvest Moon Latté “Shine on, shine on harvest moon up in the sky,” goes the old song, and, even if you …

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Peace Coffee on a Stick 2015!

08.21.2015

Let's get together, yeah yeah yeah! It's our favorite time of year! We are privileged to be partnering with Renewing the Countryside again this year in the Healthy Local Foods Area of the Eco Experience. We will be highlighting a different farmer cooperative each day by brewing their delicious coffee and sharing it with the fair-going masses. Beginning at 9:00am every day of the fair the…

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DeRusha Eats: Peace Coffee

07.20.2015

In case you missed it live, WCCO Channel 4 aired a great piece on Peace Coffee during their Midmorning broadcast last week. It was part of Jason DeRusha's (local TV personality, food writer and all-around pleasant human) "DeRusha Eats" series.

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Cupping in the Congo

06.29.2015

Anne Costello, Peace Coffee Director of Coffee

Earlier this month, I visited the Democratic Republic of Congo to participate in the Saveur du Kivu, the first specialty coffee cupping competition in the DRC. As a result of years of intense conflict and violence where millions of people lost their lives, the coffee market had fallen into a drastic decline. In the mid 1980s, the region produced an estimated 30,000 tons of green coffee; by…

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After Hours

06.22.2015

We were happily invaded by local food blogging troupe, The Heavy Table, two weeks ago for a night of unscientific Yeti Cold Press experiments. Read here the results of our journey together. A huge thank you goes to our Head Barista, Jackson, for guiding the team through the ins and, mostly, outs of cold coffee concocting. We are partial, but Jackson's contribution, the Nashville Slammer, i…

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Easy Breezy

06.01.2015

Memorial Day has come and gone and summer is finally here, so we're taking that as our invitation to pour a fresh menu of seasonal drinks. Guaranteed to be as fresh and breezy as the white linen suit you're now permitted to wear. Café Horchata Relax and refresh with a Café Horchata, our interpretation of the classic Latin American drink spiked with cold brewed coffee. Rice,…

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Brunch Home Run

05.20.2015

Brunch anyone? We trekked over to St. Paul last weekend to celebrate the inaugural event at the sparkling new CHS Field at Lowertown Ballpark. Grill Fest was put on by Minnesota Monthly to celebrate all things summer as we prepare for patio dining and warm morning brunches. What could go better with a summer brunch than our Yeti Cold Press Coffee? How about making it into one of two de…

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Peace Coffee Opens an "Office" Downtown

04.08.2015

Something exciting is brewing in downtown Minneapolis: we've just opened our second shop. This one's on the skyway level of the Capella Tower, complementing the lower level coffee bar that opened late last year. This new space brings exceptionally crafted Peace Coffee beverages, and our bright campy style together. We've collaborated with an all-star cast of local artists and design…

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Ready for a cup of Spring?

03.01.2015

We're optimistic that Spring will be back some day. So optimistic that we're rolling out the Spring drink menu at all our coffee shops. Come by for a taste of these specials, even if you're still wearing a winter parka. Roman Holiday Inspired by the classic movie, this is the sort of drink Audrey Hepburn, or any other princess on an incognito adventure might enjoy. Espresso muddled with …

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Caffeinate Your Cutie 2015

02.04.2015

This Valentine's Day, keep cupid on his toes! We’ve got two love bundles full of sweetness and cuteness that will charm every crush. Treat your cutie, give it to your bestie, spoil yourself, or do it all! Just select your favorite and we'll box it up and send your love to anywhere in US. Valentine's Honey & Spice Bundle Sugar, spice, and everything nice for your honey We'r…

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Calling on Cupid!

02.04.2015

We've crafted a new drink that will put dreams in your head and kisses on your lips. The Desert Rose is as fragrant as a bouquet with a dab of rose water and a dose of almonds. A latte that's dreamy, creamy, and all-around romantic that will keep you up at night like the sweetest kiss. Share one with your sweetie, or buy one for your love-lorn friends to help them through the sappy season…

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War & Peace is back for 2015!

02.02.2015

Once again, we've partnered with our friends at Fulton Brewery to create War & Peace – a rich and creamy Imperial Coffee Stout. This year's release is part of the Fulton ‘Garage Series,’ which they describe as “a home for beers that don't quite fit in anywhere else.” Want to see how War & Peace is made? Check out the video below. Want to be the…

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Peace Coffee is now a public benefit corporation

01.09.2015

Since our beginnings, the good of our farmer partners has been at the heart of our business. Now we have made that official: On January 2nd, Peace Coffee became one of the first companies in the state to file as a Public Benefit Corporation under a new Minnesota law passed in the last legislative session. Minnesota joins at least 26 other states in the U.S. that define Public Benefit Corp…

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New Year Price Increase

01.02.2015

During 2014 our green (unroasted) coffee prices continued to rise and our direct costs to pay coffee farmers went up by double-digits. These costs increased for a number of reasons, including shortage concerns due to drought, climate change, and coffee rust - a fungus that drastically reduced the harvest for many of our farming partners. In response it’s become imperative that w…

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Winter Warmer

12.01.2014

Winter has arrived. Even if the sun is waiting a few weeks to make it official, the status updates of our collective boots leave no doubt as to the season. There's plenty to be said about our long, cold, dark winters, but cozy comfort food and tasty winter warmers are high points we can all agree on. This week our coffee shops release an exciting round of drinks for the winter and the upc…

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Lakewinds Live

10.01.2014

Every Wednesday night from 6pm to 8pm there is live acoustic music at the Lakewind's Food Co-op in Richfield. We stay open later for this and offer .75 cents off all sizes of rotating speciality coffee. We can make them them decaffeinated too! See the complete list of drink discounts and fall musical line up brought to you by the Homestead Pickin' Parlor. Oct 1- Latte Music by:Tim from R…

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Autumn Goodness

our shops

09.22.2014

The leaves along the Mississippi are donning their fall colors, queuing up our new fall drink menu. All are made with real-deal ingredients--nothing pre-fab from a bottle--stop by our shops and enjoy a taste of the season. Harvest Moon: The classic pumpkin latte. We started with a real pumpkin, roasted it to toasty, caramelized perfection, and then pureed it with a pinch of cinnamon, nut…

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Richfield Open Streets at Penn Fest

09.21.2014

Penn Central of Richfield

We are celebrating our new neighborhood (and the new Lyndale Gardens shop) with the fine folks from Lakewinds Food Co-op in Richfield. Come visit us between 12pm-4pm at 66th Street and get to know what amazing things are going on in Richfield. We will be sampling coffee, raffling off Peace Coffee longboards and hanging with our friends from Lakewinds. Did we mention coffee and some delicio…

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2014 MN State Fair Recap

09.19.2014

This year at the great Minnesota get together, Peace Coffee partnered with Renewing the Countryside to sample delicious coffee to fairgoers every one of the 12 mornings of the fair! Our picturesque booth was in the healthy local foods area of the Eco Experience Building and from there we gave out nearly 10,000 cups of three of our classic favorites: Birchwood Breakfast Blend, Twin Cities B…

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Featured Brews: Nocturnal Brew + Alchemy Series #11

09.19.2014

Nocuturnal Brew As days grow shorter and a chill creeps into the mornings, we welcome back our fall seasonal Nocturnal Blend. A celebration of the return of darkness, this coffee blends a bit of mystery with memories of favorite summer flavors. Think s'mores over smoky campfires meeting sweet red berries, late nights, ghost stories, and one more summer excursion. This year, the roasting t…

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Now Certified Bike Friendly!

09.19.2014

We're excited to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, joining more than 800 visionary businesses from across the country. 
Here at Peace Coffee, bicycles are an integral part of our local distribution strategy and delivery team includes two cyclists pounding the Twin Cities streets hauling trailers loaded with…

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Minneapolis Bike Tour 2014!

bicycles, events

09.14.2014

Minneapolis Parks and Rec

The recreational bike tour for all ages and abilities spans the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System. Proceeds from the Minneapolis BikeTour will benefit bike safety and education events for Minneapolis youth as well as bike trail improvement projects throughout the system. There will be three routes to participate in, 16-mile, 25-mile and 32-mile, and they are closed to motorized traffic. Al…

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Open Streets Mpls: Nicollet Ave

bicycles, events

09.14.2014

Come help us celebrate Nicollet Avenue businesses with the MPLS Bike Coalition! The 5th edition of the MPLS Open Streets Neighborhood Festival is sure to be a hit as folks explore Nicollet Ave for a street celebration like no other! Enjoy the freedom of Nicollet Ave from Lake Street to 46th Ave South with no worries about our 4-wheeled friends. We will post our exact location on Sunday mor…

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St. Paul Bike Classic

bicycles, events

09.07.2014

Come out and explore all the charm of our Capital City while sipping on some delicious Breakaway or Twin Cities Blend. We'll see you out there.

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Barista Camp Recap

our shops, quality

07.16.2014

Four times a year, in four different parts of the country, coffee-folk step out from behind their espresso machines, travel in some cases for hundreds of miles, and gather together...behind different espresso machines. Where else? It’s called Barista Camp and it’s sponsored by the Barista Guild of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. If it sounds sort of nerdy, well, i…

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Hello New Shop

our shops

06.27.2014

Our new shop is opening this weekend--if you're in the Twin Cities area, stop by for a cup, and to join in all the Grand Opening festivities at the new Lakewinds Food Co-op in Richfield. For our second location, we've embarked on an unique partnership with Lakewinds Food Co-op, marking the first time that a food co-op and a local roaster have come together to provide coffee to shoppe…

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Now Available at Target

06.16.2014

One of the most compelling stories for us at Peace Coffee is the story of our origin. If you’ve ever met me, you’ve likely heard me explain that we were born out of late-night conversations between Mexican coffee farmers and our parent organization, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). The year was 1996, coffee prices were at all-time lows, and farmers stresse…

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teaming up against rust

organic, sustainability

06.05.2014

Anne Costello, Peace Coffee Director of Coffee

Perhaps you've seen headlines recently prophesying disaster in the coffeelands and the end of cheap coffee. It's not just hyperbole or a bunch of clickbait: a fungus is eating away at coffee crops. Coffee leaf rust, often referred to by its Spanish name, roya, is a fungus that attacks the leaves of the coffee tree, causing them to drop. Weakened plants produce lower yields and their ch…

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Come taste the fresh flavors of Spring

02.25.2014

We're unveiling our new spring seasonal Pollinator Blend this Saturday, March 1st. Stop by the Peace Coffee Shop between 1-3 PM for a sample and take home your first bag of this perennial favorite. We'll be tasting come rain or shine, snow, or sleet—just like the colorful seed catalogs that start to arrive this time of year, our Pollinator Blend has become a sign of the season here …

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Brew Method Demonstrations

our shops, quality

02.20.2014

Have you been curious about using a V60, Chemex or French Press? Bring more flavor to your morning cup! Join us for a 4 part series of FREE Drop-In Brew Demonstrations at our coffee shop. Watch, practice, and perfect manual brewing methods with our talented baristas. Demo Dates:* Saturday March 22- Hario V60 Saturday April 5th- Chemex Saturday April 19th- French Press just added bonus…

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Caffeinate your Cutie

our shops

01.30.2014

It's our favorite time of the year at our Wonderland Park Coffee Shop in Minneapolis! Stop in anytime in February we'll help you surprise your sweetheart, best pal or favorite teacher with construction paper hearts, and drink tickets that will rekindle the excitement of your very first secret admirer. Lost for words? Our talented (and very romantic) baristas will even help you es…

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Producer Gathering in Honduras

fair trade, farmer trips, organic, sustainability

01.28.2014

Anne Costello, Director of Coffee

January is a time of new beginnings and resolutions for a better future. My recent trip to Honduras offered a little of both. The purpose of the trip was to participate in an event hosted by the Comsa Cooperative for producers and roasters to share information and learn best practices for combating coffee leaf rust. Coffee rust or “roya” is a disease that's spreading across cof…

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How do you make your coffee stronger?

quality

11.20.2013

Don't just throw in more grounds, join us in supporting Grow Ahead, pioneers of peer-to-peer lending in the coffee world. As a roaster partner, we've been challenged to recruit at least 50 new lenders at $50 each. Grow Ahead connects coffee drinkers with committed roasters to lend money to small-scale coffee farming cooperatives. The goal? To help build a sustainable truly fair global…

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Decoding the Alchemy Lab Sheet

11.14.2013

Derek De La Paz, Peace Coffee Head Roaster

Every Alchemy Series Release comes with a lab sheet attached to it. The goal of these sheets is to capture what I do in the lab and highlight the artisitic collaboration between myself and fellow roaster/artist, Ivoire Foreman, who creates all the unique illustrations. Physical Evaluation This is done once the green coffee arrives at the Peace Coffee Roastery. We do this to help guide us…

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Sam Visits Peru

bicycles, farmer trips

10.17.2013

Q: What did you find most interesting? A: For me, seeing the co-op and hearing about its organizational structure was fascinating: How it started, changed and evolved to suit the needs of the members. There is a committee that serves the interests of women and a committee to involve young people. Fair trade funds have helped to establish these and other community services. Having recent…

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Team Jackson

our shops

10.17.2013

The Barista Championships are a competition that's part Olympic spectacle, part dog show, and all crazy, caffeinated fun. Each competitor is timed while he or she prepares a flight of espresso beverages for a panel of judges. Each aspect of the preparation is scored, from hospitality to cleanliness, and, of course, the quality of the final beverage. The grand finale is a signature beverage…

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A Win at the Roasters Guild Retreat

quality

09.25.2013

The roaster's challenge is a much-anticipated part of every Roasters Guild Retreat. This year each team was required to create a roasted blend, brew profile and write a description of the coffee to describe the sensory characteristics as you would on a label for a customer. It's no surprise Derek's team, Earth, Wind & Trier, took home top honors. Racing against the clock to cra…

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The Land of Parcheesopoly

bicycles

08.07.2013

Co-create a giant sidewalk chalk board game in the street! Roll dice. Hop, twirl, squawk, recite, wiggle. Make up rules, build it bigger. The game will evolve throughout the day as players add to the board with their own instructions and alter routes and rules of play. Examples might include basics such as “Go back 2 spaces” or “Roll again” as well as creative …

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Open Streets Longfellow

bicycles, events, our shops

07.29.2013

The first annual Minnehaha Avenue Open Streets event kicks off at Lake Street and the fun continues for miles, all the way down to Minnehaha Falls. We'll be at our Wonderland Park location at 3242 Minnehaha Avenue with our local partners Seven Sundays Muesli, Kalona Supernatural Yogurt, and Ethonek Bags—and loads of cold press coffee specials, including a few concocted just for the …

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Is My Coffee Too Acidic?

quality

07.25.2013

The concept of acidity in coffee can be very confusing and we hear different questions all the time. All coffee is relatively low in acid. As a flavor note, acidity is what gives coffee its brightness and liveliness. Light roast coffees, like our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, tend to have more pronounced acidity in this way, hence descriptive terms like "crisp." The longer the coffee…

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City Biking: Let's keep it fun & safe

bicycles, events

06.20.2013

Our bike delivery team is on the streets all year round in rain, snow, and blazing sun, racking up nearly 10,000 miles in the saddle each year. That dedication and years of experience made us an obvious choice for the City of Minneapolis when they were looking for a partner for a new bike safety initiative. This summer, look for a series of arty ads in bus kiosks reminding cyclists and …

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Equal Love MN

events

06.20.2013

We spend a lot of time working for fairness and justice all along the coffee supply chain, and we believe that those principles should apply to all. Legalizing same-sex marriage is an issue near and dear to our hearts here at Peace Coffee and one that issue's tireless advocates is the organization OutFront MN. The need for their advocacy for GLBT rights doesn't end with the marriage ame…

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Drink Coffee, Make Dirt

events, sustainability

05.23.2013

Every organic gardener knows, compost is the key to soil success. For the past two years the local organic landscaping company, Giving Tree Gardens has been hauling and processing our coffee waste, as well as spent grains from local brewers, turning it into the finest dirt in the Twin Cities. This top quality soil is utilized in urban farms, landscapes, and gardens right here in…

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Roman Holiday

03.20.2013

This new spring drink was born out of a pair of experiments by our head barista, Jackson O' Brien. First: attempting to create a coffee version of his favorite cocktail (the Manhattan) with its flavor profile of a sweetened and smoother whiskey with citrus notes, and flipping it into a sweeter and smoother espresso with citrus notes. In addition he wanted to figure out a way to potenti…

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Won't You Be My Neighbor

03.07.2013

“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like, if each of us offered as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person... One kind word has a wonderful way of turning into many." -Fred Rogers This month marks what would have been Mr. Roger's 85th birthday. In honor of him we celebrate with our annual Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Day by …

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Fulton's 'War & Peace' Coffee Stout

events

02.12.2013

Imperial Stout infused with coffee beans? Yes, please. Minnesota winters build character. So do imperial stouts. Add dark roasted coffee beans to the mix, and you get a winter sipper worthy enough for even the heartiest Minnesotan. Three years ago our friends at Fulton Brewery asked for a coffee recommendation to add to their winter seasonal, The Worthy Adversary. Our head roaster su…

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Alchemy Release No. 3 Recommended Brewing Specifications

quality

12.10.2012

Pourover/Hario v60 – serves one 16.0 grams of coffee to 250 grams of water. Grind at #5 on a standard burr grinder (grind should be the size of sand coarseness). Bloom for 30 seconds with 32 g water. Pour to 100g and give a quick stir. Keep bed at this level until 250g water has been poured, stir once more and allow brew to finish, should take 2:45. Che…

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Grow Ahead: Lend Money to Fund Your Daily Cup of Coffee

farmer trips, quality

11.27.2012

How long does it take to make your morning cup of coffee? Perhaps your answer is that the timer starts sometime before your alarm goes off; you set it so long ago that you no longer remember when. Perhaps you know that the extraction time for your favorite espresso clocks in at 18 seconds. Perhaps you're a slow brew aficionado, waiting 4 minutes for the perfect pourover. All of those are …

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Wonderland Park Espresso--Brew Tips

our shops, quality

10.25.2012

Jackson O' Brien, Peace Coffee Shop Head Barista

When preparing the Wonderland Park Espresso, aim for a shot that has a 2:3 ratio of coffee grounds to shot with a brew time of 27 seconds. Using standard portafilter basket sizes, that means you will be using 18g grounds of coffee to yield a shot that weighs 27g or 20g of coffee to yield 30g of beverage. When honing in on the perfect ratio, adjust the grind to get the desired shot at the t…

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Alchemy Release No. 2 Recommended Brewing Specifications

quality

10.02.2012

Chemex- 3 cup pot 32 grams of coffee to 500 grams of water. Rinse filter with boiling water. Grind at #7.5 on a standard burr grinder (grind should be the size of kosher salt.) Bloom for 30 seconds with 64 g water. Pour slowly "drawing" on the surface of the coffee with the water, keeping the bed depth just above the level of the grounds for 1:00 minute, and pour the…

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Alchemy Release No. 1 Recommended Brewing Specifications

quality

08.20.2012

Chemex- 6 cup pot Highlights the smoothness and clarity of this coffee. 54 grams of coffee to 750 grams of water. Ground at No. 7 on a standard burr grinder (grind should be the size of kosher salt.) Bloom for 30 seconds with 110 grams of water. Pour to top of brew chamber, agitate, and slowly pour remainder of water over grounds. You should finish pouring at 2:40 and th…

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The Alchemy Series

08.15.2012

The Alchemy Series draws its inspiration straight from the origins of science. Alchemy connotes a discipline that is equal parts craft and scientific method. Trade a warehouse for a medieval tower, a roaster for a crucible, and our roasters have a lot in common with alchemists of old. Each batch is carefully tended, tracking time vs. temperature, tasting for terroir and technique. When…

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Fringe Benefits

07.30.2012

There are a lot of amazing shows to see at the Fringe Festival this year & we want to make sure you see as many as you can by keeping you caffeinated and hydrated everyday of the Festival. Check out our daily deals at the Peace Coffee Shop, 3262 Minnehaha Ave. (right down the way from Patrick's Cabaret.) All you need to do it stop by the shop, show us your Fringe Button and you'll rec…

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Our roastery location

07.19.2012

Our Roastery is located at: 2801 21st Avenue S., #130 Minneapolis, MN, 55407 Google Map + Directions hours M-F: 8 am-4 pm phone (612) 870-3440 call toll free 1-888-324-7872 fax (612) 252-1821

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two new

events

07.02.2012

Have any cute coffee mugs lurking in the dust of your kitchen cabinet? Looking for a fun, creative weekly habit? We've got the contest for you! Our customer and good friend Karl Pearson-Cater has inspired us with his "Mugshot Monday" practice. For more than three years now he's been taking a photo of himself with a different mug every Monday and posting it on his blog Bigboxcar. Stories, …

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Packaging Shift

05.31.2012

For those of you who regularly order your Peace Coffee online, you will notice a packaging shift starting June 1st. You may recognize the package as our 12oz. bag, originally created to better fit onto grocery shelves. Now we're streamlining our lineup and bringing that bag to all of you. No window for the beans to peep through and a sturdy, square-cornered construction means fresher …

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Congrats Lee!

04.05.2012

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

We're proud of our Queen Bean (AKA CEO) Lee Wallace for being named one of the top 40 business leaders under 40 in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Delicious coffee, fair and transparent business practices, and having fun while you do it -- she helps inspire us all towards those goals, and we're proud that those values are recognized by our local community…

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Meet the New Face at Peace Coffee

04.05.2012

Q: Your position at Peace Coffee is "Director of Coffee." Tell us a little about what that means. A: My job is to source green coffee, manage our green coffee inventory, forecast use, and work with the roasting team to guide our roasted coffee lineup. This means I get to geek out about coffee and help others to geek out too! I am incredibly excited to oversee Peace Coffee's supply cha…

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Sure Sign of Spring

04.05.2012

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Special Correspondent

Once again the Pollinator, our spring seasonal, is here! Each year our roasting team dreams up a new interpretation of the theme of spring -- this year it's a cup brimming with oranges and spicy ginger against a backdrop of honeyed nuts. Spring has sprung unseasonably early in Minnesota this year, speeding dreams of gardening from glossy seed catalog pages to backyard beds sooner …

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Spring Changes

03.01.2012

While it's beginning to look like winter may come to an end and spring may come at last, far to the south in coffee lands, it's harvest time. A new harvest of coffee always brings fresh flavors to the roastery and this year is no exception. We have been preparing for this new season of coffee and have some exciting changes to share with you. Line-up changes: While we anticipate the arriva…

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The Art of Chemex

quality

02.20.2012

Nikki Halverson, Customer Service All Star

You might be asking yourself, "What is the Peace Coffee crew doing brewing coffee with glass lab equipment?" This is the Chemex! All the rage back in the 1960s and '70s, this stellar piece of brewing equipment is back. Chemex’s history goes back to 1939 when Peter J. Schlumbohm, Ph.D (1896 - 1962), designed the Chemex. Born in Germany and a graduate of the University of Berli…

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Exploring Culture and Coffee in the Dominican

farmer trips

02.13.2012

Brian Steehler, Peace Coffee Van Driver

Hi, Brian Steehler here, van driver for Peace Coffee, car aficionado, history buff, and, now, world traveler. Last October I was thrilled to go on my first producer trip to the Dominican Republic to learn from the farmers, get to know them, and see coffee cultivation firsthand. I made this trip with Lee Wallace, Queen Bean at Peace Coffee; E.J. Dawson, Co-op Coffee's cupper from Mont…

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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 poi…

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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 member…

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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…

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The Art of Turkish Coffee

10.15.2011

Brian Steehler, Peace Coffee Van Driver & Turkish Coffee Enthusiast

It's not clear when Turkish coffee really came about, but some of the aspects of its preparation give hints at their origins. First, the ultra fine grind allows for very even grinding: just grind the heck out of it until it is almost powder. Second, the method of preparation allows for control of brew temperature: bringing the brew to near boil ensures that the coffee has reached proper b…

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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 strengt…

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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…

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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 exhau…

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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 i…

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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 Citi…

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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…

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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 o…

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Peace Coffee Racing Update

bicycles, events

07.15.2011

Justin Young, Peace Coffee Racing Team

We are at the mid-point this year for the2011 Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, and the Peace Coffee Racing Team didn’t take long to get settled into the saddle. Peace Coffee Racing also went about exceeding any and all expectations. In fact, they’ve set the bar pretty high. We have a lot of new happenings this year with Peace Coffee Racing: a brand spanking new website, as well…

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Yeti Summer Adventure

06.15.2011

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

I could go on endlessly about the loveliness of summer. While it's not my favorite season (that honor goes to each new season as it comes, to be replaced in its turn by the next comer), it's the one that's best suited to my chronically chilly constitution. I can't be all alone in this -- each year, the city seems to expand a little as the days lengthen. Just as there are now, as if by magi…

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All About Tea

quality

05.15.2011

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

I didn't start out as a coffee person. Growing up, my mother heralded each day with a cup of Lipton tea with lemon and a gooily heaping teaspoonful of honey; we didn't have coffee in the house. Coffee was that stuff whose red and gold can my grandmother paired with her Marlboro reds and her yellow pleather breakfast nook (an aside: she had a matching coin purse and cigarette case with clic…

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Welcome Dominican

farmer trips

05.01.2011

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

Sometimes a cup of coffee is just a cup of coffee -- or so I've heard. Most days around here it isn't. It's brightness or earthy notes, hints of citrus or sweet cedar; it's Fondo Paez or Chajul, Yirgacheffe or Sidama; new harvest or last year's crop, but never just a cup of joe. Because of our commitment to having our staff travel to origin, most tend to be partial to the beans grown by t…

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Harvest Update

farmer trips, organic, quality

04.15.2011

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

Perhaps you've already noticed it in the grocery aisle; perhaps you're an avid follower of the commodity markets; or perhaps you've read, seen, or heard the news lately: coffee prices are up. "What's going on in the commodity market?" seems to be the question of the season. It's a complex system and experts disagree on the precise causes of the rapid rise in coffee prices that have now re…

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Pollinator Returns!

02.15.2011

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

We're optimists here in Minnesota. As soon as we get a day or so above freezing, we're ready to call it spring. In preparation for those days (we always seem to get a tantalizing handful of them around mid-February), we're pleased to announce that the Pollinator, our beloved spring seasonal, is back. While spring is often heralded as a time of new beginnings, it’s every bit as much a…

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Sourcing Beans in Brazil

farmer trips

01.15.2011

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

Last Spring when our roasting team created the Pollinator blend, they asked the question "How many cups of coffee does it take to make a blend?"The answer was somewhere in the mid-80s. Most recently, we've asked an analogous question: How many miles and how many meetings does it take to meet a new buying relationship? The answer, of course, is that it depends. Just before Thanksgiving, our…

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Choices Brewing

quality

12.15.2010

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

As a professional coffee person, I have an embarrassing confession to make: I don't have the means to make coffee at home. Somewhere in the course of moving, my trusty press pot and I parted ways and I didn't replace it. After all, every morning I go to a place where I'm surrounded by fresh coffee and my pick of a lab full of equipment with which to brew it. Weekends when I don't work, I t…

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Harvest Update

fair trade, organic, quality

11.15.2010

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

Here in Minneapolis, all but the last hangers-on of the leaves have fallen from the trees and we're hunkering down for the frigid half of the year. Meanwhile, thousands of miles south of here in the highlands of Guatemala, months of daily rains have given way to the flush of jasmine-scented blossoms that grow into coffee cherries. Just as we've stored all the squash that we’ll be get…

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They Call it Mello Velo

bicycles

10.15.2010

Kyle Feldman, Peace Coffee Customer Service

Sitting by the front door of the bustling Peace Coffee world headquarters, I have the benefit of meeting and interacting with the friendly and diverse customers that walk through the door to pick up our Fair Trade coffee for themselves or their organizations. Mom-and-pop coffee shop owners, hasty chefs, leisurely church volunteers, manic pre-school PTA moms, AA group hosts, firefighters - …

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Late Night Yeti Sighting

07.15.2010

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

What does a cryptozoological* creature have to do with a delicious cup of coffee? At first we tried to explain the mystery away: clearly, Yvonne the yeti and her friends had arrived in our muggy Minnesota summer to rescue us with their cooling super powers. Yet several years and umpteen delicious drinks later, the mystery remains. I was up too late the other night. Perhaps it was the heat…

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Collaboration in Peru

farmer trips

02.15.2010

Lee Wallace, Peace Coffee Queen Bean

It started with a simple idea really: if our goal as fair traders is to benefit farmers, shouldn’t farmers be involved in that conversation? Just over two years ago, we expanded our structure to take what seemed like the next logical step: formally including coffee producers in the structure of our importing cooperative structure, guaranteeing that they have a voice at the table. I…

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Colombian Adventures

farmer trips

10.15.2009

Angelica Getahun, Peace Coffee Events & Outreach Coordinator

For several years the people of Colombia have been fighting against the perception that they are all part of the narco-trafficking trade. A leader in this effort has been the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC). The FNC, which is a non-governmental organization, has been working with and supporting coffee farmers since 1927. They do this by ensuring that profits go back…

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Roasters on the Road

farmer trips

10.15.2009

Keith Tomlinson, Peace Coffee Staff

In early September, as part of grant work with Cooperative Coffees and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), I traveled to Oaxaca City, in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Traveling with me was Brad from Larry's Beans, Joe from Third Coast Coffee and Monika with Cooperative Coffees. The work that we were doing with Catholic Relief Services involved several days of workshops followed by two days of v…

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Visiting Pangoa

farmer trips

10.15.2009

Stacy Adrianson, Peace Coffee Customer Service Manager

She came in quietly and climbed into a chair. Her feet were dangled in midair, nowhere near the ground, and her hands folded neatly in her lap. She was introduced to us as Zillda, secretaria of the Vigilance Committee, a group of co-op members who ensure the co-op is run with member's interest in mind. It was early morning. The sun was still rising over the mountains, the air damp with dew…

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Making a Difference

organic, sustainability

09.15.2009

Anna Canning, Peace Coffee Project Manager

he wind is getting colder even if the tomatoes are still on the vine, and just around the corner is October which is both Fair Trade & Co-op month. The phrase "Fair Trade coffee" has become ubiquitous in some circles, especially among co-op shoppers, but in the spirit of Fair Trade month, we ask, "what’s at the bottom of that cup?" What does it mean to say that those beans got th…

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Exploring Peru

farmer trips

04.15.2009

Keith Tomlinson, Peace Coffee Staff

It is with great humility and excitement that I introduce our most recent quarterly coffee offering here at Peace Coffee. This single origin Full City Roast Peruvian coffee comes as a result of a trip that I took to Peru last June. While in Peru as a part of a trip with Cooperative Coffees, the importing vessel that we are members of, in the city of Jaen we were given a tour and demonstrat…

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Travels in the Birthplace of Coffee

farmer trips

01.15.2009

Lee Wallace, Peace Coffee Queen Bean

In mid-November, I ventured to Ethiopia with fellow coffee travelers Monika Firl (producer relations, Cooperative Coffees) and Mark Glenn (co-owner of Conscious Coffees, based in Boulder, CO). This was my first trip to Africa, and I was really excited. There's also something incredibly meaningful for someone who works in coffee to travel to the birthplace of coffee. In addition to what I…

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A New Path in Peru, Part II

farmer trips

11.15.2008

Ketih Tomlinson, Peace Coffee Staff

It has been nearly six months since I was in Peru. In my last installment of my Peru newsletter story, I talked about my trip up to the mountains, meeting Lucia Zurita-Zurita, and the work we did with Cenfrocafe. Cenfrocafe was one of two cooperatives that we visited while in northern Peru. Cepicafe is the other. Cepicafe is significant to Peace Coffee in two main ways. First, they are the…

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A New Path in Peru, Part I

farmer trips

08.15.2008

Keith Tomlinson, Peace Coffee Staff

During the end of May and the beginning of June, I traveled around northern Peru with a group of seven people (myself included) to meet with two organizations from which Peace Coffee sources coffee through Cooperative Coffees. Our first stop was the cooperative Cenfrocafe. They formed in 1999 when 8 associations representing 220 coffee producers joined together. This action was a result of…

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Observations from Chiapas

farmer trips

07.15.2008

Joe Moskowitz, Peace Coffee Dir. of Finance & H.R.

The roaster is starting to smoke. What's worse is no one in the café seems to notice or care. I nervously ask the barista, in my broken Spanish, how long they have been roasting this batch. "Un hora" she replies. I can't help but wince at this length of time, thinking of our 15 minute batches in the roastery at home. Luckily she doesn't notice. If only our roasters could see this, I…

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Colombia Conversations

farmer trips

06.15.2008

Melanee Meegan, Peace Coffee Dir. of Marketing

I've been serving up a lot of our Colombian Heavy Pedal coffee at various bike events this summer. Heavy Pedal is a reference to the amount of weight that our bike deliverers pedal across town every day. As far as the delicious taste of the coffee, the credit is all due to the Fondo Paez Cooperative in Colombia. Earlier this year I visited the Páez farmers who grow this coffee in th…

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EcoTouring in Nicaragua with USFT

farmer trips

08.15.2007

Melanee Meegan, Peace Coffee Dir. of Marketing

It's been five years since I visited Nicaragua. The last time I went, Peace Coffee wasn't yet buying any Nicaraguan coffee, although our green buying coop,Cooperative Coffees, was. This trip was not strictly an annual Peace Coffee farmer vist. Instead, I was representing Cooperative Coffees to talk with United Students for Fair Trade (USFT) about all the ways 100% Fair Trade companies can …

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Sailing the Winds of Fair Trade, Part II

farmer trips

05.15.2007

Derek De La Paz, Peace Coffee Head Roaster

So after traveling half way around the world, making my way thru Ethiopia's capitol Addis Ababa, I've finally arrived in Yirgacheffe, a very sacred place in the ever-changing coffee world. Many connoisseurs consider the coffee that is grown in this area to be the finest in the world. Rugged highlands with an abundance of seasonal rainfall make it an ideal location for the coffee plant to g…

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Sailing the Winds of Fair Trade, Part I

farmer trips

04.15.2007

Derek De La Paz, Peace Coffee Head Roaster

It’s February 2007 and I am on a flight from Washington, DC, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am a roaster of coffee at Peace Coffee. I still can’t believe that in 16 hours I’ll be standing in the country that gave the world the coffee plant. The birthplace of coffee -- Ethiopia. What could it possibly be like? I will be traveling from Addis Ababa to Yirgacheffe in southern E…

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Iguanas, Coffee, and Magnetic Poles

farmer trips

03.15.2007

Ryan Seibold, Peace Coffee Barista

The island of Hispaniola (a.k.a. Haiti/Dominican Republic) was first inhabited by a society known as the "Taino" and numbered around 400,000 at the time of Christopher Columbus’ arrival. The island was the third piece of land Spanish explorers set foot on in the "new world" in 1492, following the Bahamian island of Guanahani and present-day Cuba. The island is home to the first Catho…

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The Hike--Adventures in Guatemala

farmer trips

09.15.2006

Ryan Seibold, Peace Coffee Barista

We made our way along trails that were rugged, broken and side winding. The trail we traversed wove through the dense and airy forest and descended into this impressive valley, where the opposite side looked like some sacred, growing, supernatural thing. Across the valley we could see the Sebal, Guatemala's great tree. We continued moving along toward the waterfall, our destination, furthe…

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Extraordinary Ethiopia

farmer trips

06.15.2005

Melanee Meegan, Peace Coffee Dir. of Marketing

Mid-winter at staff meetings, talk of farmer visits comes up on our agenda list. Peace Coffee has a rotating travel program, which gives all of its employees an opportunity to visit the coffee growers we buy from. We visit several farmer partners every year, although sometimes several years pass between visits to some of the coops further away. It had been three years since anyone from Pea…

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Gayo Mountain Adventure

farmer trips

07.15.2003

Melanee Meegan, Peace Coffee Dir. of Marketing

In early March of this year I was fortunate enough to travel to Indonesia to visit our coffee partners in Sumatra. I landed in Medan, the third largest city in Indonesia, and drove immediately ten hours to Takengon, which sits on a tiny lake bordering the renowned Gayo Mountain coffee region. The dry processing plant for all of the Gayo farmers is located in Takengon and referred to as Tri…

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$5 off select 5 LB. bags

Give Peace Coffee a try today and save $5 on fresh roasted beans! Instructions: Click on a featured coffee below, select the 5lb version in the drop-down menu, and choose your favorite whole bean or ground option. Enjoy the beans! Peace Coffee is on a mission to craft a delicious coffee experience in collaboration with communities around the globe. We strive to make …

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20 years of Peace Coffee

We couldn't have made it this far without the hard work of our farmer partners around the world, our dedicated staff and you, our loyal customers. We can't wait to raise a mug with you as we celebrate our 20th year and many more to come! 1995 After conversations with coffee farmers in Mexico, our founding organization, The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), purchases a co…

2014 year in review

Thank you for your support this year—we truly couldn't do it without you.

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Bring Peace Coffee to your next meeting or event!

Whether it's a small meeting of just a few people, or a large gathering of several hundred, all the delicious coffee and fresh baked goods you enjoy at our shops are available to go. This includes vegan and gluten-free options to make pleasing everyone a possibility. We send you off with cream, sugar, reusable serving containers* and compostable paper cups, utensils, etc. That means that …

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Cafe and restraurant Program

organic, quality

If you're running a cafe or restaurant, you know that good coffee is just the beginning of a successful beverage program. Thankfully, so do we. We've been serving cafes, restaurants, deli's, and major universities for over a decade. Additionally, our flagship coffee shop in Minneapolis' Longfellow neighborhood was named the Best Coffee Shop in the Twin Cities in 2013 by City Pages' and o…

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Celebrate Small Business Saturday at our coffee shop on November 30th!

our shops

You've heard the buzz of big retailers gearing up for Black Friday, the day calculated to put their books back in the black, but have you heard of Small Business Saturday? Come on out November 30th and be a part of the bottom line of your community. We'll be marking the event at our Wonderland Park Coffee shop all day long. Our stretch of Minnehaha Avenue is a perfect example of the delig…

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Combatting Coffee Leaf Rust

Oscar Omar Alonzo Aguilar farms coffee on a plot of land alongside his brother in Honduras. Oscar’s coffee is thriving while his brother’s crop struggles. The brothers are growing coffee in a region highly affected by climate change – one result of this climate change is the dramatic increase in a destructive parasitic fungus called Hemileia Vastatrix, also known as coffe…

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Composting Corner

organic, sustainability

Coffee grounds can be used in the garden and on the farm for so many good things. Here are just a few of them: 1. Sprinkle used grounds around plants before rain or watering, for a slow-release nitrogen. 2. Add to compost piles to increase nitrogen balance. Coffee filters and tea bags break down rapidly during composting. 3. Dilute with water for a gentle, fast-acting liquid fertili…

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East Lake Open Streets 2016

While we love visiting with friends old and new at the various Open Streets festivals around the city, the East Lake Street version always feels like a homecoming. As part of our celebration of the beautiful community that runs along East Lake Street from the river to the highway, we’ve invited Longfellow neighborhood artist extraordinaire JAO to perform her band of wildly expressive…

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