“Go on a coffee Safari.”
That’s the tagline for Black-owned subscription-based African Coffee Club (ACC).
The founder was kind enough to reach out to me for a review and gifted me a bag of their Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, which is just one of their three Ethiopian coffees available.
ACC was founded in January 2019 out of Los Angeles by Kenya-native Mukurima Muriuki. Why did Mukurima launch ACC? Simple answer: To keep the coffee flowing. He understands the importance of a never-ending supply of high-quality coffee, and he has family members in the coffee industry back home!
Since I’m only getting a portion of the ACC experience (one-time delivery/one bag of coffee), I won’t be grading the subscription-aspect of the brand. I can only speak to this specific coffee (and note that the founder is extremely nice and attentive to his business)...
The quality of coffee is influenced by a variety of factors from seed to cup. Dynamics go way beyond the roast, country and processing method, and thankfully more brands are making a point to share the details behind each unique coffee they sell.
Altitude is one of the many factors that influence a coffee’s harvest and ultimately, taste -- but it’s long been disputed how and how much influence it bears.
Elevation and shade levels have been advertised for years, with the message that higher elevations and shade-grown coffee reigns the superior environment.
I’m here to dispel the gospel myth that the higher the elevation, the higher the coffee's quality...
Despite the old saying, coffee is not the second-most traded commodity in the world. Sorry to burst any small-talk topic bubbles.
But humans do drink insane amounts of coffee, some countries more than others (Finland and Italy, more than France and China). A huge amount of that coffee is still exported from the South and Central Americas, but rather than talk stats, I want to help scratch any wanderlust/cabin fever/intrepid itches you may have during the quarantine (gorgeous photos included)!
I give you: Coffee from Five of the Most Beautiful Places in the World...
My closest friends know I was 175 lbs after using Depo Provera several years ago, and just when I had given up on ever getting back to my tiny self, I found Weight Watchers. In five months I lost 50 lbs. Snap! Just like that. And by “just like that” I mean with RIGOROUS self-control, lots to keep me busy and eating fruit 24 hours a day.
Ever since I’ve been on WW to monitor my weight and keep it up as a lifestyle (rather than a diet). Of course, then I met the man who is now my live-in boyfriend, and we both gained weight, haha. So I’ve been back at it, with the same rigor and regiment as my last successful time around. (...)
SoCal coffee roaster Avatar Coffees was generous enough to reach out and send me some coffee, so I thought I’d review my unique experience with it.
I’ll be honest, Avatar: The Last Airbender was one of my favorite shows as a kid (who am I kidding -- it’s still a favorite), so I was partial to the name alone when we first started talking.
For a little background, Avatar was founded two years ago in Montclair, CA but they only started selling about six months ago. They operate with a charitable mission in mind, so you can feel good when you buy their products: For every bag of coffee sold, Avatar gives $1 to Charity on Wheels, a homeless outreach nonprofit. (...)
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