In the early days of COVID-19, I asked my humble amount of IG followers how their coffee habit had been impacted.
About 80% said yes, it had been impacted and they were drinking more coffee as a result. Months later, it was a resounding 100%, and 100% were drinking “more coffee than before the pandemic.” Now obviously my poll is biased, filled with coffee drinkers, long-time caffeine addicts, but market research is showing my poll was not far from the trending truth...
LET’S TALK ALL THINGS AUTUMN.
If you thought I was corny before -- just wait, this is MY season, which means it’s peak pun time.
Pumpkin spice, chestnut praline, apple cider, gingerbread… I feel like those are the core, epitomized fall flavors. Whoever says maple is a fall flavor can go to hell. Maple is available year-round.
Now that “fall” flavors are established, let’s talk brands: Monin, Torani, DaVinci, Ghirardelli and 1883 are the most commercial brands you’ll find at your neighborhood coffee shop… I would exclude chain-made brands like Starbucks, Peet’s or Coffee Bean since those are only available at said locations, but honestly, there are some fall flavors they just nail...
Abra means “open,” and Abra Coffee means “delicious.”
The founder and co-owner Paula runs Abra Coffee with her husband in Miami. Coffee runs in Paula’s blood, as she’s a 3rd generation roaster and spent years managing her family’s coffee farm in Brazil. Abra was founded in 2018 with a mission to serve as the gateway into the world of better coffee for their customers. She reached out to me for a review and was kind enough to send a couple samples of coffee and they did not disappoint! One Ethiopian Guji and one Columbian Cauca -- both categorized as medium but I think all signs point to light roasts.
Similar to past subscription-based coffee company reviews, I can only comment on the particular coffees, delivery, presentation, etc., not the subscription experience...
“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...
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