Us wine industry folks talk about terroir a lot. A core concept in how we view wine in the 21st century, terroir is the idea that soil, climate, and topography all give a wine a distinctive characteristic that it wouldn’t have if the grapes were grown elsewhere. It’s an idea that posits the locale where grapes are […]
Coffee — it’s a beverage most of us need in the morning in order to start the day. But do we actually know why we need it, and what it’s doing to our bodies? The need has a lot to do with the chemical effect caffeine has on our system, and it impacts us for hours […]
If you’re anything like us, the only motivating factor for getting out of bed in the morning is the sweet, sacred promise of your morning cup of coffee. The aromas of the fresh grounds, the gurgling sound the pot makes when it’s near finishing… really, nothing else compares. But this probably isn’t your only cup of […]
Ah, coffee. It’s the flip side of wine, the yin to wine’s yang. We wake up, we drink our coffee, we work, and then we wine. But actually, we drink a lot less coffee than our European friends. A lot less. We drink less than Australians, too. And less than Canadians.
French press, pour over, hand-pulled espresso. It seems like every which way we turn, a new artisanal coffee shop is popping up, boasting the latest and greatest forms of brewing to make you the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had in your life. While we’re all about artisanal coffee shops — and definitely all […]
Here in America, we’re sometimes obsessed with the French: their style, their cuisine, their simple joie de vivre. We just can’t get enough of their every move, from baguettes to bistros, from lunch wine to lavender, they seem to do everything right. Between moving a little slower yet still remaining effortlessly elegant, we all secretly strive to be […]
I’ll have a medium coffee with cream, sugar, and salt. Wait, what? You read that right: Putting salt in your coffee is now a thing. We know it sounds totally strange, but adding salt to your coffee might actually make it better. Here’s why.
Ever wonder if you’re doing your coffee break correctly? According to the Italians, you’re probably doing it wrong — but they also have the fix. It’s called caffè corretto and means literally a corrected coffee. And it’s the best coffee break we’ve ever heard of. Caffè corretto is one way Italians get a daily dose of espresso and one of hard […]
In a world of Nespresso, Keurig, french press and good old-fashioned drip machines, your next cup of coffee generally isn’t too far away (insert praise emoji). Though the question is, just how good is that next cup of coffee going to be? We certainly all have our preferences, but we believe that more often than […]