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Fact or Myth? Can Coffee Cause Dehydration

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Fact or Myth? Can Coffee Cause Dehydration

By: Chelsea Jarrell When we think of coffee, one of the first things we associate it with is caffeine. Caffeine is one of the most consumed psychoactive substances in the world. It can be found in many different products such a coffee, tea, soda, or even chocolate. Coffee and caffeine are known to have a lot of negative connotations. One of which is that caffeine can actually dehydrate you. But where did that notion come from, and how much of it is true?   The link between dehydration and caffeine can be traced all the way back to 1928. A...

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All About Antioxidants: The Major Health Benefits of Coffee

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All About Antioxidants: The Major Health Benefits of Coffee

By: Chelsea Jarrell Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. According to Euromonitor International, 88.8 gallons per capita of coffee were consumed in 2016 just in the US. This has made coffee America’s number one choice, over tea and soda. Coffee has become much more than just a cup to get us through the day. What once had a negative connotation is now considered a great source of antioxidants and a clean source of caffeine. Antioxidants are substances that occur naturally or are man-made that can delay or prevent certain types of cell damage. They...

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The Art and Skill of a Barista

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The Art and Skill of a Barista

By: Chelsea Jarrell Our favorite trusted craftsperson, baristas have become that oh-so-familiar face that brightens up our day with the simple call of our name and a drink waiting shortly after. But have you ever wondered where the term Barista came from? Or how the role has developed into what we know it as today? The History of the Barista Surprisingly, the name was coined back in 1645 when there were houses that would serve both alcohol and coffee in Italy. The term Barista is Italian and when translated into English literally means “barman.” At the time, the espresso machine...

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CWJ City Guide: Best Coffee Shops in NYC

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CWJ City Guide: Best Coffee Shops in NYC

Though we wish we were able to house a Commonwealth Joe location in every US city, the reality is, our brick and mortar experience is limited to the DMV area. However, through our travels, we’ve found amazing coffee offered by passionate baristas can be found in the most unassuming of establishments. As a result, we are starting a monthly blog post series to share our favorite coffee spots in some of the nation’s most traveled cities. Of course, we must start off with none other than the Big Apple. For those of you who don’t have CWJ Nitro Cold Brew...

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Best Coffee & Food Pairings

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Thanks to Hollywood’s not so accurate representation of police officers, the classic drip coffee and glazed doughnut is what most people think of when they hear ‘coffee & food pairing’. However, the reality is, we can do as much with coffee and food as we can with wine and food. In both instances, the same concept holds true as the key to the finding perfect duo - match the dominant flavor notes of the coffee with a food that shares those similar flavor notes. Whether you enjoy your cup of coffee in the morning with breakfast, as an afternoon treat...

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