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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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Why our Shenandoah Spring Roast Makes the Best Nitro Cold Brew

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Why our Shenandoah Spring Roast Makes the Best Nitro Cold Brew

By: Chelsea Jarrell Commonwealth Joe’s Office Nitro Program has helped boost the morale and productivity in offices by offering an exciting and unique coffee experience within the workplace. We deliver everything you need to have Nitro Cold Brew on tap directly to your office, making sure that you’re all set to have a productive week. When we do tastings at offices, the first thing we typically hear from new customers is how delicious our flagship Nitro Cold Brew, Shenandoah Spring, tastes. Below, we’ll share a bit more information about why this particular roast makes the perfect Nitro Cold Brew.  ...

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Climate Change's Impact on Coffee

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Climate Change's Impact on Coffee

It shouldn’t really be much of a surprise that climate change can impact coffee farmers - the varying environmental conditions of the globe cause irregular temperatures, rain, and humidity. These conditions, of course, are what can make or break a farmer’s harvest each season. Unfortunately, for the coffee addicts of the world, coffee is a crop that is suffering from these environmental changes, causing major problems for the global coffee industry. Lulu Garcia-Navarro reported for NPR that last year’s Robusta bean production was down 30% by October. The bright side is that Arabica is doing better than predicted. Regardless, all coffee...

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The debate between Arabica and Robusta beans

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The debate between Arabica and Robusta beans

There are 125 species of coffee grown all over the world, yet two species tend to get the most buzz: Robusta and Arabica. Robusta and Arabica have very different reputations in the coffee market, despite the fact they look pretty much the same after roasting. Arabica beans are typically used in the specialty coffee industry, Commonwealth Joe included. Robusta is easier to grow, has a higher yield, is more pest resistant and has more caffeine than Arabica. You would think that would be great, right? However, Robusta beans are considered lower in quality and most frequently used in the commodity...

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