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The Many Uses of Coffee Grounds

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The Many Uses of Coffee Grounds

By: Chelsea Jarrell Coffee can be used for much more than creating the perfect caffeinated beverage. In fact, there are several different ways to put those wet coffee grounds to good use. Check out this post to figure out which ones fit into your lifestyle. Beauty Coffee grounds are a perfect coarse substance full of caffeine and vitamins that can help rejuvenate and exfoliate your skin.   Coffee Body Scrub: Wake up in the shower with this homemade body scrub. The combination of coffee, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla awakens your senses and leaves your skin feeling super soft. Coffee...

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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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Life After Decaf

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Life After Decaf

By: Chelsea Jarrell   Decaf Coffee has been considered over the years to be a blemish to the coffee community.  It is often talked about in a bad light, and has been attached to certain slogans such as “Death Before Decaf.” These quick judgements and accusations do not give decaf any chance to prove itself. Like most inventions, decaffeinated coffee was discovered by accident. Around the early 1900s a German merchant by the name of Ludwig Roselius was transporting a shipment of coffee beans when they accidently became saturated with sea water. The salty water caused the beans to lose...

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Now Featuring Groundwork: A New Coffee Experience

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Now Featuring Groundwork: A New Coffee Experience

By Chelsea Jarrell Groundwork  Nothing awakens your mind and palate more than a new seasonal coffee being offered at our shop. Groundwork was created to spotlight new beans that we have purchased in small batches and roasted for the very first time. It’s a journey that we get to experience and we want you to come along with us. How to locate Groundwork When you enter our flagship shop in Pentagon City, you will see that unmistakable white label boldly reading “Groundwork” at our pour over station. Once Groundwork is ordered, we begin our well-thought out preparation to give you...

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How to Take the Perfect Coffee Instagram

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How to Take the Perfect Coffee Instagram

There are many instances in life that simply aren’t capturable with the standard mobile camera - the upcoming solar eclipse, a hummingbird’s wings as it hovers outside your office window, or in my case, a decent photo of the Washington Monument from inside a Lyft. However, lucky for us, coffee is one thing we can capture the beauty of. In addition to the obvious latte art, the right coffee photo can bring to life the experience that a cup of coffee creates, whether that be the unique setting, the conversation, or the personal connections fostered. At CWJ, we love to...

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