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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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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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The Deal with Flavor Notes

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The Deal with Flavor Notes

Imagine you have just walked into your favorite coffee shop and you decide you want to order a pour-over coffee. So you ask the barista what’s brewing that day and the response will frequently be a few coffee origins by country. To help you understand what each coffee tastes like, they will then list each coffee’s flavor notes. These could be anything: chocolate, almond, peapod, toast. These flavor notes were likely chosen by the roaster during a series of cuppings, the industry standard for evaluating coffee by smell and by taste, and communicated to the baristas. So the flavor notes...

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Manual Coffee Brewing Tools

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Manual Coffee Brewing Tools

Whether you’re camping in the Shenandoah mountains or planning a cross-country roadtrip, there will be days when you won’t have access to your coveted countertop espresso maker or autodrip coffee machine. Luckily, we’ve compiled our top four favorite manual brewing methods that are not only portable, but down right delicious. Like we mentioned in our previous blog post, manual brewing methods allow you to control every aspect of the coffee brewing process, resulting in the perfect cup for you. This blog post will dive into both coffee pour over and immersion tools used to make you an “on the go”...

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Why Manually Brew Coffee?

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Why Manually Brew Coffee?

If you have been to one of our coffee shops—both Commonwealth Joe and The Java Shack—you probably have noticed there are two ways to get your drip coffee: batch electric drip coffee versus a manual brew. Understandably, if you don’t know the difference, you presumably look up at the menu and think, why would I pay more money for a manually brewed coffee? Although, an electric dripper is a great option for your morning coffee, there is definitely a benefit to getting a cup of coffee hand brewed by one of our baristas. A good cup of coffee depends on...

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