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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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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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Coffee Drink Trends of 2017

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Coffee Drink Trends of 2017

If you drink coffee, you likely have your favorite drink. Whether you routinely order a large iced latte on your way into the office or move from hot pour overs to iced tea depending on which way the wind is blowing, you likely have your tried and true beverages top of mind. Regardless of your drink of choice, occasionally we feel the spontaneous urge to try something adventurous when we we approach the cashier and look up at the daunting menu board. Due to millennials’ focus on innovation, combined with our short attention span, new drink fads in the coffee...

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The Specialty Coffee (Re)evolution

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The Specialty Coffee (Re)evolution

I remember my coffee game changing experience distinctly. At the time I knew specialty coffee was a thing, but still wasn’t exactly into it. When I took a sip of Counter Culture’s Idido Ethiopian coffee, I finally understood that coffee can be different. Most of the notes were probably lost on me, but it was the first time I noticed coffee as citrusy. It was acidic, but light. I felt like I was drinking juice. I wondered how coffee could possibly taste like this or even be like this.   Specialty coffee is similar to your favorite craft beer. It...

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