Blog — Specialty Coffee

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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Improve Company Culture with Office Perks

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Improve Company Culture with Office Perks

There are many factors that go into accepting a job offer - salary, medical benefits, and commute time are a few of the obvious reasons. However, as more and more millennials enter the workforce, one thing remains a priority focus for recruiters when gearing up to hire the right talent - office perks. In fact, in a recent LinkedIn survey, “perks and benefits” is the number two most important factor millennials look to learn about a company after “culture and values.” Gone are the days where office perks are found only in Silicon Valley. In 2017, employee amenities are standard...

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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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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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