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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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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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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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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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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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