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Ethiopian Sidamo

Ethiopian Sidamo

Well-balanced, complex, and smooth, Ethiopian Sidamo represents some of the best characteristics of African coffee. Often regarded as one of the finest coffees in the world, Sidamo can be enjoyed both hot and iced and is well worth seeking out.The beans are grown on the Southern border in what used to be called the Sidamo province. This region is often regarded as the birthplace of coffee production. According to local legend, a young goat herder named Kaldi noticed his flock becoming energetic after eating some mysterious red berries. After trying the berries himself he felt a huge surge of energy....

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The Scoop on Kenya AA

The Scoop on Kenya AA

Despite the fact that coffee beans were first discovered in the neighboring Ethiopia many centuries ago, coffee production in Kenya only began at the turn of the 20th century. Since then Kenya has gone on to be the 21st largest producer of coffee in the world. The industry produces in excess of 51 million kilograms of coffee each year and employs over 6 million people. The majority of Kenyan coffee is grown in the elevated areas between Mount Kenya in the north and the city of Nairobi in the southwest. The fertile volcanic soil in this region is ideal for...

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Local Coffee Outfit Gets Awards-Show Invite

Local Coffee Outfit Gets Awards-Show Invite

by Eva Wasney, Winnipeg Free Press It’s not every day that a seven-month-old Winnipeg business gets featured at a red carpet award show. So, it’s understandable that Robert Young assumed an email invitation to attend the MTV Movie & TV Awards was a scam."I was just about to reply that the Nigerian prince already has my money," says the local author and owner of Writers & Rockers Coffee Company. "But I didn’t, I just kind of left it."Turns out, the offer was legitimate — and then some. Young’s coffee beans will be included in the gift bags and brewed for...

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Local novelist’s caffeine dream results in rockin’ roast

Local novelist’s caffeine dream results in rockin’ roast

Writers & Rockers Coffee no ordinary joe, pays homage to literature, musicBy: Ben Waldman, Winnipeg Free Press | Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 Writer Robert Young was hard at work earlier this year on his latest novel, a 1930s murder mystery set in Wolseley starring a strict Catholic detective forced to work with a tarot reader to solve the case.But the story didn’t just write itself, and Young — author of six books of fiction and non-fiction, including biographies of Lyle Bauer and Dieter Brock of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers — came up against a familiar foe: writer’s block.That’s when he...

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Back to the Grind

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Back to the Grind

Extraction is arguably the most important and least understood aspect of coffee brewing. Put simply, extraction is the method of pulling the flavor from your coffee beans. It’s the magic that turns water and beans into a beautiful beverage. As water passes through the grounds, it dissolves all sorts of compounds that end up in your cup. But this is where things get tricky. Some of those compounds taste great, but others are kind of nasty. To get the good ones, and the right amount of them, you need to properly extract your coffee, meaning that the water dissolves the right stuff, and the...

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