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Q-Grading Coffee: Part 3 of 5 - Body

Welcome to our third post on Q-Grading and objective tasting! This post is going to focus on the perception of body. Some of the more common descriptors coffee drinkers use to describe their cups are “bold” and “full-bodied,” but when it comes to understanding what  those descriptors actually mean, there are multiple interpretations, many of which seem vague.  The easiest way to refer to a coffee’s “body” is to define it as the texture or perceived “weight” you feel when tasting a coffee. An easy way to start tasting for this is to run your tongue over the roof of your mouth and think about what texture you’re feeling.  Terroir and processing play a big part here: all coffees are...

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NEOWISE photo collaboration by David Solow & Kristy Maney Herron + We're In This Together Autumn Menu Precursor

Wonder is a word we use to refer to the spirit of what we're after in serving y'all. This spring in the chaos of covid-19 our communications specialist and Little Waves Coffee wholesale manager, Alyssa Noble, added the word vibrance to what we've been keeping on our minds through the spring and summer. This photograph came out of the desire to share both.  Composite Photo by David Solow + Kristy Maney Herron We're sharing it with you now to set the stage for the wrapping up of our current wonder menu, and to launch our coming menu.  It's going to be called "We're in This Together" and be a menu in which each item will be made via collaboration. To start...

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Rooted Reverberations

Rooted Reverberations is a term that captures the ethos of Little Waves Coffee Roasters and our brick and mortar shops, Cocoa Cinnamon. Rooted Reverberations lie at the foundations of our business, playing a role in attracting the kindest, most gentle souls to our team and community. Rooted Reverberations means daily repeated actions rooted in growth, love, mindfulness, and wonder -- actions rooted in the belief of health, well-being, safety, and abundance for all.   Rooted Reverberations are not a claim of perfection; they are a commitment to be deliberate and agile when it comes to taking in new information, regrouping, and keeping on the path of creating a better future for all. This includes unlearning harmful behaviors and patterns.  As a...

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Q-Grading Coffee: Part 2 of 5. On Acids.

Acidity might be one of the most polarizing things you can talk to coffee drinkers about. When it comes to coffee, we need to reframe our preconceived notions about acids. The most important thing to remember when you’re tasting for acidity is that it’s not necessarily referring to the pH of a given coffee. Coffee sits around 5 on a pH scale - for reference, a neutral acidity is 7; orange juice sits at around a 3. If you feel sensitive to acid, you can temper the perception of acidity in your coffee by opting for medium or darker roasts, or by adding milk. There’s definitely a solution for everyone. In the first article in this series, we talked about...

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