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Little Waves Coffee at 2022 Specialty Coffee Association Re:co Symposium and Expo

April 7 - 10, 2022 - Boston, MA Schedule for our Roaster Village Booth and Appearances - Full Details Follow Thursday, April 7th, 10:45 AM Areli is a guest contributor along with fellow founding board member Candice Madison in Phyllis Johnson and Michelle Maisto's Re:co Symposium talk Persistent Problems, New Solutions / Creating the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity - A Call to Action Friday, April 8th - Sunday, April 10th Visit the Little Waves Coffee booth RV22 in the Roaster Village where we will be featuring from our Micro Roaster of the Year winning catalogue along with producer guest visits while we serve their coffee. Booth Times: Fri - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Friday,...

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You Are Marvelous!

The story behind You Are Marvelous!  David Solow, Luzene Hill, Areli's DNA and CC OWD shop design. In the fall of 2015, we worked with David Solow to create the design of CC OWD, our second location. David created a usable art installation that interconnected the works of 31 local artists. Image and shop design by David Solow art + design David created a to-scale portolan chart of the Earth along the face of the bar, including the bar revealed when the training room door is slid open. The middle of the main bar features a compass rose that represents Durham in the center. In the training room corner, on the espresso machine module with a compass rose representing Addis Ababa, the anchor...

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Some good things. A look back and a look ahead.

Each January we do an internal look back at our previous year in business, assessing our accomplishments and how to make our operation work better, how we can improve our workplace and better express our vision and mission.  This year we had the additional need to untangle and consider our operation during the last 11 months of the pandemic, making sense of all of the adaptations, plans, scrambles, and expectations, and use that information to update our plans on how to get through another 10 or more months in safe mode. Y'all have supported and shown us so much love and we hope we've provided you and your loved ones lots of comfort! In order to get through 6-10 more months and keep...

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We're in this Together.

We created our Spring/Summer 2020 Wonder Menu by naming world heritage sites with deep and sometimes ancient historical significance that are important to all of humanity. Sites referenced spanned from the ancient cities of Balkh and Palmyra, to the Strait of Jabal Tariq (Gibraltar), to Teotihuacan. We named our signature pour over for one of the world’s liveliest squares, Marrakech’s Jemaa El-Fnaa, and another drink for Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory.   Our drink, Palmyra, was a nod to the fact that Palmyra was at the Western end of the ancient spice routes, and that it came to prominence as a crossroads and trading center for caravans traveling from distant lands. The featured spices highlighted the multicultural influences that converged, cohabitated...

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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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