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Sextant smells of coffee


Starting last month, visitors to Sextant Coffee, located on Folsom and 10th streets, had their drink of choice brewed by someone other than owner Kinani Ahmed. After carrying out all the tasks himself for a year and a half, Ahmed is rebuilding the team he lost at the start of the public health crisis.

An energetic man in his forties, Ahmed’s easy smile belies an intensity and focus that got his business through the COVID-19 pandemic. He founded Sextant Coffee in 2014, after spending 15 years running two cafes. Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ahmed began working in biotechnology at the University of California, San Francisco, but has missed the rituals and culture of drinking coffee since childhood. Opening a café as a side project was a way to share this philosophy with its neighbors.

“I grew up around coffee,” he explains. “I have always been surrounded by people who grow coffee or export coffee.”

He particularly missed the warmth of his grandmother’s daily coffee ritual. “Every day she would take the green beans, wash them and roast them in a cast iron skillet over charcoal,” he said. “You roast the fresh beans every time you want to drink coffee. It is quite elaborate. Almost all households start their day this way.

Given his intimate relationship with coffee, Ahmed quickly found that just running a café was unsatisfying. “I understood that I had to control the whole production, and then later I expanded even more into sourcing,” he said.

He quit his job at UCSF and immersed himself in coffee full time.

According to Ahmed, coffee was first domesticated in the region around modern Ethiopia centuries before a few varieties were taken elsewhere to become foundational crops for the types that now dominate the global market. Ethiopian growers continue to produce the original variety. As a result, crops grown on small farms, like the one owned by Ahmed’s family near Addis Ababa, exhibit genetic characteristics not found anywhere else.

Thanks to his family ties, Ahmed started importing beans from Ethiopia and roasting them himself. Thus was born Sextant Coffee, which also offers coffee from Colombia and Brazil.

Although Ethiopia is currently embroiled in civil war and emerging famine, Ahmed said the conflict is mostly centered in Tigray in the north and has not impacted coffee exports.

Almost from the time it first opened, Sextant has grown. “We were providing coffee to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and so on,” Ahmed said.

As of March 2020, Ahmed was overseeing a large team which included a marketing department. He was finalizing plans to license his product at San Francisco International Airport and open two more coffee shops. Sextant had just completed its annual purchase of coffee beans when the first city-wide shelter-in-place order was placed. Almost overnight, Sextant went from being a company of 15 employees to a company of one.

“Losing my team was the hardest part,” he recalls. “I had to wear all the hats.

He worked 12 to 14 hours a day. He considers himself lucky to have survived when so many other companies did not.

As the pandemic subsides in San Francisco, Ahmed is eager to review his expansion plans for 2020. Now that he has hired a manager and two baristas, he can take his first day off in eighteen months. In fact, he’s taking a week off. What is he going to do ? Driving his family to Los Angeles.

“Maybe we’ll even go to Disneyland,” he said.

Kinani Ahmed. Photo: Courtesy of Kinani Ahmed

Coffee growers will sell directly to South Korea


During the exhibition, buyers interacted with coffee growers to build trust. [Courtesy]

The coffee growers have made a deal to sell their products directly to international buyers in South Korea without going through brokers to maximize their profits.

During a four-day Coffee Expo that kicked off Wednesday in Seoul, where Kenya was the guest country, a number of farmers from several coffee cooperatives met and interacted directly with South Korean importers. .

The inaugural networking forum aimed to improve the direct sales and marketing of Kenyan coffee while positioning it as unique and of high quality.

The event organized by the Directorate of Coffee and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Business Development also aimed to position Kenya as one of the major producers and exporters of coffee.

Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development Betty Maina led the delegation to the exhibition.

She said that Kenya’s coffee exports to South Korea have increased, attributed to the mutual engagement between the Kenyan Embassy and Coffee Expo in Seoul.

“However, it is necessary to defend the brand of our coffee in order to eliminate the intermediaries that always interfere with the origin of the coffee which ends up affecting the quality of the product in general,” Ms. Maina said.

The SC said Kenya is determined to strengthen its trade relations with South Korea and assured the Korean business community that the country is an ideal investment destination.

She said more trade dialogues will be opened between farmers and international buyers to push for increased international market share for Kenyan products.

Discussions will also focus on reducing tariffs, she said.

Kenyan Ambassador to South Korea Mwende Mwinzi told Sunday Standard that the exhibition aims to create a direct networking link between Kenyan farmers and international coffee buyers.

This would allow farmers to increase their income by dealing directly with importers, she said.

“This is the first time that Kenyan farmers have interacted directly with international buyers,” Ms. Mwinzi said.

“It creates a great bond between the two parties and eliminates the middlemen who nibble at farmers’ profit margins and who could compromise product quality as they chase after big profits.”

During the exhibition, buyers interacted with coffee growers to build trust.

“This translates into more money for the farmer, because he knows where to sell his products,” added the ambassador.

Man arrested for public nuisance in cafe, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories


A 41-year-old man was subdued with tasers and arrested on Friday afternoon after allegedly causing a scuffle with police at a cafe near the Lavender MRT station.

The man allegedly threw chairs at other cafe patrons before the police arrived.

Police said Friday evening they were alerted at around 1:50 p.m. to the case of a man who had become hostile to paramedics and members of the public caring for him after he fell in a cafe in 802 French Road block.

The man allegedly continued to behave aggressively towards the police officers who arrived at the scene, as well as towards those around him.

Police said, “Despite repeated reminders to the man to comply with officers’ instructions, the man allegedly challenged the officers to a fight and charged the officers.”

Video of the incident on Facebook shows the shirtless man screaming as he walks towards a police officer, who pushes him back with a baton. Another video posted to social media shows another policeman shooting a taser from behind at the man, who is not wearing a mask.

The first officer then also used the man’s Taser, causing him to collapse against the counter of a food stand and slip to the ground.

The man was arrested for willfully causing injury to deter an official from duty, public nuisance, suspected drug offenses and theft from home. He was allegedly involved in a theft case from a pharmacy near the cafe.

Police said in their statement that they consider several factors, including the safety of the target, before deciding to apply force.

“The police have zero tolerance for acts of violence against public officials in the line of duty and offenders will be treated firmly,” they said.

Those found guilty of willfully causing injury to dissuade a public official from performing his or her duties may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to seven years, and to a fine or a cane.

The public nuisance offense is punishable by a fine of up to $ 2,000. If found guilty of theft from his home, the man can be jailed for up to seven years and fined. Police investigations are underway.

Save a small fortune by making your iced coffees at home


The weather last week was amazing. With the mercury swinging 25 degrees, it has finally started to feel like summer. Of course, with the warmer days more and more of us are buying colder drinks, and if you find yourself buying a lot of what appears to be the drink of summer 2021, then your iced coffee habit. could lower your bank balance.

It’s a financial problem many are aware of and earlier this year Google searches for “how to make iced coffee” exploded, with “oat milk” and “cold brew” also climbing the engine rankings. of research.

While it’s hard to beat a good iced coffee served by a professional barista, you can save a few dollars by making your own. And don’t worry about complicated techniques, the popularity of iced coffees is such that brewing your own is as easy as popping a pod in a Nespresso machine at this point.

I had the chance to recently attend a virtual masterclass with Nespresso where I learned how to prepare a range of iced coffees with their Vertuo machine and I discovered the difference between normal Nespresso coffee pods and specially designed ones. for iced coffees. Knowing that iced coffee will be further diluted by melting ice, their iced pods have a higher concentration so you won’t lose any flavor with every sip of your drink.

The iced macchiato recipe is one I’ve turned to a lot since this masterclass, featuring a tropical coconut iced coffee, so today we’re going to keep it simple with the classic iced coffee. Of course, you can substitute milk for herbal drinks if you prefer. I also tried with coconut milk and it is delicious. I also recommend playing with syrups if you can get your hands on some, I suggested saffron in the Nespresso recipe below but also tried it with vanilla to make an iced vanilla macchiato and it was delicious.

And if you don’t have a Nespresso machine, follow the first three steps, then add the coffee however you choose to brew it.

Iced Macchiato

A classic iced coffee to keep you cool on the hottest days. If you don’t have a Newspresso, follow the first three steps and pour over any coffee however you choose to brew it.


  1. Pour the milk into your frother and use the cold setting.

  2. Place four ice cubes in the glass and pour over the syrup.

  3. Pour the ice cream froth over the ice cubes.

  4. Place your cup under your Nespresso machine and brew coffee on it.

  5. Stir and enjoy

Piketon’s Village Brew celebrates a year in business


PIKETON – When Pike County native Jennifer Chandler travels for business or pleasure, she goes in search of the best independent coffee in town. Drawn to unique places or old buildings reused for the community, she often wondered why something like this didn’t exist in Piketon.

Although she had a passion for coffee, Chandler lacked experience in starting her own business. After reading a book on how to be successful in the coffee business from the Columbus Crimson Cup roasters, Chandler gained the knowledge she needed and started The Village Brew.

It started out as a pop-up store a few days a week during the summer, but with the completion of a $ 2.5 million investment project in the former elementary school, now called The Square at Piketon, the cafe has found a designated space for the community. bring together.

“Cafes are a place where people meet, work and meet. I wanted to bring that into the community,” she said. “We have some good stuff here. Why not Piketon?

Prior to opening The Village Brew, Chandler worked as an independent project management consultant on development and environmental plans across the country. As part of her work involving grant writing, Chandler tries to integrate into the communities she visits by finding small businesses to support.

Often times, she ends up at the local cafe because she thinks independent businesses have a way to wake up a community like the first sip of a cup of coffee.

Through her role on the Piketon Village Council, Chandler became involved in local efforts to improve the town. When they heard that investors were interested in the old school building, they sold the property and expected it to be demolished.

After operating as a pop-up store during the summer of 2020, The Village Brew moved into its permanent location in the former Piketon Elementary School, now known as The Square at Piketon.  On Tuesday July 13, 2021, the café celebrated its first anniversary.

Instead, the building has been renovated to inspire more business opportunities. With its finish, the community hopes it will act as a catalyst for change just like the Carlisle Building did in Chillicothe.

Chandler made a business plan and began to take his idea more seriously. In May 2020, she officially incorporated The Village Brew. A few months later, in July, they started brewing.

Every Saturday, Chandler would go to the park and operate a pop-up cafe, but as demand increased so did their business offerings. Later, they also started serving customers on weekdays.

“Once we started selling we couldn’t stop,” Chandler said. They then added mobile ordering and delivery services, which also helped move the business forward. By operating as a pop-up first, Chandler was able to see how the community would react and feel confident as a business owner.

A cake designed by High Five Cakes in Chillicothe was created to celebrate The Village Brew's first year of operation.  The Village Brew is located at 425 E Second St. in Piketon.

In January, The Village Brew was able to move into its premises in The Square at Piketon, which only helped businesses. In the official space, Chandler said he was able to serve premium products while creating a community gathering place.

Now, when Chandler walks in to work, she is greeted by the sound of ground coffee beans, steaming milk, and the chatter of friends and strangers preparing to start their day.

As well as offering coffee drinks like the popular Village Brew Mocha, the shop also serves pastries made by local bakers and other food items. But when he started his business, Chandler had the end in mind.

Through kindness, excellence, and community, she hopes to use her space to empower other women entrepreneurs and young artisans by providing a way for them to learn about the industry or sell their own wares. Ultimately, she wants it to inspire people and lead to more business ventures in Pike County.

“I want to provide a platform for people. Coffee brings us together,” she said. “It’s exciting to be part of the momentum.”

Baristas Jenna Meier and Isaiah Ross prepare drinks for patrons at Village Brew, located at 425 E Second St. in Piketon on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

On Tuesday, July 13, Chandler and his team celebrated their first year in business with a little party at the Village Brew. The day was filled with community events like yoga, planting and painting. In the future, Chandler hopes to provide more activities for the community.

With the success of last year, she added that there could be an expansion in New Lebanon or other small towns.

In other economic news

First Capital Nutrition has moved from its 13W Second St. location to the front of Schlegel’s on North Paint Street. Dauntless Roots Plant Co. will be relocating to the now vacant Second Street location with an opening in August.

Bell Farms, located at 59 E Water St., is now open for indoor dining. They are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday for a meal on site or to take away.

Do you have a tip or a comment? Contact Toria at [email protected] or 740-349-1106. Follow her on Twitter @ToriaBarnhart or on facebook.com/ToriaBarnhartNews.

Morning coffee: the excruciating battle of a 39-year-old French banker to see his children. Private equity billionaire says he doesn’t do stupid things


The stories of expatriate bankers – of people who have chosen to build their careers and lives in a new country – are usually either very good and encouraging or very bad to the point of heartbreaking. Be warned: today’s one is the second type, and if you’re in a fragile state of mind you may want to skip to where it says “pending…” below.

Vincent Fichot is a French equity derivatives guy who seems to have spent his entire career in Tokyo, in various banks, most recently Nomura. In 2018, his marriage was breaking down, he proposed divorce and then returned home one day to find his house completely empty, with his wife and children (at the time, three years and 11 months) gone. . This apparently happens surprisingly often in Japan, as the courts have a principle minimal interference with family life, which in practice means granting custody to the parent with whom the children live at the time of divorce. This means that there is an incentive for expat spouses who do not want to deal with international co-parenting to simply go away. And since the principle of non-interference means that Japanese courts often do not issue visitation orders, people in Fichot’s situation may find that they lose all contact with their children.

Obviously, we don’t know all the details of a particular case, but this situation has happened to enough people that there is a charity campaign about it and for the European Parliament have adopted a resolution calling on Japan to modernize its legislation to incorporate the principle of “the best interests of the child” and recognize the concept of shared custody. Fichot, for his part, has now led his campaign to desperate measures.

He quit his job, sold his house and now lives outside a train station under protest banners, minutes from the Olympic Stadium. A week ago, he went on a hunger strike. The most frightening thing is that this hunger strike seems to have been planned with all the rationality of a quantity of derivatives; he calls it a “calculated act” and has timed things in such a way that his body is in an “extremely dangerous state” as Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders attend the opening ceremony. The idea is to maximize the pressure on the French leader to intervene with the Japanese authorities.

There is still time to hope that all of this has a happy, or at least non-tragic, ending, but whatever happens it puts a certain step back on the day-to-day pressures of the banking industry. We wish everyone involved the best of luck.

Elsewhere, as the new CEO of Apollo Global Management, Jeff Rowan has a clear business philosophy. “At the end of the day, we offer our clients a product: judgment,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. “Focus on the people. Avoid doing stupid things. It seems like an open target for cynics to say this is a new direction for the company, like the previous CEO Leon Black recently retired amid a cloud of allegations and associations of which “bad judgment” and “stupid stuff” would be a fairly charitable description and always cause bad publicity for the firm.

But it turns out Rowan actually intends to take Apollo in a new direction – away from being an aggressive buyout store, and towards something a little more like Warren Buffett. Of the three founders of the company, he has always been the most discreet, focusing on the creation of the insurance subsidiary Athene, which is now bought out. With a load of bonuses to invest, Apollo won’t need to be quite so active in fundraising and will be less reliant on performance fees.

Make Finance Boring Again is often an attractive proposition for investors, and after the past couple of years, the company might certainly think it’s time to give someone else a shot at being in the papers all the time. time. Blackstone buys into the insurance industry as well, so the days of the universe’s private equity masters may be coming to an end.


The rooftop garden was open, the trading floor was half full, but Her Royal Highness must have been disappointed that the climbing wall was still closed due to coronavirus. Prince Charles visited the offices of Goldman Sachs. He spoke to one of the interns, who probably used to answer the question “and what are you doing?” “. (Daily mail)

Do your homework, wait for up to eight interviews and show that you can take in the facts quickly, and you could be one of the 2% of applicants for KKR’s graduate recruiting program, according to Grace Koo, head of acquisition. of talents. Applicants must demonstrate both their diversity and cultural suitability, so good luck. (Business intern)

A business suit that looks like yoga clothes? Tragically, only available to women, for now; a former vice president of fixed income EMEA at JP Morgan started a company to design and sell them. (Daily mail)

If you were dying to be a UK financial regulator but just couldn’t live in London, the FCA is now considering recruiting from Leeds, Belfast and Cardiff. (Financial news)

Revolut’s latest funding round includes Tiger and Softbank, values ​​fintech at $ 33 billion, and almost certainly made paper millionaires some of the people who backed her when she was a crowdfunder. (FT)

Did an investment banking analyst have a better first year in lockdown than this? Luca Cupido signed for Bank of America, then more or less immediately got himself five months off to go to Italy and train in water polo – now he’s leaving for the Olympics. (Los Angeles Times)

PJ Solomon is the latest investment bank to smell the coffee and raise wages – $ 100,000 now looks like table stakes to first-year analysts. (Bloomberg)

The rare “double boomerang” – Dave Stolzar returns for his third visit to Credit Suisse, as the FIG group rebuilds itself. (Business intern)

How these government school kids are transforming the way we take our favorite – Edexlive


Students at a public school in Ernakulam District achieved worldwide recognition after a team of four presented a business concept that would allow filter coffee enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite drink without having to go to a cafe . Sowndaryaa Lakshmi V, Elisha Aenorie Kaduthose, Dimpal V and Sivanandana KB, class XII students of the Government Upper Secondary School for Girls, Ernakulam won the most popular choice in the TIE Global student pitch competition.

“The team was one of eight people across the country to pitch their business idea at TIE Global in the United States,” said Bijumon PS, head of the school’s student entrepreneurship program. According to him, four teams submitted their ideas to the TIE Kerala competition with teams from schools such as Choice Public School and Nadakavu School in Kozhikode. “The students introduced ‘Kaapiphil’, a company that will see filter coffee packaged in a capsule allowing coffee lovers to brew a cup on the fly,” Bijumon said.

Explaining how they arrived at the Sowndaryaa product, the team leader said, “The entrepreneurship bug stung us when TIE Kerala ran a mentoring program at the school. We also wanted to start our own business. “It was then that we were told about the competition,” added Sowndaryaa. But how did they come up with the idea of ​​coffee in a capsule? “We came up with the idea after a lot of research,” she said.

Sowndaryaa said: “It was a video of tea leaves compressed into a small ball and used to brew a cup of steaming drink. It was an organic method and did not use paper or other materials.” So the students began extensive research to see if such a thing had been done with coffee. “We couldn’t find any coffee products suitable for travel. Everything was in a bottle or sachet. So we started to think about ideas that would see coffee, especially filter coffee, in a mode suitable for travel.” , she said.

The team did research to turn coffee into a capsule. “It would be practical and could be carried in a handbag. Plus, the problem of generating waste does not arise,” Sowndaryaa said. “The idea is to compress the filter coffee into a cassava-coated capsule. The coating will protect the coffee from moisture and give it a defined shape in addition to easy storage,” she added.

According to the students, the product currently has a shelf life of three months. “We tested all probabilities and found it to be a very good business idea,” Sowndaryaa said, adding that the product logo had been submitted for trademark licensing. She said: “After completing class XII, we will turn our business idea into a full-fledged business. Although the four students come from different backgrounds, all have decided to create their own startup while continuing their studies at the same time.

Neighborhood Notes: A few art exhibits, a new cafe, and a chance to help clean up Dolores Park


Stop to reconsider everyday objects at the Delaplane Art Gallery

AT Delaplane Gallery, a small, unpretentious gallery on 14th Street in the Mission, you can find household items on display, such as stone, glass, and metal. The latest exhibition, which opened on July 10, “Trickster Makes The World” features the art of artists Michael Bala and Gay Outlaw.

“Materials such as stone, glass and metal all live as an accessory or ingredient in their respective practices, making normal objects holy or toy-like, and sometimes appearing almost edible,” Delaplane’s Instagram post states. Gallery.

To make a reservation to view the gallery, simply click on here. It is located at 483 14th St.

A new cafe on Church Street near Dolores Park

Are you plugged into the new Church Street cafe? Well, the SPRO Coffee Lab serves “specialty craft coffee, experimental mocktails, inventive dishes, and handcrafted products using advanced techniques in culinary science.”

And owner Liza Otanes, who has lived in San Francisco for about three years, says she offers everything from cappuccinos and lattes, to made-to-order meals over coffee and creative extensions of classic drinks.

They also serve sweet and savory dishes including open toast, sandwiches, salads and desserts.

“It’s been five days, so we’re getting to know the neighborhood,” she added. The store opened on Saturday July 10. Find out at 500 Church Street. It is open everyday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exhibition on the sidewalk of Alabama Street: “Learning to break the cycles”

South exposure at 3030 20th St. exhibits works of art visible from the sidewalk. Take a moment this weekend to walk around and admire the prints, textiles and paintings of Malaysia Tuyay. The works on display explore her mixed Pilpinx-American identity and are a mode for Tuyay’s healing processes.

In the artist’s statement, Tuyay says:

“We are human, messy, sad, angry, happy, powerful, weak, extraordinary and ordinary. We are going through a lot. We shouldn’t have to be perfect and exemplary to be accepted. We don’t need the Elite Worlds Seal of Approval to create our art.

The exhibition will be on view until July 7, and further information can be found here.

Afro-Caribbean-Latin evening in El Rio

Resident deejays M. Lucky, DJ Baysik and Guapi will be in El Rio on Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with music with tropical flavors. It’s the first day back from the popular San Francisco dance party, and it’s sure to be sold out, so RSVP here.

The El Rio patio is reserved for ages 21 and over and is located at 3158 Mission Street.

La Do̱a at the Yerba Buena Garden Festival РFree!

If you missed San Francisco musician La Doña and her dad performing in Stern Grove, check out her this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival! She will perform new songs and also have new merchandise for sale!

More info on the festival here.

Help keep Dolores Park clean

Keeping Dolores Park clean not only helps the community but can be a great chance to meet new people and feel involved in the neighborhood. If that’s your thing, stop by Dolores Park on Sunday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm to pick up smaller chunks of “microtrash” that are harder to find.

Register for the cleaning event here.

Tickets for the Black Choreographers Festival are now on sale

On July 25 at 6 p.m. there will be a performance of dances choreographed by black choreographers at Dance Mission. The theater is located at 3316 24th St.

If you are interested in the process of a dancer and viewing works as a teacher, this performance is for you. Tickets are sold on a sliding scale of $ 5 to $ 20. Buy them here.

Amazon shoppers call this Keurig the ‘ultimate’ single-serve coffee maker


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While coffee and tea drinkers may disagree on which drink they want to drink, most people agree that their favorite cup of the day is usually the first one they sip. Rather than going to a coffee shop daily, many caffeine enthusiasts have discovered the joys and convenience of brewing coffee and tea at home, but these devices are known to take up too much counter space. That is, until the Keurig K-Mini coffee maker comes into play.

At just 5 inches wide and weighing less than 5 pounds, the Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker will fit anywhere from a studio kitchen to a college dorm to a desk to an office. When you want to use the single-serve machine, add up to 12 ounces of water to the reservoir at the top, insert the pod of your choice, press the brew button and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea or frozen in minutes. .

Buy it! Keurig K-Mini coffee maker, $ 69.50 (orig. $ 79.99); amazon.com

“If you like the convenience of K-cups, like making a quick cup of coffee, tea, cocoa or soup with no prep time and no cleanup, don’t have a lot of counter space or need a personal brewer for a dorm in a bedroom or office, or if you’re looking for the perfect one-cup hot water machine, that’s what you’re looking for, “said a five-star reviewer, who called the coffee maker” ultimate single-serving dispenser ”.

Not only do users love that the Keurig mini lets them enjoy their favorite beverage in the comfort of their home (or in a travel mug on the go), they’re also quick to praise the extra features of this sleek machine. The drawstring on the back extends up to 26 inches before collapsing against the machine to ensure counter space is free, and it turns off 90 seconds after brewing is finished to save water. ‘energy.

Allow the Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker to turn even the smallest space on your counter into a home coffee shop – buy now from Amazon and save $ 10.

Oatly accused of exaggerating income and greenwashing by activist short film Spruce Point


In this photo illustration, Oatly Oat Milk is shown on May 20, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.

Scott Olson | Getty Images

Short-selling activist Spruce Point Capital Management accused Oatly of shady accounting practices and misleading consumers and investors about his sustainability practices.

The company, which has taken a short stance against the oat milk maker, has asked Oatly’s board of directors to hire an independent forensic accountant to open an investigation into its allegations.

The stock, which was down nearly 3% in pre-market before the news broke, hit an all-time low of $ 19.84 per share on Wednesday. Stocks rebounded slightly, falling only 2% in morning trading.

Oatly was founded in Sweden in the 1990s, but only reached the United States five years ago. Since then, it has contributed to the growing demand for oat-based milk substitutes, primarily among coffee drinkers, and debuted in the U.S. public market about two months ago. The stock is up 4.5% since its IPO, giving it a market value of $ 12.5 billion, as of Tuesday’s close.

however, The Spruce Point report claims that Oatly misled investors by omitting or manipulating key facts in its prospectus and a June investor presentation and argues the company will never achieve profitability.

“We don’t think it’s all in the narrative right now,” Ben Axler, founder and chief investment officer of Spruce Point, said in an interview. “We believe this is a strong sell-off and the share price may be 70% overvalued.”

Axler previously took short positions against other consumer packaged goods companies, such as Church & Dwight and Boulder Brands. Short sellers borrow stocks and then sell them, betting that the stock will fall. According to S3 Partners, about 1% of Oatly’s free float, or the number of shares available in the market, is being short sold on Tuesday.

When contacted by CNBC, a spokesperson for Oatly did not have an immediate response to the Spruce Point allegations.

Accounting claims

Spruce Point alleges that Oatly overestimated both its revenues and its margins for investors.

The short seller’s report refers to the company’s recent investor presentation, which showed estimated US revenue of $ 12 million in 2018. The company said Nielsen and Umgas Magazine, a Swedish publication, have reported that Oatly’s net sales in the United States were only $ 6 million in 2018.

Spruce Point also cited documents filed by the company with Companies House, the UK agency that stores information on limited liability companies.

“We are seeing periods of great divergence in the growth rates of revenue and accounts receivable at Oatly,” the report said. “It is a classic sign of potential accounting shenanigans and is often cited as a red flag to predict accounting scandals.”

In addition, Spruce Point alleges that Oatly overestimates its gross margin. The company does not include outbound shipping and handling charges in its calculations and does not disclose that its gross margin presentation is not comparable to that of other food companies. The report alleges that Oatly’s gross margin is actually 6.4% lower when logistics and shipping are taken into account.

The firm also said it found anomalies on Oatly’s capital spending between its cash flow statement and balance sheet additions.

Spruce Point argued that the company had not been transparent with investors about the key figures involved in its accounting and auditing. For example, Oatly is said to have reviewed three auditors in six years, a fact that was not disclosed in his documents to go public.

“In our experience, this is very unusual,” the report said. “… Although auditor rotations can be viewed positively, we believe that three auditors in six years is excessive given the accounting anomalies we have identified regarding sales, gross margins, inventories and investments. . “

Oatly’s current auditor is Ernst & Young, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The report noted that CFO Christian Hanke’s biography on the company’s investor relations website does not mention his role as a financial reporting officer for Stratus Technologies from 1999 to 2005. During this time, the company had to restate its financial results for fiscal 2004 and the first quarter of fiscal 2005. Hanke discloses work on his LinkedIn page.

In addition, Oatly has appointed Frances Rathke as chair of its audit committee. During her time as CFO, Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the SEC investigated the company’s accounting practices, forcing the company to restate its financial results. Rathke’s biography on Oatly’s website does not include his former role as the chief accountant of the coffee company. Her LinkedIn page details his time with the company.

Greenwashing claims

Oatly has also marketed itself as a more sustainable option than cow’s milk or other non-dairy alternatives to consumers and investors. But Spruce Point alleges the company gave a misleading impression of its green credentials, known as greenwashing, and put its global expansion ahead of its mission.

Among the examples he cites is the company’s presentation to investors in June 2021, which uses data based on a 2013 study that was updated three years later. Data does not include the impact of the company’s expansion in Asia or the United States.

Spruce Point also alleges that Oatly selected the data by omitting that its water consumption is greater than that of making cow’s milk. The company’s 2019 sustainability report also showed that its plant in New Jersey uses 55% more water for every liter of oat base than its facilities in Sweden and the Netherlands.

For several quarters, the New Jersey installation has not compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the report. The EPA website does not identify the violation (s).

Additionally, the hedge fund obtained documents via a Freedom of Information Act request in Millville, New Jersey that showed problems with the plant’s sewage in 2019, but the company did not not yet opened a wastewater treatment plant.

“They’ve had very high levels of wastewater as a by-product, but they’ve known it since 2019 and they’re still dealing with it,” Axler said.

The report also indicates that Oatly’s transportation is a major source of its environmental impact. According to Spruce Point, the company sources the oats from Western Canada and then ships it to its plant in New Jersey. For its expansion in Asia, Oatly sources its oats from Sweden.

Hank’s Texas BBQ makes its mark in Clintonville


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Over the course of several midweek visits between 6 and 7 p.m. at Hank’s Texas BBQ in Clintonville, the new friendly place was teeming with patrons, nearly empty, playing “new country”, playing “jammy” tunes, not playing music, warm when the garage doors were open on a sweltering evening and cozy when the garage doors were closed on a sweltering evening and the air conditioning and ceiling fans were more efficient.

One aspect of Hank’s mood remained constant, however: the aroma of hardwood smoke still perfumed the entire premises.

The premises include a much appreciated patio and many other features, such as interior yellow brick walls, simple but accommodating wooden tables and a long banquette, left by the former occupant of the site, Old Skool, a sports bar which did not survive the pandemic.

While sports are still shown on Hank’s many TVs, which make up for its yellow walls with calming gray paint and a few well-placed strings of blue lights, Hank’s isn’t all about sports. As the name and that lingering smoky smell suggest, Hank’s is all about barbecuing.

Hank's Texas Fried Green Tomatoes and Breast Nachos

This devotion pays off in the fine smoked meats, some of which feature or can be added to entrees, which are the most playful dishes on the menu of chef-owner Brad Harkrider (formerly executive chef at J. Liu’s). The meats are also sold as a simple barbecue: by the pound and in sandwiches and combination plates.

Despite the imperfections – I would prefer a more pronounced “pop” of the casings of the jalapeño-cheddar sausage ($ 16 per pound) and the white meat was dry in the striking mahogany-skinned chicken ($ 7 per pound) – all proteins were tasteful and had exemplary smoky notes.

The consistently juicy and delicious pulled pork ($ 16 a pound), which incorporated chunks of just the spice-rubbed “bark” into each serving, offers the best value. But the vigorous but expensive beef brisket ($ 26 a pound) and spare ribs ($ 14 a pound) – both with heavy rinds – could arguably be called Hank’s barbecue stars.

Hot and heavy sandwich

The “meat plates” come with two substantial sides and cost $ 14 (one meat), $ 16 (two meats), and $ 18 (three meats). Since I usually only got two to three slices of brisket or ribs per order, I concluded that the best value was the $ 18 combo (ribs, brisket and pork). Bonus: he feeds two.

Six house sauces worthy of the table are offered; my favorites were spiked with coffee, vinegar or habanero. Among Hank’s many good sides, I especially liked the burnt baked beans, the tangy collard greens and tomato, the comforting macaroni and cheese, the addicting corn spoon bread (which also serves as a dessert) and the fries. crispy hand cut.

Fries accompany sandwiches, such as the Gargantuan Hot and Heavy ($ 13) – an inspired and wildly sloppy confluence of pulled pork, smoked sausage, vinegared coleslaw, powdered Cheetos and spicy mayonnaise. Cheetos dust also appeared in the huge and outperforming Southwest Corner ($ 6), a romaine-based salad with savory tomatoes, bacon, corn, alleged avocado (mine was missing), grated cheddar cheese and ranch dressing.

Because Hank’s presents rare versatility for a local barbecue-centric operation, patrons can come over for dinner or just watch a game with a PBR draft ($ 3.50), but also try a provocative cocktail such as the Smokin Jack (Jack Daniels with Homemade -Smoked Coca Cola, $ 9 while enjoying thoughtfully created snacks.

These include crispy fried green tomatoes with chili cheese and a bracing chow chow ($ 9; impressive despite my overly thick and a little tough tomatoes); nachos on the breast ($ 12) with burnt ends, mostly crispy house chips and a mild queso sauce that I wanted more of; and homemade bacon-enriched “loaded” potato tots that have shown an unlikely affinity between barbecue and queso sauces ($ 9).

Bottom line: Open since May, Hank’s may still be finding its place in some ways, but I already like its position.

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Kraft Heinz employees say their budgets were so cut they had to bring their own coffee to work and could only spend $ 5 a year on office supplies


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The merger of Kraft and Heinz brought many changes to the food business. But one of the most immediate involved food options for employees at the company’s Chicago headquarters.


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Less than a month after the merger closed in 2015, Kraft Heinz also phased out refrigerators that contained snacks for company employees. Although it supplied the Keurig machines, the company did not supply the pods.

“You had to make the coffee yourself and you had to bring your own Keurig pods from home,” a former employee told Insider.

This was just the beginning of the cuts at Kraft Heinz, the company behind Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kool-Aid drink mixes.

In the six years since the merger, the food giant has gone out of its way to save money, plundering budgets for new products, employee travel and everything in between. An employee who recently left the company said that when she was in the office, she limited herself to spending $ 5 a year on pens, notepads and other office supplies.

Nine current and former employees spoke to Insider. They described a company that has fallen behind many of its peers in the food industry. They also said the drastic cuts had lowered morale and boosted revenue. And although Kraft Heinz increased sales during the pandemic as many consumers ate more at home, many said they expected the effect to wear off as life returns to normal. .

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Relax and Unwind opens a third location


With a packed house and a constantly moving drive-thru, Relax and Unwind made official its opening in Nebraska City on Tuesday, July 6, with an activity that included a ribbon cutting.

The owners were accompanied by close friends and family to the activity.

This is Joshua and Kayti Hayes’ third facility since opening one in Auburn and one in Hamburg, Iowa. They also own a motorhome that visits various towns in southwestern Iowa and southeastern Nebraska.

Relax and Unwind is a cafe serving breakfast and lunch options, smoothies, coffee and more.

Although the grand opening of Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce took place on the 6th, the new location opened on Friday July 2nd, inside the Faraway Meat and Grocery facility at 1738 S. 11th St.

Amy Allgood from Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce introduced the young owners and said the city was very happy to have them.

Kaity shared a bit of their story with the audience about how she went from being a teacher and, due to COVID, having had the opportunity to work with the mobile camper van and later open some stores.

The idea of ​​partnering with Fareway came to Hayes because he used to park the motorhome near the store. After exchanging emails for a few months, the deal to have a coffee where the old pharmacy was located was made.

In a previous interview, Joshua said his goal is to continue working with Faraway to expand to other cities where the branch is present.

Fareway is based in Iowa and operates 124 grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Missouri.

Relax and Unwind in Nebraska Town opens at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Store also has a drive-thru that opens at 7:00 a.m.

In Hamburg, they are located at 1106 Main Street. In Auburn at 921 Central Avenue.

It’s time to say goodbye to leather… this company makes award-winning boots from recycled coffee


The discovery of coffee dates back to the 15th century when a goat farmer named Kaldi first noticed that his goats were staying awake at night after munching on certain wild berries. Fast forward to 600 years later and coffee is not only a global drink, it is also fast becoming the next shoe material. Yes, you heard me right. Award-winning shoe company CCILU has discovered how to turn coffee grounds into a waterproof, durable, durable, lightweight and vegan alternative to materials like leather … plus, with over a quarter of a million tonnes of waste grounds of coffee generated each year, our coffee habit is starting to have a fairly noticeable impact on our environment.

Designer: CCILU

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Proven to keep your socks dry for up to 100,000 steps.

The boots weigh only 230 grams, or 1/3 the weight of a pair of traditional boots.

The XpreSole® Panto comes with a sleek contemporary design and a pretty impressive list of features. The rain boots are waterproof, dirt resistant, breathable, lightweight, machine washable, have high traction and are sustainably made by recycling coffee grounds up to 15 cups of coffee per pair of boots. If that wasn’t enough, the XpreSole Panto also won the Red Dot Best of Best, the iF Design Award and the A ‘Design Award this year. Is coffee ready to replace leather or PU leather as the material of shoes? The folks at CCILU think the XpreSole Panto is a pretty compelling argument.

Removable and breathable insoles keep feet dry and cool.

What’s quite remarkable about the XpreSole Panto is that it manages to use coffee in almost every part of the shoe, with the likely exception of the laces. Inside, a coffee yarn and flexible Ortholite foam sockliner gives you the comfort you need, while still being quite breathable so you don’t sweat after wearing shoes all day. When your foot rests on the insole, it’s also surrounded by the inner lining of the XpreSole Panto, which is made from an odor-resistant, antimicrobial and moisture-wicking coffee infused fabric woven with Lycra and neoprene for that 4-way stretch.

The boots are soft, flexible and provide long-lasting performance.

The outer body of the XpreSole Panto uses a 30:70 blend of recycled coffee grounds and Eco EVA, as well as the outsole or base of the shoe which additionally uses rubber pads for improved friction. Finally, the laces of the XpreSole Panto build on the sustainable ethic of footwear by using 100% recycled PET bottles.

Rubber outsoles provide strong traction on smooth surfaces. Drainage channels on the outsole allow water to drain away.

Ultimately, the XpreSole Panto not only shows that shoes can be made using recycled coffee as an additive, it also aims to be a significantly better shoe that is more comfortable and easier to maintain. The ankle boot design makes the XpreSole Panto perfect to wear anywhere, even in the rain. The rubber outsole provides higher traction than conventional outdoor shoes on slippery surfaces, while the waterproof and dirt-resistant shell makes the XpreSole Panto a perfect, waterproof alternative to leather ankle boots.

Machine wash tested 100 times without any damage.

The waterproof shell keeps your feet dry, and if the shoes get dirty, they can be wiped clean in seconds. Inside, moisture-wicking and breathable materials allow the shoes to dry fairly quickly … and here’s the snap, you can just toss the XpreSole Panto boots in your washing machine every month and they’ll be like new.

15 cups of recycled coffee grounds = 1 pair of XpreSole® Panto boots.

There are two reasons for CCILU’s choice of coffee – for starters, leather isn’t really good at standing up to the rain, and it’s not vegan either. Additionally, faux leather or synthetic leather is almost always made from plastic, which adds to the plastic waste problem we currently face as a species. Second, coffee waste is also becoming a growing problem, with around 1000 tonnes of product being generated EVERY DAY. Determined to kill two birds with one stone, CCILU decided to focus on creating meaningful, sustainable and vegan shoes from coffee. The coffee grounds are collected and dehumidified, before being transformed into pellets using an exclusive patented technology. Some of them are converted into fine yarns which are woven to create fabrics, while the remaining granules are added as additives in a unique injection molding process (and trade secret) to create the outsole and the shell.



The multiple award winning shoes are available in a variety of earthy colors and in low and high styles. Not only are the shoes vegan and durable, but at 230 grams they are also 1/3 the weight of an average pair of boots (they even float on water) and are also durable. The shoes start at a super early bird price of $ 89, and for a few extra bucks you can pick up a pair of coffee yarn socks as well!

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Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker Brings Coffee Quality Home


It’s not uncommon to start the day feeling like an extra in a zombie movie. Ready to replace your undead fatigue with the energy of a martial artist, a specialty coffee maker is here to infiltrate your morning routine, straight from Ninja!

Coffee has long been enjoyed by those looking to boost their energy levels or indulge in a warm, comforting drink. The invention of the coffee maker made it much easier to prepare in the kitchen. With modern coffee machines, delicious varieties are more accessible than ever. The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker is ready to do just that. It’s a kitchen-friendly coffee maker that can brew multiple styles of coffee, multiple brew sizes, and even a collapsible nozzle.

Specialty coffee at your fingertips

Fancy a café-style coffee in the comfort of your own home? If so, you’ll probably like Ninja’s offer. With the specialized coffee maker you can prepare all kinds of delicious varieties, such as cappuccinos, macchiatos and lattes. According to the Ninja website, the product also includes an iced coffee option. The company says they don’t dilute it either, which is great! Because, let’s face it, no one wants lukewarm, watery coffee. Perfect for iced coffee lovers and hot summer afternoons.

The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker fits your countertop perfectly

A coffee machine with several brew sizes

Cups and thermos can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. So it is frustrating to take one that is too big or too small to match your coffee machine settings. For this reason, the Ninja’s Specialty Coffee Maker offers a wide range of brew sizes. They are sure to dispense the right amount you need. No more fumbling around to keep it from overfilling and no longer feeling like it was not pouring enough. Sizes can accommodate a single mug, a travel mug, and go up to a full carafe.

The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker in Action

Without pods means freedom of choice

Many people appreciate the convenience of pod coffee systems. There’s no doubt that placing a pod and pushing a button doesn’t get much easier. However, pods have some drawbacks. They are potentially worse for the environment and tend to be less profitable. For example, Ninja says customers can save up to $ 200 per year by using ground coffee instead of pods. This is why the Ninja Specialty coffee maker does not use them, opting instead to use traditional grounds. By using conventional coffee grounds, you can use any coffee you want. Thus expanding your variety of choice while producing a better quality brew.

Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker brings coffee quality home with six brew sizes
Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker does not rely on pods to brew

Foldable frother for a complete dining experience

Ninja adds an extra level of quality for a complete dining experience. How? ‘Or’ What? A collapsible frother is attached to the specialty coffeemaker. The folding frother turns hot or cold milk into a velvety, frothy filling. This is a great feature given its ability to make specialty drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. The frother enhances the machine’s ability to deliver the quality of coffee you might find at a local cafe. Only in your kitchen instead.

Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker brings coffee quality home with six brew sizes
Collapsible frother adds a gourmet element to the coffee maker

Quality over convenience

The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker is a great option if you’re looking for a machine that prioritizes quality brew over the convenience of speed. Is it lacking in the simplicity of pod brewing systems? Yes, but it certainly makes up for it by producing an incredible cup of coffee. The variety provided by this device is sure to satisfy those who appreciate the additional options for drinking their coffee. The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker also includes a 50 ounce glass carafe available at retail stores or directly from the Ninja homepage.

Mark is a passionate tech writer and podcaster. When not writing for Gadget Flow, he enjoys working passionately on storytelling projects and exploring the outdoors.

Why Oatly’s lawsuit could win him a trademark battle, but cost his reputation


Market leader and superstar Oatly has decided to sue small British producer Glebe Farms for trademark infringement. What might have been a small private matter could start to turn the tide for Oatly’s underdog reputation. Here’s why the brand might be doing the right thing, but risk going about it in a not-so-simple way.

Something has been roasted in the oat milk industry, and this time it’s not just about perfecting your barista coffee. The oat milk dispute between Oatly and Glebe Farms could not be missed.

According to the filing, the $ 15 billion oat milk leader claims Glebe Farms infringes multiple trademarks. He takes issue with the use of the word “Oaty” (too close to his), the resemblance of the white and blue packaging, the slogan “ideal for professional coffee” and the use of the words “shake me” next to Hood. Fascinating stuff.

Is it good? Legally, it is now up to the judges to formally seal this decision, but the public court appears to vehemently disagree with Oatly. Reactions so far tend to express disappointment for a brand that had presented itself very well as the David of the dairy industry, with disbelief that it had become such a mean Goliath. Things went as far as a 55,000 signature petition on Change.org, and a number of social media posts publicly questioned Oatly’s righteousness in the matter. Some denounce his recent ties to investor Blackstone Group, a less than favored group among environmental activists.

Considering how “awake” the brand’s communications have been, this behavior has raised eyebrows in many consumers. And three weeks later, a quick sentiment analysis returns a pretty clear verdict: with almost half of the mentions expressing negative sentiment (just 6.2% positive), that gives it a whopping 42% net negative sentiment. It turns out that oat milk can also turn sour quite quickly.

Right or wrong, is this the right thing to do for Oatly?

If you want my opinion, these two brands are nothing alike, but like most of you, I’m not a lawyer. To be fair, there is something a little fishy about PureOaty: each of its non-dairy milks is very humbly named (“Almond”, “Soy”), but in one way or another, for his oat milk, he opted for “PureOaty”. He claims this is a nod to the purity of the product, but does he say his other drinks are not pure? It is admittedly quite off-brand for its portfolio conventions.

If I’m being completely honest, while I doubt that many consumers are confused by seeing the two boxes, it looks like he’s trying to ride the wave of Oatly’s marketing formula here, and I’d bet he knew exactly what he was doing. So not only does Oatly at least have reason to raise questions, but there is an important reality that Oatly faces: Because of how trademark laws work, defending your trademarks is not just a matter of fact. question of good or bad against a specific producer.

Defending your brand’s position on every possible infringement is essential in demonstrating how ready a business is to defend itself. He signals to future court rulings that it’s not just about choosing who he likes and who doesn’t, he’s just objectively defending his business. What’s at stake here isn’t ruining a small farm (something Oatly expressly said he’s not interested in), but simply setting the precedent for future infractions. Say, for example, when Danone goes to work. When asked, his communications manager was quite adamant that “trademark protection works like this: we have to face all fights”. They said, “We cannot choose. If we don’t, it would be like saying it’s okay for others, including Big Milk, to also use a similar brand and the name “Oaty”.

Tackling a small producer can be a costly exercise for its image in the short term, but in the long term having that precedent might be an inevitable choice. Ultimately, whether we like it or not, Oatly became the standard for a category that he not only invented, but exploded. A brand of this size now follows rules that may seem unfair to the little ones, but these are only collateral damage in a fight against the bigger ones.

There is something about Oatly

Notwithstanding the court ruling, Glebe Farms is unlikely to let this crisis go to waste. People love a good David vs. Goliath story, featuring a small producer who normally doesn’t have access to BBC News coverage. Meanwhile, Oatly may well win a marquee fight, paving the way for a bigger one in the long run; and look, whether that’s how your awakening heart wishes to see it or not, it presents it to the general public as a reliable and credible company playing at the top of the category. At this point, the question is not so much whether Oatly should have taken that step, but whether he did it a little too complacently.

So far, his public statements have been disappointing. Operationally, he did a good job trying to respond individually to anyone who tagged him on social media (leaving little to no post unanswered on LinkedIn). But tonally, something is wrong when your brand next door starts to speak like another great corporate lawyer whose first duty is to increase shareholder value. Fiduciary responsibility is a reality, but it is not part of Oatly’s vocabulary.

Assuming his legal actions were to be taken, he could have used this ordeal more to his advantage by orienting himself more towards the benefit of PureOaty. First off, it might get a little more laugh at the Soy v PureOaty difference, a clear indication that, taken in context, Glebe Farms is trying to ride Oatly’s (naturally) sweet wave. He could also have used it to celebrate the farmer’s foray into the category. If you want to believe it, this fight is not to ruin the farmer, it is about protecting the brand. If what he wants is that he (and all brands after that) don’t use “Oat-y” in his name, then focus on that and show your support for the company behind. the offense. Celebrate the fact that he hopes to spotlight another brick in this progressive wall.

Hats off to Glebe Farms and maybe even look for some creative ways to cut legal fees in the end when Oatly wins it all. Use it as a public reminder that he wants the oat milk world to be successful as a whole. Oatly has brilliant and creative writers who have mastered the art of building that fairness. But it’s important to take the measure of company actions, not just words or social contacts, in shaping a company’s reputation. And when Oatly’s is built on the unusual alternative, it probably shouldn’t just be (big) as usual.

Shann Biglione is Co-Founder and Product Manager at Kelp and former Director of Zenith and Publicis Media.

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Jeremiah’s Coffee House shines a spotlight on young musicians


MARIETTA, Ohio. (WTAP) – Jeremiah’s Coffee House has hosted its second Before Dark Young Musicians open mic.

The staff hope this will give the next generation of musicians a place to grow up.

Above the typical bustle of a café, singers and musicians took turns at the microphone.

The cafe started hosting the monthly show because the staff saw a lack of opportunities for young musicians to perform locally.

Marketing and Events Director Jocelyn Adelsperger said, “One of the things the shop is known for is the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11, which talks about ‘because I know the plans I have for you. And what better way to promote the plans that the universe has for these children than to give them the space to sing along.

WTAP spoke with three musicians who took to the stage this weekend.

Sophie Turner is a solo musician who sings and plays several instruments. She goes by Soph Stevens on stage.

The Valley Echoes group is made up of Jack Comeau and Fiona McHenry.

The members of Valley Echoes met in High Schools that Rock – a local music program for children.

McHenry recalls, “When we first met we realized we both had the same guitar teacher. His name is Charlie Reed, so yell at Charlie.

Their musical chemistry was evident from the start.

Comeau said, “When we first performed our first show, which was uh what do you call it? Those little red buckets … the Salvation Army! And we harmonized and the frequencies met so perfectly.

Stevens, on the other hand, prefers to play solo but has enough talent for a whole group.

“I play the ukulele, I have a tenor uke, I play the piano, I play the flute – I just play a lot of things,” she said with a laugh.

Stevens even writes original songs. This is how she expresses herself.

Stevens said: “There is so much that you can just say in music that you can’t really talk to people. You know, I don’t really like talking to people, but I will sing for people all day.

And she says open mics like this feel like a safe space to do just that.

Adelsperger hopes this space will help young musicians be more confident on and off the stage.

She said, “Even if they don’t sing professionally or sing anywhere other than here, like maybe that makes them talk a little louder in class and walk a little higher in the halls.”

The Before Dark open mics are held on the second Sunday of each month and are aimed at ages 13-18. All you have to do is introduce yourself and log in.

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Former manager turns Mama Mochas into Coffee Mafia


Mama Mocha’s cafe recently got a new owner and a new title. Store manager Ian Oriol recently bought the South Gay Street location from former owner Sarah Gill. Oriol was previously a food supervisor, deputy store manager and general manager of Mama Mocha’s store.

“I have been working in the cafe for four years, managed [Mama Mocha’s] for three years, and I have been working in the restaurant business for seven years, ”said Oriol. “Working in the food and beverage industry is everything I’ve ever known. I’ve been running coffees longer than I brewed. I didn’t even work here as a barista for nine months before I was appointed a full manager.

When he decided to rename the store to create his own brand, Oriol wanted to refer to something familiar to the store. He wanted an open, friendly and unique name, settling on “Coffee Mafia”.

“We chose Coffee Mafia because it was new and different,” Oriol said. “It has allowed me to create my own brand and bring my own touch to it, but is also familiar to people who come to Mama Mocha and Cafe from us over the past 10 years.

The name hadn’t come out of nowhere, Oriol said. The term had been familiar to employees and customers for some time.

“Mama Mocha’s has been calling her staff the coffee mafia for probably as long as we’re open,” Oriol said. “When I started working with Sarah to change the brand as I became [the] new owner and store manager, decided to stick with something familiar.

Coffee Mafia takes an alternative, maverick approach to furnishing its space and deciding its menu, Oriol said. There will be canapes and 40 different flavor options for drinks.

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“If I had to put an environmental label here, I would definitely say the ’90s, the trash, the grunge, the thrifty,” Oriol said. “It’s not candle light furniture, but it’s very comfortable. The idea is that you should be able to come here and hang out with your friends. It’s just a cozy and comfortable little place.

Oriol intends to maintain Mama Mocha’s culture and sense of community while keeping it distinct from other coffee brands. He hopes to make a career in the company and stay local.

“What has held me here and made me want to buy the company and rename it is that we have always been organically this inclusive and welcoming space,” said Oriol. “I have always felt welcome to be myself here, and I think people from all walks of life feel that way when they come here. A lot of the cafes are exclusive. The point is not to find a crowd. specific and sell them coffee, but really to make great coffee and be a space for everyone of all Everyone who comes here should be comfortable and find something cool on the menu to try, because the mafia is for everyone.

Mama Mocha roasting will continue to operate under its original ownership at Opelika.

David Shannon | University writer

Nini’s Coffee Shop for Sale in San Mateo | Local News


Nini’s Cafe in San Mateo goes on sale, in hopes that a new owner will keep the spirit alive in the revered restaurant that has served patrons at 1000 N. Idaho St. since 1968.

The Peninsula Institution on the San Mateo and Burlingame border, near Highway 101, has been closed since the March 2020 pandemic. Owner Rick Swartz has run the business since 1973 after taking over from his mother, Nini, and his father, Wally. The unique cafe has an L-shaped room with memorabilia covering the walls built over many years. A menu that Swartz painted in his garage and repainted with new prices is highlighted, while popular hot dishes and items like omelets, fries and cookies with gravy were customer favorites.

Broker Greg Cohn, of Coldwell Banker Commercial, said Swartz was putting two buildings up for sale. The 1000 N. Idaho St. location is home to Nini and includes a three-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment and is listed at approximately $ 2.5 million. A neighboring warehouse at 1006 N. Idaho St. will be listed at approximately $ 1.9 million.

“We hope someone wants to recreate what Rick once had,” Cohn said.

The property is expected to hit the market on Monday July 12. Cohn noted that Swartz owns both properties and is for sale separately, but Swartz would like to sell both to the same person. Cohn said the highest and best use of the property when sold would be to continue to hold Nini’s home in some form or another.

Nini’s cafe in Burlingame.

Swartz wrote a story about Nini’s Coffee Shop, called “Blink of an Eye”, describing how his parents, in their early years, dreamed of opening a restaurant and being their own bosses after meeting in a restaurant in San Francisco where they both worked. They were lucky when they opened their dream restaurant in 1955 on 19th Avenue and Randolph Street in San Francisco, with Swartz and his sister helping from a young age. Her parents opened their second restaurant in San Francisco in 1962 on 18th and Bryant streets. They then bought the property at their current location in San Mateo, described by Swartz as Nini’s number three.

When the family bought Nini’s, at the time, it was a combination of groceries and cold cuts that the family converted into a cafe. Nini’s has become known for their hot lunch options and great food, service and portions. Swartz had originally planned to follow friends to work for the fire department before taking over in 1973 due to his parents’ health, and he has been part of Nini’s management ever since. Over the years, the store has been special to him, his family and his employees, filled with keepsakes, keepsakes and images that tell stories about his family and the community.

Swartz said the secret to Nini’s success was not just the food, but the spirit and belief that everyone who walked into Nini was just as important to him and his dedicated and dedicated employees. All he could do was thank the thousands of loyal customers who walked through Nini’s doors and for all these years of love and support.

People have been calling Cohn non-stop ever since a sign hung in front of Nini’s announcement for his next sale. Many have called to express their interest in the property and the business or to express their sadness at the closure of an iconic place that has served people for generations.

“It’s another one of those mom and pop businesses that might never come back because of what happened during COVID,” Cohn said.

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Record drought in Brazil pushes coffee prices to their highest level in years


A unique drought in Brazil devastated the world’s largest coffee crop, pushing wholesale prices to their highest level in years.

The going rate for prized arabica beans was nearly US $ 1.70 a pound at one point this week. That’s almost 60 percent more than it was last summer.

Abnormally dry conditions at the end of the growing season in Brazil are the main culprit, as Brazil typically produces around a third of the world’s coffee bean supply.

Rainfall in the agricultural region of Minas Gerais was the lowest on record during the summer months, which extend from January to April in Brazil. This is normally when coffee plants absorb moisture before the drier winter months, when they are harvested. But this year the rains never came.

“It seems to have happened at a crucial time, when the crop needs to absorb moisture in order to thrive and flower. And it just didn’t happen in time, so yields were severely compromised. “said Kona Haque, research manager with London-based agricultural commodities trader EDF & Man.

It is difficult to assess how small the harvest will be, but experts in the field agree that it is large and sufficient to keep global supply below demand for the first time in years. .

Part of the problem is that 2021 was still more likely to be a weaker-than-normal year for coffee. This is because, like many tree crops, coffee operates on a two-year cycle, where years of plenty tend to be followed by years when plants produce less.

“They’re following this model of what’s in the industry called the biennial rollover,” said Stuart McCook, professor of economics at the University of Guelph who closely follows the coffee industry.

COVID-19 has lowered sales of coffee chains by nearly a quarter. Average prices paid for different types of coffee drinks are shown. (Scott Galley / CBC)

2020 has been a bumper crop for coffee, and because that bearing was so heavy, McCook said last season, “many farmers pruned the branches of their coffee trees so that the tree … could develop new, healthy tissue. to bear future harvests. “

Last year’s bumper harvest seemed even larger than it normally would be due to the pandemic, which uprooted traditional patterns of coffee supply and demand.

“The world is slowly emerging from lockdown and the pandemic, and that means coffee consumption outside the home is starting to pick up,” Haque said. “The demand for beer consumption in the open air was expected to… recover. And just as that demand starts to pick up, you see this supply shortage. “

Add it all up and it’s a recipe for record prices, farm-to-cup.

Losel Tethong, founder and president of Propeller Coffee, a Toronto-based artisan roaster, sources as much as possible from independent farmers because he is a firm believer in sustainability, so he’s happy to see the prices higher for them. But it is also a challenge for him to sell the finished product without passing on these costs.

“It’s great to see that price go up; it’s just trying to absorb that in less than a year, it’s hard,” he said.

WATCH | The pros and cons of rising coffee prices:

Artisanal roaster Losel Tethong says he’s happy to see farmers making more money for their beans, but it’s hard not to pass those higher costs on to consumers. (Amanda Perobelli / Reuters) 0:33

Like many retail-focused businesses, when the pandemic hit, Tethong said he lost around 80% of his customer base. He has managed to slowly and steadily grow his e-commerce business, selling bags directly to consumers, but COVID-19 has increased the cost of just about everything, including supplies like filters and machines, and transport costs.

“We haven’t raised prices as a business for five years,” he said. “We continue to do everything possible to keep our prices low, but this year we implemented a small increase of 5% on the retail price of our coffee.”

This five percent increase for the good stuff is nothing compared to what’s happening with cheaper, mass-produced blends, said Sylvain Charlebois, professor of food policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax. The price of coffee at the grocery store has increased 17% since January.

“Something’s going on,” he said. “Whatever food product is available, manufacturers [are] charge grocers more and that will eventually catch up with us. “

Impact of climate change

It’s not just tropical crops like coffee that are affected.

Canadian commodities like wheat, canola and barley are also posting record prices right now because the extreme heat in Western Canada has significantly affected this year’s crop yields.

Much like the case with these crops, experts who spoke to CBC News say climate change plays a role with coffee as well, meaning drinkers should get used to java’s jumpy prices.

WATCH | How climate change affects coffee plants:

Stuart McCook, a professor at the University of Guelph with an interest in export products, says coffee plants respond to climate change by growing in places they previously didn’t and dying elsewhere. 0:53

In addition to the drought that affected this year’s harvest, Brazilian farmers have also been hit by unprecedented frosts, which is bad news for next year’s harvest.

“This drought is not a normal phenomenon, but at the same time, the frost that just occurred last week is the second time in three years that this has happened,” noted Haque.

“We may have to live with more extreme weather conditions. And if that is the case, then… the supply will vary, and when the supply does vary, prices will inevitably go up and down.”

This means that for coffee lovers, uncertainty will now be the order of the day.

As Tethong says, “we’re kind of against the clock with climate change and other pressures.”

How This D2C Coffee Startup Brings A Home Coffee-Like Experience


When Aditi Somani Satnaliwala returned home after completing her undergraduate course at the University of Warwick, England in 2013, the only thing she missed during her time abroad was her flavored morning coffee.

“A good cup of coffee is so important to me and it was so accessible while studying abroad. In India, flavored coffees were not readily available. Even if it was, an ordinary person couldn’t afford to have it every day because of the prices, ”said Aditi. Your story.

She then started to contact a few suppliers in the UK, who would let her become the supplier of their flavored coffee. “But it didn’t work. Many did not trust me due to the lack of experience in importing and exporting, ”she said.

Aditi resorted to experimentation adding flavors such as caramel and coconut to her instant coffees, and this is where the wheels for Country bean started rolling.

Launched in 2017, the Kolkata-based brand offers coffee flavors like caramel, hazelnut and coconut. Recently, the startup has added more flavors like cocoa mint, berries, and cardamom to its portfolio.

Country Bean kernel flavors vanilla, caramel and hazelnut

“Some variations, including caramel and vanilla, are our permanent flavors. But we experiment a lot with different flavors during the holidays and other seasons of the year. Last year, during the monsoon, we launched the cardamom flavored coffee, and our customers liked it so much that we ended up putting it on our permanent menu, ”says Aditi.

After nearly a year of launching, Aditi’s husband, Aneesh Satnaliwala, former Goldman Sachs investment banking analyst and founder of several startups, joined the Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) coffee brand as co -founder.


The startup makes nearly 90% of its sales through online channels, including its own website, and e-commerce marketplaces such as Amazon and Flipkart, among others. The remaining 10 percent comes from sales through retail channels such as Future Group’s Foodhall delicatessen.

Country Bean claims to have seen 200% growth in activity from pre-pandemic levels, with its customer base reaching 2.5 lakh to date of 50,000 customers in the early days of the business. However, the bootstrap startup has not disclosed how much has been invested in the business so far.

Growth during the pandemic

The pandemic has been extremely beneficial for D2C brands as a whole. Locked-in consumers had no choice but to shop through online channels, making it easier to find new brands.

Industry leaders saw their results improve, including cosmetics brand D2C Sugar, which recorded its highest sales in November 2020, and D2C baby and mother care brand MamaEarth, which reached a valuation of 300 million dollars after reaching a turnover of Rs 700 crore.

Another Kolkata-based D2C skin care brand, Dot and Key, launched in 2018, has grown 30 times faster in the last three years of business.

Country Bean has also seen its repeat purchases reach 25% during the pandemic, and the average order value reaching between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.

The brand has already started to expand its offering with Hazelnut Latte and Dalgona spreads, as well as coffee accessories like a milk frother and coffee cups.

Country Bean Milk Frother

The market and the competition

According to Statistical, the Indian coffee and tea market rose to Rs 420 billion in 2017, against approximately Rs 252 billion in 2013.

Country Bean’s proposition may be unique, but the brand operates in a space where competition continues to grow.

The flavored coffee brand faces competition not only from Sleepy Owl, backed by Rukam Capital, Slay Coffee, backed by Fireside Ventures and Blue Tokai Coffee Roosters, but also the FMCG giants.

To capitalize on the increase in online shopping of niche brands, Tata Consumer Pvt. Ltd. last year launched a premium coffee brand called Tata Sonnets for high-income consumers.

While Aditi says it doesn’t take too much pressure to maintain strict product launch goals, the brand continues to work on five to six products at a time and aims to launch two to three products each quarter, with three to four potential products still in the pipeline. Currently, the brand is working on a few products, including coffee flavors and spreads to be launched in the coming quarters.

The only way Country Bean can stay ahead of this crowded market is to keep its offerings fresh and unique.

Summer Farmer’s Market Bowl with Dairy Free Spinach, Strawberries and Feta


This summer farmer’s market bowl is topped with house dressing and dairy-free feta cheese.

Fancy a bowl of the summer farmer’s market? In this episode of EATKINDLY With Me, Nathan-Josias prepares a bowl of fresh vegetables made with local and seasonal products.

The herbal French model and chef visits a local market in London to purchase produce for the Summer Bowl. His first stop: Ted’s Veg fruit and vegetable store. “I think I’ll find everything I need here,” he said.

“Buying local is so important to me. I can create contact with the farmer. And at the same time, I am sure to always have fresh and tasty products, ”adds Nathan-Josias.

The chef picks his favorite summer fruit: melon. He also catches asparagus, radishes and spinach. “The way I prepare my summer bowl, and generally all types of salad, I’m happy with the rainbow. I try to choose several different colors, ”he explains.

Nathan-Josias stops by the Food & Forest nut supply store next door for local English nuts. Two of the brand’s nuts are grown locally in Kent. The rest is cultivated in different countries using regenerative agriculture. Agricultural practice is a conservation approach to agriculture. It helps improve soil health and maximize crop diversity.

With all of his ingredients at his fingertips, it’s time for him to get down to cooking. Nathan-Josias makes a homemade dressing using just a handful of ingredients: sunflower oil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. He also garnishes his summer farmer’s market bowl with vegan feta cheese.

This vegan bowl is topped with a house dressing and dairy-free feta cheese. | Nathan-Josias for LIVEKINDLY

Summer Farmer’s Market Bowl



  • 1/2 melon
  • 400 grams of spinach
  • 3 radishes
  • 1 cup of uncooked beans
  • 200 grams fine asparagus
  • 100 grams strawberries
  • 100 grams vegan feta


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. 1

    Cut the tail off the asparagus and put them in a saucepan to simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. 2

    Cook the beans in boiling water for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Wash the spinach and radishes in water. Drain the spinach and chop it. Cut the radish into thin slices.

  4. 4

    Cut the melon and cut it into thick cubes.

  5. 5

    Wash the strawberries and cut them into quarters.

  6. 6

    Combine asparagus, beans, spinach, radishes, melon and strawberries in a bowl. Garnish with vegan feta.

  7. 7

    For the dressing, combine sunflower oil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour over your salad and enjoy!

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Aldi fans panic over this cold brew coffee system


While many people buy Aldi’s Crofton Cold Brew coffee system, the kitchen gadget is not necessarily like using other coffee makers. Instead of coffee at the touch of a button, the process takes a long time to squeeze out that perfect sip of caffeine. But, for those who are willing to wait, the smooth, strong, and satisfying flavor is a sip to savor.

As seen on Find Instagram Stories, the process of brewing cold coffee is not complicated, but it does take time. Although these videos are from 2020, it appears to be the same system. Basically, the coffee grounds are added to the stainless steel cylinder, water is added to the container, and the coffee is brewed for 12-24 hours. The drink obtained is a concentrated coffee. When serving or pouring coffee, it seems best to remove the filter. Although the box comes with instructions, it is best to record them or memorize the process. While users can modify the process based on flavor preferences, one aspect is critical to remember. Cold brew coffee is not a quick fix to caffeine. Without hours and hours of ‘brewing’ at home, satisfying that sweet, strong sip may require a coffee rush.

D-Nice was a web developer? Angela Yee owns a cafe? Why Multiple Income Streams Are the Key to Career Longevity


Media personality Angela Yee and DJ D-Nice joined ESSENCE Associate Editor-in-Chief Cori Murray for the Wealth & Power Experience at the 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture presented by Coca-Cola to discuss how they have each succeeded in continuing to work, thrive and pursue their passions throughout the unprecedented year that was 2020.

To learn more about everything you missed during the 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture Wealth & Power experience, click HERE.

While most know Angela Yee for her breaking news and irreverent humor on the early morning airwaves, the media maven is not just a radio host, but an entrepreneur with a touring podcast, a bar juice, a coffee and a coffee. business, among others.

(Photo by Paras Griffin / Getty Images)

“I’m a huge fan of the multiple sources of income,” Yee said. “Especially when the pandemic hit, we all realized that it is so important that different things happen. Some people just invested in real estate, so people weren’t paying their rent. So it takes a hit. So that makes you realize, ‘Okay, I have to have several things going on so that I can still be comfortable.’ “

For D-Nice, which has seen increased notoriety during the pandemic with its “Club Quarantine” home DJ set series, having a diverse set of skills and multiple ventures has allowed it to consistently pursue one of his creative passions. , it doesn’t matter if a lane can fall through.

“I learned very early on, after my years of rap when people weren’t buying the records and the record company had kicked me out, that I never wanted to be that type of artist again; where my income was based on what someone else thought of me, ”he told Murray. D-Nice used his spare time to learn programming and photography, eventually becoming a web developer creating websites for clients like Alicia Keys and AT&T, and photographing album covers for artists like Carl Thomas and campaigns. for clients like Hennessy and Reebok.

Angela Yee & D Nice
(Photo by Paras Griffin / Getty Images)

But a chance meeting at a party where Q-Tip was a DJ rekindled D-Nice’s love of music. “I heard Q-Tip spinning, I came home, I called a buddy of mine, Chris Lighty, and I said to him ‘brother, I think I want to be a DJ’. found this way where I could just play what I like. It wasn’t considered an open format back then, but I just knew I wanted to be able to play everything.

The two agree that with their diversity of skills, they each have more opportunities to pursue the things they are truly passionate about, rather than blindly following the money wherever it takes. For Yee, no check comes before his own personal integrity.

“For me, as a radio personality, it’s important that people feel they can trust me. So some things I won’t do, ”she told Murray, recalling a time when she was offered a huge salary to support a fur business, even though she doesn’t wear fur. “I had to refuse that. I don’t do anything with the cigarette companies, or vape, things like that. I don’t promote things on the radio that I wouldn’t recommend someone to do.

Angela Yee, D Nice, Cori Murray
(Photo by Paras Griffin / Getty Images)

“Not all checks are good,” D-Nice said. “Do I want the nice car, do I want a nice house, do I like to fly first class?” I like all of these things. But they don’t define who I am. I do things that make me feel good, not just based on the money, ”he explained, explaining how he turned down millions of offers for the club’s quarantine at the start of the pandemic to continue to to offer genuine joy to isolated people.

“None of the money would have been worth the feeling I have now.”

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Bloomingdale’s to open its very first Bloomie’s store


A render of the exterior of Bloomingdale’s new small-format location called Bloomie’s.

Source: Bloomingdale Public Relations

Bloomie’s is no longer just a nickname.

Luxury department store chain Bloomingdale’s announced Wednesday that it will use the nickname for a new location, which will open in Fairfax, Va. On August 26. The word Bloomie’s has been used for decades as an affectionate term by fans of the original Bloomingdale’s.

The approximately 22,000 square foot space will be much smaller than a typical Bloomingdale location, which can span over 200,000 square feet. The store will serve as a hub for experiences, with an emphasis on fashion, and will feature Colada Shop, a restaurant serving coffee, Caribbean-inspired bites and evening cocktails.

Bloomingdale’s chief executive Tony Spring described Bloomie’s as a “very edited” and “practical” version of the department store of the same name.

Bloomie’s first location will be in the Mosaic District Mall in Fairfax, Virginia.

Source: Bloomingdale Public Relations

The new Bloomie’s store will sell women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags and beauty products. The merchandise on the floor will change frequently throughout the week, giving customers something new to look at every time they return.

Bloomies will offer touch-ups, a returns drop box, and stylist appointments.

The description looks a bit like the small-format boutique of rival Nordstrom, Nordstrom Local, which debuted in Los Angeles in 2017. Nordstrom’s version, however, does not include any merchandise for sale. But the strategy was to open up a pint-sized space outside the mall to meet the needs of shoppers.

The approximately 22,000 square foot Bloomie space will be much smaller than the typical Bloomingdale location, which can span over 200,000 square feet.

Source: Bloomingdale Public Relations

Bloomingdale’s owner Macy’s has previously hinted that these smaller-format locations are in the works. As part of its turnaround strategy, Macy’s is also opening additional Macy’s Backstage stores outside the mall as well as smaller Macy’s stores called Market by Macy’s. Similar to Bloomie’s, the latter has a more organized and smaller assortment of inventory.

So far, Macy’s has targeted the Atlanta and Dallas markets for its Market by Macy’s locations. In Fairfax, the first Bloomie’s will be located in the Mosaic district shopping center operated by real estate developer Edens. Mosaic District is more of a downtown area than a shopping mall. In addition to a plethora of retailers, it is home to luxury apartment buildings, townhouses, an office tower, grocery stores for neighboring residents, and a movie theater. Bloomie’s will join retailers such as West Elm, Target and Warby Parker.

Employees behind a reception area in the store will greet customers and give them an overview of the services available.

Source: Bloomingdale Public Relations

Macy’s currently operates 33 Bloomingdale’s stores and 21 Bloomingdale’s outlet stores in the United States.

Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette has previously discussed how Bloomingdale’s, which targets high-income consumers, can serve as a testing ground for the retailer’s larger initiatives.

“Bloomingdale’s not only gives us access to higher prices, but it’s a testing platform for innovation, sharing and applying lessons learned across our brands,” Gennette told analysts at ‘a earnings conference call in May.

With Bloomie’s, the company also hopes to continue to capitalize on the luxury retail market share that was up for grabs after a number of industry players have closed stores or liquidated in recent years. This list includes Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, and Lord & Taylor.

More Bloomie stores are in the works, but locations and timing were not disclosed.

From Sapporo to Taroudant, here are 11 underrated cities you didn’t realize should be on your radar


David Attenborough once said that “the world is full of wonders” – and he is not wrong.

There are so many amazing cities to visit, sites to see and delicacies to try. But with what seem like endless options, it’s easy to miss some key spots on your bucket list.

Since trips have been reset slightly, we think your trip list needs to be restarted as well. Here are 11 cities that may have gone under your radar.

11. Sapporo, Japan

Surrounded by ski resorts that put Europe to shame, Sapporo is an often overlooked city on Japan’s northern island, Hokkaido.

Beautiful all year round, Sapporo has the bustle and modernity of Tokyo and the traditional feel of Kyoto.

The best time to visit is during the Snow Festival in February – winter sports enthusiasts should head to Teine, Niseko and Kokusai.

For sightseeing, visit the historic village of Hokkaido, the Sapporo Beer Factory, and the nearby towns of Otaru and Jozankai (home of the Onsen).

Back in town, sample king crab from the Nijo Crab Market or raman from any traditional ramen house; believe me, they are all of excellent quality.

At night, get to know Japan’s LGBTIQ community and head to Susukino, Sapporo’s version of London’s Soho district.

10. Istria, Croatia

Technically a county, Istria is on the Adriatic coast and far from the often overcrowded Dubrovnik.

This part of Croatia is perfect for road trip enthusiasts and those who appreciate ancient architecture.

Rovinj and Pula are two of the larger coastal towns where many visitors prefer to stay. Further north, the villages of Motovun and Grožnjan offer quiet getaways and incomparable views.

Dine on fresh seafood at the stunning Villa Stefanija’s, Stefanija’s Kitchen or sample the truffle delicacies at Restaurante Zigante in Livade.

For lovers of Croatia, living there has become even more attractive.

9. Cornwall, England

The UK isn’t synonymous with great beaches and great weather. But after the G7 meeting in 2021, the world got a glimpse of what this country can offer.

Again, a county, not a city, Cornwall is one of the UK’s most desirable locations.

During your visit, swap the standard hotel room for unique, quirky rentals and glamping options – there are plenty of them available on Airbnb.

Newquay is great for families, while St. Ives is more peaceful and at a slower pace.

Oh, and don’t forget to take a day trip to the Minack Theater, an open-air theater perched on the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.

8. Kotor, Montenegro

Travel to Montenegro has increased in recent years, and it’s clear to see why.

The whole country has something to offer. But at the top of everyone’s list should be Kotor.

This coastal town is located between limestone mountains and is a maze of medieval streets, museums and palaces.

The cobbled plazas are teeming with cafes, bars, and live music, making it the perfect spot for all ages and interests.

7. Taroudant, Morocco

Nicknamed the “grandmother of Marrakech”, Taroudant is a more intimate walled city in south-eastern Morocco.

For those who have visited Marrakech, Taroudant offers the same atmosphere but with a more authentic side. The souks are just as entertaining and the tagine just as tasty – maybe even more!

It is a must for those who like to travel “off the beaten track”. The locals are friendly and helpful, and for female travelers, there is significantly less harassment.

6. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is a truly underrated city with incredible music, art and food scenes.

Neighborhoods like Gastown and Main Street are full of independent shops, restaurants and bars that you wish you were international chains.

For those who enjoy Asian cuisine, Vancouver’s Chinatown is the third largest in North America, and dim sum is considered the most authentic outside of Asia.

For anyone looking for a fun week, Vancouver is definitely worth a visit.

5. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is a city that just has something about it. It’s effortlessly cool and oddly welcoming.

Signs, announcements, and public transportation are in Korean and English, making it easy to navigate the city. The metro system itself is simple and convenient.

For shopping, explore Gangnam’s underground markets (yes, it’s a real place) and stock up on skincare at SkinFood.

For traditional tours, head to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insa-dong area.

For something more unique, book a trip to the Korea Demilitarized Zone, a strip of land between the North Korean and South Korean border.

Before you go, be sure to stock up on kkul-tarae, a dessert made from woven honey. You can have any topping you like – I recommend the peanut butter – and it’s freezable.

4. Perth, Australia

When considering a trip to Australia, the most common options are Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. But on the southwest coast, Perth is holding up.

The city is much smaller than the other more popular options, but it has just as much to offer.

The beaches are just as breathtaking as those on the Gold Coast, especially Cottesloe, Mettams and Leighton.

The cafe scene rivals Melbourne, and there is as much to do as in Sydney.

In addition, it is cheaper and less congested.

3. Utrecht, The Netherlands

The city of Utrecht is 35 kilometers south of Amsterdam and never fails to impress.

Utrecht is just as pretty as Amsterdam and much more authentic. It embodies the European culture of rooftop terraces and cafes and is a true indication of everyday Dutch life.

Although it is a city, it looks more like a village and has already been voted the fourth happiest place in the world by BBC Travel.

For the best view of the city, head to Cafe La Place at the top of the V&D department store.

2. Ghent, Belgium

For such a small country, Belgium has a lot to offer. Between Antwerp, Brussels and Bruges, Ghent is often overlooked.

But as Belgium’s oldest city in the country, Ghent was once the most important port in Europe.

It is a city rich in history, architecture and mayonnaise fries.

Explore the Castle of the Counts and Saint Bavo’s Cathedral. And on Fridays, take a stroll through the Vrijdagmarkt, a food, drink and merchandise market that has been held every Friday since the 12th century.

1. Ronda, Andalusia Spain

The whole region of Andalusia is something to see, but Ronda is the star.

As the largest of the white towns, Ronda is built on top of the El Tajo Gorge. It is famous for its “new bridge”, its wine making, its bullfighting and its rich history.

Being in Spain, tapas are always the popular choice, but expect seafood you never knew existed and plenty of game meat.

For photographers, Ronda is the perfect subject – it seems the Golden Hour was created just for her.

Mobile coffee finds its land


The owners of Café Con Leche aspire to one day have a brick and mortar store.

Despite the literal and the figurative obstacles on the road that it has encountered since its inception, a local mobile coffee business seems to have found its place and a loyal and growing customer base.

Co-owned by Edgar and Diana Mayorga, Cafe Con Leche opened in February. Serving a variety of espressos, specialty coffees, teas and desserts, the coffee cart is located in the Bertuccio Farms parking lot, 2410 Airline Highway in Hollister, and is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am to 5 pm.

One morning in mid-June, the husband-and-wife team shared with BenitoLink the challenges, as well as the triumphs, of his two-year business trip: an odyssey that began in the Bay Area and ultimately ended. crossed San Benito County.

Diana, 27, describes herself as a “coffee nerd,” spent her teenage years working in various cafes in Redwood City, learning about the industry and customer palettes. After a stint at the French pastry café, Mademoiselle Colette, she imagined a café centered on her Mexican roots.

With her business plan in hand, Diana began experimenting with different blends of coffee and syrups, often asking neighbors to try her product and give their opinion.

His fledgling business was nearly disrupted when Edgar, 29, lost his job as a sheet metal worker during the pandemic.

With her entrepreneurial flair for dealing with setbacks, Diana decided to sell her coffee in the couple’s apartment. His former taste testers were now his target customers.

“All the Starbucks and local coffee shops were closed,” she said, “and our neighbors supported me and bought my coffee.”

As Edgar saw the potential of his wife’s business, he decided to join her full time.

“He made my dream come true,” said Diana.

Too short of cash to open a brick and mortar business, the Mayorgas settled on a coffee cart. But it also turned out to be difficult.

The new enclosed trailer they bought needed an unexpected overhaul, and the coffee machine couldn’t keep up with the expected demand. Additionally, several Bay Area roasters have refused to lend their name and product to the young couple.

“We faced a lot of bumps on the road,” said Diana. “And heard a lot of no’s,” Edgar added.

Drawing from the well of their Christian faith and undeterred by the obstacles they faced, the couple continued to renovate the future black and white coffee cart.

The words “Café Con Leche” were then engraved on its side, a reference to the simple and inviting coffee served in the haciendas of rural Mexico.

Before moving to Hollister in June 2020, the couple learned that Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company was ready to get attached to Café Con Leche’s coffee products.

It appeared that things were finally improving for the Mayorgas.

But once they arrived in San Benito County, they struggled to find a site for their operation.

Attracted by the amount of traffic along Highway 25, the mobile café-bar Café Con Leche initially parked near the Bray beehives, a road accessory.

Word quickly spread on social media that the county’s newest coffee company was offering delicious produce in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

Among those who became an early fan was Hollister’s Patty Yerena.

Hollister resident Patty Yerena. Photo by Frank Pérez

While waiting for her frozen mocha, Yerena, a daily customer, told BenitoLink that she discovered Café Con Leche on Instagram. She visited their roadside location and was immediately hooked.

“I’m pretty picky with my coffee. And they [Diana and Edgar] have memorized my drink. It’s great coffee and great customer service, ”said Yerena.

Despite the exposure they received from the freeway, the Mayorgas decided to take a seat in Hollister across from Ladd Lane Elementary School.

Although the move was short-lived, Café Con Leche struck up a friendship and ultimately a business relationship with Roxy Muñoz, a Hollister School District employee and owner of Wasted Sugar Co.

After tasting Muñoz’s specialty, strawberries and chocolate-covered pretzels, Diana asked the long-term ranked replacement if she could make desserts exclusively for Café Con Leche.

Muñoz is thrilled that her churro cheesecake and banana-banana fritters are on the cafe cart menu, and she is happy to have the Mayorgas as business partners.

Churro cheesecake and banana nut fritters.  Photo courtesy of Roxy Muñoz.
Churro cheesecake and banana nut fritters. Photo courtesy of Roxy Muñoz.

“They are easy to work with and both are really adorable,” Muñoz said in a phone interview with BenitoLink.

While a customer waited for additional toasted marshmallows to garnish her S’mores Latte, first customer Kristina Gamboa embarked on the ongoing development of the Hollister Farms shopping center on East Park Street.

Hollister resident Kristina Gamboa.  Photo by Frank Pérez.
Hollister resident Kristina Gamboa. Photo by Frank Pérez.

Craving something “delicious” and following Edgar’s recommendation, Gamboa ordered a Big Birthday Latte.

After taking a sip, Gamboa smiled and told BenitoLink: “It’s really good. It’s really sweet as a [birthday] cupcake, and the mousse is perfect.

When asked if she would return, the Hollister resident replied, “I will be back for sure.”

However, less than 24 hours later, Café Con Leche had to move.

Adept at navigating unfavorable commercial waters, Diana reached out to former Hollister city councilor Victor Gomez on Instagram.

Gomez and former San Benito County Supervisor Jim Gillio lead Hollister Coffee and Cars, an unauthorized weekly event at the Target parking lot where attendees can chat and tour over coffee, while admiring classic and contemporary cars of all makes and models.

Café Con Leche mobile coffee bar at the Hollister Coffee and Cars event.  Photo courtesy of Victor Gomez.
Café Con Leche mobile coffee bar at the Hollister Coffee and Cars event. Photo courtesy of Victor Gomez.

As car enthusiasts ordered their flavored iced teas, Gomez told BenitoLink that he was happy to support the Mayorgas and hoped to see them at future events.

In the meantime, Gomez and others can find Café Con Leche at the Bertuccio Farms lot on Airline Highway.

“Everyone from office staff to store associates were delighted to welcome Café Con Leche. Word has spread around the area that they are fantastic, ”Bertuccio Market Manager Grant Hughes told BenitoLink.

“When one door closes another opens,” Diana said of the need to find their fifth location in four months. She and Edgar plan to stay there for a while, at least until they open a cafe somewhere in town.

Whether it’s from a mobile cart or a building in downtown Hollister, the mayors say Café Con Leche will always be proud to provide patrons with a delicious, well-made cup of coffee that’s served with a smile. .

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3 Easy Ree Drummond Ice Cream Cake Recipes That Are Perfect For Summer


Ree Drummond has come up with a number of easy ice cream cakes that are semi-homemade or completely made with store-bought ingredients. The pioneer woman star has shared some of his favorite ice cream cakes over the years and there are a variety of ways to customize them to your liking.

“The Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper / Getty Images for Pioneer Woman magazine

Ree Drummond shared her favorite frozen tiramisu cake

Drummond loves everything about coffee, so it’s no surprise that one of his favorite frozen cake creations is a fun twist on a classic tiramisu dessert.

When preparing the iced tiramisu cake during an episode of The pioneer woman show, Drummond explained that she is a huge fan of ice cream cakes because they are so easy and versatile.

“Ice cream cakes are so good to have in the freezer,” Drummond explained. “I do them all the time. Sometimes I make round cake layers, sometimes I make squares. It’s so much fun because you can kind of take any angle you want.

“Tiramisu is my favorite dessert, so I knew it would be obvious,” she added.

The pioneer woman star figured out a way to make a favorite cafe dessert in a snap, explaining, “For the cake part you can make a homemade sponge cake – or you can take a cute shortcut and use a purchased frozen pound cake at the store.”

Drummond sliced ​​the cake into layers and got to work putting together the delicious dessert. She started with a slice of cake on the bottom, added a drizzle of coffee liqueur, then spread some softened coffee ice cream on it along with a mixture of ground espresso beans and chocolate. She repeated the layers using chocolate ice cream in one layer, coffee ice cream on the next, and vanilla ice cream on top. After a final pinch of the mixture of espresso beans and chocolate, she covered the cake and put it in the freezer for four hours.

You can find the full recipe on Food web website.

Ree Drummond has created a traditional ice cream cake recipe that you can customize

If coffee desserts aren’t your favorite, Drummond has more traditional ice cream cake options. One of her frozen layered cakes uses a pound cake with layers of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, as well as chocolate candy chips in layers and a chocolate sauce and candy topping.

Of course, the dessert can be fully personalized with different flavors of ice cream and whatever candy you want to sprinkle on the layers. Crumbled cookies or sprinkles make a great garnish and give the dessert a fun touch.

The full recipe is available on Food web website.

“The Pioneer Woman” Star Also Makes Individual Ice Cream Cakes

Drummond also offers individually sized ice cream cake snacks that can be easily stored in the freezer so they’re ready to grab. The best part? There are only 3 ingredients!

“They are super easy to do,” she explained on The pioneer woman. “I just put 15 chocolate sandwich cookies in the bowl of a food processor and beat them until they were fine crumbs.”

After adding melted butter to the crumbs, she combined the ingredients, then pressed the cookie crust into the bottom and sides of the muffin tins. She placed the muffin pan in the freezer while she combined soggy ice cream and cracker cookies, then poured the ice cream mixture into each muffin pan and covered it with more cookie crumbs.

Drummond placed the dessert in the freezer and, once set, removed each serving and placed them in a resealable plastic bag for freezer storage.

Drummond’s full recipe is on the Food web website.

RELATED: ‘The Trailblazer Woman’: Ree Drummond’s Easy Sheet Pan S’mores Dessert Is Perfect For Summer

Simple organic ingredients: better than milk


Milk substitutes are plentiful in grocery and health food stores, but not all are created the same. Flavor and quality ingredients are important considerations when selecting a product; however, what really matters to me… what does it taste like in my coffee!

We were sent samples of Better Than Milk organic, dairy-free and gluten-free alternative dairy drinks.

Each of these products has a delicious flavor in itself. I particularly like the nutty touch in the rice milk.

Quality and sustainable ingredients make Better Than Milk products stand out from the crowd. For example, they are made from spring water flowing from the Lessini mountains in northern Italy. As you drink your Better Than Milk in your morning cappuccino, you can imagine the spring flowing through beautiful majestic mountains 450 meters above sea level. Bellissimo!

How it’s made:
Water is really important in the production of a delicious alternative milk drink. Spring water is important, as are the raw materials, which is why all of them are selected according to the highest standards of quality and traceability, in partnership with Italian farmers. All of these great ingredients are combined, blended and made into our alternative milk drinks under the roof of a state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious facility.
Commitment to the environment
We care a lot! Our aseptic cartons are FSC certified, ensuring that the materials we use come from responsibly managed forests that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits. After drinking a carton of our alternative milk, you can (and SHOULD) recycle it. And wait, there is more, because our Tetra Pak plastic caps are bio-based and made from sugar cane, not petroleum! Seriously, how cool is that? They are made from renewable sources.

Simple ingredients and the absence of carrageenan make Better Than Milk a great choice for your cereals, smoothies and baked goods. Attention to details of sustainability, like plastic caps made from sugarcane, shows the company’s commitment to providing not only a healthy alternative to milk, but also to the planet. Their blog has many wonderful recipes to try, including the Better Than Milk® Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl pictured below.

Better Than Milk® Avocado Kale Smoothie Bowl

| makes about 1 bowl |


  • 1 cup kale leaves
  • 1 cup Better Than Milk® Unsweetened Almond Drink
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup of ice cream
  • 1 tbsp. agave syrup, plus a supplement for serving
  • ½ cup of raspberries
  • 1 kiwi, sliced
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds


  1. Combine kale, almond milk, half the banana, avocado, ice cream and 1 tablespoon agave until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with raspberries, kiwi, chia seeds, the remaining ½ banana and a drizzle of agave.

I like that Better Than Milk products don’t need to be refrigerated until opened. This greatly facilitates storage and saves space in the refrigerator. It also means it’s great to take camping trips and other summer adventures!

Many alternative milk drinks are too sweet. Better Than Milk doesn’t add any sweeteners to their drinks, so it’s perfect for all uses and diets.

Better Than Milk is exactly what the name says! Whether it’s almonds, oats or rice, these healthy alternatives are perfect for families like mine! My children are celiacs and vegans, and I am allergic to dairy products. We used to make our own almond milk, but it’s cheaper and easier to buy ready-made. I’m grateful to companies like Better Than Milk who pay attention to details like using spring water and sugarcane capsules while making a delicious product!

“Run the World” Recap: Season 1, Episode 7 – “What You Wish”


Sundays Run the world discovers major truths revealed and several characters recognize that they deserve better than what they have been given.

Sondi, who has raised concerns about Amari’s predominantly white ballet class negatively impacting her self-esteem, takes the girl to see black ballet dancers perform. Amari is delighted to see dancers who look like her and asks to wear the flesh-colored ballerinas that Sondi has personalized for her. See? Representation matters.

In a not-so-calm conversation during the performance, Matthew suggests that Sondi consider asking Baptiste – the same woman who cast nuclear shadows at their housewarming party – to be his new advisor. But not before revealing that there is have been rumors that he was sleeping with a student. According to Matthew, the anonymous woman was “flirtatious” and people made assumptions that were not true. Sure.

Cut to the awkward encounter with Baptiste, in which Sondi apologizes for being rude at the party, also noting that his innuendo about Matthew is harmful. Baptiste gets right to the point: Sondi needs a new advisor or she will be kicked out of the current program. She points out that Sondi has yet to find her own voice since becoming so focused on Matthew’s worth. She agrees to consider the offer if Sondi writes a 15-page “brainstorming” with a new angle for her thesis.

Sondi is stressed and tries to write, but is still interrupted by Maya, who wants to play. Agreeing to take a little walk to the store, she finds Matthew reading alone in a cafe. Irritated, she calls out to him for leaving her daughter with her as he goes out for “me time” knowing that she has so much work to do in three days. Besides, he doesn’t even take care of him in the house. She is overworked and underestimated and needs time on her own. Hence a visit to the library.

Meanwhile, Ella attends an exclusive dinner with a celebrity. It’s a fun night with live music and easy conversation until she catches said celebrity cheating on his wife – and Ella’s friend – in the bathroom. Ella is put in the difficult position of writing this juicy story about her stay-at-home daughter – who invited her to the little get-together – and getting that big increase in traffic. The story also causes an argument with Anderson, who doesn’t really care and calls his work “whack”. To be fair, Ella feels the same about the gig. However, she is not happy that her boyfriend is not supporting her.

Run the World Season 1Renee meets her college friend Mia, who is now vice president of Loreal Cosmetics, for drinks and career advice. Renee’s informal pitch for the brand impresses Mia, who wants to set up a meeting for a formal pitch. Despite Renee’s efforts to bring the Loreal pitch, she was delegated to a supporting role under her much younger white male colleague. Quoting Maya Angelou as she did in the pilot, Renee resigns. She wasn’t going to stay and be continually despised like that.

While dating Renee, Ella meets Iman, who is mad at the story and swears to drag her name through the mud.

Elsewhere, Whitney and her fiancé Ola take another session with their marriage counselor, who worries about their demanding schedules. Ola points out that Whitney has been aloof lately, which she attributes to her busy job and overwhelming wedding plans. But let’s face it: she also feels guilty about this one-night stand that she still hasn’t told him about. She eventually confesses to Sondi, who encourages her to tell Ola the truth.

As Whitney prepares for her bachelorette party, she hears a knock on the door. It’s Ola. Boy, do they have a lot to say.

TCPL will work closely with BigBasket to generate “win-win” synergies: CEO


FMCG Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL) will work “very closely” with BigBasket, an e-commerce platform recently acquired by the Tata Group, to generate win-win synergies in terms of costs and revenues, according to the management of the company. Director and CEO, Sunil D’Souza.

The company, which more than doubled the e-commerce channel’s sales contribution to around 6% for the domestic market in the past year, is also focused on improving its direct-to-consumer sales channel approach. (D2C) of selected brands of coffee and their specificities. websites.

As part of the strategy, he brings “Eight O’Clock”, an original American gourmet coffee, under D2C in addition to Tata Coffee 1868 and Sonnets.

“We will be working closely with BigBasket to take advantage of the synergies we are getting in both revenue and cost,” D’Souza told PTI.

Asked about the benefits of working with BigBasket, he said, “So we have aligned partners. It is very easy to partner with a group company, especially when you have a common vision of where you want to be, be it in e-commerce. side or FMCG space. “

“A very close partnership and win-win synergies, I think that will be the key,” he added.

As part of its aggressive e-commerce expansion, the Tata Group last month acquired a controlling stake in online grocery vendor BigBasket for an undisclosed amount.

In tune with the changing business landscape and consumer behavior following the pandemic, D’Souza said TCPL has also hired outside people who have worked with e-commerce portals to recruit the right talent.

“Because it’s (e-commerce) a separate ball game, which you have to understand and very difficult to develop talent from within,” he added.

He added, “So far it seems to have worked. For example, over the past year, we’ve doubled the ecommerce contribution percentage from around 2.5% to 5.2%. ended March at 6% and it continues to grow month by month. “

Stating that TCPL will also improve its D2C brands such as Tata Coffee 1868 and Sonnets and Eight O’clock, he said, “All of these are aimed at very specific consumers. Going online allows us to target these specific consumers at a very high cost. efficient manner.”

TCPL entered the D2C space last month by launching its premium roast and ground coffee under the Sonnets brand, primarily targeting urban consumers looking for a special coffee experience.

When asked if TCPL would add more brands to the D2C space, D’Souza said he would like to stabilize these three brands of coffee, however, said I would not rule out launching other brands. in the future. “

TCPL, which has less rural exposure compared to other competitors, is also expanding its coverage area with network expansion in these remote areas.

“Compared to the rest of the FMCG world, we are probably underweight rural versus urban. Having said that, it is not by design but it is by default because at the moment we have first rebuilt our entire distribution system. , semi-urban areas fit and that’s where we focused on integration and now we’re moving towards rural, ”D’Souza said.

It has now tripled the number of its field sales force and added around 2,000 distributors.

“The target is close to 8,000-9,000 distributors and that’s what will give me my rural expansion. Right now, I would say we’re still a bit behind the rest of the good midfield FMCG companies. rural (market), “he said. .

On Starbucks, D’Souza said he has a significant opportunity to grow because the business model works because same store profitability is in a “right place” and the brand is extremely strong.

“This is probably the strongest brand in the QSR space in India today and if you look at the footprint we are still only 221 stores. So I think we have a significant opportunity to grow and this that the pandemic did, it separated the men from the boys, ”he said.

Stating that the weaker players, who do not have strong business models, have shaken themselves and paused in their expansion plans, he said: “For us we see this as an opportunity and this is is why store expansion will continue to occur. “

The expansion would be “deep and wide” by entering new cities and opening more stores in cities where it has existing outlets.

“It would also be in more formats. We started a drive-thru in Zirakpur (at Ambala Chandigarh Expressway) and now we are looking where to take it. We also started small motor shops, with a smaller footprint (size ) As we move into Tier II and III cities, we are making sure that its business model is fit for geography, ”he added.

Tata Starbucks is a 50/50 joint venture between Tata Consumer Products Ltd and Starbucks Corporation.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

Daily Bullets (July 4): Independence Day edition


The Daily Bullets are brought to you by Hoboken Coffee: get 20% off your first order.

Happy independence day shooting pistols. It’s an important time to appreciate what we have as Americans and to spend with our families. Thank you for including us.

Three thoughts

• I shared my thoughts on the start of the NIL era.

• Marshall Scott has indicated that Cowboys defensemen will be the most difficult to replace for Jim Knowles.

• The Pokes did a good job attracting potential Sooners to Stillwater last week, but failed to secure the deal on Deer Creek tackle Jacob Sexton. Unfortunately, he’s heading to the OU.

Two quotes

• A restaurateur from Tulsa is one of the first public players in the NIL game. He will soon have several Sooners on his payroll, but he expects deals to be made statewide.

“There is a lot of money in Tulsa”, Travis Davidson told the Tulsa World. “We’re two hours from Norman and an hour and a half from Stillwater. Who can say that the best athletes at the University of Tulsa cannot capitalize? You mean to make me believe that Zaven Collins wouldn’t have made a lot of money last year?

“Oklahoma State alumni really support their athletes. There will be a strong market, I believe, for athletes in the state of Oklahoma. “

• Speaking of the new era of the NIL, well-known sports agent Leigh Steinberg compared Thursday’s opening day blitz to the Oklahoma land rush.

“There were cars that had carefully mapped out the terrain they were looking for, that had prospected in advance and figured out how to get the best speed to reach the terrain first. ” Steinberg told the Seattle Times.

A question

• Which OSU athlete (current or former) would demand the highest royalty check if they were active today?

(OSU Bullet Bonus)

• You can vote for Cade Cunningham

Non-OSU chips

• The government report on UFOs has been released. Here is what we learned. [The Economist]
• Scientists have discovered a new way our brain cells communicate. [Science Alert]
• Marv Albert ends after a historic career in broadcasting:

Hudson Coffee announces its closure in Uptown Hoboken


Sad news in the upscale neighborhoods of Hoboken – Hudson Coffee announced its closure at the end of July. The cafe opened in 2018 by Justin DePascale, who also owns Bean Vault Coffee in downtown Hoboken. Justin, a cop in Hoboken, shared a great love of coffee and Mile Square. Its downtown store will remain open, but Hudson Coffee broke the news on its Instagram account on July 3 regarding its downtown closure at 1100 Maxwell.

“Hudson Coffee deeply loves our community and is very grateful for your support,” the coffee shared on his Instagram. “We have sold our lease and will close our doors on Saturday July 31 …”

“All of the over-the-counter discussions we’ve had will be sorely missed by our team. Thank you for all the love you have for our brand! Stop and say goodbye while having your last latte! Hoboken, we love you and when we’re gone remember to always drink better coffee!

The advisory ended with a request to visit Hudson Coffee’s sister location, Bean Vault Coffee, at 1 Newark Street in Hoboken.

According to the owner, W. Kodak will expand into the Hudson Coffee space with its current location next door.

How Hudson Coffee was born

Owner Justin DePascale never really liked or drank coffee until he started working crazy hours as a cop. Eventually, coffee became a necessity and he quickly found himself the owner of not one, but two cafes.

“It’s surprising that I’ve gone from aversion to coffee to a real passion for it now,” DePascale said at the time. “I tasted really bad beers during my years in the police force, so when I discovered really good coffee, everything changed. I started looking for specialty coffees and wanted to try different beans from all over the world. I wanted to learn and understand more and I kind of became a coffee connoisseur.

Hoboken Cafe Hudson

^ Owner of Hudson Coffee and Head of HPD, Justin DePascale

DePascale is committed to preserving Mile Square’s rich history, being himself a native of Hoboken BNR – whose family is deeply rooted in the community. Hudson Coffee boasted a chic interior with huge space to work from home – with a combination of the industrial past of the upscale neighborhoods of Hoboken and the modern evolution of Maxwell Place.

Throughout the cafe are nostalgic images of the former Maxwell House factory, Hudson’s waterfront shipyards, and other pieces of Hoboken history. Some of the photos on the wall were actually taken by DePascale himself.

Read more: The story of the Maxwell House coffee factory

Besides being a local haunt for many coffee lovers, the store has also achieved some national recognition. Few years ago, Food web magazine named Hudson Coffee one of America’s best coffee mugs. The magazine named one “best cup” in each state and Hudson Coffee {located at 1100 Maxwell Street} won gold on behalf of New Jersey.

Residents reacted to the closure with great sadness. “It’s so sad. I’m so upset to hear that. You were the best,” wrote one Instagram user. “I’m so sad to see this,” wrote another.

The news comes as several other closures have been announced in recent days. Delfino’s, a Hoboken staple, announced its owners were retiring and closed last week. Other closures have included Sugarsuckle, the popular bakery on Newark Ave, downtown Verizza Pizza which will be taken over by the owners of The Madison, and in non-gourmet closing news, Work it Out Fitness Studios and Pavana Yoga also have announced the end of their time in Mile Square recently.

Although the pandemic has affected so many businesses, there is still hope. New openings include a gluten-free bakery called Annie + Ems which is coming to town in the fall, Rexer Gallery and the Sinatra Room bar inside Monroe’s.

Be sure to follow @thehobokengirl on Instagram + Tiktok to stay on top of the latest news.

Written by: Jennifer Tripucka

Jen is the founder and editor of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County – when her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 1950s – she started the site as a resident of Hoboken to find out the amazing things that are happening in the region. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or the #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she is usually found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two puppies, or walking her two puppies. watching Bravo TV and ordering take out food with her husband.

In the loop: WeWork; Desana raises $ 4 million; And more industry news

WeWork has partnered with Grab in Singapore to provide Grab for Business customers with access to coworking space in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

WeWork Partners with Grab in Singapore

Tech in Asia announced this week that WeWork has partnered with Singaporean super app Grab “to provide one-month free access and discounted membership offers to select Grab for Business customers.” The coworking company will offer the Grab x WeWork Pass, which will allow Grab for Business customers to access WeWork spaces in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Coworking brand Desana raises $ 4 million in funding

Desana, an Edinburgh-based co-working space aggregator, announced this week that it has secured $ 4 million in seed funding. The funding round was led by Berlin-based PropTech1 Ventures, BGF and Techstart Ventures. With Desana, companies can buy ‘credits’ which can be redeemed by employees in different coworking spaces across Europe. Desana currently operates in Europe, the United States and Asia; the funds will be used to finance Desana’s expansion plans.

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New York restaurants turn to coworking to boost profits

CNBC reported this week that New York City restaurant Kindred has started renting its tables during the day to remote workers in hopes of increasing the company’s profits. Each table costs $ 25 per person and includes free coffee, Wi-Fi, and bathroom access. Teleworkers can book tables from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kindred hopes that by renting tables from telecommuters, they will earn passive income and get people through the door.

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The 39 Best July 4th Deals: Home Goods, Outdoor Gear, Tech & More


Happy Independence Day! We hope you can celebrate the long weekend with your family and friends. Maybe stay indoors this year to distract yourself from the heat wave currently going through the United States. If you’re outdoors, we’ve got plenty of tips for staying cool. The good news is, there’s money to be saved on some of our favorite home and outdoor products this weekend thanks to a slew of July 4th sales.

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Check out our guides to latte and cappuccino machines and robot vacuums to make your home the perfect oasis for summer parties and stays.

Cut the coupon to see the full discount at checkout. It’s a better deal than what we saw on Prime Day. This Oxo coffee maker (9/10, WIRED recommends) can brew up to eight cups of coffee, making it a great option for large households, and it’s super easy to use. It will brew at the right temperature for the right amount of time. Plus, if you just want to make the value of a single cup, a drip attachment is included.

The DeLonghi is a very simple machine and one of the best prices when it is do not reduced. It is very easy to clean and you get a lather wand.

That’s $ 10 less than the price at Target’s rival Prime Day sale. We haven’t tested it, and while Keurig machines aren’t our favorite way to brew coffee, there’s no denying that it’s one of the easiest methods. Make sure to take K-Cups!

Roborock S4 Max

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It is our favorite robot vacuum cleaner for most people. It has features of more expensive vacuum cleaners, such as mapping, problem detection and virtual barriers. Plus, it has a larger than average dust bin and 180 minutes of battery life. It’s been reduced to $ 310 on Prime Day, but it’s still a solid price tag.

Cut out the coupon on the page to see the discount at checkout. We saw this robot vacuum cleaner cost $ 100 cheaper on Amazon Prime Day, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth buying for that price. It is a great vacuum cleaner for households with pets. It sucks dog hair from low pile rugs and, most importantly, its cameras can dodge obstacles like animal droppings. No need to worry about coming home for animal damage spread around your house.

The D8 has a Turbo mode for particularly tough messes and an auto-recharge and resume feature when the battery dies while it’s still cleaning. We loved the old Neato D7 when we tested it, and you can get it from The Neato website for the same price right now. But the new model is probably the way to go. You can also find this offer on Bed bath and beyond and Lowe’s. If you buy the D8 directly from The Neato site by July 5, you can get a side brush and a four filter pack with your discount purchase using the promo code SUMMER21.

Apple MacBook Air with M1

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Apple’s latest MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED recommended) uses its own M1 chip instead of an Intel processor, and the result is excellent. It’s a really well-balanced machine, with great battery life, powerful performance, a beautiful display, and the same classic, slim design. This is the lowest price we have ever seen.

That price isn’t as low as we saw on Prime Day, but it’s still a steal on a 2020 flagship phone (8/10, WIRED recommends). The 90Hz AMOLED display is one of the best you’ll find at this price point, and it’s hard to find such a powerful Android phone for less than $ 500.

WIRED Reviews Editor Julian Chokkattu is currently testing this phone, and he says it’s incredible value, especially at this surprisingly low price. It’s fast enough to run most apps and games, the camera is surprisingly decent, and the battery can run for about two days.

It’s not the lowest price we’ve seen on the iPad Air, but if you’re looking for Apple’s latest mid-range tablet, it’s well worth it. It has the modern design of the iPad Pro without Face ID; in fact, Touch ID is built into the power button. It is powerful and has a great deal of autonomy.

Do you want an Android tablet instead? We love the Tab S6 Lite. Performance won’t be as smooth as the more expensive slates, but they get the job done. The screen is nice as are the speakers and the battery life.

Tribit StormBox

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You will likely be spending time outdoors in the next few months. We have guides on everything grilling, including gas grills, charcoal grills, portable grills, and accessories. Plus, check out our favorite bluetooth speakers if you want to DJ at your next party.

Click the coupon button to see the discount at checkout. It might not be the biggest discount, but the StormBox is our favorite budget Bluetooth speaker. It’s IPX7 rated, which means you can bring it to your pool or the beach while you’re celebrating the summer. It has 20 hours of battery life and powerful bass.

It’s nice to have a cooler on hand when you’re hosting (or going!) Backyard parties, a beach trip, or a number of events. The 16 Quart Stanley Adventure is sturdy, relatively light, and can hold 21 cans of your choice of beverage.

Nothing says more than summer on the grill. If you grill regularly, you should get an instant-read thermometer. This Thermapen doesn’t come cheap, but Scott Gilbertson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, says the investment is worth it. It has an automatic backlight and folds up for easy storage.

ThermoWorks Signals

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It’s senior WIRED writer Scott Gilbertson’s favorite smart hub for a grill. It is ideal for anyone who does a lot of slow cooking, smoking, or anything that requires maintaining a constant but low temperature. It has four channels, you can see different temperatures, and you don’t need to have your phone with you to see all of this information.

Click the coupon button on the page to see the full discount at checkout. Most people don’t think they need gloves for grilling, but that makes it a lot easier. These gloves can withstand up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit, but you should still be careful even when using your gloved hands.

If you are going for a hike this summer, trekking poles help relieve some of the strain on your legs and knees by transferring the work to your upper body. You should buy some rubber tips to hook the end and avoid dragging poles during the hike—pole scars can damage the environment.

WIRED employees have used a few different versions of these bottles, and love them all, but this one has a nice pocket with a pocket to store your keys. All bottles are 15% off until July 5, so you should be able to find something you like.

Amika Polished Perfection Smoothing Brush 2.0

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You might be a little rusty in the grooming department. Check out our guides to hair straighteners, hairdryers, and hair removal tools for all of our favorite picks.

that of Sephora Summer sale until July 5th, and our favorite Amika straightening brush is at a reduced price. It’s worth it at this price if your hair type responds well to brushes. It removes the curls from my hair but leaves it puffy, and I’ve seen others achieve flat iron-like results in less time and with less damage.

This dryer is cheap the way it is, so another $ 5 discount is fine. It works well for diffusing curls and has the best design from the 90s. However, the low setting can be too low and the high setting can cause frizz on delicate curls. A medium option would have been nice.

This tumble dryer features a quick-dry oscillating nozzle that moves quickly from side to side as you dry, mimicking the back-and-forth motion you might do with your hand.

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Cut out the coupon on the page to see the discount at checkout. It’s an expensive dryer, but it automatically adjusts the heat and airflow based on humidity levels and air temperature.

This Dermaflash is on our list of the best hair removal equipment. It’s expensive and the blades are single-use only, but they remove peach fuzz and dead skin from your face without irritation.

Helix Midnight Luxe

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It wouldn’t be a vacation if all of our favorite mattresses weren’t at a discount. Read our guide to all the mattresses we’ve tested to find out more. The following prices are for queen sizes.

Use promotional code July4200 to see the discount at checkout. It’s our favorite mattress. It’s quite expensive even on sale, but it’s really great for chilling out at night. This offer includes two Helix pillows for free.

We’ve seen this mattress go down further, but it’s affordable even if it’s not on sale. Comfort doesn’t suffer in the name of a good deal, either.

Natural Birch

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Clinic volunteers toast for ‘making a difference’ | Sun News


CITY OF ROME – The Noble County Health Department rolled out the red carpet on Thursday evening for the 250 volunteers who have given their time and talent since December to vaccinate their fellow citizens against COVID-19 at the county clinic in the Noble County Public Library in Albion.

Volunteers arrived at Sylvan Cellars for a dinner of chicken and pork chops, topped with a cake decorated with “You made a difference !!” And “Together we can do so much!” “

Coffee packages from Turning Point Coffee in Ligonier and Country Roads Coffee in Albion were placed in insulated travel mugs given to all volunteers upon arrival.

Indeed, they did. The fast and efficient clinic fired more than 20,000 gunshots in northeast Indiana before going out of business Wednesday at the Albion Library. Now people can call the health department at 636-2191 to make an appointment to get the vaccine.

The health department may have organized the party, but the volunteers turned the tide. At one point, the public gave a standing ovation to Noble County health worker Dr Terry Gaff and emergency preparedness specialist Jessica Price.

A video produced by health service intern Ben Jansen enabled health service staff and those vaccinated to thank the volunteers for their commitment to protecting their fellow citizens.

“The volunteers sacrificed their time, wearing masks all the time and keeping people safe as much as possible,” Gaff said in the video.

In the video, now retired Emergency Management Agency director Mick Newton said he knew a well-run clinic was possible, but the “generic card” was whether we could get enough volunteers.

Newton praised the volunteers for their “cheerful and caring attitude”.

“There are no words to express my pride in these volunteers,” Newton said later in the video.

Gaff then stepped onto the podium to a standing ovation. He said he was concerned about what would follow when the first case of COVID-19 hit Indiana in early 2020.

“The idea that we’re not here a year later is cause for celebration,” he said. “Over 20,000 shots were fired in June, all thanks to you. “

Gaff was modest about his role as a health worker, saying “people give me too much credit. It was really the volunteers. He asked the volunteers to give each other a standing ovation.

Gaff also pledged to stay one more year as a Noble County health worker.

New Noble County nurse Anne Lowe was less modest about Gaff’s role. In his previous job as a West Noble school nurse, Lough had daily conversations with Gaff about the number of cases and contact tracing and said Dr Gaff was at the vaccination clinic almost every day.

“Her constant presence has allowed the clinic to run smoothly,” she said.

Why Punk Health Foods Are Popular With Chinese Youth


Goji berries in beer. Chinese herbal medicine infused in coffee. Stay up all night, but eat a bowl of bird’s nest soup to feel better. You understand the basics.

Over the past two years, a seemingly oxymoronic concept has been embraced by a wide range of young city dwellers in China. “Health punk”, or pengkè yÇŽngshÄ“ng, means pairing a vise with a seemingly healthy ingredient.

“People born in the ’80s and’ 90s are in their late 40s and 30s now, but they also don’t want to follow the same conventional health tips as their parents, like drinking hot drinks or just eating goji berries.” says Chen Bailing, a Chinese fitness blogger who previously wrote about the concept. “But they also realize that they have to take care of their bodies, so this is their form of compromise.”

While coffee is often a punk health target, other categories include beer, snacks, and cosmetics. Imaginechina Limited / Alamy

The term “punk health” first appeared on the Chinese internet in 2017 and reached its peak in 2019, with a plethora of articles and videos describing the phenomenon. One report, for example, featured a 22-year-old girl in China who slept at 3 a.m. every night, but put on five face masks each day to help soothe her increasingly tired skin. also a fashionable attitude to life, ”writes an article. “I smoked a cigarette with my sister and quickly took a cough drop. We hurt ourselves while maintaining our health, ”said another.

Brands quickly took advantage of the concept. Several wellness companies have received an influx of funding from venture capitalists to jump on the punk-health bandwagon. The goal is to create a product to give customers a shortcut to an otherwise healthy and balanced lifestyle.

And it turned out to be extremely lucrative. A granola bar marketed as a meal (similar to Soylent, but in a solid form) achieved monthly sales of US $ 3 million just six months after its launch.

Many of these products are inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, but add a rebellious touch. There are energy drinks infused with dates or hawthorn, coffee with donkey gelatin (thought to help nourish the blood), and melatonin infused candy to help insomniacs sleep. While many of these foods aren’t necessarily new or new, they embody the concept in their marketing and stylish branding. The goal is to compensate for “bad behavior” by consuming something virtuously healthy.

A current business leader is Ye Yu Cha, or Night with Tea. These are tea blends specially designed for party night owls. The tea bags are filled with healthy ingredients like ginseng, goji, tangerine zest, sea buckthorn, and licorice. The idea is that you drink the concoction after a long night out to balance the effects of staying awake for too long. However, above each packet of tea, under the brand name, is a tip to “sleep earlier tomorrow”.

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Coffee shops and businesses have embraced the concept of healthy punk superfoods. VCG / Getty Images

But more than a collection of sleek products, punk health is a state of mind. “Another example is that you constantly stay awake all night, but buy the more expensive eye cream to make up for it,” Chen explains. Or exercise during the day, but eat fried chicken right after. Spend the whole day looking at your phone and feeling bad about it, but then change the screen background to forest to feel a little better. Eat a large serving of spicy fondue and drink a cup of chrymatheum tea for stomach relief. “There is a contradiction, but it represents the type of contradiction young people feel about their lives,” Chen says.

Punk health is ultimately a timid attempt by young people to get a feel for their health. This is an achievable and accessible diet for Millennials and Gen Z in China who are not yet old enough to seriously feel the effects of aging, but think they should start thinking about it soon. More insidiously, it is also a reaction to the “996” work culture in China, in which employees are forced to work from 9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week. Young workers face burnout and anxiety, and punk health is their way of dealing with it.

“Young people are afraid of death, but they cannot escape the pressure of work,” said an interviewee with China Investment Network, which has investigated the trend. “Since they can’t hold back the urge to eat junk food, they indulge in punk health.”

The term punk health is meant to be ironic, though Chen points out that, four years into its lifespan, its provocative appeal is waning. Instead of reinforcing themselves with bought punk-health remedies, young people increasingly describe themselves as “salt fish” (Xián Yu) and “buddha’s youth” (fú qÄ«ngnián). The first is a metaphor for a dead fish, referring to a person without ambition. And the latter describes a selfless generation that is not disturbed by the obligations of the world.

“They see their parents’ generation, who worked hard for decades to make money. But when they retire, they have all kinds of health issues that can’t be solved with money, ”says Chen. Taking life more casually and recognizing the physical limitations of the human body, then, can be the biggest rebellion of all.

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Latest Update 2021: Global Mocha Coffee Market with COVID-19 Impact Analysis | Main growing companies

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New Marco’s Cafe to open in downtown Newport


NEWPORT – The future home of a new breakfast and sandwich shop in town is empty on Spring Street, though it’s set to open for the summer – as soon as the owner can find employees to work there.

“I think Newport needs a local sandwich shop,” said owner Marco Polselli. “I think I can do some good there by having a little cafe style place with breakfast and lunch options.”

The new restaurant, Marco’s Cafe, is the latest venture from Polselli, who also owns Marco’s Subs in Portsmouth and Pickles A Deli in Middletown.

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Plans for the new location began in October 2019, but the opening has been postponed due to the COVID pandemic. While waiting for a better time to open the new restaurant, Polselli said he made the decision to keep take-out coffee centered, like the Portsmouth sandwich shop inside the Patriot Petroleum gas station, especially after seen how the pandemic has affected restaurant-dining establishments.

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“It really wasn’t a good time to open a business, but we had a lot of time to think about it and figure it out,” Polselli said. “We knew this was the type of business that was going to be successful if businesses were going to be successful. It wasn’t going to be a sit-down restaurant.

Marco Polselli's plan to open a cafe in Newport has been in the works for years, although he has encountered problems with the COVID pandemic and now a recruitment shortage.

The Newport location at 382 Spring St. previously housed Rosemary and Thyme Cafe for nine years before closing in 2019, after which Polselli’s business took over the space. Polselli said he wanted to continue the tradition of this space as a cafe-style restaurant by adding breakfast items and coffee to the menu.

“It’s not just going to directly mirror Marco’s Subs, because we’re going to have coffee, breakfast options, bagel sandwiches,” Polselli said. “There won’t be a barista or an espresso or anything like that. I’m going to have Nitro on tap. I’ll have a nice hot coffee and a cold brew.

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The cafe will continue to feature Marco’s Subs sandwiches, as well as the famous bread from Polselli’s family business, Marzilli’s Bakery, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Additionally, Polselli hopes to sell bagels from Jamo’s Bagels in the new cafe, after receiving positive reviews from customers who purchased the bagels at Polselli’s Foodworks Family Restaurant in Portsmouth.

While the pandemic has left Polselli taking the time to remodel the interior and prepare it for opening day, Polselli’s last hurdle to opening has been finding enough staff to work in the store.

“There was no rush to open,” Polselli said. “Now I’m under fire for opening and I can’t, so it’s weird. But basically I don’t want to open and release a bad product just because I’m understaffed and overwhelmed.

Like many restaurateurs across the country, Polselli said the hiring process was slow as the pool of applicants is small and those who apply end up working elsewhere since the cafe has yet to open.

He hopes to be able to open the site after the July 4 bank holiday weekend, but due to the recruitment shortage, he cannot set a definitive opening date.

“Almost every day someone asks,” Polselli said. “Maybe several times a day at the sub-shop, they come in and ask, ‘When are you going to open in Newport? So I get a lot of it, but that’s how it is. It’s no secret that it’s hard to find employees right now. Everyone has the same problem.

Polselli said those interested in applying to work at Newport’s new cafe should contact him by email at [email protected]

Medical Marijuana, Transit Services, and Landscaping Reviews Highlight ‘Coffee with Planners’ Session


Medical marijuana, the city’s transportation service and landscaping forecasts were the main topics of discussion during a “Coffee with the Planners” session on Thursday.

RAPID CITY, SD – Residents of Rapid City raised their concerns and got their questions answered by city officials during a “Coffee with the Planners” session Thursday morning.

Medical cannabis, which became legal Thursday in South Dakota, was the hot topic.

The city says it is awaiting clarification on key elements of the new program to help authorities know what can be governed and how. Once the state provides clarification, the city will explore how it will allow the use and sale of medical cannabis.

“Then we’ll see what the state brings,” said Vicki Fisher, interim director of community development for the city of Rapid City. “We may need to make an amendment if something has been missed, but for now we want to be prepared so that when this comes into effect, the city is ready to move forward with permission. “

Fisher also says the looming South Dakota Supreme Court ruling on recreational marijuana must be at the forefront of planners’ minds.

As the plans become clearer, the city may need to make changes and cover all of its bases.

“Around the corner we could be looking at recreational marijuana, so wherever we allow those uses for medical cannabis, we have to anticipate that over time it could turn into recreation as well, so make sure. you just don’t miss anything, probably one of the biggest concerns, ”Fisher said.

Other topics discussed at Thursday’s meeting included urban transportation services and landscaping reviews.

Coffee Listed As One Of The Products BYU Student-Athletes Cannot Buy For Compensation


Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, which is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently sent out a press release to all of its student-athletes outlining BYU’s policies and reminding students that they are prohibited from promoting such things as alcohol, tobacco, adult entertainment and coffee.

The NCAA has adopted a Temporary Student-Athlete Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) policy that allows students to have sponsorship deals, compensation for training, autographs and use of social media to pay, among others.

The BYU press release noted that athletes can receive compensation for NIL activities at fair market value, but they cannot promote or be endorsed by companies that promote anything outside of ” BYU Honor Code ‘standards, which include alcohol, tobacco, gambling, adult entertainment and, yes, even coffee.

And while some may think that the coffee ban is a little odd, it is actually an established guideline in the Mormon faith.

Latter-day Saints follow a set of health guidelines put in place by religious leader Joseph Smith, which includes abstinence from coffee and tea, as well as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.

According to Daily News from Naples, the new NCAA NIL policies are “dramatic” because these lucrative opportunities have not been permitted for decades.

The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that NCAA rules restricting education benefits were illegal.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in an opinion on the court ruling: “Nowhere else in America can companies get away with agreeing not to pay their workers at the fair market rate on the assumption that their product is defined as not paying their workers at the fair market rate. “

He added, “Under the ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not clear why college sport should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law.”

“Nowhere else in America can companies agree to not paying their workers at the fair market rate on the assumption that their product is defined by not paying their workers at the fair market rate. – Judge Brett Kavanaughhttps: //t.co/a8XNAlRz7c

– reason (@reason) June 27, 2021

Along with all of the guidelines, the letter sent to athletes by BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe expressed his enthusiasm for the new NIL promotions.

“This is great news for all of you! Brigham Young University Athletics embraces this new allocation, and we look forward to helping facilitate opportunities for our student-athletes,” the letter read.

Gary Veron, BYU associate athletic director for the student-athlete experience, was quoted by the BYU news source as saying, “Today is a great opportunity. With the adoption of the interim NIL policies, our student-athletes now have the ability to maximize their earning potential in a variety of areas, from marketing deals and referrals to monetizing their online presence. ”

He added, “I am delighted to support BYU’s student-athletes as they begin to lay the foundation for building their personal brands. The college sports landscape will never be the same again and we are ready to embrace these exciting changes.

Other universities have issued similar statements, reminding students that their name, image and likeness policies also require brand integrity. The University of Illinois has banned students from promoting any adult entertainment, sports betting, cannabis games, vape products, and alcohol.

The University of Illinois’ new Name, Image, and Likeness policy requires athletes to present any contracts to the school, valued at more than $ 500, before signing the agreement.

Forbidden: adult entertainment, sports betting, cannabis games, vaping and alcohol products.

– Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 1, 2021

News week contacted BYU Athletics for further comment, but did not receive a response in time for the post.

New NCAA NIL policies allow student-athletes to monetize themselves, and BYU issued a press release banning students from promoting brands that support coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and the like. Above is the Brigham Young Cougars logo on shorts on November 25, 2019.
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Nespresso redoubles its efforts to create ‘positive change’ with every cup of coffee

On his first anniversary as CEO of Nespresso North America, Alfonso Gonzalez Loeschen told FoodNavigator-USA that taking the lead in the brand’s North American business at the start of the pandemic comes with some unique challenges. , but also offered important opportunities to develop one’s potential to be a force for good.

“It has been an eventful year”,Loeschen said, explaining that some of the biggest challenges included knowing employees while socially distancing themselves and sustaining production while managing safety, supply chain and operational challenges.

Despite these challenges, Nespresso sales peaked in six years in fiscal 2020 with accelerated organic growth of 7%, according to Nestlé, which attributed the jump in part to increased domestic demand for high-quality coffee as well as innovations, such as Reviving Origins. , limited edition products and the launch of the brand’s first organic coffee.

Loeschen added consumers also during the pandemic “Internalized much better than what you had in the past, social and environmental aspects [importance] business models ”,And attached great importance to companies that shared their values.

To maintain this growth in 2021, said Loeschen, Nespresso is stepping up innovation and will communicate better, through a new digital campaign, the positive social and environmental benefits of every cup of coffee.

“Innovation is always at the heart of our activities”In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

As a pioneer in the creation of single-serve coffee, Nespresso has always placed innovation at the heart of its commercial proposition, and a series of new machines, products and services deployed show that “Innovation is always at the heart of what we do”,said Loeschen.

He explained that Nespresso’s latest and upcoming innovations respond to the challenges of modern consumers – helping the brand stay relevant even as cafes reopen and some Americans return to their pre-pandemic active lifestyles.

“When we look at how to maintain this [growth], one is to build and innovate on some of the essentials from our consumer point of view ”,said Loeschen. “So you have people who will continue to worry a bit about their health… so we created our just launched Momento line, which is a complete coffee and milk solution for offices and out-of-home settings.”which does not force consumers to touch anything other than their capsule and cup.

The machine has an app that allows users to select their cup size and choose a recipe without touching a split screen or it can be set to automatically brew a cup of coffee when a particular pod is inserted. It also has a lock screen feature that requires disinfection before each use.

Recognizing that not all consumers will return to their workplace full time, Nespresso is also innovating in ways that companies can offer employees coffee-related benefits at home.

For consumers who continue to work and live at home but want to get away from it all, Nespresso has launched a range of new flavors of tropical iced coffee, including a limited edition tropical coconut on ice. It also relaunched as part of the permanent collection available year-round two popular summer blends: Barista Creations Ice Leggero and Ice Forte.

Nespresso will also continue to expand its Reviving Origins line, which includes specialty beans the company has helped farmers grow in troubled regions.

“What we’re doing is we’re going to troubled coffee growing regions where coffee once thrived, and now it’s not for political reasons, or for economic reasons, or for war “or a natural disaster like when hurricanes destroyed coffee plantations in Puerto Rico, Loeschen said.

“We are going there with our various NGO partners, we are rebuilding the coffee industry, we are working with the farmers and helping them to rebuild their economic viability. And it’s a win-win situation because we are able to bring in a product that consumers can continue to enjoy – either rare coffee or bringing back coffees that potentially came from certain regions but have disappeared ”,he said.

“Made with care”In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Nespresso’s Reviving Origins line is just one example of how the company supports farmers and the environment – something the brand wants to communicate better with consumers this year through a new digital campaign, said Loeschen.

He explained that earlier this year, Nespresso launched its ‘Made with Care’ campaign, which continues the brand’s long-standing partnership with spokesperson and member of Nespresso’s Sustainability Advisory Board, George Clooney. It also includes other influencers, like digital entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni, agronomists who work with the brand, internal employees, and other celebrities and activists who share the brand’s values ​​and its social and environmental efforts.

Among these efforts is Nespresso’s AAA Sustainability Quality Program, through which Loeschen said the company provides technical assistance to farmers to improve their yields by adopting biodiversity practices that protect the environment, conserve water and protect themselves against climate change or natural disasters.

Loeschen said that Nespresso is also piloting a program in Colombia to create retirement programs for farmers in the hope that it will not only help older farmers, but also inspire younger people to get into farming rather than to go to cities for jobs with better benefits.

Finally, said Loeschen, the company will share via digital and social media its continued efforts to become carbon neutral by 2022.

By sharing these efforts with consumers through the digital campaign and continuing to innovate, Loeschen said Nespresso hopes to show consumers how every cup of Nespresso “is a positive cut.”In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

He explained: “If you really know what’s behind every cup of coffee then you can really see the positive impact you can have on people’s lives – whether it’s something small like ‘I love my machine. Or something bigger as an impact on our life and the coffee growing community.In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

This will not only boost sales, Loeschen said, but it is also “Which drives my enthusiasm… and makes me very passionate about working with a brand or a company like this. “In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Coffee Shop at Christmas that brings people together


CHRISTMAS – When Zac DeMartini visits The Common Cup cafe at Christmas, he simply orders “heaven in a cup”.

Five scoops of ice cream mixed with two shots of espresso combine to start or end the day right, DeMartini said.

“In my opinion it’s the best mix of both worlds. I’m a coffee drinker and the darker coffee is amazing. Ice cream adds that ‘wow’ factor,” he said.

“It’s a great way to start your day and an awesome afternoon treat,” he said.

Tony Savage, who owns the shop with his wife Emily, said the two were brainstorming names when they came up with Elk River Rush. They thought it sounded appropriate for a great concoction they wanted to present to the Noel community. The two, who previously worked at a Bolivar cafe, personally saw how well the coffee and ice cream recipe blended together. The Indians adapted this recipe, believing it would work well in McDonald County.

They didn’t expect the madmen to follow until now.

“We were a little surprised,” Tony Savage said. “We bought carts and ice cream carts.”

Savage believes the concoction’s sweetness and coffee flavors create the perfect balance that people love.

“Once people have it, they’re addicted,” he laughed.

The store, then named The Melting Pot, officially opened on May 29 on Noel’s Main Street. Since the store opened, Savages has changed the store name to The Common Cup. The change is mainly due to a branding issue, he said.

The new name, however, seems very apt to bring people together, he added.

As part of their mission, the couple want to offer a place where people from different cultures meet, visit and get to know each other better.

So far, the couple have witnessed this success. Savage said a few people got together which was a positive. Recently, four Somalis, four police officers and a few Hispanics were in the store, friendly and open to each other. These first meetings were positive. Over time, Savage thinks the interest will grow.

The couple plan to seize this opportunity by hosting intentional events, such as movie nights on Sundays. Those special Sunday night events could start by the end of the summer, he said.

As people congregate, the shop offers several international flavors, including Shaah, a Somali tea; Horchata, a tea from Latin America; Atole, a Mexican drink; Abuelita’s hot chocolate; and Thai tea.

Store owners offer specialty drinks, smoothies, non-coffee drinks, muffins, scones, and cookies.

Sugar-free and kid-friendly shakes are also available.

The locals have really embraced the store. Savage hopes to attract more tourists to the cafe. DeMartini, who works for River Ranch at Noel, helps promote their cause every day.

“The store has a very warm atmosphere,” DeMartini said. “Very welcoming, and the people are absolutely amazing, so friendly and so kind.”

Promoting coffee is something that comes naturally to him. “It really is an amazing experience every time I walk through the doors.”

The young couple are committed to their cause, moving over Christmas to start their business. Tony now teaches Noel, instead of Monett, and Emily has started working full time in their store. They also have the help of a Somali friend when the store is very busy.

The Indians believe that the community will continue to support them. In return, they plan to give back by providing a gathering place for others.

“We are grateful for all the support from the community and we are proud to call Noel home,” said Savage. “We have met so many great people along the way, and we hope to meet many more as we continue on this journey.”

COURTESY PHOTO The Common Mug features a Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Coupé and a White Chocolate and Raspberry Latte – created with these strawberry and raspberry syrups. The owners of the store are committed to bringing people together to visit each other and discover each other’s culture. The store is located on Main Street at Christmas.

How you can financially benefit from the foreclosure of the lack of train tickets to the electricity tax claim


Australians forced to work from home due to the foreclosure can at least save money and claim part of the tax costs.

Working from the dining table with a laptop means at least that a Sydney professional, living in a remote suburb more than 15 miles from the city center, doesn’t spend $ 25 a week on train tickets.

Financial comparison group Finder calculated that an Opal card user would save $ 4.90 per day by not taking the train, $ 4.10 by avoiding the bus, and $ 7 without needing the ferry.

These calculations are averages based on fares divided by the number of trips for primarily return travelers and some commuters making one-way trips.

Australians forced to work from home due to the lockdown will at least save money and be able to claim part of the tax costs. Financial comparison group Finder calculated that an Opal card user would save $ 4.90 per day by not having to take the train, $ 4.10 by avoiding the bus, and $ 7 without needing the ferry. Pictured is an empty street in Sydney city

Money saved every day working from home

TRAIN: $ 4.90

BUS: $ 4.10

FERRY: $ 7

TRAM: $ 3.40

Source: Finder daily average calculations based on fares divided by trips based on Sydney Opal card data. This includes round trips and one-way trips with analysis also based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Graham Cooke, head of research at Finder, said the shipping costs were “surprisingly expensive” for those who live away from the office.

“It’s amazing how much Australians pay to get to and from the office,” he told Daily Mail Australia.

The possibility of working from home is also a chance to save.

“Australians should put aside what they usually spend on transport during this time and put it in their savings instead,” Cooke said.

The temptation to buy a take-out cappuccino for $ 3.50 saves an additional $ 17.50 per week on top of the $ 50 unspent for a $ 10 sandwich for lunch every day.

While professionals working from home may be less likely to splurge on food from cafes, they will incur higher electricity bills, with over 12 million currently stranded in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Townville. and Alice Springs.

Under special Covid rules which expired on Wednesday, Australians working from home were allowed to claim a flat rate of 80 cents an hour on taxes.

The temptation to buy a take-out cappuccino for $ 3.50 saves an additional $ 17.50 per week on top of the $ 50 unspent for a $ 10 sandwich for lunch every day.  Pictured Sydney cafe owner Chris Kriketos in his empty Sydney cafe during the lockdown

The temptation to buy a take-out cappuccino for $ 3.50 saves an additional $ 17.50 per week on top of the $ 50 unspent for a $ 10 sandwich for lunch every day. Pictured Sydney cafe owner Chris Kriketos in his empty Sydney cafe during the lockdown

The rule introduced in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic has been extended to cover the 2020-21 fiscal year, which ended yesterday.

For Sydney residents who only worked from home during the last lockdown, that means they will be able to claim the costs from June 26 through June 30, 2021.

Tax agent H&R Block said he could also opt for the lower rate of 52 cents an hour and individually add up his phone, internet and electricity bills for the set period of working from home.

By choosing this method, he calculated that a person could claim an average of $ 53 per week for household utility bills related to working time, compared to $ 26.50 if they opted for the fixed rate of 80 cents of time.

Despite the lockdown, median house prices in Sydney continued to rise in June, rising 3% to $ 1.224 million, new CoreLogic data showed.

Under special Covid rules which expired on Wednesday, Australians working from home were allowed to claim a flat tax rate of 80 cents an hour.  But H&R Block said claiming the lower 52-cent hourly rate and adding up home electric bills would pay more.  Pictured is a woman from Adelaide working from home

Under special Covid rules which expired on Wednesday, Australians working from home were allowed to claim a flat rate of 80 cents an hour on taxes. But H&R Block said claiming the lower 52-cent hourly rate and adding up home electric bills would pay more. Pictured is a woman from Adelaide working from home

Since January, Sydney values ​​have climbed 18.5%.

Darwin, another city on lockdown, has also seen an increase in house prices with values ​​climbing 21.4% in the past year to $ 567,842, surpassing the annual increase of 19.3% from Sydney.

Brisbane, also on lockdown, has seen house prices rise 14.8 over the past year to $ 657,551.

During the Covid pandemic, house prices across much of Australia hit record highs, with apartment values ​​rising at a much more moderate pace.

The 13.5% annual increase in Australian house prices in 2020-2021 was the strongest since 2004.

Despite the lockdown, median house prices in Sydney continued to rise in June, rising 3% to $ 1.224 million, new CoreLogic data showed.  National house prices have risen to the fastest level in 17 years.  Pictured is a house in Toongabbie in western Sydney

Despite the lockdown, median house prices in Sydney continued to rise in June, rising 3% to $ 1.224 million, new CoreLogic data showed. National house prices have risen to the fastest level in 17 years. Pictured is a house in Toongabbie in western Sydney

But CoreLogic’s head of research for Australia, Eliza Owns, said the lockdowns were likely to affect auction close-out rates and slow the momentum of rising house prices.

“It is difficult to say whether this momentum will be sustained in the coming weeks under lockdown conditions in parts of Australia,” she said.

“Sales volumes are likely to drop, but new listings added to the market also tend to drop during closings as properties are more difficult to sell.”

National house prices rose 15.6 percent in the past year compared to 6.8 percent for units.

With more people working from home and pushing up the prices of bigger homes, public housing advocacy group Everybody’s Home has predicted a 24% increase in housing stress, where more people struggle to pay rent or to pay off a mortgage.

“It’s a recipe for more housing stress, more homelessness and worsening inequalities,” spokeswoman Kate Colvin said.

Biz Buzz: Local Couple Open Cafe And Bangle Shop In Rigby


James Ivie and Angela Sayer opened The Rocky Bean at 255 Farnsworth Way in Rigby. One of the more popular items is the Idaho Amethyst, a blueberry white chocolate mocha drink pictured above. | Courtesy of Angela Sayer

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New cafe in Rigby is a big hit with customers, owner says

Shop window for The Rocky Bean at 255 Farnsworth Way in Rigby. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

RIGBY – Over the past few years, one of the most frequent requests among the people of Rigby is for a place to grab a cup of coffee. This request has now been accepted.

Angela Sayer and her boyfriend, James Ivie, opened The Rocky Bean on May 21 in the 1,200 square foot space formerly occupied by Cafe Catalina’s at 255 Farnsworth Way.

RELATED | New cafe and breakfast restaurant opening in Rigby this month

Despite the low-fan opening, Sayer says EastIdahoNews.com customers are responding vigorously.

“Everything is going pretty well. Everyone seems happy we’re here, ”says Sayer.

She would love to have a grand opening later this summer with a barbecue and other activities for the community.

The Rocky Bean menu includes the full range of coffee varieties, including hot, iced, and splendid coffees, as well as cold brew and white coffee.

“White coffee doesn’t roast that long, so it doesn’t have the dark color of a regular coffee bean. The taste is also a little different. It’s a lot crazier, ”says Sayer. “It might be something people should try if they’re not a big fan of the taste of regular coffee. “

The menu also includes lemonade, tea, Italian sodas and smoothies and a selection of muffins, scones, cookies, Rice Krispie treats and protein bars. Sayer says the most popular item to date is the Idaho Amethyst, a blueberry white chocolate mocha pictured above.

Sayer also makes gemstone bracelets with crystals and rocks believed to have natural healing properties. She also offers a selection in her store.

“When you buy a coffee, you can get one of our tumblers (a small bag of felt stones) for $ 1 (normally $ 3) to help you (introduce) our gems and their healing properties,” says Sayer. .

Sayer worked as a barista at Starbucks in Idaho Falls over ten years ago. Interacting with and serving customers was her favorite part of her job. Several years later, she got a job at a medical practice in Idaho Falls, where she worked for about nine years. She recently injured her back while working there.

About a year ago, she started looking for something else that wasn’t as hard on her body, and she started making bracelets with her home in Rigby. Through it all, she often remembered her old barista job fondly.

“I always told James it was my favorite job,” she says.

She knew there was a high demand in Rigby for a coffee and decided to open one and combine it with her bracelet business to deliver “coffee, crystals and good day vibes!”

“We’ve combined two things that we love,” says Sayer. “Our friend is a local artist and she also makes the paintings on display there. Everyone likes to come in… and watch (everything) while they wait. It worked well.

One of the things she loved about this place, in particular, was the drive-thru on the south side of the building. It’s not something that a lot of people are familiar with, but she says it’s been helpful in gaining new customers.

“People who (know) use it so much,” says Sayer. “People who go to Yellowstone Google ‘cafe’, get off the freeway and come find us.”

Sayer says they’re very busy right now and happy to be up and running. If all goes well, they plan to open another site somewhere in eastern Idaho.

The Rocky Bean is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sayer plans to open on Sunday in the near future.

Visit the website or Facebook page for more information.


Mountain America Center conference center now has a sponsor

IDAHO FALLS – Idaho Blue Cross announced Wednesday it has signed the sponsorship name for the new Mountain America Center conference center. The new Blue Cross of Idaho conference center, which opened on May 18, is expected to be completed in September 2022.

The site measures approximately 48,000 square feet and will accommodate up to 5,500 spectators for concerts, high school sports tournaments and a new Idaho Falls junior hockey team.

RELATED | It’s Finally Happened – Construction officially begins on the new event center in Idaho Falls

Blue Cross of Idaho is also the title sponsor of the “Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Liberty on Parade Independence Day Parade” this year.

Community fundraiser sponsoring a local medical clinic and here’s how you can help

IDAHO FALLS – Nuclear Care Partners, an organization that provides benefit advice and home care to former atomic sector workers, is helping sponsor this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser, a dinner that aims to help feed the hungry elderly people of Idaho Falls.

The Empty Bowls Benefit Dinner will take place on Thursday, October 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and purchase a bowl to help fill someone else’s bowl. The fundraising dinner will also include a raffle for various prizes and gift baskets donated.

Community members are welcome to help paint the Bowls of Maybe Picasso at 351 West Broadway Street in Idaho Falls until September 20 or until the supply is finished. The cost is $ 3. Local artists are also welcome to donate the bowls they have made. Contact Nuclear Care Partners at (208) 932-8170 for more information.


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Best coffee makers 2021 | Coffee maker reviews


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The coffee maker remains one of the most popular and easiest ways to brew a morning cup (or two or three). But, like many home appliances, they get smart and some can have your brew ready and on hold when you wake up. With advancements there are even more decisions to be made when it comes to buying a new one. To help you find the best machine for your needs, we got in touch with Peter Giuliano, the research director for the Specialty Coffee Association. Read on for her buying and brewing tips, followed by our reviews of the best coffee makers.

How to choose the right coffee maker

“It’s very hard to tell if a coffee maker will perform well just by looks or price,” says Giuliano. He suggests that the best way to ensure the quality of the one you are considering is to seek certification from the Specialty Coffee Association. The SCA subjects brewers to a number of tests to assess their ability to make the tastiest java. By passing them all, a coffee machine achieves an SCA Golden Cup standard, which guarantees you some things outside of this model:

  • Coffee / water ratio: The recommended coffee / water ratio is 55 grams of coffee grounds per liter of water, plus or minus 10% depending on your preference.
  • Brewing temperature of the coffee: The temperature of the water, at the point of contact with the coffee, will drop from about 200 degrees Fahrenheit, to plus or minus 5 degrees, which ensures that the water is hot enough to extract the most flavor from the grounds without burning them and making the coffee taste bitter.
  • Grinding / particle size distribution: this should correspond to the coffee-water contact time, i.e. one to four minutes for a fine grind, four to six for a medium grind and six to eight for a coarse grind.

How to make the best coffee

“The first tip is the most obvious: use good coffee, and use enough,” explains Giuliano. “A coffee maker is not magic and cannot improve the basic quality of coffee. It is therefore essential that you simply buy good, fresh coffee and use enough of it. Be sure to refer to the coffee / water ratio above for the optimum amount. It is also imperative to keep your coffee maker clean. You should wash it at least once a month with vinegar or coffee maker cleaner and wipe it down inside and out. “Finally, use good quality water,” says Giuliano. “Hard, mineral-rich water will make bad coffee but will also create scale deposits on the parts of the brewer that heat the water, leading to worse coffee.” Filling it with filtered or bottled water and cleaning it regularly can help.

How we choose the best coffee makers

To find the best options among the many coffee makers, we looked at the list of models tested and approved by the SCA.. We then took into account the price, brewing methods, size, and durability. Finally, we consulted over 12,000 reviews, written by people who bought these models, on sites like Amazon and Walmart to settle on those six.

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Breville Precision Brewer Glass Coffee Maker

$ 391.93

$ 279.95 (29% off)

While it looks pretty basic, this Breville model actually has six useful presets – Gold, Fast, Strong, Iced, Cold Brew, and My Brew – that can help you brew the coffee you crave. My Brew allows you to customize settings such as flowering time, brew temperature, and flow rate to suit your preferences. And the Precisions use a thermal coil heating system, which essentially means that compared to more common aluminum systems, there is less chance of your water taking on unwanted flavors.

Bonavita Connoisseur 8 Cup One Touch Coffee Maker

If you want a quick morning coffee (and without thinking too much), this Bonavita can brew your cup in six minutes. Push a button and its internal shower head design will saturate the coffee grounds evenly. Then keep one ear open for the alert to tell you when the coffee is ready.

Oxo coffee maker

If you have a fussy coffee drinker family, you can often end up throwing out leftovers or fighting over a cup. This coffee maker allows you to brew two to nine cups, and you can even set it the night before so that the brew is ready to drink when you wake up. And if you want to get yours before the rest of the family, use the pause button and pour so you can pour yourself a cup, then resume brewing.

10 Cup Hot & Cold Ninja Coffee Maker

Don’t take the word “coffee” in the name to mean that this versatile Ninja can’t make other drinks. It can whip up everything from your morning brew to midday matcha to late afternoon iced tea, in quantities ranging from a single cup to a full carafe. And since it can brew both coffee and tea, it has separate baskets for each, ensuring your flavors won’t mix. Bonus points for the retractable foaming arm.

Cuisinart PurePrecision 8-Cup Pour-On Coffee Maker

$ 179.00

$ 134.99 (25% off)

This coffee maker is easy to use, stylish, and can do enough for a family. It has settings for temperature and flavor strength – sweet, medium, and fatty. The system pre-wets the soil to allow it to flower before brewing, extracting extra flavor with no extra effort on your part.

Technivorm Moccamaster

Yes, this coffee maker is expensive. But it is also one of the most appreciated by experts and customers. It’s super easy to use, with a one-button brewing system and thermal carafe, which helps keep your coffee hot for longer. Brewing time is quick, just four to six minutes. And the Moccamaster can brew 40 ounces of coffee at a time. If you’re worried about longevity, that steep price comes with a five-year warranty.

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“People immediately understand what the product is”


From French press and Chemex sets to Nespresso and Keurig machines, consumers have a plethora of contraptions to choose from to brew their ritual morning cup of coffee at home.

However, the options for brewing a cup of coffee – which aren’t of the instant variety – are much more limited when camping, hiking, or any extended outdoor activity, said Wildland Coffee founder Zach. Frantz, who as an avid camper was surprised at the lack of practical fresh coffee solutions.

“I would take my French press or my verse with me, and I just thought there must be a better way to do it. And then I figured out, why doesn’t someone just put some coffee in a tea bag? This seems like the obvious solution when you don’t want to use other equipment, “Frantz told FoodNavigator-USA.

While researching the concept of the coffee tea bag, Frantz realized that the packaging format had been used in Asian markets for decades, but never managed to enter the US market in any significant way. .

Since the brand’s smooth launch in March 2021, Frantz has said consumers immediately grasp the value proposition of coffee in a teabag. He added that during his years as an entrepreneur, the most valuable lesson he learned in marketing is that it is better to be clear than to be smart.

“When I tell people it’s coffee in a teabag (vs. coffee in a teabag), people immediately understand what the product is. “said Frantz.

“I also had a ton of people who said they wished someone had done it sooner.”In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

The first thing I hear from our customers is: “It’s much better than I thought”

Using sustainably sourced coffee beans from Cerrado, Brazil, finely ground and put in compostable tea bags and recyclable packaging, customers soak the bag in 8 ounces of boiling water for five to seven minutes or in cold water for up to 12 hours for cold coffee.

“We grind it to a level where it’s fine enough to extract a lot of coffee, but it’s not too fine for it to come out of the bag”,he said.

To protect against stale coffee, Frantz explained that after the coffee beans are finely ground and placed in the tea bags, the coffee undergoes a “nitrogen rinse” to remove any oxygen in the bag to preserve. the freshness of coffee.

“The first thing I hear from our customers is, ‘It’s much better than I thought. I thought it was going to taste like diluted coffee ””, he said.

What is he opposed to?

At $ 7.50 for a five-pack of coffee tea bags ($ 1.50 / bag), the price of Wildland Coffee puts it on par with Starbucks VIA Instant Instant Coffee (SRP $ 14.99 for a pack of 12 units) and lower than more direct competitors including Golden Ratio Golden Coffee Pouches ($ 19.99 for a box of 10 units) and Copper Cow Coffee which sells a variety of flavored coffee pouches paired with condensed milk packets. sweet for $ 17.00 for a box of 5 units.

Camping, hiking, van life …

The brand’s initial target audience is the avid outdoor crowd, but Frantz says the product’s simplicity is easy to achieve for anyone looking for a convenient alternative to French press or pour-over coffee.

“There are a ton of use cases. Being that I’m a camper, and this is the market that I know, that’s what I’m really leaning towards … camping, hiking and camping. “van life” “,he said, adding that the company had just shipped its products to several influencers active on the outdoor scene.

Wildland Coffee is currently available in packs of five for $ 7.50 and can be shipped to the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe through its direct-to-consumer site.

“My main goal at the moment is to develop our Ambassador program. This is really going to be our main driver of growth, and in the next three to six months we will launch a few more SKUs. “added Frantz.

Global Coffee Market Industry Analysis, Size, Share & Forecast 2017 to 2022 – KSU


Global demand for coffee will continue to prevail in terms of increasing applications and the growing need for caffeine-based dietary supplements. Coffee makers are gradually turning to organic sourcing of raw coffee beans. This report, published by Fact.MR, provides an in-depth analysis of the global coffee market for the forecast period 2017-2022 and offers key insights on the future direction of the market.


The scope of Fact.MR report is to analyze the global coffee market for the forecast period 2017-2022 and to provide the readers with unbiased and accurate analysis. Coffee manufacturers, stakeholders and suppliers of the global food and beverage industry can benefit from the analysis offered in this report. This report offers a comprehensive analysis, which may be of interest to major coffee magazines and journals.

Competition monitoring

The report also presented the companies that are expected to remain active in the global expansion of the coffee market. These include Nestlé SA, Starbucks Corp., Jacobs, Douwe Egberts, Unilever Plc, Tata Global Beverages, Strauss Group Ltd., Matthew, Algie & Co. Ltd., The Kraft Heinz Co., Tchibo Coffee and Keurig Green Mountain.

Global coffee market: segmentation

For a better understanding of the coffee market, analysts have segmented the market. Segmentation was done on the basis of application, technology and users. Each segment has been explained in more detail using graphical figures. This market breakdown gives readers an objective view of the global Coffee Market, which is essential for making wise investments.

Market taxonomy

To note
  • Arabica
  • Robust
  • Specialty
  • Other
Sales channel
  • Supermarkets / Hypermarkets
  • E-commerce
  • Cafes
  • Traditional grocery stores
  • Other retail formats
  • Hot drinks
  • Ready to drink coffee
  • Flavored drinks
  • Food and drink flavors
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Medicines
  • Beauty products
  • Other applications

The answers to the following questions covered in the report are:

  • How will the global coffee market behave during the forecast period? How big will the market be in terms of value and volume?
  • Which segment will lead the global coffee market? Which regional market will show significant growth in the future? What are the reasons?
  • How will market dynamics change due to the impact of future market opportunities, constraints and drivers?
  • What are the key strategies adopted by the players to maintain themselves in the global coffee market?
  • How will these strategies influence market growth and competition?

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Regional analysis includes

  • North America (United States, Canada)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, rest of LATAM)
  • EU – (Germany, France, Italy, Spain), United Kingdom, BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), NORDIC (Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden), Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic , etc.), Rest of Europe
  • CIS and Russia
  • Japan
  • Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (Greater China, India, South Korea, ASEAN countries, rest of APEJ)
  • Middle East and Africa (GCC countries, Turkey, Iran, Israel, South Africa, rest of MEA)

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The report covers a comprehensive analysis on:

  • Market segments
  • Market dynamics
  • Market size and demand
  • Current trends / issues / challenges
  • Competition & Companies involved
  • Technology
  • Value chain

The Coffee Market report answers the following questions:

  1. What is the largest share held by the major market players?
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SF Golden Gate Bridge’s Round House Cafe to reopen as Ecuadorian Cafe


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The Round House Cafe will reopen later this summer or early fall as an Equator Coffees store.

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In March 2020, the circular red restaurant at the southeast end of the Golden Gate Bridge, known as the Round House Cafe, closed. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, which operated the cafe, announced the closure just before the pandemic shutdowns, citing “significant challenges in food preparation services.”

But now another business will breathe new life into the historic building that opened in 1938 as a roadside restaurant. According to the San Francisco Business Times, Equator Coffees will move into the Round House space, again giving people the opportunity to grab a drink and a snack before walking or cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge. This will be the Marin County-based roaster and retail operator’s seventh site, all located in the Bay Area.

The new Ecuador location will open later this summer or early fall with a renovated interior. However, the nearly 360-degree view of the circular building deck will remain unobstructed.

“The building’s circle allows for inward focus for warmth, comfort and gathering, as well as a perch for outward panoramic views of this powerful backdrop,” said architect Sarah Fucinaro , who is leading the interior remodeling of the new Equator Cafe. SF Business Times. “We both wanted to celebrate.”

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The Pret a Manger hack that can offer you free coffee for a month


Coffee lovers have the opportunity to enjoy a month of free coffee thanks to a new Pret a Manger offer.

The coffee chain has a new subscription that gets you five drinks a day for £ 20 a month, but under their terms you can treat yourself to a free deal.

As part of the subscription, Pret a Manger offers new customers their first month for free when they register, reports The Mirror.

To get the free drinks, all you need to do is sign up for the Pret Coffee subscription service and agree to the registration fee of £ 20 per month, at least initially.

But according to Martin Lewis MoneySavingExpert website, you can cancel the subscription after the free month and not have to pay a dime.

Pret charges your account a fee of £ 1 – used to verify that your account is real – but these are refunded after three days.

The cafe chain then emails you a QR code that you can show cashiers on your smartphone to receive your free drinks.

Almost all branches of Pret A Manager are part of the program, with the exception of:

  • Rugby gas stations
  • Southgate gas station
  • South Mimms service station
  • University of Warwick

The offer includes all hot and cold drinks prepared by the staff, but nothing in a bottle or can. It also excludes certain smoothies, such as cocoa, almond butter and banana, raspberry, mango and ginger, and avocado, mango and ginger flavors.

However, you can design your coffee however you like, as all additional milk substitutes, syrups, and shots are included.

This means that coffee lovers can enjoy 155 glasses per month for free.

But even if you use the subscription after the free month, it can still save you money. A Pret Latte costs £ 2.75, so if you buy two a week it will cost you £ 22 a month. Having a subscription would save you £ 2 per month, or £ 13 per month if you buy three per week.

Pret launched its subscription service last year to compensate for people who do not enter its stores during confinement.

It has also started selling frozen croissants and granolas in Tesco stores as part of a “cook at home” range.

The Handy Pret a Manger hack will give you a month of free coffee and smoothies


You can get a month’s worth of free coffee and smoothies – provided you’re near a Pret a Manger.

The coffee chain lets you sign up to get five drinks a day for £ 20 a month, but the first month is free.

If you cancel after that time, you leave with nothing to pay, according to the Martin Lewis Deals website. MoneySavingExpert .

To get the free drinks, you must sign up for the Pret Coffee subscription service and agree to the registration fee of £ 20 per month, at least initially.

You are then charged £ 1 to verify your account, which Pret pays off after three days.

If you buy more than two coffees per day, keeping the Pret subscription will save you money

Then, Pret emails you a QR code on your smartphone, which cashiers scan when you have a drink at one of its branches.

Almost all of Pret’s 370 stores are part of the program, with the exception of Cherwell Valley, Rugby, Southgate and South Mimms gas stations and the University of Warwick.

The offer allows you to have up to five drinks per day, but you can only order one at a time and only every 30 minutes.

This includes all hot and cold drinks prepared by Pret staff, but nothing in a bottle or can.

It also excludes some of Pret’s smoothies. More specifically, the flavors of cocoa, almond butter and banana, raspberry, mango and ginger and avocado, mango and ginger.

You can also DIY the drinks however you like – so all extra milk substitutes, syrups, and shots are included.

The deal means you could get up to 155 drinks per month for free, for a 31-day month.

If you drink a lot of coffee and like to buy it in a store rather than doing it, the membership might even save you money.

A Pret Latte costs £ 2.75, so if you buy two a week it will cost you £ 22 a month. Having a subscription would save you £ 2 per month, or £ 13 per month if you buy three per week.

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Pret is the only coffee chain to offer such an agreement

Pret launched its subscription service last year to compensate for people not visiting its stores during the lockdown.

It has also started selling frozen croissants and granolas in Tesco stores as part of a “cook at home” range.

The chain closed 30 branches last August, affecting 2,800 workers, and then six more stores in London in October, affecting another 400 people.

At the time, Pret UK chief executive Clare Clough said it would help the company prepare for the “months to come” after the pandemic slowed its recovery.

It reopened 339 of its sites after the latest Covid-19 lockdown, but has been crippled by social distancing measures and declining office workers in major cities.

This month, Pret also started opening stores in Tesco supermarkets.

The venues – which will be managed by Pret rather than Tesco – serve fresh food and hot drinks prepared by baristas.

The chain has opened four sites on a trial basis, with more to come if they are successful.

Australian Mt Uncle Distillery Predicts Local Premium Boom While Going All Out With Localized Creations


Queensland-based Mt Uncle Distillery recently won Gin of the Year and numerous other awards at the 2021 London Spirits Competition and the 2021 World Rum Awards, drawing its winning products Botanic Australis Navy Strength Gin and FNQ . Rum Co. Iridium in international spotlight.

According to the company’s founder and chief distiller, Mark Watkins, aside from being an honor, he thinks Mt Uncle’s specialization in using all-Australian plants has given him an interesting advantage.

“The goal has always been to create the quintessential Australian gin and alcohol, and in truth, Australia is special because it contains so many ingredients that allow us to give consumers new flavors that still resemble Australia. old world “Watkins said FoodNavigator-Asia.

“We have plants like lemon myrtle that look like and replace lemon peel, lime that looks like Asian limes, strawberry gum that looks like berry and even bunya, which we are the first and maybe. being the only distillery to use, can be used as a binding agent to bind all flavors to alcohol.In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

“The most award-winning gin is the stronger version of Botanic Australis, with an ABV of around 57% – the higher alcohol content helps retain more oil and flavor, allowing it to ‘be tastier compared to others, even when diluted with tonic or soda; while rum is made from cane syrup grown on site on fertile red, sandy volcanic soil.In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Watkins also believes Australians are now on the hunt for premium products like award-winning gin and rum, as today’s consumption format has changed to accommodate them better.

“Premium grade spirits are increasingly consolidated due to COVID-19, as people are no longer spending as much as they used to be outdoors and prefer to drink with a close circle of friends,” [which is conducive] for more premium selections ”,he said.

“Consumers want more high-quality choices with more finesse than traditional stock standard products that can be found anywhere and everywhere – it’s a lot more about quality, innovation and care in manufacturing. products that quantity now. In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

“Craft spirits are entering a phase of global boom, building on the craft beer movement. Gin is still the main drink of choice now, but good quality premium rum is also starting to gain momentum, and I think that will be the new gin.In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

With that in mind, the company is working on several unique selections of rum and other spirits going forward, none of which could ever be mistaken for regular items.

“One item we are offering is a spiced rum, where we will smoke the spices used to make the rum to enhance the flavor, and there will also be a rum coffee liqueur where the ground coffee and vanilla will be steeped with the rum. – [all meeting] the premium rum trend ”,he said.

“Another element will be a blue agave spirit, which lasted about eight years as we let the agave plants grow and then let them age in barrels – which will be released later in the year.”In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Mt Uncle Distillery’s range of gins, vodka, whiskey, rums and a unique marshmallow liqueur are retailed at major Australian liquor stores such as Dan Murphy’s, BWS and First Choice.

International expansionIn addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Although the company’s primary market is in Australia, Watkins told us the goal is to go international, especially after recent pricing has highlighted the strong potential of its products for overseas markets, from Singapore to Thailand.

“We have sent products to Singapore and hope to enter the UK this year as well, and there is also Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Thailand.”he said.

“Winner [the awards] is the ultimate approval in the global spirits industry [and] In addition to this, you need to know more about it.we are proud to have performed so well at [competitions]. “In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Mt Uncle Distillery products can be found at specialty liquor stores in Singapore such as Drinks & Co, as well as Amazon Singapore.

“Online platforms are really powerful vehicles these days due to COVID-19, so we are definitely looking to internationalize with e-commerce and online sales growing in every market possible,”Watkins said.

Hawai’i Coffee Association names cupping winners


Growers submitted green coffee that was roasted by the same roaster for the 12th Statewide Hawaii Coffee Association Cupping Competition. Computer software is used to record all roasting profiles used for the competition. Photo courtesy of Brittany Horn.

(BIVN) – The Hawai’i Coffee Association recently wrapped up its annual conference, which was held virtually, and named the winners of its statewide tasting competition. From the HCA:

The Hawaii Coffee Association hosted its first virtual conference on Thursday. and Friday June 24 and 25. The statewide industry nonprofit has indefinitely postponed its 25th annual conference and statewide cupping competition to 2020 due to COVID restrictions. The 12th cupping competition was held remotely and the winners were announced at the culmination of today’s conference.

The program featured pressing topics related to COVID relief and responding to the introduction of coffee leaf rust to Hawaii. The HCA has made significant strides in serving its members in the virtual space. To this end, the organization has launched bi-weekly multi-agency coffee leaf rust conference calls between HDOA, USDA, APHIS, UH CTAHR, HARC, state and federal lawmakers, international partners, leaders of the industry and other stakeholders.

“We have a duty and an important role in responding to these crises on many levels,” HCA President Chris Manfredi said in his opening remarks. “Our response is timely, well planned, coordinated and effective. Our members are positioned throughout the supply chain including farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, cafes and the many companies and organizations that supply and support the industry.

Manfredi continued, “While our primary focus has recently been on recovering COVID and coffee leaf rust, the underlying issues with regulation, marketing, quality assurance and traceability remain. The virtual platform allowed us to easily connect with participants in El Salvador, Africa, Ukraine, China, United States and Hawaii. “

Keynote speaker Emilio Lopez is a 7th generation coffee grower and the Managing Director of Odyssey Coffees, an agro-industrial organization based in El Salvador. He shared his experience in a segment titled “Living with Coffee Leaf Rust” and highlighted the importance of healthy trees and pruning techniques.

The conference program also included updates from HDOA, USDA PBARC and UH CTAHR, as well as the election of a new board of directors; usually an annual event, but postponed to 2020 due to the pandemic.

The results of the 12th Statewide Hawaii Coffee Association Cupping Competition were announced today. A total of 70 entries were judged at the inaugural HCA Remote Suction Cup event.

The top rated coffee was produced by Olinda Organic Coffee of Maui with a washed red Catuai variety receiving a score of 86.63. Awards were also given to the best coffees produced in cultivation regions recognized by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and located on all islands, and the top 10 top-rated coffees.

The most notable entries from the participating growing districts were the SL34 washed variety of Hula Daddy Kona Coffee and the Ka’u District Miranda Farms with a natural red Catuai variety. Each of these coffees got an equal score of 86.60.

The Hawaii District’s top honors went to Waimea Coffee Farm with a washed Guatemala Typica / Jamaican Blue Mountain hybrid winning 84.50. Sakoman Farm ranked first in the Hamakua District with a Washed Caturra variety posting 81.38 and Waialua Estate Coffee was Oahu’s only entry with a Washed Typica earning 81.00.

“This year’s competition featured a wide selection of varieties and processing methods with the highest scores we have ever seen in this competition,” noted Brittany Horn, Chair of the HCA Cupping Committee. “Complex and unique entrees from across the state are represented at the top rated coffees and we also recorded the tightest scores, making 2021 a very competitive competition for growers. “

Kona-based Pacific Coffee Research ran the competition using a jury of local accredited Q workbooks led by PCR co-owners Brittany Horn and Madeleine Longoria Garcia. Horn is a Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Certified Trainer in Coffee Sensory Analysis, Green Coffee, and Sustainability. Longoria Garcia, who served as Chief Judge for HCA Cupping, has competed in the US National Brewers Cup and educates baristas and local producers as a sensory specialist.

The judges included Marc Marquez of Savor Brands, Honolulu; Max Maemori, coffee consultant, Hilo; and David Hall of Small Kine Coffee Consulting, Maui. In addition to Horn, the lab facilitators were Tyra Waipa of Savor Brands, Elijah Wright of Drift Coffee, and Mayu Maemori.

To deal with the cut from a distance, the entries were cut into three elimination rounds. The coffees advancing in the second and third rounds were organized into five “tables” or groups and shipped to the suction cups for analysis in their own suction cup laboratories. The judgment at each location was carried out simultaneously with the deliberations between suckers conducted via Zoom. The final scores of the winning cafes were determined by the average scores of the semi-finals and finals.

Commenting on the format of the virtual suction cups, Judge Marquez said, “Nothing beats evaluating coffee together in the same space, but the use of video conferencing and screen sharing technology has allowed the panel to deliberate and to communicate our scores and scores effectively with each other.

The panel used the Specialty Coffee Association’s standard tasting methodology and scoring format. Coffee tasting is a combination of art and science where coffees are evaluated and rated based on a variety of subtle characteristics: flavor, aroma, acidity, aftertaste, body, balance, overall cup experience, presence of softness, lack of defect and uniformity.

“This year’s entries were incredible as this competition represents the collective efforts of our local growers, scientists, researchers and professionals who continue to improve the quality of coffee grown here in the state of Hawaii,” Marquez added. “Our coffee community should be very proud. “

The HCA 2021 Virtual Conference and Cupping Competition is sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Mahalo to additional sponsors Savor Brands, TricorBraun Flex, Monarch Coffee, Satake, Rural Community Insurance Services, Greenwell Farms, Kona Hills, Green Flash Coffee and Maui Grown Coffee.

The full results of the cupping competition are posted here. Watch the videos of the conference presentations here.

The mission of the Hawaii Coffee Association is to represent all sectors of Hawaii’s coffee industry, including growers, millers, wholesalers, roasters, and retailers. The main objective of the HCA is to increase awareness and consumption of Hawaiian coffees. A major component of HCA’s work is the continuing education of members and consumers. Its annual conference has grown steadily, attracting international attention.

Downtown businesses are still recovering from last weekend’s floods


A week after a series of thunderstorms dropped 4 to 6 inches of rain in the Bloomington area, downtown businesses that were inundated by the flooding are still working to clean up.

Along North Madison Street

The waters rose to Hopscotch Coffee Roastery and Bloomingfoods Near West along North Madison Avenue.

Phil Phillipy, managing director of Bloomingfoods, received a phone call from the night baker at the Near West store on Friday, June 18, letting him know that water was entering the store’s basement. He rushed to the store at 316 W. Sixth St., to find 10 to 12 inches of water in the basement and 6 to 8 inches in the administrative offices.

“We had a lot of problems,” Phillipy said Friday morning, nearly a week after the floods. “All the water was out at 2 a.m.”

Fans, a larger fan, a shop vacuum and dehumidifiers have been put in place to help dry out the affected areas. On Monday morning, a service specializing in flood and mold mitigation began working to help clean the basement and offices.

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“They came in and drilled test holes in the drywall,” Phillipy said. The carpet in the conference room was put back up and everything was disinfected. “We lost electronic equipment and computers on the ground. But we were able to do business.”

The actual portion of the store’s groceries was unaffected by the flooding, Phillipy said, adding that the flash flood was worse than that of 2008.

“This sixth to seventh block on Madison, it’s flooded and the storm sewers can’t keep up,” he said. “I went out to make sure the storm drain was clear and clear. This water was up to my waist,” he said, estimating she was 36 inches depth.

Jeff Grant, owner of Hopscotch Coffee Roastery, got a call early Saturday morning from Phillipy, who was fighting the flooding next to Bloomingfoods.

Grant arrived at the cafe at 2 a.m. on Saturday and said the flood waters had already rushed in, but it was evident that there had been between 18 inches and 2 feet of water inside.

“This is where we stored all of the coffee, in 150-pound bags,” Grant said. “All of that stuff was overwhelmed and ruined.… It was all in there. Stuff that we keep in the back of the store that we found in front of the store. It was very surreal.”

Damage caused by flooding:Bloomington town center businesses and area residents face flood damage

A refrigerator and other equipment were destroyed. A large chest gel was completely knocked over. Grant hopes the roaster will dry out and be usable. But for now, Hopscotch is reaching out to roasters in Louisville to purchase coffee.

“We already had five or six days of roasted coffee,” Grant said.

Everything is fine at the cafe on Dodds Street, he said. But he doesn’t know when the Madison Street store will reopen.

“We’re on a lower level there,” he said of the 212 N. Madison St. store. “There’s no great storm drainage there,” he said. he noted, adding that he had filed reports with the city in the past and that “nothing had been done”.

Sacks of coffee and supplies litter the muddy ground of Hopscotch Coffee Roastery after storms on June 18 and 19 caused flooding in buildings along Madison Street.

Grant said he hired Service Master, who installed dehumidifiers and fans for a few days. Now he’s trying to figure out if they need to remove the drywall to prevent mold from growing.

“We’re still evaluating,” he said, adding that he hopes the Madison Street store won’t be closed for more than a few weeks. “But I have no idea.”

Grant said anyone who wants to donate to Hopscotch to help with the cleanup and loss of income can do so on the store’s website. He is also grateful for the help his fellow roasters and others have already given.

A closed sign due to flood damage is posted Thursday on the front door of Hopscotch Coffee on North Madison Street.

Along East Kirkwood Avenue

On the other side of the city center, some businesses were completely inundated while others remained dry. Bob Costello, owner of Soma Kirkwood Cafe and Village Deli, said that although Soma is in a basement, it was dry while Village Deli had over 6 feet of water in the basement.

“I’m a little baffled,” Costello said Friday afternoon, taking a break from his work at the deli. “The church across the street (from Soma) suffered a lot of damage. And Village Deli was flooded.”

Breakdowns are also a problem:Severe storms cause flooding and power outages

When Costello arrived early Saturday morning, the cold room located at the back of the grocery store at 409 E. Kirkwood Ave. was no longer attached to the building. He believes the floodwaters pulled him out, allowing water to spill into the building and make its way to the basement.

“We have a sump pump there, but it couldn’t keep up with the volume of water,” Costello said.

When rental stores opened on Saturday morning, Costello asked people to pick up pumps and a pool company brought them two more pumps. By 2:30 p.m. Saturday, all water had been pumped to the city’s storm sewers.

This allowed Costello and other workers to begin removing all destroyed computers, telephone system, air handlers, furnaces, water heaters, washers, dryers, and other equipment. .

“The office was completely destroyed,” Costello said. “Everything was taken out of the basement and now we are rebuilding.

“The dining room had about 1 to 2 inches of water,” he said. “We removed all the wet drywall. We drained all the water and dried it all.”

On Thursday, a flood closure sign was posted on the front door of the Village Deli on Kirkwood Avenue.  Village Deli was one of many downtown businesses that struggled with flooding after the storms of June 18-19.

Now they’re replacing drywall, painting, installing new ductwork and carpeting, which is expensive, especially since Costello had no flood insurance. “We have flood insurance now,” he said. “It will take effect in 30 days. We bought it the next day.

To add to the problems that Village Deli faced last week, Duke Energy cut power along Kirkwood Avenue on Sunday night when a transformer blew up. This left the cold room without power – all the food was lost.

Even with all the devastation, Costello spoke positively about the “Kirkwood community,” which he said has been so helpful to each other, moving equipment to nearby stores and helping with cleanup efforts.

“It was just such a great community spirit the next day,” he said. “That’s what to love about Bloomington.”

The waters that flooded the basement of the grocery store flowed like a river through some nearby businesses along East Kirkwood. This has happened both at Nick’s English Hut and nearby Osteria Rago, according to Ian Fletcher, general manager and chef of the Italian restaurant.

On Friday night and early Saturday, there was 4 to 5 inches of water all over the floor in Osteria Rago’s dining room, Fletcher said. Fortunately, the main kitchen remained dry.

Fletcher arrived around 12:30 am Saturday and worked four hours “pushing water out the front door”.

The employees arrived on Saturday morning and a major cleanup effort began, everything from baseboards to be cleaned and disinfected. “We cleaned for about 10 hours,” Fletcher said. At 4 p.m. Osteria Rago was able to open.

“We were lucky enough with this,” Fletcher said, adding that the restaurant keeps most food items and computer equipment at least 6 to 12 inches off the ground.

Some problems associated with the flooding continued on Saturday evening and Sunday this weekend when the transformation outside the restaurant caught fire.

Nick’s and Osteria Rago both lost the recycling bins and the bins that were in the alley. Co-owner Susan Bright said she thought she saw one of the restaurant blue bins when she was cycling south near Switchyard Park. She credits the flagstone flooring in Osteria Rago’s restaurant for helping to keep the floodwaters from doing more damage.

The nearby Pizzaria cafe also suffered from flooding, but after a deep clean on Friday night and early Saturday, the pizzeria was able to open on Saturday.

Across the street, the Monroe County Public Library suffered flooding along Grant Street, according to director Josh Wolf. Wolf and others’ swift response prevented the floodwaters from spreading further inland. At the height of the flooding, Wolf said there were a few feet of water outside the library’s Grant Street entrance and water was entering the basements. but no books were affected.

Wolf said the Ellettsville branch had more serious problems due to the flash flood, with a power failure causing the lights to go out and the internal fire door to fall.

Tatas to launch coffee brand Eight O’clock in India


Tatas to launch Eight O’clock coffee brand in India & nbsp


  • Eight O’Clock is the fourth largest brand of roast and ground coffee in the United States
  • Eight O’Clock sells ground coffee apart from the individual pods used in coffee machines
  • Eight O’Clock Coffee Co. Ltd is an unlisted subsidiary of Tata Coffee Ltd.

New Delhi: Fifteen years after the acquisition of the fourth US coffee brand, Eiht O’Clock, Tata Consumer products are expected to launch in India soon. The announcement was made by Chairman N Chandrasekaran at the company’s 58th annual general meeting on Friday. He said Eight O’Clock will debut in the direct-to-consumer (D2C) model next week.

“To achieve the next level of growth by leveraging this expanded product portfolio, the company is currently implementing and integrating its distribution network and supply chain to increase efficiency and, more importantly, agility. . Undertaking an end-to-end digitization of its distribution partners and field forces is another key initiative… The company is focused on strengthening its e-commerce capabilities and a few products have already been launched into the sales model direct to the consumer. Eight O’Clock Coffee will be launched in the D2C model next week, ”he added.

Tata Consumer CEO Sunil D’Souza was quoted in a India time reports saying the branch will be launched on its own exclusive website and then sold on other online platforms.

Internet research reveals that a 680g packet of Eight O’Clock coffee costs over Rs 1,200. However, D’Souza said You that these are the prices of traders and that the prices of their own products will be more competitive.

It comes days after Tata Consumer Products announced the launch of Sonnets by Tata Coffee, a new offering in the premium roast and ground coffee segment. Consumers can shop at www.tatacoffeesonnets.com and can choose their preferred type of roast by choosing between light, medium or dark roast; they could also adapt to their brewing preferences and opt for a filter coffee or a French press grind.

Besides the brand’s website, Sonnets by Tata Coffee will be available on e-commerce channels like Amazon, Big Basket, Tata Cliq Luxury and will be extended with a select listing in gourmet stores, etc.

It should be added that the product portfolio of Tata Consumer Products includes tea, coffee, water, salt, pulses, spices, ready-to-cook offerings, breakfast cereals, snacks. and mini-meals. It is the 2nd largest branded tea company in the world. Its main beverage brands include Tata Tea, Tetley, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Tata Coffee Grand, Himalayan Natural Mineral Water, Tata Water Plus, and Tata Gluco Plus. Its food portfolio includes brands such as Tata Salt, Tata Sampann and Tata Soulfull.

In India, the company has a reach of over 200 million homes and has an annual turnover of Rs. 11,600 crore with operations in India and international markets.

Dreams: Laptop Resurrection


Editor’s Note: Part of this column has already been published in “Mature Living Magazine”. The author owns the rights to this column.

It is the true story of an adult woman who is a writer. I do not name names. She has a heartbreaking story of spilling her morning coffee on her laptop.

She did it twice. Both times, the computer store miracle workers were able to clean and restore her laptop and get it back to working order in a day or two. While it’s true that she hasn’t spilled coffee on her computer in years, the same can’t be said for a full bottle of 100% acetone remover. She spilled it on her computer just a few months ago.

The writer woman grabbed the bottle, but not before half had poured into and onto her laptop. The accusing questions started almost at the same time as his mistake: “Why was the nail polish remover sitting right next to the computer?” ”

“Why haven’t you put it away?” The laptop turned off and died.

My husband heard the all too familiar sound of me screaming in horror at a disaster that I initiated (Yes. I am the writer woman). He didn’t say a word, but his clenched jaw spoke volumes. We drove to the computer store, hoping the computer store miracle workers could fix it. They could not. Some errors are too important to undo.

The shop assistant was very happy to sell me a brand new laptop. As we left the store, she casually mentioned, “You can check if the computer insurance you have on the damaged laptop has expired. ”

I came home and the coverage had not expired !! I called the IT people. They told me to return the damaged computer to them. Two days later it was returned and worked again. The truth is, they haven’t fixed anything. It was irreparable. They replaced all the destroyed parts with new ones. The exterior was the same but the interior was completely new. I returned the new computer which was still unopened in the box. I have been reimbursed in full. Hooray!

In closing, I would like to share another true story about an adult woman who is a writer. Sometimes she makes a mess, which seems beyond repair.

The accusing questions begin: “Do you call yourself a Christian? and “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? You should be. ”She can’t help but agree with the accusations. Again, however, she makes the call in the name of the Lord. Impossible as it may seem, she is still covered by The Blood of Jesus Always covered by His grace and mercy Always hidden in Him Always His child He does not mend me He makes me brand new inside.

The only thing more damaging than making a big mistake is believing that God is not great enough to do things over again. Or believing that my mistakes disqualify me from being resurrected, restored and used for his glory.

If you enjoyed this review, you might be interested to know that I just typed it on the laptop that I thought I would never use again. And with computers – as with hearts – it’s the inside that matters most. No mistake we make is too great for Him to correct.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is dead, and see, the new has arrived! 2 Corinthians 5:17

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INTENTIONALIST: Stay Cool at Melo Cafe


by Kristina Rivera

The intentionalist is based on a simple idea: where we spend our money matters. We make it easy to find, learn and support small businesses and the various people who support them through day-to-day decisions about where we eat, drink and buy. #SpendLikeItMatters

As western Washington experiences a record-breaking heat wave this weekend, it’s important that we stay cool as best we can.

Why not stay cool with freshly squeezed juice which at the same time strengthens our immune system?

Hanan Hassan Diriye and Ambrosia Austin opened Melo Cafe, a fruit juice coffee shop, in the Central District in early 2021 to bring their passion for community, hospitality and health to the people around them.

Ambrosia said her ultimate goal is to grow and occupy space in the beverage industry as a black and female-owned business focused on nutrition and health.

“There is a disproportionate rate of unhealthy drinks as well as food items suitable for the black and brown community,” Ambrosia said. “One of our goals is to be able to sponsor lots so that we can send them to under-represented communities who may be facing a food desert, which [don’t] have funds to have Melo Juice, and things of that nature.

Melo Cafe is housed in the former space of Cortona Cafe – a 10-year, community-engaged Central District institution run by Isolynn “Ice” Dean who passed the torch to Ambrosia and Hanan.

“We are always grateful for [Isolynn’s] legacy, and we are also very excited to establish our own, ”said Ambrosia.

“When you find those places where you feel like people treat you like family or treat you like you belonged, you did, it’s nice to see you – that feeling is really important. “Hanan said. “And that’s a feeling that Isolynn definitely had all the time. We love it and we want to keep that same feeling.

Ambrosia Austin (left) and Hanan Hassan Diriye (right) inside the Melo Cafe in the Central District.  (Photo: intentionalist)
Ambrosia Austin (left) and Hanan Hassan Diriye (right) inside the Melo Cafe in the Central District. (Photo: intentionalist)

Hanan said it was imperative to create a space in the Central District that is welcoming to everyone while building its own legacy as a black-owned business.

“It’s like we have the opportunity to interact with all types of people, but also to be a safe space from the start for anyone like us,” Hanan said. “It’s a beautiful thing because I have been through this, where I have been in neighborhoods where they have become gentrified and I have the impression that there is no place for someone like me can participate. “

Hanan and Ambrosia met years ago through mutual friends. They both lost their jobs before the pandemic, but that loss gave them an unexpected gift: space – space to think about what exactly they wanted to do next and how to do it.

“I felt like everything I had learned before, including working at Starbucks and working at another coffee shop – all of it had just served that, and it made a very interesting sense,” Hanan said.

Right at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Hanan started making her own juice because she has asthma and wanted to give her immune system a boost. Juicing made sense to her as she grew up with her mother making freshly squeezed concoctions with fruits and vegetables like papaya, watermelon and honeydew melon.

“It just felt like it was a great way to transfer my love of flavor and also health,” Hanan said.

Hanan loved making fresh juice so much that she started sharing it with her friends. When Ambrosia tasted, she immediately joined in and the duo began selling bundles of their conditioning drinks on Instagram as Melo Juice, including the signature Melo Original flavor of ginger, turmeric and echinacea.

“Hanan brought me juice and I loved it right away,” Ambrosia said. “I was really excited to be a part of his journey with the sale, and we expanded the operation and put in place a production system based on the resources we had.”

They chose the name Melo because watermelon juice was the very first flavor they started selling. Melo also reflected the feeling they wanted to evoke in people – a feeling relaxed, calm and inviting. They brought that feeling to the cafe by painting the walls an earthy yellow the same color as the Melo Original juice.

Ambrosia lived in the 25th and Union in the central district, so she befriended Isolynn from the Cortona Cafe. The duo shared a jar of Melo Juice with them, and Isolynn has become a frequent buyer and supporter.

When Isolynn told Ambrosia and Hanan that she was going to sell the Cortona Cafe and offered to sell them the space, Hanan and Ambrosia felt they were ready to take the next step with their business.

“It was something that we were willing to try and go ahead and make it known to the public because I have confidence in the product, Hanan has confidence in the product and we wanted to give it a home.” , said Ambrosia.

Opening a cafe during a pandemic was about as difficult as it sounds. Hanan and Ambrosia said many people were skeptical about the possibility of opening a successful business during COVID. But they remembered why they were opening a cafe and continued on.

“It was like we had to remember who we are and what we bring to the table,” Hanan said. “We know what we are bringing. We know that each of us is part of many communities. We know that we have ideas that we don’t see and that we are trying to bring to life.

“When it comes to success, you can fail in any climate, you can be successful in any climate,” Ambrosia said. “You just have to know how to take a step back, analyze the situation and act accordingly. “

Ambrosia added that openness during the pandemic set them up for success as they were able to adapt their business model to thrive under COVID conditions and easily shape what they wanted Melo Cafe to look like in a post-pandemic world.

Bottles of Melo's, Melo Type Beet, Melo Original and Melo Apple bottled juice.  (Photo: Melo Café)
Bottles of Melo’s, Melo Type Beet, Melo Original and Melo Apple bottled juice. (Photo: Melo Café)

Melo Cafe is a carefully organized space where Hanan and Ambrosia want everyone to feel welcome.

“Hanan and I talk about it all the time, about conserving a third space and the importance of opening your doors and making people feel at home between work and home,” Ambrosia said. “Hospitality is natural for us.

Ambrosia’s favorite item at Melo Cafe is the Belgian Praline Pecan Waffle with Added Fruit, and Hanan is addicted to the combination of carrots and oranges, so Melo Sunrise is his go-to drink. You can also find an okazu pan from Umami Kushi, Herkimer coffee, pastries and empanadas from Rapa Nui Foods on the menu at Melo Cafe.

As for Melo’s future, Ambrosia and Hanan want to make Melo Juice accessible to everyone, everywhere, while maintaining their unique sense of hospitality.

“Maintaining the integrity of our ingredients, our style and the way we treat people – and always strive to grow and reach the larger community – is my ultimate goal with Melo,” said Ambrosia.

Kristina rivera is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Intentionalist. She graduated from Western Washington University with a journalism and public relations degree and has worked with organizations ranging from local nonprofits to global public relations firms..

📸 Featured image: A plate of Belgian fruit and cream waffles, bottles of Melo juice, pastries and coffee from the Melo Cafe in the central district. (Photo: Melo Café)

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New Gorleston Main Street Cafe and Cocktail Bar opens


A new cafe and cocktail bar is slated to open as part of “The Fabric” of Gorleston High Street.

Mixsmiths Artisan Coffees and Cocktails, owned by Gail Smith, aims to create a more relaxed atmosphere for people who do not wish to be in a “rowdy” pub atmosphere.

“We want to deliver something that is not just an ad environment,” said Ms. Smith, 41.

“It will be a space where people can have a quiet evening coffee or a cocktail if they wish.”

The place will specialize in “tailor-made” cocktails and artisanal coffees.

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“We all do weird and wonderful things,” Ms. Smith added.

Ms Smith wants to focus on locally roasted coffee beans and strives to use independent products.

“I want to offer different coffees that no one else in Norfolk does.”

Ms. Smith employed a “coffee connoisseur” with many years of experience in the industry.

Mixsmiths aims to provide a “safe space” for people looking for a quieter but social evening.

“There won’t be any loud music or DJs, just soft jazz playing in the background while people are having drinks and chatting with their friends.

“After the events of last year, some people still feel quite isolated and may not want to return to the pub scene.

“This place is for these people,” Ms. Smith said.

The site will also offer light snacks and snacks in a food truck at the back of the site.

Ms Smith, who is the current owner of Peggotty’s on King Street, has played a variety of roles in the hotel scene around Great Yarmouth.

“I started collecting glass at 1-5-1 when I was 16,” Ms. Smith said.

“I now run a very successful place in Great Yarmouth, but it’s more of a late night drinking spot. “

Mrs. Smith wants to give Gorleston something unique.

“With the vision I have, I thought this was the perfect place for something tailor-made, a little different and totally independent.

“What we would like to do is become part of the fabric of the neighborhood and work with all the local businesses, like a collective main street.”

Mixsmiths Artisan Coffees and Cocktails on Gorleston High Street is expected to open soon.

Cool off at this cave-like cafe in Dubai


Cool off at this cave-like cafe in Dubai

Orijins is a new Dubai cafe with interiors inspired by the stones of the Red Sea

Orijins is a newly opened cafe that, with its sleek, minimalist interiors, resembles an oasis of tranquility in the heart of Dubai’s bustling international financial hub.

Dubai-based interior company VSHD took inspiration from nature, especially stones collected from the shores of the Red Sea with their different shapes and textures.

This is reflected in the organic shapes of the space itself, with a ceiling and walls that tilt and curl to create a peaceful, cave-like atmosphere, emphasized by the fact that they are painted in sober colors inspired by natural materials such as sand, shells, stone and wood.

Orijins isn’t too sweet, however – it’s coffee after all. The curvilinear shape of the space itself is offset by the large blocks of uneven stone, metal furniture, and a large cafe bar made of blocks of different types of marble. These give Orijins a contemporary feel, enhanced by the addition of textured finishes – including loop pile and heavy weaves – to the furnishings.

“The sparsely decorated space represents the vision of VSHD and a belief in the beauty of imperfection, as well as the humility and integrity that comes from living in harmony with imperfect nature,” say the architects indoor. “Orijins represents the firm’s interpretation of what it means to be calm, to sit still, and to observe the beauty that can be found even in our imperfect everyday reality. ”

Coffee lovers will be happy to know that the roasts are as satisfying as the decor, and the pastries are quite good too, with rich brownies and a coconut cake to satisfy your sweet tooth.

A contemporary urban oasis, Orijins is Dubai’s must-see watering hole, with calming interiors and an endless stream of coffee to invigorate you. §

Getting to know: Vanessa Maggio



Our conversation with Vanessa Maggio, co-owner of Gxxd Box in Sacramento.

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Imagine doing this long awaited road trip. The bags are in the car, the bikes are in the bike rack, and the GPS is set to your destination. All that’s missing is healthy, roadside snacks. Vanessa Maggio is passionate about vegan snacks and owns Gxxd Box, a herbal convenience store, and she’s got your back. The store is small and mighty – a recycled shipping container soon to be located somewhere in Midtown Sacramento. Maggio works with dispensers to stack the box with herbal products you might recognize at the grocery store: Sunwink wellness tonics, Oatly drinks made with oat milk, pea protein cabbage PeaTos – as well as unique products like Mexican candy that she hopes to source on her frequent trips to Mexico.

The concept began to take shape in 2020 when she and her husband, Jason Maggio, were motivated by the desire to get quick, health-conscious snacks en route to their favorite outdoor excursions. The couple own and operate two other businesses – Official Brand and All Good Store, Sacramento-founded lifestyle brands that outfit Sacramento’s streetwear and outdoor crowd. Each brand has been successful locally and internationally since its creation in 2007 and 2014. With Gxxd Box, the Maggios will enter a different type of taste creation.

The pandemic has caused many people to take a closer look at what they put in their bodies, speeding up the switch to a plant-based diet. With environmental and health concerns at their worst, it’s no longer a surprise to see meatless offerings like Impossible Burgers on the menu of mainstream chains. “I think that’s the (direction) we’re heading in,” says Maggio. “The Gxxd Box concept is for the health of the environment but also for health and well-being.

Another new consumer habit that we have adopted is contactless. Gxxd Box’s scan-and-checkout process makes it easy to select a snack, scan, pay and get started. “You’ll feel better about your options and take your kids out to buy some candy,” says Maggio, who has 10 years of retail experience and four children. She is currently experimenting with soft openings and pop-ups until she determines where in Midtown to install the container for a temporary opening in July.

Gxxd Box is a recycled shipping container that will soon be located somewhere in Midtown Sacramento.

A concept for a modern and healthy lifestyle:
We are fans of vegan and vegetable snacks. When we travel, go on a road trip or hike, we like to find the best snacks and the healthiest snacks because we care about our health. And even if we indulge in other things, if they are herbal, we feel better.

Good Vibes, Better Customer Experience, and Convenience for Herbal People: (Even if it’s scan-and-go) there will always be an associate (in the store). They will be able to engage with customers and talk about the products rather than worrying about calling them. We want to make the convenience store a better experience.

You don’t have to worry about looking at a label and making sure there is no dairy product. It’s something plant-based or vegans have to do – watch and be like, oh my gosh, why does that potato crisps have any dairy in it? So you won’t have to. We did all the dirty work. Everything here is plant-friendly, and you don’t have to worry about it.

Goodies that you can soon unbox at Gxxd Box: I spent time during the pandemic researching all the plant-based vegan candy, gum, crisps, soda, ice cream, and bars. I also like to research when we’re in different cities and try to bring (the things we find there) to Gxxd Box as well. We go to Mexico a lot and want to incorporate some authentic Mexican sweets that are vegan friendly.

Gxxd Box’s scan-and-checkout process makes it easy to select a snack, scan, pay and get started.

Beyond the package: The next phase will be to engage with our local restaurants, bakeries and cafes to offer fresh and ready local and vegan options. So if you want to have Babe’s Donuts, for example, on a Sunday, we will make them. Or breakfast burritos, something like that.

Service is in my blood: I also work at the All Good store. I like working in the store with my clients. All of us, the whole family, we all work on it. I have a special bond with clients and I like to build a relationship. It is an advantage and an advantage. (My approach is) a little more personal, I think. I don’t know if I’m talking too much or what it is, but I like to engage with my clients and don’t even ask them to buy anything. And then we have a sale coming out of it. It’s one thing that I don’t think I will stop doing one day, hopefully, is being able to work with clients.

Stimulate enthusiasm through social media and in real life in our sister companies: Starting with our social media (we want to integrate them) into our ecosystem once they have made their purchases in our store. I think Gxxd Box has a good answer (on social media). And people come into the store (All Good) and talk about it. Even if you’re not vegan or plant-based, or like healthier options, or just like snacks, you’re going to find something.

Maggio works with distributors to stack the box with herbal products you might recognize at the grocery store.

Build partnerships with large and small brands: We’d love to meet people there and do some tasting challenges or bring in Revive (Kombucha) and do a little pop-up. We’ve established a relationship with Stumptown (Coffee Roasters) and Oatly, so we’re going to take them there and they would love to come and support us. Better Booch (the Los Angeles-based kombucha brewery), too. People are so excited to come and support and learn from events.

I also have people who come to my All Good store saying it’s such a great concept. I make gluten-free, vegan, and plant-based baked goods. And I tell myself that I would love to present them and have them come. Because I know that for them (it can be) so difficult to start selling some of their products. If we can figure this out and if it can happen, I want to offer their products or help them be a pop-up next to us.

A gxxd package: We’re in limbo trying to figure out where we’re going to drop the container. We start with the container. If it works, we would like to make a brick and mortar and take the Gxxd Box container and drop it somewhere else and test it there. We would like more than one in Sacramento and continue to build from there.

Read to motivate yourself: I love “Atomic Habits” (by James Clear). I like to be structured and to have my ritual morning. So get up at 5 am, do my meditation, then my workout. And then I can start breakfast and all that. I think having those mornings, when you have kids and a business to run, is so important in making sure you have time for yourself.

Mix location: We have a home office and I have an office in the store (All Good), and we have an office where my husband and oldest work at 3400 Broadway. When the children are in school, distance learning, then my office is either our office or in the kitchen. I can mix it up.

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McDonald’s is still the best value coffee shop, but there are other ways to cut costs


Ultimately, the most cost effective way to save on hot drinks is to make your own and up to 80% of over 65s in the UK do.

Getting rid of the gourmet coffee habit makes a huge difference in our daily expenses and could save you hundreds of pounds a year, but it’s a practical luxury, so it’s no wonder it’s popular to find ways to have fun.

The coffee industry creates over 210,000 jobs in the UK, 80% of people who visit cafes do so at least once a week, while 16% of us come daily and collectively we drink 95 million cups of coffee per day.

If it’s something you can’t live without or if you just aren’t ready to give it up after missing it in 2020, these are things you should be looking for.

Reusable cups are often rewarded with discounts

Discount on reusable cups

It was a touchy subject during the pandemic with many cafes stopping the use of reusable cups due to the risk of the virus spreading, but since then a group of more than 100 scientists from around the world have quickly come for us. reassure that they can be used safely, albeit with a contactless policy.

For those of you who are excited to use your Keep-Cup again, you could save some money.

Starbuck has announced that customers will be able to bring their own mugs and claim a 25 pence discount on their drink in the process.

Costa joined the bandwagon at a 25p discount, but Pret A Manger tops the list with a 50p discount.

As a general rule of thumb, only reusable cups that are clean, of an appropriate size for the beverage purchased and with a secure lid will be accepted and you should always take advantage of the hand sanitizer when entering the cafe.

Dairy free

Products made from oatmeal, soybean, almond or coconut milk are now readily available in most, if not all coffee shops in Scotland, but some will charge you between 20 and 50p for an option without dairy products.

Pret-A-Manger, Costa Coffee, and Starbucks have all jumped on the bandwagon, but Peta says it’s always worth making sure the menus don’t change.

Veganuary, a charity encouraging people to adopt a vegan diet in January, is calling on brands to make all milk free for customers.

Choosing your favorite dairy-free option shouldn’t mean paying more, so find the place that’s willing to make it free.

Black coffee

Choosing the cheapest thing on the menu is an old trick when it comes to saving money, but it’s a good thing.

To get the most out of a cheaper coffee, opt for a black filter coffee or an Americano – better yet, do like the Italians and start drinking an Espresso.

It may require some adjustment of the taste buds, but if you can the savings will add up and you will probably never pay more than £ 2 for a coffee again.

At Starbucks, the difference between an average Latte and an average Americano is 40p.

It’s the same price at Caffe Nero, but the cheapest option here is to grab a coffee to go – there’s a difference of around 10p between the take-out and on-site menus.

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Take away coffee

Asking the barista for a bag of your favorite ground coffee could cost you up to £ 8, but you can get more than three cups of coffee, making it better value.

Even if you do this one week per month, you can save a lot of money.

Another plus is the lack of tempting treats that can double your order and eat into potential savings.

We are told that we will buy more food if we shop on an empty stomach, the same goes for cafes.

Coffee machines

Those who buy coffee more than 20 times per month, at £ 2.45 per coffee, spend over £ 580 per year.

If you cut that consumption in half and invest in a small coffee maker like a French press, which can be as cheap as £ 5, you could save £ 285 per year.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the average household in Scotland spends 90p per week on coffee at home, so add that up and it makes £ 46.80 per year.

Buying a small home coffee maker could save you £ 238.20 a year and you can still have 10 coffees a month brewed by a barrista.

Loyalty cards

Cafe loyalty cards are great, as long as you don’t lose them, so download the digital versions if possible.

Most of them follow a point or stamp collection pattern that will eventually reward you with free coffee.

McDonald’s reign supreme with the best value coffee at 99 pence for a black or white coffee and when you spend £ 4.95 that’s five coffees you get the sixth free.

If you buy an Americano every time you have to spend £ 19.35 at Café Nero to get a free one and you get stamps for each coffee.

At Costa Coffee you have to spend around £ 48.40 before you get a free one, but you can also earn points with any machine or food purchase, so if you’re a fan of their cheese toast and with tomatoes, you could possibly get a free coffee with it. .

With the Greggs reward app you get a stamp when you buy a coffee and after buying seven hot drinks, for £ 10.50 you get the eighth for free.

Starbucks is pricey for those on a tight budget and while they can make the best Iced Mocha Frappuccinos, you have to spend £ 50 before you get a free one.

If you are an engaged member of the Starbucks community, it may be worth considering their Star Rewards programs which offer loyalty benefits, but this falls under the category of ‘the more you spend, the more benefits you get. “.

Finally, Pret A Manger recently launched their loyalty card where customers pay £ 20 per month for up to five coffees per day and on top of that you get the first month free and you can cancel before the subscription starts.

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Heine Brothers’ Coffee to open 19th store in downtown Louisville


A café in Louisville opens a new downtown location. Heine Brothers’ Coffee has announced plans to open a new café in the PNC Tower at Fifth and Main. After renovations, Heine Brothers hopes to open in September in the space formerly occupied by Starbucks. The 2,000 square foot site will feature Heine Brothers’ unique design and employ approximately 15 people. Co-owner Mike Mays said the addition of Heine Brothers’ Coffee will help revive downtown Louisville. office community returning to work here in downtown Louisville. I believed it before the pandemic, and I believe it even more, ”said Mike Mays, who is also co-founder and president of Heine Brothers’ Coffee. “Today it’s a great city for tourism. Bourbonism is real, and I know the convention traffic is real, and we are going to profit greatly from it.” The PNC Tower café will be the company’s 19th store. Heine Brothers is expected to open a cafe and drive-thru store in Valley Station in the coming weeks. Earlier this month, the company announced its first drive-through-only store, which is tentatively scheduled to open this fall in Fern Creek.

A café in Louisville opens a new downtown location.

Heine Brothers’ Coffee has announced plans to open a new café in the PNC Tower at Fifth and Main. After renovations, Heine Brothers hopes to open in September in the space formerly occupied by Starbucks. The 2,000 square foot site will feature Heine Brothers’ unique design and employ approximately 15 people.

Co-owner Mike Mays said the addition of Heine Brothers’ Coffee will help revive downtown Louisville.

“We are very optimistic about the return of the office community to downtown Louisville. I believed it before the pandemic, and I believe it even more,” said Mike Mays, who is also the co-founder and president of Heine Brothers. ‘ Coffee. “Today it’s a big city for tourism. Bourbonism is real, and I know the convention traffic is real, and we’re going to profit greatly from it.”

The PNC Tower café will be the company’s 19th store. Heine Brothers is expected to open a coffee shop and drive-thru in Valley Station in the coming weeks.

Earlier this month, the company announced its first drive-thru-only store, which is tentatively scheduled to open this fall in Fern Creek.

CARNATION® Farm joins the US Dairy Net Zero Initiative as the first pilot farm


MODESTO, California, June 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / РNestl̩ United States and the Innovation Center for US Dairy announced today that Trinkler Dairy Farm, a supplier to Carnation, is the first farm partner in the Dairy Scale for Good pilot project under the Net Zero Initiative, a unique industry effort in its own right. kind helping American dairy farms of all sizes and regions adopt new technologies and economically viable practices. As part of this industry effort, Trinkler Dairy Farm is the first U.S. dairy farm to pilot new technologies and implement sustainable farming practices to demonstrate the economic viability of achieving net zero emissions over the next five years.

This initiative is a key step in Nestlé’s strategy $ 10 million investment and multi-year partnership with the US Dairy Net Zero Initiative. It aims to expand access to environmental practices and resources on farms, as well as to develop markets for new ecosystem products and services, helping farmers to diversify their incomes and enabling a self-sustaining model. It is also a critical part of the US dairy industry’s goals to achieve carbon neutrality, optimize water use, and improve water quality by 2050.

“Our consumers expect us to provide them with products made with high quality fresh dairy products, and they expect us to do so in a way that is sustainable and better for the planet,” he said. -he declares. Steve presley, Chairman and CEO, Nestlé United States. “As the first farm to join Dairy Scale for Good, our supplier Carnation is leading the way towards carbon neutral dairy products in the United States. This is an exciting step towards meeting consumer demands while moving towards net zero emissions by 2050. We use our scale to positively impact our business and our supply chain , while working to propel the industry forward and create a more sustainable future. ”

Nestlé’s investment in dairy is critical to its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, as the vast majority of Nestlé’s emissions come from its supply chain. Dairy products make up about 16 percent of Nestlé’s overall carbon footprint in the United States, and about three percent come from fresh milk from 13 dairy farms in Modesto, California. According to Nestlé Net Zero roadmap, which is based on the science-based targets initiative, net emissions are achieved when greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the atmosphere are offset by the elimination of GHG emissions over a specified period.

With an initial $ 1.5 million Nestlé investment, Trinkler Dairy Farm will install technology and incorporate practices that significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of achieving a 30 percent reduction by 2023. As part of Dairy Scale for Good, Trinkler Dairy Farm will work with the Innovation Center for US Dairy and Nestlé to develop on-farm emission reduction strategies and achieve net zero emissions over the next five years.

Dairy farms can integrate a variety of on-farm practices and technologies to dramatically reduce emissions, especially methane, a GHG emitted by the digestive system of cows and long-term manure stores. One of the most effective ways to do this is to upgrade infrastructure and better manage manure. By installing anaerobic digesters and advanced nutrient recovery technologies, farms can convert manure into usable by-products such as energy, solids for cow bedding and fresh water. More emissions are saved by adding ingredients to cows’ feed that reduce the amount of methane they produce and by using energy from renewable sources like solar, wind, or home-created biogas. closed. Farms can capture carbon from the atmosphere while producing cow feed using regenerative practices that protect and restore one of their greatest assets – their soil. These practices could include low-tillage and precision agriculture, the addition of cover crops and the use of renewable fertilizers. These technologies require significant investment, and this pilot aims to demonstrate economic viability for farmers.

“Our family has been dairy farming for three generations and has been providing fresh milk to Carnation since 2014,” said Jon Rebiero, manager of Trinkler Dairy Farm. “We are on the path to achieving net zero emissions, building on the practices we use today to protect our land, the welfare of our cows and our family business for future generations. We are excited to be at the start of a movement that will transform the future of the dairy industry.

The impact will be assessed using scientific measurement tools and the data will be analyzed by scientists at the Innovation Center for US Dairy from 2022. Nestlé will adapt the solutions implemented at Trinkler Dairy Farm to other dairy farms in the years to come. in partnership with the Innovation Center for US Dairy to help farms of all sizes and in all geographies reduce their emissions. Currently, US dairy products represent less than 2 percent of total US GHG emissions.

“The production of a gallon of milk generates 19% less greenhouse gas emissions than in 2007. This is equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by half a million acres. of American forest every year, ”said Mike haddad, President, Innovation Center for US Dairy. “This partnership with Nestlé and Trinkler Dairy Farm is a powerful example of the innovative collaborations needed to advance the knowledge and new innovations that will make the transition to net zero emissions a reality.”

“Dairy industry research and WWF analysis show that large U.S. dairy farms could reduce their net emissions to zero in five years, and by investing in sustainable technologies, farms could see an annual return of $ 1.9 million, accelerating progress and direct benefits for farming families, the dairy industry, the economy and our planet, ”said Jason Clay, Executive Director, Markets Institute, World Wildlife Fund. “The efforts to achieve net zero emissions are a critical step towards transforming the dairy industry.”

Trinkler Dairy Farm is the second Nestlé dairy farm in the world to aim for net zero emissions. In December 2020, the company announced that his dairy farm in Georges from South Africa committed to becoming net zero carbon by 2023 as part of the Skimmelkrans Net Zero Carbon Emissions project.

About Nestlé United States
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About the American Dairy Innovation Center and the US Dairy Net Zero Initiative
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She Slangs Wood empowers women and girls in Milwaukee to learn woodworking


Tonda Thompson feels as comfortable holding a power saw as she does strutting down a catwalk in stiletto heels.

But sometimes she gets a strange look when she walks into a lumber yard in search of the “rough sawn lumber” she needs to build a piece of furniture.

“Sometimes I get people who say, ‘Who is this black woman?’ said Thompson, a print and television model whose company, Vogue Dreams, teaches young people to model. “That’s the initial reaction – I’m young, female, and black.

“I’m not saying I’m the only black woman to come like this, but you don’t see too many black women buying rough lumber in lumber yards. There aren’t too many black women out there who are. also carpenters. “

Thompson wants to change that.

The model turned carpenter made a name for herself by making furniture through her business, She slangs wood.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Thompson has made an assortment of tables – coffee, breakfast, console and end tables, as well as a picnic table that folds into a bench.

What started out of necessity has turned into a profitable side business, she hopes, will empower women and girls, giving them the confidence to know they can accomplish whatever they want. .

“A lot of people think that women don’t know how to quibble with wood or that women don’t know how to build. And a lot of women have in mind that they can’t build or build it because they’re female, “said Thompson.” With modeling, I teach young girls how to walk with authority, how to be confident. they. She Slangs Wood teaches women that there is a time when you have to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself.

“You don’t have to wait for nobody to do it for you.”

Thompson’s entry into woodworking came a day after his then 3-year-old son watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and decided to dance on a glass coffee table. He damaged the table, a family heirloom that belonged to his late uncle and was given to him by a cousin.

“It was near and dear to me,” Thompson said.

She needed a new table. But amid the pandemic, stores were closed. She went online but couldn’t find anything that she liked. So she decided to build her own.

“I wanted to do something that I loved and would cherish,” said Thompson.

She came across a YouTube video of a carpenter showing how to design and make a wooden coffee table.

MJS.  She slangs wood.  ESC.  Tonda Thompson shows how to turn that picnic table into a bench Thursday, June 3, 2021, at her home in Milwaukee.  It is the carpentry piece that has earned him 3,000 views on Facebook and many comments.

“I just started watching the video and I was like, ‘It’s pretty easy,’ and I made the first coffee table,” she said. “I posted it online and people went crazy about it. A week later I had about 10 orders.

His first coffee table was rustic barn style, topped with 2×4 pine slabs, and measured 48 inches long, 36 inches wide, and 16.5 inches high. It took him two weeks to build. Now she can make tables in an hour.

“It’s the only product I refused to sell,” Thompson said of that first table, which is in his basement.

“You just have to inquire”

When Thompson first started working with wood, the only power tools she owned were a circular saw and drill given to her by a friend, as well as drill bits provided by her brother.

Now Thompson’s garage doubles as a carpentry shop, complete with a saw table, miter saw, drill press, planers, carpenters, and an air compressor. She even mills that “rough sawn timber”- wood that has not been treated – to even out the edges.

Although she quickly racked up orders from people who saw her post on Facebook about the table, Thompson initially didn’t think it could turn into a profitable business. Her goal was to craft items for her house, but once she started crafting items for other people’s homes, that’s when she clicked.

“I never thought I would make a business out of it,” said Thompson, who was introduced to woodworking when he was a high school student at Milwaukee Tech, which is now Bradley Tech High School. “I thought I was spending time in my garage making wooden tables. It really became much more than that.

MJS.  She slangs wood.  ESC.  Tonda Thompson's picnic table that turns into a bench Thursday, June 3, 2021, at her home in Milwaukee.  It is the carpentry piece that has earned him 3,000 views on Facebook and many comments.

A friend, Amanda Avalos, bought a house last May and needed to furnish it. When she saw a Facebook post of Thompson’s tables, she asked Thompson to build her a coffee table. The two met in 2014 as part of the nonprofit Public Allies project and have kept in touch ever since.

Avalos became Thompson’s first sale.

“Love it,” Avalos said of his walnut-colored wood coffee table in his living room. “It’s beautiful. It’s solid. I love this piece.

Thompson’s work caught the attention of Yelp, the online assessment site, which asked her to teach woodworking. She also ran live Zoom demo classes on how to build wooden tables.

Woodworking became easy for Thompson, but she admits the biggest learning curve was how to handle tools safely. The saw, she says, gives a little kick when it starts.

“You really have to be careful what you are doing,” said Thompson, who almost lost his thumb in one incident, which is not a good thing for a photographer.

Still, she said, woodworking is “not intimidating.”

“You just have to educate yourself on how to use it like you educate yourself about anything.”

“I am in better health to return to the table and fight”

Woodworking is one of the many hats that Thompson wears.

She is a political activist who, in 2018, ran for a seat on the north side of the Common Council. Since the death of her newborn son in 2013, Thompson has worked to promote maternal health and improve infant mortality rates in Milwaukee.

MJS.  She slangs wood.  ESC.  She Slangs Wood owner Tonda Thompson picks up a piece of wood from her garage on Thursday, June 3, 2021 in Milwaukee.  She argues that Wood started during the pandemic after her son dented one of her tables while standing on it.  She searched online for a new product, but didn't like what was on offer.  She then decided to go to Youtube and learn to work with wood on her own.  She posted some of her early pieces on Facebook and the rest is history.

She is the main organizer and founder of the HaRUNbee 5k Walk / Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes, an initiative to reduce child and maternal mortality in the city. She heads the nonprofit National Coalition for Healthy Black Families, which teaches entrepreneurship as a means of self-reliance.

Avalos said Thompson has a lot of skills.

“Carpentry is just one of them,” she said. “She always has great ideas and brings them forward, so I really admire that about her.”

For seven years, Thompson focused on racial justice work until it began to take its toll. When the unrest erupted last year after George Floyd was murdered at the hands of a Minneapolis cop, she took a break from her protests.

Instead, the woodworking became cathartic.

“If I didn’t take this time to really reflect and heal myself, I wouldn’t be in this position now,” she said. “Now I am in better health to return to the table and fight these issues in the community that I was pretty much born to.”

She has her eyes riveted on a new project – transform a historic building she bought in the Harambee neighborhood. She will use her carpentry skills to clear out and rehabilitate a former candy store that will house her studio and retail space for her woodworking, as well as offices for her non-profit organization.

The goal, she said, is to equip individuals with the skills to create jobs and businesses in order to “reduce the social determinants of health that cause child mortality such as unemployment, homelessness and poverty. poverty, ”she said.

“By teaching the community how to be self-reliant, how to be entrepreneurs, we are actually preventing child mortality in that way and making sure people have enough money to make sure they get health care. appropriate, ”said Thompson.

Shop the Heartland: Zen Coffee Company


OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) РGreat vibes and great coffee. This is the recipe for success for a Metro caf̩.

But it’s the coffee thefts at Zen Coffee Company that really get the business off the ground.

Coffee is Abby McLeay’s passion.

“I love it. I drink it all day, it never stops,” McLeay laughed.

Four months ago, she opened her second café.

The name? Something she admits she needed more of.

“It was a bit like me and the corporate world. I just needed a moment of zen,” McLeay recalls.

She found it with Zen Coffee Company.

Zen is everywhere, from furniture and fresh flowers to its relaxed customers.

“They’ll all be sitting there drinking coffee, reading the paper, talking about things. It’s so cool to see everyone getting together, it’s very zen,” she said with a smile.

His coffee is too.

“If I had to choose anything from our menu it would be the Honey Bee which is the raw honey cinnamon latte. We get our honey from All About Bees. I use the local raw and thick honey. amazing, ”McLeay said.

There are so many fun and unique flavors to choose from, she wanted to make it easier for her customers.

She started by creating double cups.

“They’re basically two little frozen drinks in a heart-shaped one,” McLeay explained.

Then she introduced the coffee thefts.

“It exploded,” she said.

Business has not been the same.

“I really knew it was cool. But I didn’t expect so many people. We had lines going all around the store,” she explained.

Customers taste four eight-ounce drinks for $ 20.

“Each one comes with kicks and a half,” she added.

“We have over 30 options on our menu, so you can really do it all,” McLeay said.

“People always say I don’t know if I should try a lemonade. Should I make a coffee? I want to try this. It’s perfect for a place like this,” she added.

If you want to try one of the coffee flights, remember that everyone does too. They are so popular that if you want to taste on a weekend you have to make a reservation.

Zach Terrill did it.

“I walked in and had some coffee one day and saw them (the coffee robberies) on the counter. I was like wow, that looks awesome! So we came last Saturday and chose some flavors, ”Terrill shared.

It was so good that he asks for more.

“The Pistachio Mocha was the one I love,” Terrill said.

He’s also Erin Vildak’s new favorite.

“I come every week and I get it because I can’t help but think about it,” Vildak said with a laugh. “It’s delicious. It’s not overbearing or sweet. It’s refreshing and I even think about it sometimes when I get home from work, when I come back to get it for dinner.”

McLeay credits their staff for keeping the flavors fresh.

“I love the enthusiasm and the fact that they’re a part of it,” McLeay said.

Part of the coffee success she’s never seen brewed.

“It makes me really emotional… where I started now. It’s incredible growth. It’s pretty important to be where I am now,” McLeay said in tears.

McLeay is now considering opening a third location in the metro. She has a recommendation if you visit Zen Coffee: try the lemonade. In fact, she plans to start lemonade flights in the very near future.

As of now, there are two locations of Zen Coffee Company: The original location is downtown near 25th and Farnam. The new location is at Tiffany Plaza, near 132nd and downtown.

To see the full menu, go to their website.

You can also find the phone numbers to call to make your weekend flight reservations.

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Morning coffee: Canadiens hope to finish Golden Knights at home


The Montreal Canadiens are one win away from the Stanley Cup final.

They can advance with a win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 at the Bell Center tonight.

The Habs had +375 to win their Stanley Cup semi-final series ahead of Game 1 against Vegas, making them the biggest underdog for a Stanley Cup semi-final since 1989, according to historical odds. sports.

That number jumped to +700 after the Golden Knights won Game 1.

Fast forward four games later, Montreal has a 3-2 best-of-seven lead and is the favorite to advance for the first time in the series to -175 – the return to Vegas is +155.

However, the Habs will be an outsider when they take the ice for tonight’s game.

As of this morning, the Canadiens are +125 to win Game 6 – the Golden Knights are -145.

Here is the Café du Matin on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Habs to a Stanley Cup Final win

While the Canadiens are within one win, two could be the magic number when they take the ice for Game 6 tonight.

Montreal is 10-0 in these playoffs when it scores two or more goals.

Carey Price, who has a .933 save percentage in the playoffs, has held Vegas to a two-goal aggregate in its last six regulation periods.

As good as Price has been throughout these playoffs, the Canadiens have been the better team in the last two games, despite losing the fourth game in overtime.

Price made 19 saves in Game 4 and 26 saves in Game 5 – two of his four lowest save totals so far in the playoffs.

There’s a good chance he’ll face a heavier workload tonight with Vegas facing elimination.

Meanwhile, Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer has yet to confirm which of his two goalies will get the green light tonight.

As good as Marc-André Fleury was all season, Robin Lehner stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced to lead Vegas to a victory at the Bell Center in Game 4.

Considering how difficult it was to solve Price since the start of the series, the Golden Knights will need a solid performance from the starting goalie to extend the series.

Islanders force Game 7 with overtime win

Anthony Beauvillier was the New York Islanders’ overtime hero (+130) in a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6.

After the Islanders recovered from 2-0 with goals from Jordan Eberle and Scott Mayfield to force overtime, Beauvillier delivered the winner at just 1:08 in extra frame to force a Game 7.

It was the third time in franchise history that the Isles had come back from a multi-goal deficit to win while facing elimination.

Meanwhile, the big question mark for the Lightning is the status of Nikita Kucherov, who left with an injury after his first shift.

Kucherov, who leads all playoff scorers with 27 points, came out shortly after a Mayfield counter-failure that was not penalized.

Tampa Bay is 13-0 after a playoff loss dating back to 2019.

However, they could do without their top scorer for the winner’s final.

Meanwhile, Brayden Point conceded again at +150 to score in Game 6 to extend his playoff goal streak to nine in a row.

He will have the chance to equal the all-time NHL playoff record in Game 7 on Friday night.

Young propels Hawks to upset Game 1

Trae Young scored a career-high 48 points in the playoffs as the Atlanta Hawks (+285 ML) defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 116-113 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

This is the third straight series in which the Hawks have won Game 1 on the road.

Young was instrumental in that first success of the series, averaging 38.3 points per game in Atlanta’s three wins in Game 1.

Despite retiring from the first game, Milwaukee is still -200 to win the series.

The Hawks are +170 to qualify for the NBA Finals.

France, Portugal and Germany all come out of Group F

In the wake of the most significant day in the history of the Euro, the stage for the round of 16 is ready.

Cristiano Ronaldo dominated Wednesday’s action with two goals for Portugal in a 2-2 draw against France.

Ronaldo equaled Iranian Ali Daei for most international goals scored in men’s football history with his 109e.

While Portugal did enough to move forward, France took first place in Group F with the only point.

France was +140 to win the Group of Death at the start of the tournament.

Speaking of the death group, Germany also advanced to the round of 16 after coming together twice in a 2-2 draw against Hungary.

Hungary entered this match at +2000 to win.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, it would have been the biggest underdog win in any UEFA competition this season had they been able to hold out.

As it stands, the draw itself was considered quite unlikely at +850.

Meanwhile, Spain (-500) tied the biggest margin of victory in Euro history with a 5-0 victory over Slovakia, but it was not enough to take the top spot in the group E.

That’s because Sweden (+180) got a late goal from Viktor Claesson to beat Poland 3-2 and take first place in their group.

Sweden were the third pick to win Group E with odds of +600.

Of the six favorites to win their respective groups, Spain was the only one who did not live up to expectations.

Preparations for the PGA KPMG Women’s Championship

The PGA Women’s KPMG Championship kicks off this morning.

Inbee Park is the consensus favorite to win the tournament at +1200, followed by Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko at +1400.

Canadian Brooke Henderson, who won the event in 2016, is just outside the top 10 picks to win the event at odds of +2800.

TSN Edge golf analyst Adam Scully shattered Henderson’s chances of claiming his second career major win this week.

6 places to brunch in Livingston County


With the return of summer festivities and the easing of indoor dining restrictions, now is a great time of year to meet friends or take your family out for brunch.

But where can you grab a brunch in Livingston County?

Brighton and Howell have a few brunch spots with cocktails, and Fowlerville and Pinckney are home to classic diner-style restaurants.

Organized from east to west, here are six restaurants in Livingston County that offer breakfast and brunch.

At Cheryl

Fancy some protein before your morning meeting or something lighter during your lunch break? Try Cheryl’s Place in Brighton.

Owner Maria Cojcaj recommends trying the cinnamon French toast or one of the 16 omelets on the menu. The restaurant also offers wraps, pita sandwiches, and lunch plates for a midday bite.

Cheryl’s Place is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 4683 South Old US Highway 23 in Brighton.

Café Brew and Eatery of the two brothers

Cranberry and blueberry muffins are on display at the counter of Two Brothers Coffee Brew & Eatery in Brighton on Wednesday 23 June 2021.

Two Brothers Coffee Brew and Eatery in Brighton city center offers an all-day brunch menu and a variety of cocktails, wines and craft beers any time of the day.

Manager Adam Starnes recommended pairing mimosa with French toast to start the day off right. For something more flavorful, try a burger with a local beer on tap.

Located at 423 W. Main St., Two Brothers Coffee is open 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday, 7 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday, and 8 am to 6 pm Sunday.


Also in Brighton city center, Bourbons has a popular Sunday brunch menu with southern food and inexpensive cocktails.

Between short-rib Egg Benedict, banana waffles, and New Orleans-style donuts, bourbons have many Southern staples with a few twists. Owner Hana Filipovic said the restaurant offers $ 4 mimosas and bellinis during brunch, as well as a Bourbon Bloody Mary with Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon.

Bourbon Sunday Brunch is 10 am to 2 pm every Sunday at 440 W. Main Street in Brighton. Filipovic said a line is forming quickly, so call (810) 775-3197 the day – or the day before – to reserve a table.

Brunner is on the river

Where else can you grab a hearty meal before spending the weekend shopping and enjoying the festivities in Howell?

Brunner’s on the River offers many hearty brunch options like the Tomahawk Pork Chop or Spud Cake Breakfast. But if you have a sweet tooth, try the Nutella pancakes or the bacon and cinnamon roll.

Brunner’s brunch menu is available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at 2222 E. Grand River Ave. at Howell.

Aunt Betty’s restaurant

Coffee cups await customers at Two Brothers Coffee Brew & Eatery in Brighton on Wednesday 23 June 2021.

Craving some food after spending time on the lake or the hiking trails?

Aunt Betty’s Restaurant in Pinckney offers more hearty fare such as burgers and omelets, as well as lighter treats like pancakes and fresh fruit. The best part? Everything on the menu costs under $ 10, so order that extra side of bacon!

The restaurant is open 7 am to 1 pm Wednesday through Sunday at 126 W. Main St. in Pinckney.

Fowlerville Farms Family Restaurant

Fancy breakfast later in the day? Fowlerville Farms Family Restaurant is here for you.

Fowlerville Farms offers an extensive breakfast menu that is served throughout the day. And for the one person in your party who doesn’t fancy pancakes, the restaurant has plenty of options for lunch and dinner, from soup and salad to steak and seafood.

The 941 S. Grand Ave. is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Did we miss your favorite restaurant? Let us know which ones should be included in future articles by calling or texting (517) 552-2824.

Contact Sara Kellner at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ skellner21.

Kimberly Easson: The Sprudge Twenty Interview


Kimberly Easson (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Easson)

Kimberly Easson is a highly respected coffee industry insider who has used her career in coffee to help advance, promote and advocate for social change and the common good. Her work as a co-founder of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance has influenced a generation of coffee professionals across the globe, and her work with the Gender Equity Partnership has been covered extensively here on Sprudge. Kimberly Easson embodies what the Sprudge Twenty should be and we’re excited to have her as a member of the 2021 class.

Kimberly Easson has dedicated her coffee career to finding ways to make the industry fairer for everyone. She spent 13 years working at Fairtrade, co-founded the International Women’s Coffee Alliance in 2003, and later the JavaJog for a Cause, an industry run / walk that raised over $ 100,000 for women. women in coffee producing countries. Her most recent company, the Gender Equity Partnership, has been a leader in innovation and bringing people together to act on critical issues. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Specialty Coffee Association for four years and a member of the Association’s Sustainability Council for eight years. Kimberly envisions a future of coffee where the industry works for everyone involved.

Nominated by Nicole Kaufmann

This interview has been slightly edited and condensed.

How have the challenges of the past year influenced your work?

In March 2020, the Partnership for Gender Equity (EMP) was preparing to launch our buyer-supplier alliance to advance gender equity (at the EXPO in Portland) and a major project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Very quickly, we realized that the message of gender equality should take a back seat to many of the other priorities that the industry faced in the early weeks and months of the COVID disruption, as well as ‘to the need to listen to the voices of blacks and browns.

We have chosen to focus internally to ensure that the issue of gender equity is not compromised in the days of COVID, and as a result, we have created new online programs to engage farmer organizations. , business partners and roasters in new ways.

We learned how fragile our world is and the importance of community. The need for trust, empathy and advocacy has never been clearer. And finally, this technology can connect our world in unexpected ways.

What is the most important coffee problem for you?

The well-being of coffee growing families and communities as a foundation for the resilience of the sector. In particular, women farmers – whose work is mostly hidden – are disadvantaged in almost all respects in male-dominated supply chains and with cultural barriers that hinder their advancement. Men are also affected by gender inequalities, and children even more so.

What cause or element in coffee motivates you?

The caring nature of the industry generally means that we have the opportunity to establish industry-wide collaboration to address key issues that matter to our communities and people around the world. Gender equity is the foundation of healthy families, communities and the long-term success of the coffee sector. Solving it takes broad collaboration and broad action, and I think so much is possible when people see a possibility and how they can make an impact. We are so fortunate with gender equity.

Which coffee issue do you think is critically overlooked?

Women are the hidden workforce and the engine of the coffee value chain. The main tool we have to tackle gender inequality in the industry has focused on sourcing coffee for women, which is only a small part of the solution. The wider coffee sector has shown an interest and willingness to have tools that can help them meaningfully engage in gender equity and a common language to guide conversations. and actions.

What is the quality that you like the most in coffee?

The ability of coffee to serve as a medium for a message / and a medium to connect people across continents, cultures and generations. Coffee as a catalyst for positive change on a global scale. Anyone can make a choice that makes a difference.

Did you experience a life-changing “goddess” or coffee breakthrough moment early in your career?

In 2003, I led a tour of North American coffee women in northern Nicaragua. Among the attendees was Erna Knutsen, the person who coined the term “specialty coffee” – she was 83 at the time. For most of the women on this trip, it was the first time they had visited small scale farmers on their farms and in their homes. We met a group of women farmers at SOPPEXCCA and spent a whole day sharing stories with each other and learning more about coffee. Since the visitors had asked most of the questions in the last presentation session, we turned to the local women to ask if they had any questions for us. Their response was to ask if we could kiss each other. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as we all kissed the person closest to us, then the next one, and the next, and the next…. Until everyone has kissed everyone!

What is your idea of ​​coffee happiness?

Arrive in Jinotega Nicaragua to enjoy a wonderfully made cappuccino with Fatima at SOPPEXCCA cafe and meet the farmers and women leaders.

If you could have a job in the coffee industry, what would it be and why?

I love my current job and look forward to it being better funded so that PGE can make a bigger difference towards achieving gender equality in the global coffee sector. There are aspects of my current job that I would prefer to delegate, so that I can continue to develop the organization and our impact.

Who are your coffee heroes?

Colleen Crosby — the co-founder of Santa Cruz Coffee Company and the “mother of soy latte” and also the co-founder of IWCA (along with me and Karen Cebreros). Colleen died in 2005 from lung cancer much too young. She was passionate, dedicated and a bit wild! She loved coffee farmers and a big part of my motivation now comes from moments we shared together advocating for fair trade and a better life for small farmers. I am so lucky to have benefited from his friendship, his mentorship and his big heart.

Fatima Ismael Espinoza (SOPPEXCCA, Nicaragua), Merling Preza (PRODECOOP, Nicaragua), Esperanza Dionisio (Peru): these are three women leaders of important agricultural cooperatives who have rebuilt or built organizations and survived in leadership roles through ‘countless challenges. They are the epitome of leadership and persistence. I am honored to count on them as friends and allies.

If you could drink coffee with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Colleen Crosby, she would make me smile, warm my heart and renew my faith in humanity and all things coffee.

What would you like someone to tell you when you first started out in the cafe?

That that would be as addicting as it is (and I’m not talking about the caffeine !!)

You are the first barista on Mars. What’s in your beer bar?

Natural Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nicaragua.

Thank you!

Workshops, exhibitions and more to discover this weekend


Calling all culture vultures!

It’s finally Thursday and that means putting together a program for the weekend around indoor activities, all-you-can-eat breakfasts with friends and other great things to do in Dubai.

However, if you want to add a touch of culture to mix in, here’s a roundup of things to do in Dubai this weekend, including cool art, workshops, and more.

Art exhibition

Pop forever

When: Until August 1, 2021

These creations by Italian / French artist Serero Pop Art are digital reworkings enriched with resin, pearls, sequins, sapphires, diamonds, rubies, acrylics and enamels. Using people well known in her canvas such as Salvador Dalì, Frida Kahlo, Marylin Monroe, Vincent Van Gogh and more, the artist adds capes and crowns converting the characters into superior figures such as superheroes, kings, queens and more.

Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery, Bluewaters Island, Dubai. Open every day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Phone: (0) 4 232 2071. @oblongcontemporain

Standing comedy

25 years of laughter with The Laughter Factory

When: June 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2.

Want to have a good laugh with friends? The comedy club Laughter Factory celebrates its 25th anniversary with a selection of actors. Mike Marino, Mike Rice and Corey Michaelis will be performing this month at various locations around Dubai. Tickets cost 160 Dhs per person.

Get more details and book your tickets here.

25 years of laughter with The Laughter Factory, various locations around Dubai. Phone: (0)50 878 6728. thelaughterfactory.com


Mask embroidery workshop

When: June 25, 2021.

Want a face mask that screams out the personality lurking underneath? Opt for this workshop where you can get creative and walk away with your own embroidered face mask that you have made yourself. The workshop will teach you a number of simple points and walk you through the steps required to customize your own mask. If you have a mask at home that you would like to dress up, bring it. The workshop takes place in Kave on avenue Alserkal and costs Dh180. It will last two hours from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Materials will be provided.

Reserve your spot here.

Kave, Warehouse 20 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 25. 180 Dhs per person. @glitchsandstitches

Tea and Coffee Art Workshop

When: June 25, 2021.

There are many ways to express your creativity, from painting and dancing, to sculpture and more. This workshop focuses on the art of latte – perfect if you love art and coffee (or tea). The workshop takes place at Open Sesame located at the Indigo Dubai Downtown hotel. The hotel’s head barista reveals all his secrets to creating magic in the coffee cup while Inky Ways, an interior design and art consultant, will help you master the art of drawing a single stroke (a style used by Pablo Picasso) and painting. with coffee. The course costs only 185 Dhs per person and the course takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Reserve your place on [email protected] or 04 210 2198.

Tea and Coffee Art Workshop, Open Sesame, Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown, Dubai. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 25. 185 Dhs per person. Phone: (0) 4 210 2198. @hotelindigodubai

Reading Club

Festival Square Book Club

festival square book club

When: June 26, 2021

If you are a keen reader, why not join the Festival Plaza Book Club this Saturday. In addition to meeting new like-minded people, you will also have the opportunity to discuss the writing and hear the different perspectives of other readers and authors. It’s free and the book club takes place once a month. You will need to register here for the June 26 meeting. Watch for emails that notify you to attend events. Be quick because places are limited. Learn more here.

Register now here.

Festival Plaza Book Club, Festival Plaza, Jebel Ali, Dubai. From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 26, free entry but registration required. @dubaifestivalplaza

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