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How to Become a Better Person, According to Coffee Farmers

How to Become a Better Person, According to Coffee Farmers

Johanna Duncan

What is a better person? While we all may have different values and cultures, it is interesting to think that our understanding of what a good person is does not vary too widely. Perhaps that is why the Romans and the Greeks have become The Classics, given that their pursuit of virtue is universally understood as the core of being a good person. Life can be distracting but in the simplicity of the coffee farms there is plenty to learn on how to become a better person.  Humility The Chinese thinker, Confucius once said "Humility is the solid foundation of...

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Self Care Ideas Around Coffee That Work for EVERYONE

Self Care Ideas Around Coffee That Work for EVERYONE

Johanna Duncan

 When we think of self care, our first thoughts may be bubble baths and a good sleep, but things such as a very productive day of work or hosting friends for an afternoon of coffee are equally caring gestures towards ourselves. Self care is largely about doing the things we know are good for ourselves and prioritizing them over things that are less meaningful. The hustler culture tends to kick hard at the beginning of the year when we all put incredible effort towards creating the change we want to see this new year. While that is admirable, it is...

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A Quick Guide to Coffee Cocktails

A Quick Guide to Coffee Cocktails

Johanna Duncan

I’ve never considered coffee simply a morning drink. Coffee is a constant companion and there’s room for it in pretty much any special and non-special moment of our day. On that note, have you tried a coffee cocktail? While not a new invention, coffee martinis are at a popular high at the moment.  Espresso Martini This classic drink originated in the late eighties. It was composed by the legendary bartender Dick Bradsell and it was originally called the vodka espresso. The drink became widely popular across bars in the nineties and then all of the sudden it went almost extinct....

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Tips From Coffee Framers for Better Mental Health

Tips From Coffee Framers for Better Mental Health

Johanna Duncan

Life in a coffee farm may not be perfect, but coffee farmers enjoy lower levels of stress and depression compared to people in the big cities. This treat is not a natural consequence to their environment but the result of their lifestyle and overall attitude towards themselves and life in general. Here are a few tips on things we can learn from coffee farmers. Early Mornings Coffee farmers wake up as early as 4am. Depending on their commute (which is usually a long walk) and the season. There is something about the early twilight and transitioning into the day at...

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How Coffee Infiltrated our Offices and Made them Better

How Coffee Infiltrated our Offices and Made them Better

Johanna Duncan

It was 1955, when Phil Greinetz, the owner of a neck-ties company was struggling with his employees' work efficiency. The job required long hours of focus and it was very draining to complete. Consequently, the resulting amount of mistakes and the overall efficiency was very low. In addition to that, employee retention was difficult because everyone was burning out so fast that they would either quit or stay but be unhappy, unhealthy, and unproductive. This situation was equally bad for the employer and the employees and it was in desperate need of a solution.  We don’t know how exactly how...

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One Purchase. Two Gifts. How & Why You Should Gift Coffee this Year

One Purchase. Two Gifts. How & Why You Should Gift Coffee this Year

Johanna Duncan

For most of history, coffee has been a luxury. It takes about a year from the moment we plant a seed to the moment we can brew it and enjoy it. That is a whole year of taking care of a plant, annually collecting beans, and ultimately processing them before roasting. There is no doubt that growing coffee is no small feat.  The industrial revolution opened the doors to cheaper ways to grow coffee. The quality of the beans suffered but it also made coffee more readily available for consumers. Nonetheless, industrialization divided the coffee industry in two. Specialty coffee...

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