Coffee Culture

Counter Culture Coffee Revamps Its Packaging Design In A Splashy Way

The brand overhaul includes new roast names, bags
Sep 30, 2014 9:00 am

It's pretty hard to stand out among the crowded coffee landscape these days, but Counter Culture Coffee just got our attention. The North Carolina-based third wave coffee roaster is debuting a fresh new packaging concept this week, along with newly named roasts to compliment the dramatically changed looks. 

How To Grind Coffee Exactly For A French Press, Chemex, Drip, Espresso Machine

Are you grinding your beans correctly?
Sep 24, 2014 9:00 am

We’re pretty much all coffee obsessives around these parts. Oh hey, here are 10 stories that remind us that craft coffee is taking over the world. We also occasionally offer up our take on the most influential people in the coffee game with the Food Republic Coffee Power Rankings. With that in mind, we wanted to share this really helpful infographic from I Heart Coffee Japan. Because, good coffee starts with a good grind. No, really, you can mess it up.

It May Be Fall, But You'll Have To Pry This Iced Coffee From My Cold, Dead Hands

The case for drinking iced coffee til a first frost
Sep 8, 2014 10:00 am

Iced coffee had quite a summer in 2014. In fact, I'd venture to say that this is the year that the non-hot variety of every sane person's morning beverage earned its place at the coffee counter. Which makes it all the more difficult to leave behind my iced coffee habit as the summer turns to fall. 

How A Fast Company Reporter Embedded With The 'Big 4' Third Wave Coffee Roasters

Coffee is serious business, with serious characters
Aug 19, 2014 9:00 am
James Freeman Blue Bottle photo

Danielle Sacks is a senior writer at Fast Company, where she just published a colorful story detailing the so-called third wave coffee movement — a decade-old philosophy that places extreme, sometimes obsessive, importance on the farming, cultivating, roasting and brewing of coffee. In The Multimillion Dollar Quest To Brew the Perfect Cup Of Coffee, Sacks embeds with each of the Big Four coffee producers (Stumptown, Intelligentsia, Counter Culture and Blue Bottle) to tell a story that involves private-equity groups, $16,000 coffee makers and a whole bunch of seriously over-caffeinated industry folk. 

2 Ways Coffee Design Is Rapidly Changing

Bold ideas for redesigning the morning cup
Aug 14, 2014 9:00 am

Thanks to a design firm's dynamic rethinking of how we package and present our beans, and a new line of instant java — in cubes! — here are two of the most creative approaches to coffee we've seen in a while. Put down that jar of instant granules and get ready for an upgrade.

Somebody Sent Us A Thermos Full Of Really Nice Craft Coffee To Prove A Point

That point was very well-received
Jul 23, 2014 9:00 am

While everybody loves receiving mail, mail time in the Food Republic office is often a very happy time. Why yes, we will accept your free bottle of gin. It’s a rough job, but somebody’s gotta survive paper cuts in the name of free swag. Yesterday was no different. Well, it was a little different.

Morning Video Buzz: How To Make Cold-Brew Iced Coffee

Plus why you should never brew it any other way
Jun 27, 2014 9:00 am

Let's hear it for cold-brewed iced coffee! You there, undercaffeinated zombie! Got a mason jar? Cold-brew has less quinic acid (a by-product of roasting) for your tummy's convenience and since acid is responsible for most of coffee's bitterness, you can ease up on the sweetener. Follow hackmaster site Howdini's foolproof method and get your buzz on.

Food Republic Coffee Power Rankings

The 10 key figures in the industry right now
Jun 16, 2014 9:00 am

You may have made the switch from hot to iced for the summer, but that doesn’t make you any less serious a coffee freak. So, you’ll want to keep abreast of all the latest tastemakers and trailblazers working in the industry today. Find out what’s brewing (and who’s brewing it), from microroasters of the moment to badass baristas to those who grow the precious cherries that will eventually become your morning cup, in the latest edition of the Food Republic Coffee Power Rankings.

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