Sustainable Coffee; Certified or Not

Apr 23, 2014
"How are we to know the validity of all such “sustainably produced” claims that are made in the marketplace? Certification is…

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Panama Camesita - The Story

Apr 3, 2014
All great coffee has a story worth telling. Panama is an origin, which we at Alpen Sierra covet, but find it limited in supply…

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Is it a Single Origin Coffee or is it a Blend? Knowing the Differences and How they Affect Your Favorite Cup

Jun 23, 2013
A “single origin” coffee is identified by the geographical location of where it is grown. All single origin coffees are titled…

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Guatemala – The Rainbow

Apr 11, 2012
Guatemala has long cultivated a sense of mystique and intrigue within me. Whether it be the multi-colored ‘trademark’ textiles,…

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Darling’s Brew

Apr 29, 2010
As I stirred in the kitchen this morning grinding our daily brew, darling little Chloe, our three year old, asked, “Dad, let me…

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Bitter Coffee!?

Apr 26, 2010
Well, yes, coffee can be bitter. Much like the tannins in wine and tea, the many acidic compounds in coffee can become…

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October Transitions

Oct 1, 2008
Here I sit, trying to figure out what to drink this morning. Having just went through our stock to select the October Special of…

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Airport Joe and Colombian Beauties

Apr 17, 2008
Here I sit in Denver International Airport, which harkens me back to my last visit here – a redirected, winter storm transfer…

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My Favorite Coffee?

Apr 17, 2008
A question I am always asked, “what is your favorite coffee?”. My answer is always the same: “It depends on the time of the year…

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Cycling Season

Jul 23, 2007
Warm, sunny weather and a rich cup of Alpen Sierra French Roast are a great way to start a beautiful Tahoe day. Sitting very…

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All is cool at the Big Blue

Jul 16, 2007
The smoke is long gone, the ash has settled and we are all good here in Lake Tahoe following the Angora fire, which ravaged our…

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