Fine Eco-Friendly Coffee Drinking

Coffee demand is expected to increase by 25% in the next five years globally so if you are a coffee drinker like I am, why not pay attention to not only the quality but also to how your coffee consumption can be eco-friendly?  This can be done by simply reading the labels on your coffee bag before you buy it and by becoming aware of the eco-friendly ways of brewing and discarding the waste.   Head on over to CustomMade’s article titled How to Make More Eco-Friendly Coffee for an educational read on greening your coffee experience.

Coffee Certifications

As a coffee consumer, I usually support my local coffee shops and roasters and buy USDA Organic or Fair Trade coffee, but I wasn’t really aware or knowledgeable about the Rainforest Alliance and Bird Friendly certifications ensuring sustainable and high environmental standards in growing coffee.   After reading the article I also decided to finally dish out the money for a French Press for not only the quality of coffee in brewing that way but to cut back on paper filters.  Outdoor garden season is upon us and the  coffee ground waste we do produce can be used to compost our soil.  Further, I’m glad that I now know more about Arabica coffee, the finest coffee beans you can get due to ideal growing conditions.  My favorite kind of coffee, Sumatra comes from the Arabica species so that’s good to know!

Two Rivers Coffee in Arvada

IMG_7961My rendezvous with coffee in Colorado continues with a review on Two Rivers Coffee shop, roastery and restaurant in Arvada published Monday on 303 Magazine here. The cortado espresso and lavender shortbread I had while chatting with the positive and intelligent owner, were excellent so I’m definitely going back to their new space that includes an in-house roastery and new food menu.

Ozo Coffee in Boulder, Colorado

Ozo Coffee Brew Bar Tasting in Boulder
Ozo Coffee Brew Bar Tasting in Boulder

I had a chance to interview one of the the managers at Ozo Coffee in Boulder and experience their Friday Brew Bar coffee tasting last week.  I was thoroughly impressed with the knowledge bestowed about the methods to brew coffee and where they get it.  They trace their coffee to the farm level, educating folks about the growing process.  The piece was published yesterday, read about it at 303 magazine here!  I hope after the read you will have learned a little more about coffee and why this business is one of the best coffee shops and roastery in Boulder, Colorado.  It was especially cool that my brother Roman Tafoya took all the pictures since he interns for 303 Magazine as well as a photographer.

Denver’s Latte Art Coffee Scene

Latte ArtLast Thursday night I went to Crema Coffee House on 28th and Larimer in Denver to cover a Latte Art competition called the Thursday Throwdown, which also coincided with Crema’s 5th Birthday.  I wrote a review on it for the 303 Magazine, read it here!  It’s my debut piece as a Food and Booze writer for 303 and I’m happy to say I’ll be writing on more food and drink events, restaurants, coffee houses and hopefully breweries in Colorado.

As a side note from my piece, I really wasn’t aware of this monthly or the growing latte art community before this event.  After a bit of research I see that other states also do a Thursday Throwdown and there is a U.S. Latte Art competition every year as well.  Event go-ers told me that the national latte art movement has really only been going on for 5 or 6 years so it’s a fairly new thing.  It’s a refreshing phenomenon since it’s local businesses uplifting each other with community building, exposure and a bit of sport adding excitement and meaning to the world of coffee.  It’s also a home-grown movement in the sense of where they get their coffee beans, since for Crema they get their coffee beans from 4 Colorado grocers ranked in the top 12 grocers in the nation.  Not to mention that this really is art, it takes tact and skill to make these designs and the results are often quite beautiful.