Origin Trip: El Salvador 2015

Origin Trip: El Salvador 2015

I got on the plane in 2015, but I think this trip started for me sometime in 1996.

I was a senior in high school. I had a free period in the middle of the morning and a car to get off campus. So a couple of times a week I would drive four blocks to the donut shop. I would get a glazed donut, a cake donut, and a cup of coffee. The coffee was, of course, beige. It would shoot out of a spout whenever the donut-guy pressed the button on his automatic french vanilla cappuccino machine. It was sweet and syrupy and caffeinating and I would drink it in the car and try not to spill any on my shirt before class. That was coffee.

Winston Harrison: Certified Q-Grader

Winston Harrison: Certified Q-Grader

If you’re like us, the word “grading” left a bad taste in your mouth. Years of pop quizzes, red-marked papers, and grammar-crazed English teachers have left most of us pretty scarred by the grading process.

But at CREMA, grading just got a whole lot tastier.

In December, our roaster and green buyer Winston Harrison earned his Q Grading certification from the Coffee Quality Institute. 

All that was 2014

All that was 2014

Our hammies are sore from the stair-stepper, the gluten is in the garbage, and we’re well on our way to our goal writing in our journals more in 2015.

At CREMA, we’ve made a lot of resolutions for the New Year. We’re outfitting our training lab with more room and more tools for training and classes. We’re redesigning our cafe with an eye towards improved service, comfortability, and flow (comflowtability?). We’ll be going on even more sourcing trips this year, and for the first time, we’re bringing our baristas along. 

Thank You

Thank You

We are a coffee shop, a roastery, and a community. We get to make and serve coffee every single day. We love what we do -- and we could never do it without you. 

We are so thankful for you, for buying our coffee, for smiling and knowing our names. Thank you for joining our community. We are thankful for you.

 We also asked each of our baristas what they were thankful for.

Again, thank you. 

Schooled: How Two Vanderbilt Students Are Changing the Way We Talk About Coffee

Schooled: How Two Vanderbilt Students Are Changing the Way We Talk About Coffee

CREMA and Vanderbilt are both committed to education (though we, at the moment, have fewer Pulitzer Prize winners on staff). Another thing we have in common? Coffee.

In 1999, Vanderbilt founded the Institute for Coffee Studies, a division of the University Medical Center focused on researching the medical effects of coffee. The Institute expanded its scope in 2007 (the year before CREMA was born) to encompass the "historical, literary, sociological, and economic importance" of coffee.

A Night About Coffee

A Night About Coffee

Over 300 people filled the Belcourt to experience A Film About Coffee, Brandon Loper's gorgeous film that tells the simple but wildly complex story of coffee. Viewers watched as Loper's camera soared above mountainous coffee farms in Honduras and Rwanda, their visual trek guided by farmers, roasters, baristas, and longtime coffee professionals. The film framed the story of coffee in an exceptional way, reminding viewers just how many people, all across the globe, are behind an exceptional cup of coffee.

MYTH: Espresso Has More Caffeine Than Drip Coffee

MYTH: Espresso Has More Caffeine Than Drip Coffee

If you’ve been with us on the CREMA blog this week, you know we’re not much for myths. Once, we even confiscated the Mythology textbook of an innocent Belmont student and crammed it in a burr grinder (take that, myths!). For this, our final myth-bust of a three-part series, we dropkick one of our most-heard wives tales. Warning: either way, you’re going to get a buzz.

MYTH: Coffee Is Bad For You

MYTH: Coffee Is Bad For You

This is a classic myth, right up there with the one about Zeus and the dolphin goddess.

And like any good myth, it’s false. Coffee is actually good for you.

The coffee-is-bad narrative emerged decades ago, when poor research failed to account for other unhealthy lifestyle choices that can but of course don’t necessarily go along with drinking coffee (namely: smoking and drinking). Of course people who drank coffee were dying sooner: they were also drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.