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Drink Spotlight: Introducing FORTO Coffee Shots w. ORGANIC MILK!



After over a year of development, we are overjoyed to be able to share these delicious new Organic Milk - FORTO Coffee Shots with you!

FORTO is a cold-brewed coffee shot that delivers the same level of caffeine-energy as 2 regular cups of 10oz. coffee. It is made from Organic, 100% Arabica beans that are hand-selected from Fair-Trade-certified family farms in Colombia. Our 20-hour cold brew process results in a delicious coffee drink that is naturally sweeter, smoother and stronger than your typical coffee. Our unique bottle is handheld, and meant to be taken anywhere on-the-go.


  • PURE COLOMBIAN COFFEE + MILK ----- cold-brewed deliciously smooth, with a teaspoon of cane sugar added.
  • DRINK STRAIGHT, ON-THE-GO ----- handheld coffee shot w. spill-proof seal. Sip or shoot, drink hot or cold.
  • 2X ENERGY FROM COFFEE ----- pure, organic double shot of coffee. 200mg caffeine per bottle = two cups of regular coffee.
  • ORGANIC & FAIR-TRADE CERTIFIED ----- hand-selected 100% Arabica beans, family farms in Brazil. Nothing artificial.
  • WILL YOU ENJOY FORTO, AND GET ENERGY FROM IT? ----- My family and I guarantee it, or we’ll happily refund your purchase.






About FORTO Coffee

Our journey to find wholesome energy began when our twin girls were born in 2012. For months, we were awake with them day and night without sleep. And when they grew big enough to crawl, and then walk, we found ourselves constantly needing more energy to keep up with them!

We needed energy on-the-go – but like most people – we weren’t comfortable with the unhealthy, energy shots sold on the market. So we decided to find our own natural energy source. Read More



Company: FORTO Coffee
Brand: FORTO Coffee
Origin: USA
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 2 fl oz (50 ml)
Claims: Organic. Naturally Flavored
Variants: View Product Range Here
Price: $14.95
Where to Buy: Buy Vanilla on Amazon, Buy Mocha on Amazon





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Drink Spotlight: COFFEE-MATE® Introduces New Coffee-Flavored Creamer





GLENDALE, Calif., March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Can't get enough coffee? Well - you're in luck! Today COFFEE-MATE® is unveiling its latest flavor innovation: Coffee Flavored COFFEE-MATE®. For decades, we've stirred things up by introducing delicious, one-of-a-kind flavors like Caramel Macchiato and Italian Sweet Crème and now we're excited to offer a creamer that makes your tasty cup of Joe taste even more like coffee! The new creamer is the perfect way to transform your everyday cup with a creamy, roast coffee taste. For our fans who have always dreamt of drinking coffee with a side of, well -- coffee, we've got your back!




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Coffee Spotlight: Peet’s Coffee Celebrates 51st Anniversary with Blend that Gives Back



Company Marks Milestone with "Drink a Great Cup, Do a Good Thing" Contribution to Coffee Kids

EMERYVILLE, Calif., March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Peet's Coffee® announced the launch of its annual, limited release Anniversary Blend, which celebrates its founding by giving back to origin via the company's program Drink a Great Cup, Do a Good Thing™. The 2017 Anniversary Blend continues a longstanding tradition of donating to coffee-producing communities and this year supports  Coffee Kids' youth training and mentorship work in Risaralda, Colombia.

Anniversary Blend: "Drink a Great Cup, Do a Good Thing"
The year's limited release highlights Peet's commitment to Drink a Great Cup, Do a Good Thing, with twenty five cents of every purchase (up to $50,000) benefiting the Coffee Kids program in Colombia. Coffee Kids provides business training, mentorship, and seed capital to aspiring entrepreneurs in coffee-growing communities to support the next generation of coffee farmers. Peet's has been a proud donor to Coffee Kids for nearly thirty years.

A Heritage of Handcraft
As The Original Craft Coffee™, Peet's can claim over fifty years of coffee expertise in sourcing, blending, and roasting exceptional beans. The Anniversary Blend, first created in 1991, builds on this heritage and reflects the care with which Peet's approaches handcrafting coffee. This year's edition features three select and extraordinary single-origin coffees from Colombia, Rwanda, and Papua New Guinea that are skillfully roasted to produce a rich, full-bodied texture.

"Our 2017 Anniversary Blend is comprised of three exceptional single-origins that each bring a unique fruity quality," said Doug Welsh, Vice President, Coffee, Peet's Coffee. "There are hints of ripe melon from Colombia, sweet cherry from Rwanda, and full-bodied papaya from New Guinea. Together these flavors produce a refreshingly bright cup. Sweeter still, this year's blend contributes to Coffee Kids, which supports youth training and mentorship that empowers budding coffee entrepreneurs."

The 2017 Anniversary Blend is available now, in distinctive purple bags, and while supplies last. The blend can be purchased at:

  • Participating Peet's coffeebar locations and online at www.peets.com [$19.95] per pound
  • Grocery stores nationwide (SRP $10.99 per 10oz bag; $7.99$9.99 for K-cup 10ct; and $11.99$12.79 for K-cup 16ct blend

About Peet's Coffee and Coffee Kids:
Peet's Coffee® is a U.S. specialty coffee company founded by Alfred Peet in 1966 in Berkeley, California. Mr. Peet grew up in the coffee trade and moved to America from Holland after World War II. Coffee Kids partners with communities to foster the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit needed to protect the future of coffee farming.









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Industry News: Caribou Coffee® Leads Coffee Category as First Chain to Offer Clean Label Beverages


Caribou Takes a Stand on Clean Label Handcrafted Drinks Promising Customers What will NOT be in their Cup

MINNEAPOLIS, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Caribou Coffee has set a Clean Label standard for its US locations making the coffee company the first national coffeehouse chain to offer beverages made with Clean Label ingredients.  Caribou's Clean Label Commitment means the company will not add artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, MSG or high fructose corn syrup to its beverages and all beverages will be made with Clean Label ingredients by 2018.

The coffee company's Clean Label announcement doesn't come as a surprise given the brand's history.  In 2010, Caribou started using real chocolate chips rather than powdered chocolate which many other coffeehouses currently use.  Caribou was the first national coffeehouse company to offer 100% Rainforest Alliance beans in 2012.  In January of 2016, the brand introduced real caramel sauce and real vanilla syrup, made with only four ingredients: pure cane sugar, water, natural vanilla flavor and Madagascar vanilla beans extract. This focus on real ingredients has been a core component of Caribou's Clean Label commitment.

"Offering premium great tasting drinks for our guests has long been in our DNA," says Michele Vig, President of Caribou Coffee. "Through our Clean Label commitment, all Caribou Coffee drinks will be made using only Clean Label ingredients by 2018."

The Clean Label commitment at Caribou means creating handcrafted beverages without adding:

  • Artificial colors
  • Artificial flavors
  • Artificial preservatives
  • Artificial sweeteners

Caribou set its Clean Label standard by creating an "Off-Limit list" of 70+ ingredients which will not be added to its beverages.  Ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, aspartame and many others will not be added into any Caribou Coffee beverage. Guests can see the entire "Off-Limit List" at CaribouCleanDrink.com.

Caribou began working on a specific Clean Label plan in February of 2014. Traditionally hard in the coffee category to clean up ingredients, Caribou and its supply partners have been working diligently to lead the coffee industry with finding better ingredients that deliver a better tasting drink. Currently 91% of Caribou Coffee's handcrafted beverages are made with 100% Clean Label ingredients. The remaining 9% of beverages (those made with chai, sugar-free chocolate syrup, and two toppings) will meet Caribou's Clean Label standard by the end of 2018 to bring its drink menu to 100% Clean Label.

To learn more, visit CaribouCleanDrink.com  for information on Caribou's commitment to Clean Label ingredients including a breakdown of Clean Label ingredients in Caribou's handcrafted beverages.

About Caribou Coffee
Founded in 1992, Caribou Coffee is the second largest company-operated premium coffeehouse in the United States with more than 263* company-owned stores and 50* Coffee & Bagels stores in partnership with Einstein Bros. Bagels, 142* domestic license locations in 19* states and 268* international franchise stores in 12* countries. Caribou Coffee provides high quality, handcrafted beverages and food options to fuel life's adventures, both big and small. Known for a commitment to sustainability, the Company was the first major U.S. coffeehouse to serve 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffees and espresso. Caribou Coffee products can also be found in grocery stores, mass retailers, club stores, foodservice providers, hotels, entertainment venues and online. To learn more about Caribou Coffee, visit CaribouCleanDrink.com.








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Drink Spotlight: Genius Coffee Superfood Smoothie





About Genius

Finding a pure, organic smoothie is tough to locate in the market.  All we saw on the shelf were cold-pressed juices, almond milks, coconut water, and cleansing shots. We envisioned creating a healthy, organic smoothie.  Looking at the shelf from the consumer’s perspective, we wondered “Where are all the filling smoothies?  Where can I find a meal replacement drink that is thicker and more satiating than all the others?


Company: Genius
Brand: Coffee Superfood Smoothie
Origin: US
Category: Smoothie
Packaging: 12 fl oz.
Claims: USDA organic and non-GMO
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: Store Locator



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Drink Spotlight: Stumptown Sparkling Cold Brew



We’d like to introduce you to the celestial marvel called Sparkling Cold Brew.

These refreshing and tasty pop-tops come in three varieties: Original, Ginger Citrus, and Honey Lemon.

The inspiration for Sparkling Cold Brew, like most ideas we have, was born in the cafe. For the past year, we’ve been mixing up fresh seasonal Cold Brew sodas in our home cafes. We first launched them in our New Orleans cafe last April, the idea emboldened by a city that loves iced coffee and drinking, in general. We started with the summery Endless Summer and bright Duane Sorenson, both refreshing versions of our favorite cold coffee cocktails.

As the weather cooled this Fall, we happily sipped The Salty Henry and The Tonty into the long afternoons. Further encouraged by our love of drinking coffee while rambling around, we canned up this line of portable buzzy bubblers that are ready for you to sip wherever you find yourself.

For the days when you need a lift but maybe aren’t all in for a lightning ride, Sparkling Cold Brew is your co-pilot. These babies contain half the caffeine of our classic Cold Brew coffee with the added lift of bubbles. We figure Sparkling Cold Brew is just the road soda to pack along on your next campout, surf trip or barbecue. Also, quite nice as a hangover helper, incidentally. We’re looking at you, Mardi Gras.





The Original is a nod to classic old world coffee sodas like the Manhattan Special and Brasilena, made with carbonated Cold Brew coffee, natural cane sugar and a touch of lemon.

Ginger Citrus

Inspired by our big love of Ginger Beer around our Portland HQ, the Ginger Citrus doses out a hearty ginger kick-in-the-pants, which sits well with a bit of sugar and citrus to balance it all out.

Honey Lemon

Our Portland neighbors and beekeeper/honey makers Bee Local reminded us how good honey and Cold Brew are together. This one is a nod to our Duane Sorenson soda in the cafe – it’s an Arnold Palmer-type refresher.


Creative Director & Composer: Tim Wenzel

Director of Photography: Jon Humphries











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Coffee Spotlight: Parisi Burundi Gatare Washed




Our latest coffee from Burundi features a creamy mouthfeel with a nicely balanced acidity. Notes of caramel, plum and lime are present throughout. Makes for an excellent pour-over, but could produce an interesting espresso shot.



About the company

It was our Sicilian grandmother, with the help of a moka pot and Italian espresso, who introduced us to the fine art of coffee. She instilled in us a deep sense of “coffee as a tasteful part of daily life.” It was always the pinnacle moment of every social occasion. It was treated with care and selected purposefully to be an ideal complement.

Years later, the growth of the local roasting movement awakened our fond memories of handcrafted coffee. We were inspired to pair our love of coffee with our long-standing passion for producing fine foods. It had always been our belief coffee played as important a role in the dining experience as it does in supporting the social conventions of our world. Read More



Company: Parisi Artisan Coffee
Brand: Parisi Artisan Coffee
Origin: USA
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 12 ounce
Claims: Artfully roasted, hand-selected, 100% Arabica bean coffees.
Variants: View Product Range Here
Price: $17.70
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Retailers





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Drink Spotlight: Hatch Chalo’s Blend Cold Brew Coffee



As a dedicated coffee company, we pride ourselves on developing relationships at the farm level. We’ve established a direct trade partnership with an amazing coffee growing family based in Huila, Colombia. The coffee passed our rigorous cupping process, and surprised us as a cold brew - bringing forward apple, pear notes with an almond finish.


Washed Processed
Tumbled Dried at Farm
Direct Trade
Certification: Rainforest Alliance


Colombia (1450 masl)


Medium Roast

Tasting Notes:

Apple, Pear & Almond



About Hatch

On the surface, the process of cold brewing coffee seems deceptively simple – after all, there are only two ingredients, coffee and water. But at Hatch, we know that what separates ordinary cold brew from the not-so-ordinary is an appreciation for subtlety and craftsmanship.

And that is why we go to great lengths to oversee every step of our production process. We are determined that every batch of our lovingly crafted cold brew captures the pure essence of coffee.


Company: Hatch
Brand: Chalo's Blend Cold Brew Coffee
Origin: US
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 330ml
Claims: Medium roast profile, contains notes of apple, pear and almond.
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $4.50
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator






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Coffee Spotlight: Collected Coffee



Our January subscription has now closed – subscribe by Feb 1 to receive coffee in February

From Berlin to Melbourne and Amsterdam to Tokyo, our goal is to bring you a stellar coffee each month, and to make the experience easy and enjoyable.

We offer 250g of whole bean, filter coffee with the flexibility to pause or cancel at anytime.


For January: El Liquidambo roasted by Colonna


We’re eager for you to start the year right with El Liquidambo, a spectacular award-winning Honduran coffee roasted by Colonna in Bath, UK.

Grown in a temperate valley of pine and oak forests, El Liquidambo won over hundreds of other competitors in a blind tasting, and a 41-member jury awarded the coffee the coveted Honduran Cup of Excellence for its round, juicy sweetness.

Learn more about the coffee



We begin a dialogue with roasters from all over the world. Each month we sample their offerings and look for a coffee that provides a uniquely delicious and intriguing experience.



We taste the coffees blind and then brew them across a range of methods to design the best recipes. To keep our palates aligned and consistent, we measure the brew extractions against what we’re tasting.



After we choose our coffee, our partner roaster roasts the beans to order and bags them for us on site. The coffee is sealed fresh and we send it off as quickly as possible for you to enjoy.



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Coffee Spotlight: Wandering Bear Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew Coffee



Available only while they last... give your holiday spirit a shot of delicious caffeine with this rich, smooth box of our signature cold brew coffee, spiked with a hit of organic peppermint and indulgent dark chocolate (and still no sugar). It's so good it's gift-worthy. But we totally get if you want to keep this one to yourself. We won't tell Santa.



We'll ship fresh every week via sled and reindeer. All orders received by Sunday night will be shipped out on the next Tuesday, and you should expect to receive your order by Thursday.



About Wandering Bear 

We were in grad school and each showed up to class one day carrying a mason jar of homemade cold brew coffee. A fast friendship, over 100 experimental batches, and many weekends in the kitchen later, we’ve created something we’re really proud of. Friggin’ delicious cold brew iced coffee, yes. But also a company driven by passion, honesty and a mission to become a favorite part of your day.



Company: Wandering Bear
Brand: Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew Coffee
Origin: US
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 36 fl. oz.
Claims: Contains organic peppermint.
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $12.00
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator





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