From Bean to Bag, Artisan coffee packaging can help tell a complex story in a flash

This article was made possible through the underwriting support of Peace Coffee. The Growler maintained full editorial control of the content. What’s in a name? Or for that matter: a color, a turn of phrase, or a font choice for a label? For small coffee brands, the image projected on a package of coffee is … [ Read more]

Science of Coffee: The changing chemistry of coffee beans from farm to cup

This feature was underwritten by Peace Coffee. The Growler maintained full editorial control of the content. In modern America, nothing appears more ordinary than a cup of coffee. Coffee is available at gas stations and fast food joints; it’s made in our homes and offices; it’s consumed in upscale cafes and restaurants. Its price and … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win Coffee For A Year From Peace Coffee

Peace Coffee was born out of a late-night conversation between the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and a group of Mexican farmers. Since 1996, when Peace Coffee got 38,000 pounds of Mexican Coffee, the Twin Cities based company has grown dramatically. While many companies source their beans via a broker’s cupping table, having gone … [ Read more]

A taste of Minnesota’s coffee scene for National Coffee Day

Coffee in Minnesota has come a long way from your grandma’s percolator. Like craft beer and the slow food movement, Minnesotans are embracing coffee in all its forms. Lucky for us, we’ve got a bevy of new and seasoned purveyors to supply us with all the caffeinated beverages we can drink. Not to be outdone … [ Read more]

The Food Pedalers: Why food companies in the Twin Cities are betting on bike delivery

To start her bicycle delivery shift with Brake Bread bakery, Hannah Field straps her bike to a sizable trailer, which doubles as an advertisement and a bread transporter. “Fresh Bread By Bike to You” the trailer reads, “BrakeBread.com.” As she makes her weekly deliveries to homes and local businesses, which serve as makeshift CSA stops … [ Read more]

The winter drinks at Peace Coffee taste like your childhood

The winter drink menu is out at Peace Coffee, and it tastes like all the December things. The Fireside Chat is an americano with orange oil that tastes like one of those chocolate oranges you smash on the table. The Cafe Havregrod (available in January) is an oat milk latte that tastes like that instant … [ Read more]

Du Nord’s newest spirit is here: Café Frieda Coffee Liqueur

Just in time for the holiday season, Du Nord Craft Spirits is releasing its newest creation: Café Frieda Coffee Liqueur. The product’s beginnings stretch back to the beginning of Du Nord, when owners Chris and Shanelle Montana noticed the lack of a coffee liqueur that actually tasted like real coffee. And after over a year and a half … [ Read more]

Peace Coffee marks 20 years of growth without sacrificing values

This year, Peace Coffee celebrates its 20th year in fair trade coffee. Throughout its history, the Minnesota-based company has expanded from one roaster to two, delved into the retail space, and added two locations. But one thing still remains the same: its focus on creating great tasting, ethically sourced coffee that supports the coffee farmer. … [ Read more]

Fulton’s War & Peace Returns

It’s almost February, and fans of coffee stouts already know that means the return of  Fulton Brewery’s War & Peace is just around the corner. Beginning at noon on Saturday February 1st in Fulton’s taproom, it will be available — as is the case with all Garage Series — for a very limited period of … [ Read more]