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Cane Sugar Communities: The Where and How of Our Organic Cane Sugar

Learn about the origins and process of our organic, Fair Trade cane sugar. The story of cane sugar touches two communities.   In Huila, sugar cane farmers have come together to setup a processing facility for their cane juice. Fresh, organic, whole stalks of cane are pressed and the juice goes through stages of boiling and evaporation to produce the delicious granules of sugar. 

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More Than Our Logo is Green - Our Green Initiatives

At Level Ground, we work hard to reduce our impact, near and far. For those familiar with Level Ground’s products and practices, it is our green focus which is evident in two of our Core Values: Love the Planet and Always Improve. This started in our sourcing of sustainably produced coffee and continually shows up in our company DNA as we are always improving how we love the planet through various projects.  First, a few of our ongoing initiatives and then our BIG MOVE that has most radically demonstrated our commitment as environmental stewards and sustainability leaders. How is Level Ground 'Greening'...

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Why We Love Agronomists (And How They Improve Your Coffee)

An agronomist is an expert in the science of soil and soil management. Why is this so important for the coffee industry? Specific conditions are required for growing healthy coffee such as climate, elevation and soil. Agronomists study soil quality to better understand and gather information on current and future coffee harvests. Without agronomists, coffee (and many other crops) wouldn't be what they are.

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Single Origin Coffee vs Blends: Personal Preference

In general, there are two compositions of coffee: single origin and blends. Neither is better or worse than the other (depending on who you ask) but some roasters pride themselves on being Single Origin. Single origin coffee typically is sourced from one origin. This can be defined as specific as a single producer, from a certain region, a particular variety or as widely as an entire country. Coffee blends are a combination of multiple single origins from numerous sources. Blending coffees can create additional layers and depths to coffee when using complimentary flavours. Some of Level Ground’s favourite coffees are...

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What is Specialty Coffee?

Specialty coffee is a common term in the coffee industry and one that the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) was built around. Specialty coffee is  not referring to a ‘special coffee drink’. Rather, this term is about the quality and the grading level that is tested and rated by the SCA standards.

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Meet Tea Grower Tenzing

Tenzing is a small-scale tea grower in Assam, India. He's committed to organic tea cultivation because he's seen the impact of chemicals firsthand.  Tenzing tells a story of a labourer in a tea garden with a spray pack, full of chemicals.  The container started to leak onto the labourer's neck. The labourer urgently took off his shirt to rinse in a nearby pond. As he rinsed the shirt, fish died and floated to the pond's surface. Upon witnessing this event, Tenzing committed to organic tea production!

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How to Brew: Pour Over Coffee (Chemex)

Two quick step-by-step tutorials explaining how to use the pour over brew method.  METHOD #1: LEVEL GROUND METHOD Recipe: 5 tbsp (35g) medium grind coffee, 600mL hot water METHOD: • Place filter in Chemex with the 3 layered side towards the spout. • Preheat the Chemex and filter by pouring hot water through them. • Pour out water, replace filter & put ground coffee in filter. • Place chemex on scale and tare to zero. • Start timing, and pour about 80g (mL) of water over the coffee. Gently stir the grounds to make sure they are all saturated. • Wait...

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