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Grilled Vegetable Salad with Coffee Vinagrette

  Summer grilling season is finally here, but it doesn’t have to be all burgers and dogs. Many of us are looking to add more plant-based meals to our diet and that doesn’t mean giving up the grill. In fact, grilling vegetables is a great way to enjoy the rich,...

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How should you store coffee beans?

You found your favorite coffee. You decided to stock up. Now you’re in a bind. How should you store coffee beans to keep it fresh as possible as you brew through it? Here are some simple tips from our experts to make your coffee last. The first thing to remember...

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Coffee to Water Ratio Guide: Brewing Basics

Coffee is a simple beverage made up of just two things: ground coffee and water. But what coffee to water ratio delivers the most satisfying cup? There’s an easy answer to this difficult question: it’s subjective. We’re big believers in playing with coffee ratios – you brew you. But before...

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Build the Perfect Coffee Station at Home

Coffee is the first thing most of us consider each morning. Groggy and just out of bed, we trundle into the kitchen and fumble around for what we need for that first cup. Make your morning routine easier by taking some time to organize and optimize your coffee space. Whether...

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All Your Decaf Coffee Questions Answered by Swiss Water

  If you’re looking to cut back on caffeine, decaf coffee can help you take that step back, while still being able to savor that fresh roast aroma in the morning. Though coffee fuels our days, over time we slowly develop a tolerance for caffeine, which means that more is...

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Three Women Changing the Game in Coffee

Women play a huge role in coffee. From cultivating and harvesting, to buying and roasting, and every step along the way. As International Women’s Day approaches, we honor three women who are changing the game in coffee. Gender equity intersects with every issue at coffee’s origin, including climate change, food...

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Hibiscus Tea Latte Recipe

  We heart this easy hibiscus tea latte. Make one for you or your valentine. Ingredients: Organic Crimson Hibiscus Berry tea Milk or alt milk of choice (we love oat milk for this recipe!) Water Sweetener (agave is perfect!) Directions: Steep tea in hot water for 3-5 minutes. While tea is steeping,...

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Masala Chai Latte Recipe

  Our loose leaf Masala Chai makes a delicious chai latte. With traditional spices including cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and soft ginger - it's sure to warm you up from the inside out. Ingredients: Allegro Tea Organic Masala Chai  Milk or alt milk of choice (we love oat milk for this...

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Allegro Tea From Leaf to Cup

  In 2009, we introduced Allegro Tea and began sourcing our own tea. Like coffee, we buy tea from all over the world and have worked to ensure your tea is the best quality we can find, and where it comes from matches our values in treating people fairly and...

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Citrus Spiced Coffee Recipe

It's citrus season and you're going to love our citrus spiced coffee recipe. Perfect for chilly mornings and super easy to make! Adjust the spices to your preference. Ingredients: 4 tablespoons ground coffee (we like Organic Café La Dueña) 4 slices lemon peel 4 slices orange peel 10 whole cloves...

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Suke Quto Experimental Coffee

  With the release of our incredibly special and unique Suke Quto Experimental Coffee, we chatted with our sourcing director, Christy Thorns on what makes this coffee so remarkable and why it's considered experimental. Here's what you need to know about Suke Quto... What makes this coffee special? Christy: This...

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Top 5 trails for bikes and brews

  Our favorite trails for bikes and brews in Colorado With the launch of our annual Organic Hard Wired Coffee, supporting Lefthand Brewery's Team Lefthand Bike MS, we got to thinking about bikes and brews (the perfect pair). Colorado riders are spoiled with trails. What's even better? Many of those...

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Spiced Cranberry Tea Recipe

  Whether you're spending the holidays at home with your family or over Zoom, there's nothing better than a warm beverage to sip on while you're making food, or after a big meal. We love giving our Organic Earl Grey a festive spin with this Spiced Cranberry Tea recipe. It's...

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Good Gift Guide: Coffee Gifts for Everyone

Looking for the perfect coffee gift? Want to give something that also gives back? We've put together our Good Gift Guide to help you find the right gift that also does good. Order by 12/15 to get them by Christmas! Handmade Mug This year, we partnered with local artist, Natalie...

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Cocktail Recipe: Iced Citrus Bourbon Shaker

Your afternoon tea just got a little kick. This iced tea cocktail is refreshing, easy to drink and easy to make. You can use either lemonade or fresh lemon juice and a sweetener of your choice, it's a great way to control the sweetness and acidity. Our very own Kelly...

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Death Cream at Home

If you've been to our Flagship Roastery on Tennyson St. in Denver, you've likely tried, or at least heard of, our famous Death Cream. Served in the cafe, it's a delicious combo of our Death Cream mixture and espresso to make an indulgent 4oz cortado-sized drink. At home, you can...

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At Home Coffee Brewing Guides

Five Brewing Guides to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee at Home From the familiar French Press to the small yet mighty Aeropress, here's our brewing guides to getting the best out of each method. Each guide will give you the recommended gear list, the measurements of water and coffee,...

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From Seed to Cup

  From Seed To Cup® The term “from seed to cup” gets thrown around a lot in the coffee industry. If you’ve worked in coffee, you’re probably familiar with the term, but most people don’t know the ins and outs of coffee like it’s their job. We’d like to back...

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How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

  How to Make Cold Brew Coffee Around here, we drink cold brew all year long. It's one of the easiest brew methods, makes several servings, and it's ready to go in the morning. If you're wondering how to make cold brew coffee, our easy brew tutorial breaks down the...

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Grind Guide How To for Each Brew Method

Grind Guide Having the proper grind size can have a big impact on how your coffee tastes. If it's too coarse or too fine, you can end up with an over or under extracted cup. Use our grind guide to make sure you get the grind right every time, we've...

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Aeropress Brew Guide

  Aeropress Brew Guide The Aeropress is so versatile, it's a great way to brew at home or on the road. Lightweight and made from plastic, it's the perfect way to get a great cup of coffee while camping! Our Aeropress brew guide breaks down the steps, making it easy...

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Hario V60 Brew Guide

Hario V60 Brew Guide Hario V60 is one of our favorite ways to brew. If you've never tried using this brew method, it can seem intimidating. We've broken it down into simple steps, watch our Hario V60 Brew Guide, follow the steps, and you'll be a pour over pro in...

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Chemex Brew Guide

  Chemex Brew Guide We love the clean taste you get from brewing with a Chemex. If you've never used this brew method before, or it's been a while and you want to refresh your pour, our Chemex brew guide gives you an easy step-by-step. TOOLS NEEDED: Chemex® Chemex® filters...

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How To Brew French Press Coffee

French Press Brew Guide We love the classic brew of a French press, it's a great first step to brewing coffee by hand. If you're wondering how to brew French press coffee, our easy tutorial will get you brewing in no time! Try brewing with our Organic Breakfast Blend or...

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Green Mission: Our Sustainability Work

Is sustainable coffee possible? It takes a lot of people, resources, and energy to get coffee from where it’s grown on a farm to your morning cup. Just because coffee has a long journey, doesn’t mean we can’t practice a sustainable model in the process. From working with our farmers,...

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Non-GMO Coffee: Behind the Certification

When genetically modified foods were introduced in the late 90s, an initial wave of popularity was supported by a positive narrative from brands and farmers incorporating GMO foods into their offerings. In 2007, the non-GMO project was created, a certification that gave consumers seeking food that comes from the ground,...

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Fair Trade Coffee: Behind the Certification

Fair Trade Certified™ Coffee The Fair Trade Certified™ seal represents a wide range of products today, but their founding mission was to increase income for coffee farmers. We have partnered with Fair Trade USA for nearly 15 years and continue to increase our offerings of Fair Trade Certified coffee every...

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Honey Vanilla Simple Syrup: Make Your Own!

This easy honey vanilla simple syrup is the perfect addition to our Organic Indian Chai. Add a splash of milk or frothed milk for a delicious chai latte. Not a chai drinker? This simple syrup goes great with any of your favorite coffee and tea drinks. We used wildflower honey...

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David Lynch Coffee and Transcendental Meditation

In 2005, the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) was founded with the mission to prevent and eradicate toxic stress among under-resourced populations through a Transcendental Meditation (TM) program. Since opening its doors, DLF has helped bring the stress-reducing TM technique to over one million children and adults around the world. With...

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Cold Brew Negroni: A Coffee Cocktail

Easy Cold Brew Negroni Is summer ending or is fall beginning? As the season changes, a cold brew Negroni is the perfect transition drink to sip on while the days start to get a little cooler, and a little shorter. No cold brew on hand? Use our easy recipe to...

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Rainforest Alliance: The Certification

Rainforest Alliance Certification Since the introduction of coffee farming, farmers have learned and adapted in ingenious ways. Sometimes these changes benefit their yields or coffee quality, but sometimes changes can have detrimental side effects. The practice of clearing forest trees to plant more coffee trees takes place all over the...

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Ubuntu Life Foundation

Photo credit: @erinoutdoors Twenty years ago, Zane Wilemon bought a one-way ticket to Kenya. It wasn’t long before he met his co-founder, Jeremiah Kuria, and the two started the Ubuntu Life Foundation. The core of their mission was to create opportunities that empower local communities. Together they created a center...

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Korakundah Project: Building a School

  In the mountains of Southern India, The United Nilgiri Tea Estates (UNITEA) has grown black teas since 1922. We started working with them in 2009 and shortly after became a partner in the Korakundah Project, helping them build a school in their community. Prior to the project, the children...

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Tea Popsicles Recipe

We love making iced tea with our 40 different kinds of tea, they are so refreshing over ice. But sometimes it's so hot you need something even colder. Tea popsicles are super easy to make and you can use whatever fruit you have on hand (frozen fruit works great, too)....

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Responsible Sourcing Initiative

  Building thriving and transparent coffee supply chains As pioneers in specialty coffee, we have always believed that where your coffee comes from matters. This simple founding ethic still guides us today. But, it’s about more than just great tasting coffee. It’s also about fairness to farmers, healthy ecosystems, and...

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Our Pride Blend Partner: Ali Forney Center

In 2002, The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was founded to help LGBQT+ youth on the verge of homelessness gain access to housing and supportive services. Located in New York, AFC helps 2,000 young adults per year prepare for independent living. In 2019, we began a partnership with the center and...

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Vanilla Orange Cold Brew

  Cold brew season is upon us. Kickoff summer with this vanilla orange cold brew you can make with a French press. Unlike most cold brew recipes, this one combines orange zest with the coffee grounds and brings out a punch of delicious citrus and chocolatey notes in your cold...

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The Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide

  In specialty coffee, there is a growing conversation from industry professionals surrounding how much is paid for a pound of green (unroasted) coffee and if that price is enough to sustain not only the individual farmer, but the future of the industry. At Allegro Coffee, we are always asking...

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Organic Ethiopia Shakisso

  Our Small Batch Organic Ethiopia Shakisso is more than a great cup of coffee from Ethiopia’s renowned Guji region, it’s the product of a 15 year relationship. Supporting a passionate farmer for years, watching them grow and improve the quality of their coffee. Ethiopia is known as the birthplace...

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Bird Friendly Coffee: The Certification

 Bird Friendly Coffee   There are 3 billion fewer migratory songbirds now than there were in 1970. A range of different threats are responsible for the decrease in bird populations—one of those threats is coffee farming. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center developed the Bird Friendly® coffee certification after years of...

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World Coffee Research

World Coffee Research Businesses, organizations, and individuals are planning for a more sustainable future. From reducing waste to sourcing sustainable goods, the actions we take now will benefit us down the road. But have you thought about what the future of coffee might look like? Not very many people have....

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Denver Coffee Partner Prodigy Coffeehouse

Prodigy Coffeehouse In 2016 we began a partnership with Prodigy Coffeehouse. They are unlike any coffee shop we have ever been to and we were honored to help support their mission in helping young adults, “unlikely prodigies”, achieve success through coffee education. About Prodigy Prodigy takes at-risk youth ages 16-24...

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4 Ways To Reuse Coffee Grounds

4 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds: Most of us don't think twice after our morning cup is brewed, we have our coffee and that's what important. Into the trash or compost goes our coffee grounds... but giving those grounds a second life is easier than you think. We've put together...

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How to Dye Easter eggs with tea

Dye Easter eggs with tea: Our Easter egg hunts might look a little different this year, but that's no reason to skip the fun tradition. Have you tried to dye Easter eggs with tea? We love the natural look and you most likely have the simple ingredients needed. It's a...

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Organic Coffee: Behind the Certification

Organic Coffee In 1986, Allegro Coffee became one of the first roasteries to offer Certified Organic coffee. Now, 60-70% of the coffee we roast is organic. With each new year, we source more organic coffee, deepening our support of producers who share our commitment to protect our planet while creating...

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Matcha Latte Recipe: Make Your Own At Home

We're adding a touch of green to our morning with a delicious (and easy to make at home) Matcha Latte recipe. It's the perfect hot beverage if you're looking for a coffee alternative, morning or afternoon. We used a French press to froth and strain the matcha (although a matcha...

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Girls Gotta Run: Empower Girls in Ethiopia

  In 2007, the Girls Gotta Run Foundation was started in Washington D.C. with a mission to empower girls in Ethiopia, helping them become changemakers in their communities, and helping them succeed through education and athletics. Since then, the organization has changed and evolved, seeing success they never imagined, and...

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The Decaf Difference: Swiss Water Process

  When it comes to decaf, the Swiss Water® Process is the gold standard. If you're a decaf drinker, or even if you're not, you should know the difference in decaf. There are two ways to decaffeinate coffee, with chemicals and with the Swiss Water® Process. All Allegro decaf coffees use...

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Interview with Team Left Hand Rider, Gina

Every year, Team Left Hand sets out on a series of rides to raise money for Bike MS - and they do a pretty impressive job. They raise more money than any other cycling event for any other cause. Their commitment to Bike MS isn't just raising money for research...

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The People Behind Our Small Batch Coffee

  Our Small Batch line didn't just show up overnight, what was formerly known as our Allegro Coffee Roasters brand, has been years in the making. So many people have worked to get you these incredible coffees from all over the world, as we launch the rebrand and release of...

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A Guide to Our Small Batch Coffee Series

  Why Small Batch? Sometimes we come across a coffee that is so spectacular and unique, but only available in small quantities. We decided to create a whole line dedicated to these exceptional coffees. They are rare, unexpected, and totally worth a try. Introducing our Small Batch lineup - one...

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Which coffee is best for your brew method?

You might know which brew method you prefer, but are you brewing the right coffee for your cup? The same coffee can taste completely different depending on how you brew it. So we asked one of our coffee buyers, who travels the world to find the best coffee, which Allegro...

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Giving Tuesday: Where to Donate

This year, instead of Black Friday sales, we put together a list of all the wonderful organizations we’ve donated to throughout the year as part of our Making Coffee Matter series. If you’re looking for a great non-profit to donate to this Giving Tuesday, you’ll feel good about giving to...

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Candied Coffee Walnuts: Easy Holiday Treat

  How do the holidays creep up so fast?! If you're headed to a holiday party, hosting, or just trying to plan ahead for holiday gift baskets... these candied coffee walnuts hit the spot. Just make sure to store a few jars for yourself, once you taste them - you...

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Visiting Papua New Guinea to Source Coffee

Our sourcing team is constantly traveling all over the world to find new and exciting coffees. Recently, one of our coffee buyers, Josemaria, took a trip to Papua New Guinea, one of the most remote and exotic coffee producing countries in the world. He had a great time and told...

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Q&A with Dir. of Sourcing, Christy Thorns

From “flavor dog” to Director of Sourcing, Christy Thorns has seen a lot of change at Allegro (and the whole coffee industry) since she started at our headquarters back in ’94. She’s been a true pioneer in the coffee world and we had a chance to sit down and ask...

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Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Recipe

  If you hear pumpkin spice when someone says fall, this recipe is for you. Take everything you love about our pumpkin spice cold brew and add a cozy couch and your pajamas.   Ingredients  1oz sweetened condensed milk 3 pumps pumpkin spice syrup 10.5 oz cold brew  Ice Optional:...

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Galapagos La Tortuga

  Two years ago, our release of Galapagos La Tortuga was so delicious, we had to bring it back again. We roasted this year's lot to bring out the notes of salted caramel, sweet spice, and lime- creating a truly unique cup. What makes this coffee even more remarkable is...

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Supporting Food 4 Farmers

  Coffee buyer, Jess Brooks, recently took a trip to Guatemala with Food 4 Farmers, our partners and $10k donation beneficiary for our most recent Making Coffee Matter release, Organic Café La Abeja. Jess had the opportunity to visit some of the farms that have been learning commercial beekeeping and...

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Our Partnership with Planet Bluegrass

  A 20+ year partnership means lots of coffee and lots of bluegrass. Our events manager, Chris Rogers, has been at several Planet Bluegrass events over the past four years and explains why our long-lasting relationship has been so great and where you can find us if you're at Folks Fest...

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Four Minute Breakfast: Coffee and Toast

  It’s hard to believe December is here and holidays are right around the corner. It feels like we blinked and fall is over. Whether you're sad to see those brisk fall mornings go or excited to have a full house over the holidays, don’t skip your coffee or breakfast...

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Guide to Alternative Milks

Once upon a time, if you had a dairy allergy or simply wanted to opt for a different option and change up your latte routine, soy was your only choice. Now, it seems that every few years a new alternative milk is added to the non-dairy aisle and shortly thereafter,...

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How to Brew Camp Coffee with an Aeropress

  Whether you’re glamping for a night or on a week long backpacking trek, there’s nothing better than waking up in nature with the sunrise to brew a fresh cup of coffee. We love bringing an Aeropress on our adventures because they are lightweight, easy to pack, easy to clean,...

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Crimson Hibiscus Tea Rum Punch

  There are few things that can make a relaxing afternoon on a patio even better. Lucky for your summer plans, we have that thing. Crimson Hibiscus Tea Rum Punch. It's the perfect, "I invited people over and need to come up with a fun and refreshing cocktail so we...

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The Women Behind Three Queens Blend

Every year, we release a coffee that’s extra special to us. We source our Three Queens Blend coffee from three amazing coffee farms in East Africa. And, it’s produced by incredible women working to empower generations of women around them. We’re excited to introduce you to the queens behind the...

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Winning the Lotto: Rafting the Grand Canyon

This spring, our team member, Brian Sanner, had the opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to raft down the Grand Canyon for three weeks. In addition to the Instagram worthy photos, he gave us a little recap of what it was like to disconnect from work and spend time...

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Lavender Vanilla Bliss Cold Brew Recipe

Classic cold brew is a staple for us during the summertime, but everyone once in a while, we love to add a little splash of sweet to our brew. This Lavender Vanilla Bliss Cold Brew is perfect for entertaining or just sitting on the back patio and taking 10 minutes...

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How To Make Easy Cold Brew At Home

If you're one of the many coffee drinkers who switches from hot to cold coffee during the summer, this recipe is for you. With about five minutes of prep, you'll have cold brew ready to-go for days! No special brewing equipment is necessary.   Items Needed: 1.5 quart or larger...

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How to Brew Easy Iced Tea at Home

We love having a batch of iced tea on hand during the summer — it's super easy to make! Try it with our Organic Estate Ceylon tea. Steps: Brew 32 oz of hot water with eight bags of tea. Let steep for five minutes. Take the tea bags out and let...

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Visiting the Ali Forney Center in New York

With the release of Pride Blend, we are donating $10,000 to the Ali Forney Center in New York. Recently, a few of our team members went to visit and we had a chance to catch up with our Brand Ambassador, Harry, to ask him about the trip.   A little...

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The Women Behind Our Rwanda Hingakawa

The word Hingakawa means “let’s grow coffee” - but there’s much more to this saying than just coffee. It’s a symbol of the resilience these women coffee farmers demonstrated after surviving years of tragedy in Rwanda. Banding together to create something good out of something terrible with Rwanda Hingakawa coffee....

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Pride Blend is here!

We are so excited for the release of Pride Blend this year, both for the delicious coffee and to show our support to our community. Pride Blend is more than just a delicious blend of coffees from Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil. It’s part of our Making Coffee Matter program, a...

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Organic Mexico La Corona de Chiapas

Allegro Coffee has been purchasing from the GRAPOS (Grupos de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentable S.C) cooperative since 2017. GRAPOS is a cooperative of 2,830 members in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. GRAPOS started in 2007 with 90 producers and has grown steadily over the years. Their focus...

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How To: Grow Your Own Herbal Tea Garden

This summer, we’re planting herb gardens at home, perfect to clip off fresh leafs when you need them, and sparing you from all the waste that can come from buying large bundles at the store. One of our favorite things to do with fresh herbs is to brew our own...

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Peru Finca Churupampa - Farm & Family

Our latest Small Batch Limited Edition coffee is Peru Finca Churupampa. It hails from the mountainous reaches of Northern Peru, near the town of Chirinos in the province of San Ignacio. Once a remote and not easily accessed part of the country, the area's high elevations, desirable varieties and ideal...

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Amber's Origin Trip to Costa Rica

By Amber Barkley, Team Leader - Allegro Coffee Roasters Bowery (NYC) From Seed to Cup and the People In Between Everyone I spoke to about the Allegro origin trip to Costa Rica told me that it would change my whole outlook on coffee. They said that no matter how passionate...

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Sumatra Lake Toba - A Unique Sense of Place

By Jess Brooks - Coffee Buyer & Supply Chain Manager I remember teaching Coffee Basics classes to Allegro Coffee team members 10 years ago. As a trainer, it was my job to share a taste of place through flavor profiles from the different coffee growing regions. I always enjoyed tasting...

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Small Batch Brazil Matão Honey

We're proud to feature a remarkable group of women for our next Small Batch Limited Edition Series release, Brazil Matão Honey. The Matão Mulheres do Café group is composed of 24 women members in the southern state of Parana, Brazil. The group formed in 2013 with just 12 members. When...

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Supporting Team Left Hand & Bike MS

This winter, we're excited to release our latest batch batch of Hard Wired, a collaboration born from two of Colorado's craft beverage pioneers as a part of our Making Coffee Matter program and supporting Team Left Hand. Our long-standing partnership with Left Hand Brewing Company has resulted in a number...

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Smiles, Road trips, Children, Watermelon

Someone might ask what these five words have in common. For me, these five words are a common link between all the countries that I travel to as a tea and coffee buyer for Allegro Coffee Company. Smiles Smiles are how we communicate with each other when we are not...

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Inside our Coffee Buyer's Travel Backpack

What’s in my travel backpack? My list of important items in my backpack for international travel to coffee and tea growing regions One of the joys (and job requirements) as a tea and coffee buyer for Allegro Coffee Company is visiting our suppliers to strengthen our relationships at origin. Oftentimes...

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Supporting Coffee Kids with Café Vitale

For holiday 2018, we're proud to introduce Café Vitale, the newest release in our Making Coffee Matter series and supporting Coffee Kids. Origin: Thailand, Colombia Flavor Notes: Citrus, Brown Sugar, Chocolate Malt, Papaya The two coffees in this limited edition blend com from different parts of the world, but share...

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Meet The Coffee Roaster - Joe Delaterre

As someone trying to figure out what I wanted to do in the mid-90s, I found Allegro Coffee at the perfect time. A help-wanted ad promising “one free pound of coffee per week” was all it took for me to stumble into the coffee industry. Sold! It wasn’t long after...

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Small Batch Mexico Finca La Cuesta

Our Small Batch Limited Edition Series highlights a rotation of unique and new coffees from producers demonstrating exceptional quality and innovation. Our sourcing team uncovered our most recent release, Mexico Finca La Cuesta, from Mexico's southern state of Veracruz. There is some dispute about the history of how coffee first...

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Supporting Girls Gotta Run Foundation

Our Making Coffee Matter program provides funding to coffee farmers and non-profit organizations that invest in sustainable agriculture, healthcare, education and infrastructure to make a positive impact in their communities. This program's goal is twofold. First, to educate coffee drinkers about the challenges coffee farmers face. Second, to share the...

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