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Five Cool (and Fun!) Ways Minimize Your Environmental Footprint This Summer

My friend Jen Kanter is co-founder of barrio.la, a company that sources and promotes local businesses that produce high-quality, eco-friendly goods made in Southern California. Jen and her brother Ricky founded barrio.la to make it easy for people to find beautifully-made, unique products, while having a positive impact on their community and environment.

I’ve known Jen for a while now, and one thing that has always struck me about her is that she makes a real effort to have a positive impact on our environment.
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Q&A with YaWei Lin of The Taste and See Shop in Vancouver

This interview is with YaWei Lin, who co-owns with her brother, Jerome, The Taste and See Shop (formerly Innocent Coffee) in Vancouver, BC. I was lucky enough to meet up with YaWei in-person at her new coffee shop in the super cool False Creek neighborhood of Vancouver. Q: When did you first discover coffee? In college. Not that it was good coffee, but I was using it to stay awake. I first discovered good coffee in 2005 when I was living in Los Angeles at the time. There was a Peet’s coffee in Pasadena, and back…

Raw Cocoa Beans! It’s like if a chocolate-flavored almond and a coffee bean had a baby.

Hi! I sit here typing up this blog in a highly energetic state thanks, I believe, to the delicious handful of raw cocoa seeds I just ate. Fun fact, the stimulant activity of chocolate is due to cocoa’s theobromine content. If you happen to ever get a trivia question asking what stimulant is in chocolate and you get the answer right, I would appreciate it if you would please send me a dollar. Anyways. A couple of months ago, I was checking out some of the less “gentrified” food stalls at the Grand Central Market (#dtla…

Film Short: “Coffee: Six Degrees of Caffeination” by James Casey

Sometimes, in life, something comes your way that speaks to your soul. Yes – your actual soul. Today, I share this (now almost one-year-old) video short because it is one of those things. The way I see it, learning about this video is one of the positive results of starting this blog. No blog + no incessant posting about #coffee on my instagram and FB pages = no one telling me about this video.  So if you also haven’t seen this yet, enjoy. And thank you Regina Connell for tipping me off. P.S. James Casey, would you…

Q & A with Samantha Meis – Co-founder of Mistobox.com

In December, I did a post about Mistobox.com – an amazing coffee subscription service I’ve been using for the past year. I love Mistobox, and I asked one of the founders, Samantha Meis, if I could interview her, and she agreed. Yay! She is really nice and down-to-earth. It was so much fun talking with her. Below is the very first in a series of Q&As annelovescoffeemore.com will do with people who are rocking the coffee industry. Q: When did you first discover coffee? A: When I was in college during late…

SodaStream: Because There’s No Power Quite Like the Power of Carbonating Your Own Water

Once I was visiting a kind-of newish friend, and she offered me home-made sparkling water (because she loves the earth). I was so excited because I had wondered how the at-home carbonators worked and figured this was my chance to try it before I buy it. It was terrible. It was so flat it was like drinking a bottle of soda that had been open for a week. Sadly, I didn’t know this friend well enough to complain to her [ 🙂 ] so that day I didn’t get to learn that the amount of carbonation…