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What’s the big deal with our coffee?

Donald Wingard

What’s the big deal with our coffee?

Over the years I have heard many people who state that they wouldn’t spend much on coffee because “it’s just coffee”. I feel bad for those people because that means they have never had small batch fresh roasted coffee…they are going through life opening up that “fancy” coffee that they can get from the grocer. There’s no difference, right? Yes, there is! There is a huge difference. Why are there different cuts of meat at the grocer? Because some are just better than others. Most of what you can buy in the grocer is Robusta bean coffee. Robusta beans will...


Which coffee maker should you buy?

Donald Wingard

Which coffee maker should you buy?

Everyone knows that you can’t start a proper day without a great cup of your favorite coffee. With so many choices out there, which one is right for you? Does it need a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, face-identity, thumbprint, whiz-bang interface? I guess it could and I’m not saying that anything is wrong with those high-end units, but here are the items I look for when buying a coffee maker: Avoid brewing into a glass carafe that sits on a hotplate unless you plan to consume the coffee immediately or transfer it to an insulated airpot or carafe. Otherwise, the brewed coffee...


Top 5 Travel Destinations for Coffee Lovers

Donald Wingard

Top 5 Travel Destinations for Coffee Lovers

Coffee is a large part of almost every culture in the world.  It is the drink of choice to perk up and carry on with different activities during the day.  With this in mind, there is an emerging foodie community that has begun traveling simply to eat and drink.  Some cultures in the world have truly perfected brewing coffee and mixing flavors to make a fantastic cup.  The next time you take a trip, skip the chain coffeehouse and find yourself a unique and rewarding cup of coffee abroad.   I have compiled a list of countries you should visit just...


The Moral Compass Behind The Products You Buy

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The Moral Compass Behind The Products You Buy

I scroll through media feeds on several social media platforms and I have started unfollowing A LOT of people lately because of an ugly trend I see. It bothered me enough to where I decided to use my small platform to rant about it. So I apologize in advance, but…<Begin Rant>. I hate bullying in any format...no, that’s not strong enough…I despise bullies and bullying in any format. What does it mean to “bully” though? Here is the definition for you: “Use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one...


The Military Child

Donald Wingard

The Military Child

April is recognized by the Department of Defense as the Month of the Military Child.  This is particularly special to Don and me because we have two daughters who are intimately familiar with what it is to be a military child.  Don and I met and got married while on active duty.  Shortly after we married I was surprised how many people (strangers in fact) were asking which one of you is planning on separating from military service (anyone else experience this?).  I had no intention of leaving and Don felt the same.  As I would later discover, that was...

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