Coffee Review: Level Ground Trading

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Level Ground Trading was formed to make sure that coffee farmers received a consistent, fair return for their work. They also support sugar cane growers with their Panela sugar brand. The founder of the company had grandparent coffee farmers in San Miguel - enough experience to spur the creation of the company. Other support offered back includes education, school improvements, jobs for women and health benefits.

Our mission is to trade fairly and directly with small-scale producers in developing countries, and to market their products offering our customers ethical consumer choices.[Level Ground]

Unfortunately, it was not an espresso-based drink being served. And the drip variety was stored in the large canisters. Aside from those drawbacks, I think the coffee was decent. I added sugar, but did not need milk. I like my coffee a tad bolder, but I think this was a case of the aforementioned serving issues.

I look forward to trying this coffee again. From what I can see, it’s a retail brand. It’s unfortunate, since I would love to try it in a cafe. Perhaps they will offer a cupping if they read this (hint hint).


Coffee Review: Latte Cafe & Bistro

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Coffee Review: Latte Cafe & Bistro

Coffee: 49%
Atmosphere: 60%
Service: 70%

So, on Wednesday, Ianiv and I went to the Latte Cafe & Bistro. It’s located in the Hyatt downtown. I heard somewhere that the coffee was supposed to be good. European style. So, since it was close to work I figured I would give it a shot.

Not my best choice. The coffee was just barely better than Starbucks. Bitter, tangy. Watery Americano. Ianiv had an espresso. So bad he even had to add milk to suffer through it! What a waste of an espresso!

Staff seemed very tired/zombie like. I like the hotel vibe, it was nicely done - that is the only plus I’d give the café.

So, I don’t think I’ll be trying this coffee again. Granted, it’s a Starbucks alternative, but really not the best choice. Even though you might be tempted to try it by its sign proclaiming Italian coffee - don’t!