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COVID-19 Closure

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7-7-2020 To our former team members, we are sorry.   When we brought you into the Augie’s Team, we wanted to provide a place to work and a connection to the community all through the lens of great coffee. Throughout this COVID-19 induced series of events over these last 120 days we have let you down.   We have closed all of our retail locations. These closures are indefinite due to COVID-19. This decision is not a response to union organization, but an attempt at surviving physically, mentally, and economically.    We are devastated that we could not keep our...

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Bittersweet: On Roasting the Last of a Great Batch

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Time flies when you’re busy. That much is true here at Augie’s as we say farewell to some great additions to our 2014 offerings. In our Redlands shop, the Colombia Danilson Oidor was a favorite amongst staff and customers alike on the brew bar. The Kenya Thiriku was a jack of all trades, showcasing its uniqueness as an espresso, pour-over, and drip. Throughout the coming weeks, we will roast the last of our Kenya Thiriku and Colombia Danilson Oidor. These two coffees came to us from Red Fox Coffee Merchants, a coffee sourcing business that focuses on rare, and often...

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New Store, New Year, and a Gift from a Friend

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2014 was a big year for us at here at Augie’s Coffee Roasters. We celebrated the five year anniversary of the original Augie’s Coffeehouse in downtown Redlands last January, and the one year anniversary of our downtown Riverside shop this past November. We closed up 2014 with the opening of our third location in Claremont at the Claremont Packing House. One of the best ways to end an exciting year is a gift. As you might know, we roast and cup our own coffee twice a week, but we love trying out new coffee from other roasters around the country....

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Costa Rica Cerro Paldo

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Hacienda Sonora is located within the Cordillera Central of Costa Rica, and sits at the foot of the Volcán Poás, an active stratovolcano. Since 1828, the volcano has erupted 39 times, and with each eruption comes a source of replenishment for the soil. Lava, tephra, and pumice help enrich the soil's composition through a process known as "chemical weathering". In this process, gases in the atmosphere react with sunlight and soil in order to create soluble molecules, which plants can then use as nutrients. Volcanic rock is rich in common elements, allows the soil to retain water longer, and insulates...

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Panama Los Lajones

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Graciano Cruz calls the Los Lajones Estate his "playground". Sitting on top of a rocky outcrop overlooking the Cordillera Central,  Graciano waves his arm towards the pristine valley, which was formed by Volcán Barú, Panama's largest peak, and the Río Caldera. This region is more commonly referred to as Boquete by coffee buyers and enthusiasts, alike. The small town is celebrated as hosting the finest coffees in the world. Famous examples include the Don Pachi estate, which won the Best of Panama competition in 2011 for its Geisha naturally-processed coffee, and also fetched some of the highest prices ever for...

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