Navigating a speciality coffee shop

Navigating a speciality coffee shop

Summer has set in and many of us either travel or have more time to spend indoors.  When it comes to coffee, many of us in the industry have a good idea of where to look, what to look for, and what questions to ask. Although, for most people, specialty shops can be confusing, overwhelming or strange. This is not to say they aren’t that way, but here are some tips for how to navigate specialty coffee shops.

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Roasting for fidelity

Roasting for fidelity

My dad was a broadcast engineer for 40 years. Today, his workshop looks exactly the same as it always has. There are homemade oscillators plugged into cathode ray scopes, various tube type radios stacked in columns, and tiny electronic components littering every square inch of desk space. He may be retired, but he is still building and researching with the same passion that got him started in radio as a teenager.

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Cartel introduces two new Guatemalan coffees

Cartel introduces two new Guatemalan coffees

Coming this week to our cafés and our online store are two new Guatemalan coffees – Culpan and Maravilla. 

Culpan is a #carteldirectsource coffee and a truly romantic Guatemalan coffee estate. Situated north of Lake Atitlan, in the foothills of the Santiaguito volcano, it has been meticulously run by the celebrated Toledo family for 5 generations.

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Cartel 'makes their assist' to The Steve Nash Foundation

Cartel 'makes their assist' to The Steve Nash Foundation

We're big fans of the work Steve Nash and his foundation – The Steve Nash Foundation – do to assist underserved children in their health, personal development, education, and enjoyment of life. 

The Foundation supports existing organizations with funding and technical assistance, and thoughtfully addresses global and local challenges by innovating in and collaborating on critical areas of inquiry.

Now, we're making our assist to help support the efforts of The Steve Nash Foundation. Through the end of July, we're donating $2 for every bag of coffee you purchase from our online store. Just make sure to use coupon code ASSIST at checkout.

We're excited to do our part in helping, and we hope you will too.

Free coffee for dads on Father's Day

Free coffee for dads on Father's Day

This Sunday, we're honoring dads on their special day. We're treating them with a free coffee – drip or cold brew – at our Ash Ave., 5th Ave., Sky Harbor, and Tucson locations, all day. Just mention that you're a dad at the register.

Then, grab that Cartel growler of yours and get a kickstart on your Father's Day barbecue. We're happy to tagalong.

Cartel educational series: dialing in & effects on extraction

Cartel educational series: dialing in & effects on extraction

Over the last year, Cartel's espresso parameters have given guidelines to target proper extraction for the coffees we feature as espresso.  Although the parameters allow the coffee to be within the  extraction target range, the flavor profile changes over time as roasted and green coffee age, temperature and time of year change, and as we anticipate new arrivals of coffee offerings. That being said — I would like to generally address the dialing in process and the theory behind doing so efficiently while utilizing the parameters as a tool.

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Cartel goes nuts for almond milk

Cartel goes nuts for almond milk

Our customers have been clamoring for an alternative to our dairy and soy milk since we can remember. The day has come for you nut-milk-loving customers. We're officially introducing Pacific Almond Milk to our menu – this time for good.

Almond milk can now be ordered at all six of our locations statewide for any drink that is normally dairy based. Come on by, give it a try and experience its rich taste and creamy texture.

We can't wait for you to try it.

Crafting with conviction

Crafting with conviction

When I was a teenager, I wanted to understand how to actually play chess. What I mean is, I wanted to learn how people were able to see into the future 4 or 5 moves with all the different iterations. I didn’t ever quite get the hang of the prognostication, but I learned some valuable things nonetheless. One simple lesson from these days stuck with me, informing a lot of my life decisions including, of course, how I roast coffee.

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Cartel introduces new Ethiopian coffee, Limu Gera

Cartel introduces new Ethiopian coffee, Limu Gera

Coming this week to our cafés and our online store is a new washed coffee from the Oromio region of Ethiopia. This coffee is yet another example of Ethiopia's unending potential. Fully washed and meticulously sorted, this coffee has balance, cleanliness, and nuance.

This lot is made up of heirloom varieties grown between 1850 and 1900 meters above sea level. We taste notes of apricot, brown sugar, and violet.

Limu Gera won't be around for long, so make sure to order a cup or grab a bag of it before it's out!

Phoenix New Times features Cartel & mod's "A Film About Coffee" event

Phoenix New Times features Cartel & mod's "A Film About Coffee" event

We’re eagerly counting down the days to this week’s A Film About Coffee screening and coffee education event this Friday at Mod in Downtown Phoenix. 

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