Spreading the Warmth with Tiesta Tea

Volunteering with Tiesta Tea.

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I love tea and volunteering for awesome causes. Combining these two things is just awesome. A little while back I was intrigued when I saw a Facebook boosted post about a Tiesta Tea event focusing on passing out goods, including tea of course to those less fortunate. I was all about that!

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We all gathered up and awaited our assignments. Everyone was divided into groups with 1 driver for each team. Tiesta succeeded in receiving several coat donations and warmth kits which included snacks, toiletries and more.

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We visited a number of shelters and helped distribute snacks, hot tea and kindness.

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Oh did I mention, we had a few celebrity appearances? Dee Brown volunteered right along with us.

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Afterwards we all went back to the Tiesta Teas office to relax with food, beverages and of course, tea! I’m really more of a whiskey girl, so I paired my whiskey with tea. Mmmm deliciousness.

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Great job guys in rounding up a good group and helping out those less fortunate. Till next year ❤

Getting Caffeinated at the Metropolis Coffee Tour

Learning about, cupping and tasting Metropolis coffee!

I was recently at Metropolis coffee and saw sheets mentioning their Friday roastery tour/open house at 1 pm. I’ve always wanted to go on a coffee roastery tour and was really excited to attend 🙂 The Metropolis wholesale location is tucked away and very obscure.

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We all got to wear glorious hairnets! Haha!

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The wholesale location used to be a tannery and was recently converted. Metropolis opened in 2003 and focuses on doing everything by hand. Chris started off the tour by showing us the storage area.

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Metropolis works closely with many companies and prides itself on maintaining freshness and quality. Orders are done by Thursday and Coffee is roasted Fridays and shipped right away. Everyone gets fresh roasted coffee!

Coffee beans are green before they are roasted.

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Next, we check out the brewing process. Look at that beastly roaster! Metropolis takes careful care in their brewing process. A coffee blend combines 2 coffees. The coffees are roasted at different temps and combined later.

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Beans are roasted and run through the destoner to clear out sediment and other various things. This is a pit of things filtered out with the destoner. Pretty eye opening finds!

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Then the cupping! Inhale that amazing smell. We started off by smelling and then slowly poured hot water over the grounds. We let the coffee settle and then used spoons to stir and break up the grounds.

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The team showed us their special slurping technique. Ahh, deliciousness!

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The wheel has a range of different flavors, from tantalizing to downright gross. Cardboard yummy! The region the coffee beans are grown in determine its taste profile. Just like wine, there are many different flavors in the coffee. 

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I really loved this tour and recommend coffee enthusiasts to try this out 🙂 Big thanks to Josephine Reyes for taking photos for the blog 🙂

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Previewing Local Food and Vendors at SPINS Preview to Good Food Festival

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It was great meeting the owners behind some truly great food brands and finding out about new brands!

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They had silly candy hearts haha 🙂

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Ashley joined us on her birthday to educate people about Tiny But Mighty’s ancient heirloom popcorn. This popcorn is delicious and won’t get stuck in your teeth! You can buy it at Marianos, Whole Foods and other grocery stores in Chicago.

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Luis from Zapp’s Dancing Grains donated bread for us to top off with various goodies. This bread is hearty, tasty and keeps you full! The Marbleous bread was particularly good with peanut butter for breakfast the next day!

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Susin Firk from Karma Kombucha provided us with samples of her healthy and tasty Kombucha. We really enjoyed the peach one 🙂 You can find her Kombucha at Whole Foods and Marianos.

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Topnote came out to showcase their drink mixers! I’m a big fan of the ginger beer 🙂 I love Moscow Mules and was excited to find out about a clean brand with few ingredients.

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Paul sampled and gave away some River Valley Ranch salsa. The portabella salsa was delightful! Be sure to check out their storefront.

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Big Fork served up delectable bacon without the b.s. They don’t use antibiotics or artificial ingredients.

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Be sure to stop by the Good Food Festival this weekend to check out these great products and other good food 🙂 There will be food samples, chef demos, educational sessions and other great things. I’ve gone in the past and met great people and had amazing food! #GFFChi