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The Seattle megachain of coffee shops has begun to stop offering plastic straws and is providing recyclable strawless lids at locations in Washington and Oregon. That includes a downtown Spokane location, and several independent roasters are following suit.
There’s no sipping at a coffee cupping. When it comes to detecting in detail the aromas and tastes of a specialty brew – distinguishing the piquant from the nippy, the cucumber from the garden peas – it’s all about the slurp.
Twenty years ago Monday, Simon Craven Thompson and his wife, Rebecca Templin, launched their coffee roasting business. The date – April Fools’ Day – was a coincidence. But some might have seen it as a harbinger. Skeptics included wholesale customers who counseled Cravens Coffee Co. to offer flavored blends and a cheap line along with their premium coffees.
Cravens Coffee Co. began selling its Zags Blend coffee in 1999 – the same year Gonzaga University’s men’s basketball team ended up in the Elite Eight. All 1,500 of the school-branded coffee bags sold out in two months, said Cravens owner Simon Thompson.