Ohio Barista Champs
This year, Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co will be sponsoring a barista competition, The Ohio Barista Champs, on Saturday, April 30th from 3pm to 8pm. There will be two competitions during this event, a solo barista competition and a duo barista team competition. All competitors will compete in front of a Judges' Panel consisting of sensory judges, technical judges, and a head judge who score the baristas on aspects such as cleanliness, drink structure, and overall presentation. They will present four cappuccinos and four signature coffee drinks to the judges in a timed performance. Monetary prizes will be presented; $500 for First place, $200 for Second place, and $50 for Third. All are welcome to compete and spectate with purchase of a ticket. Tickets can be found on Eventbrite by searching '2022 Ohio Barista Champs' or find more information on Facebook by searching 'Ohio Barista Champs.'
Muggswigz Employees Make Charitable Donation to Local Organization
This 2021 year marks yet another year for Muggswigz with its Employee Charitable Donation Program. Throughout the year, our participatin baristas donate to our Charitable Donation Program. It is here that an amount of their choice is pooled into a sum that will be donated to a charity at the year's end. This year, our baristas donated $5,000 to a local organization, En-rich-ment.
En-richment was started in 2012, and since then, has provided free education in art, music, gardening, drumline, theatre, voice, etc. to underserved urban youth. Classes are also providing education in wellness and healthy lifestyle as well as performances in community events. This is the fourth year in a row that Muggswigz employees have participated in their Charitable Donation Program. Last year, they donated $3,750 to 'Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation', a foundation helping to fight childhood cancer. Participating employees contribute their choice of dollar amount every pay period and the company contributes a little more than 10% match. To learn more about En-rich-ment, or make your own contribution, follow the link www.en-rich-ment.org
Ethiopia Natural Abera Ddole (organic)
We have a new coffee arrival to hit our stores, the Ethiopia Natural Abera Ddole (organic). This coffee is roasted more medium to bring out notes of strawberry with pecan and kiwi. This coffee hails from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia, which is known for a wide variety of heirloom varieties. A lot of the harvesting is done from small garden plots from the backyards of residents and also wild grown forest coffee. There are about 6,000 to 10,000 varieties of coffee that grow in the highlands of Ethiopia, also known as the birthplace of coffee. This arabica coffee in particular, is a natural processed coffee, having been dried on raised beds.
It can be difficult to trace the coffee in Ethiopia exactly, as most Ethiopian coffees are only traceable to the washing level station. Here, farmers, whose farms are on average, small, ranging from 1/5 to 1/8 of an acre, bring their cherries by weight and are paid at a market rate. Following this, the coffees continue on to be processed without record of which lot or whose harvest they were from.
Costa Rica Coffee Coasts to Canton
We have recently unveiled a new Coffee from our roaster to the retail shelves and coffee cups of Canton, Costa Rica Finca San Callentano. The Coffee was discovered by Alex Haas, Muggswigz President, on a trip to Costa Rica. He visited many farms in Costa Rica, but the one that stood out was a farm owned and run by Diego Arbarca. Arbarca got the land from his father in Tarrazu. Arbarca farmed the land, producing coffee plants. As his crops increase, he has begun to experiment with his coffee as well as continue quality control. While he usually processes his coffee using the washed method, this coffee that Muggswigz has secured is 100% Red Cataui Arabica and naturally processed, giving the coffee more fruity and edgy flavors, including notes of cacao nibs, strawberry, and lime.