go cubes – the future of coffee?

go cubes

Sweet, portable, convenient, affordable, and better than a cup of coffee. These are a few claims made by Nootrobox about Go Cubes. Go Cubes are chewable gummy squares made from cold brew coffee, designed for an on-the-go energy boost when you don’t have time to sit down and sip. Each cube contains 50 mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to about half a cup of coffee. Sounds like a dream come true for busy caffeine addicts, right?

Go Cubes aren’t just coffee, though. They also contain nootropics (supplements that boost cognition) such as L-theanine, vitamins B3, B6, and B12, glucuronolactone, inositol, and folic acid. You can read more about this here. Most of these supplements have been proven to enhance cognitive function, although one review points out that inositol is only effective in much higher doses than Go Cubes contain. L-theanine in particular is a green tea extract that serves to counteract the jitters that some people experience when they have caffeine.

Reviews so far have been mixed. While everyone seems to agree that Go Cubes are convenient and effective, there have been some complaints about the taste. One reviewer said that it was “sweet… but after a couple of chews the taste instantly turned bitter.” Another likened the aftertaste to “drinking nothing but coffee for a week while not brushing your teeth.” Out of the three flavours – pure drip, mocha, and latte – the lighter latte flavour seems to be most popular. However, reviewers have pointed out that it’s very difficult to tell the flavours apart. There’s a mix in each package of four and they’re all varying shades of dark brown. Others complained of upset stomachs and bad coffee breath.

Odd taste aside, most reviewers agreed that the cubes simplified their morning and pre-workout routines, and helped them keep track of their caffeine intake. Are Go Cubes the future of coffee? Maybe not, but they’re certainly another fresh, innovative way to get your fix.

Cafe Pionero Ecuador honey

Café Pionero ensures that small-scale farmers receive fair prices for their coffee.  Created by Jenny Zambrano after an earthquake hit her village in 2016, Café Pionero has created direct-trade between remote villages in the Andes Mountains and coffee lovers in Canada.  This has resulted in better pay for the farmers, training and education seminars on sustainable farming practices, and employment opportunities – including some of the only paid jobs for women in Jenny’s village.  Café Pionero aims to create lasting relationships, ensuring fairly traded coffee year after year.Special coffee,

Crop: 2018
Region: Manabi, Ecuador
Process: Honey
Fragrance: Pear
Tasting notes: Juicy pear, Peach, Mango, Caramel
Price: $16.99 / 400 g




 

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solar eclipse espresso

This is one for team bold. An espresso on the full bodied, highly aromatic side.

origin  seasonal blend                               taste  bold, earthy, nutty

process  natural, washed                        brew  espresso, aeropress

recommended grind  espresso          use  16-17 g dbl espresso in 21 sec

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Honduras San Marcos

About San Marcos:  San Marcos in western Honduras is cooperative strictly high grown at an average elevation of 1400m. The coffee is hand sorted to remove any defects.

The Rainforest Alliance (RFA) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) working to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, address deforestation, climate change, systemic poverty, and social inequity. Third-party studies have shown the organization’s approach to be effective in raising both income and net revenue for farmers.

What’s interesting:  Honduras is now the largest producer of coffee in Central America, and 5th largest in the world.

Variety: Catuai, Caturra, Bourbon

Crop: 2018

Tasting notes: citric, chocolate, caramel

Price: $14.99 / 400 g




Colombia Las Rosas

About Las Rosas:  The gender equality project has 4 main goals: financial literacy, training, women’s participation, and coffee quality.  The 300 members of the Association of Women Coffee Growers of West Huila have adopted a method to develop new visions for relationships between women and men as equal partners, and implement changes in gender in resources and power.

In addition, a portion of sales is used to create a sustainability fund and a revolving credit facility to fund labour inputs and equipment and machinery investments.

Variety: Castillo and Catuai

Crop: 2018

Tasting notes:  citrus and caramel

Price:  $14.99 / 400 g