We need to rise from the ashes...

Our neighborhood has gone through the most devastating fire in California history.

How can Blue Beagle recover from days of closure, to a community that has suffered the destruction of wildfires, and to an unknown future ahead? 

We’re asking for your support to help, not just Blue Beagle as a family business, but the staff who so diligently checks in daily to see if they can return to work, and the guests we serve, who have become our family (many of whom lost their homes). The donations received from our fundraiser will be allocated toward Blue Beagle, the staff and the community members so dear to us.

A donation of any size will help us keep going. Visit our fundraiser:

Guest of the Month: Bibi

Have you met Bibi?

You have probably seen Bibi in the mornings. She is a mother of 2 handsome boys and the creative mind behind the award-winning Cattleya Wines so she is usually on-the-go. 

Bibi was also named winemaker of the year in 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle

We are proud to have her as a guest at Blue Beagle Coffee and love seeing her enjoy her favorite drink!

Bibi's Favorite Drink: Cappuccino

She keeps things classic with the cappuccino. A true cappuccino lover, she's doing mostly decaf these days, especially with the new baby. However, one thing that will always remain...the creamy 2cm of milk foam on top that she loves!

Artist: Scott Gibson

For the last few months we've had the amazing photographs provided by award-winning photographer, Scott Gibson.

His work highlights the essence of the gorgeous place we call home -- Sonoma County!

One of our favorites is a photograph of vineyard grapes, showing the beauty of cabernet grape clusters!

We've been lucky to have these works of art to display and we invite you to check out Scott Gibson's new product and image releases here: 
Facebook:  GibsonOutdoorPhoto 
Instagram:  GibsonOutdoorPhoto 
Twitter:  @GibOutdoorPhoto

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Jane

An attempted Jane of All Trades, she's all over the place! A former yogini and SoCal native, Jane's days are extremely varied, from picking up coffee beans from our supplier, working on the website, designing product packaging, and keeping odd hours in the shop and online, all with Baby Jasmine in tow. The one place she's almost consistently found...taking Jasmine to baby story time at the local library.

Guest of the Month: Alexei

We're a little late in getting to share our wonderful guests...but we love them all a latte! ;)

 

Have you met Alexei?

You can usually catch him in the mornings sitting on his laptop getting some work done with his cup of coffee.

Favorite Drink:

A cup of the Mexico La Concordia Especial

Favorite Food Item:

Jalapeño Cheddar Scone

Fun Fact: He's also the man behind the 'Panda Grip' that we had featured in the shop! We use ours in-store and at-home because it's so useful!

 

 

You can find his amazing creation on Amazon too!

Be sure to check out what Alexei's up to on social media by following Panda Grip on Facebook!

Beagle Cozy: Meet the Maker

Alma Do is a wife and stay-at-home mom in San Diego, California, and also a coffee enthusiast. After all, she did work as a Barista for 8-years! Soy iced lattes make her happy. The infamous beagle, Snoopy, also makes her happy. Her love for the hysterical and adorable Peanuts character is the reason why she and her husband got a beagle as their first fur baby. She named him Shmoopy.

Alma loves creating things that are cute and unique. She handmade annual Christmas cards for several years; sewed all her son’s Halloween costumes (he dressed up as a barista last year!); and recently started crocheting customized cup cozies for friends and family. She is excited to share her Beagle Cup Cozies exclusively with Blue Beagle Coffee customers, and simply hopes it brings a smile to those that use it or passerby’s that see them use it. She believes that beagles are perfect reminders for us to live in the moment, and to stop and smell everything!

Alma's creations will be sold at the O'Reilly Media Holiday Craft Fair and in-store. Quantities are limited, as she awaits the arrival of her new baby soon!

November Guest of the Month: Tim


Hello Tim (and Jack)!

Many of you might already know Tim, as he's the original owner of Blue Beagle Coffee. We took a moment to get caught up on his current favorites and what he's up to now.

Favorite Drink: Freshly roasted and freshly brewed Mexico La Concordia Especial Coffee

Favorite Food Item: All varieties of scones, but mostly partial to the Cranberry Pecan.

What's he up to now?

After successfully launching Blue Beagle Coffee nearly four years ago, Tim is now focusing his many years of customer service and business consulting experience into his lifelong passion of real estate. Tim recently joined the W Real Estate Team and works with both buyers and sellers throughout Sonoma County helping them successfully reach their real estate goals. 

You can still find Tim in the coffee shop routinely enjoying his favorite drink and he is always available to talk with anyone about real estate. If you'd like to browse properties for sale or connect with Tim online you can do so at his website timdebellis.findbayarearealestate.com

October Guest of the Month: Lars

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We've been meaning to share with you the first Blue Beagle Guest of the Month!

Meet Lars!

If you've ever wondered about the amazing beagle painting that hangs in the shop, he's the guy we can all thank!

Lars is one of our regulars, has been drinking coffee and cappuccino, putting up his artwork, and never hesitates to help us with his expertise in art and handiwork.

We love Lars!

Side note...looks like there might be another Lars we love, who loves us too. Check out his review on Yelp!

Thanks for showing some love on Yelp! -- we look forward to showing ours in-store and on our blog! Stay tuned for our next guest of the month in November!

Happy Coffee Day 2016!

 

Explore our latest single-origin offering from El Salvador. We’ve named it “La Rosa,” after The Rose in the timeless tale of The Little Prince.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery based The Little Prince’s “Rose” on his wife, Consuelo, and Asteroid B-612 on Cordillera de Apaneca, the region of El Salvador where these beans were cultivated from.

A medium-bodied, well balanced coffee with a base flavor of baker's cocoa and toasted rice. High notes are muted overall, making for an easy-drinking mix of soft ripe fruit, leaning toward cooked fig and black plum flavors and yielding a comforting lingering aroma of vanilla, browned butter, and dried orange peel.

“La Rosa” is our new house espresso and also makes an excellent drip cup of coffee. Try this lovely single origin in-store today or purchase a bag online.

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In honor of National Coffee Day, enjoy $2 off any purchase of coffee beans online using the code COFFEEDAY16.  

$2 discount only applies per transaction. Offer ends at 11:59pm on 9/29/16. Cannot be used with any other offer.

 

 

Organic: To Buy or Not To Buy

To be or not to be... To buy organic or not to buy organic, that is the question that is asked of me.

The Oxford Dictionary definition of organic:

Chemistry Relating to or denoting compounds containing carbon (other than simple binary compounds and salts) and chiefly or ultimately of biological origin. Compare with inorganic.
(Of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.

Simply put, organic food is grown without the use of chemicals. 

Blue Beagle prides itself with its quality coffee and service; quality limited not only to our excellent coffees, but our in-house baked items as well. Based on affordability and availability I bake with organic ingredients.   Organic often times tastes better, yet more importantly is higher quality and nutritionally superior. Our commitment to excellence in our in-house baked goodies, in part derives its excellence by baking with organic ingredients.

The expense of organic can be a potential deal breaker for the home cook. Understandable. However, as one with the desire to help our planet and to ensure a healthy eating experience, I bake and cook with organic whenever I can.

For those who want to incorporate organic ingredients into their own cooking experience, here are two excellent shopping lists from Dr. Weil to help you get started. The first being the "Dirty Dozen"; a list of the most toxic non-organic foods.  The second being, the "Clean 15"; a list of non-organic foods that retain the least amount of chemicals used while growing.

Nearly all of the data used took into account how people typically wash and prepare produce - for example, apples were washed and bananas peeled before testing. The following "Dirty Dozen Plus" had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy organic versions - or to grow them organically yourself:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas (imported)
  • Potatoes

Plus these which may contain organophosphate insecticides, which EWG characterizes as "highly toxic" and of special concern:

  • Hot peppers
  • Blueberries (domestic grown)

 And here is the Clean 15 list containing foods with the least amount of chemicals and are considered safer to buy non-organic:

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet potatoes

We hope this info comes in handy!

These lists are helpful for us when we're shopping for the ingredients for our Quiche, Scones, Pies and other goodies. Come enjoy our delicious baked goods at Blue Beagle Coffee! See you soon!


Sidney - Baker Extraordinaire

You can find Sidney up and at 'em before most people would want to be up and at 'em.  As dawn approaches she is pulling out freshly baked goodies from the oven -- just in time for our 7am opening time.  Be sure to check back for more posts by Sidney from the Blue Beagle Kitchen!

We Love Clean Water!

Image by @earth2adam

Image by @earth2adam

Sonoma County—a land that world renowned horticulturalist Luther Burbank described as, “…the chosen spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned” is facing a dilemma involving its water.  This situation involves injecting fluoride to some of the purest water in the nation.

So why do officials from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services wish to tamper with our divine drinking water supply? According to a survey conducted by Sonoma County health officials, 51 percent of kids experience tooth decay. Health officials also believe that fluoridating the county’s drinking water will improve the health of residents in the county and reduce the overall costs that are associated with medical visits. Currently in Sonoma County only the City of Healdsburg lives under a mandated fluoridation program. Healdsburg joins the ranks of some 70 percent of the American public that are forced to drink fluoridated water.

For every health benefit identified by health officials who support fluoridated water there are a host of health concerns. According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), excessive consumption of fluoride may lead to increased bone fractures in adults and increased chance of pits in tooth enamel in children eight years and younger. Although drinking a couple of glasses of fluoridated water may not be harmful alone, a number of food products consumed by Americans already contain fluoride. These include natural products such as raw fruits, vegetables and dairy.  They are also present in man-made products such as toothpaste, processed beverages & foods and pharmaceuticals. People also drink varying amounts of water, which makes the consumption levels of a population more difficult to determine. Policy makers that want to implement a policy that requires a population to consume drugged water should be certain about the amounts their population will consume—making sure that every Sonoma County resident doesn’t ingest unhealthy levels of fluoride is undeterminable.

If you’re asking me, this policy seems a bit aggressive. What ever happened to encouraging children to brush more often? Parents, stand by the sink and brush your teeth with your kids. Dentists, be vigilant about showing your young patients how to properly brush and what a mouth of a patient looks like who doesn’t. County Health Department, how about stepping up your public outreach campaigns that includes families, dentists, youth and anyone else whose teeth are at risk of decay.  Forcing a population to consume a drug without consent—as listed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—is unethical and unnecessary given the other alternatives to prevent tooth decay that exist.

As a green business, Blue Beagle takes pride in functioning as an environmentally conscious business and serving products containing fresh and natural ingredients to our customers.  Water quality is a fundamental element to our operation and we don’t believe the Sonoma County Department of Health Services should require residents to consume fluoridated water.

Upcoming Events regarding the Fluouride Issue:

Saturday, April 18th at Downtown Santa Rosa Court House Square, Noon to 4pm: Santa Rosa Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 19th at Glaser Center, 4pm to 6pm: Special Presentation by Dr. J. WIlliam Hirzy

For more information, please visit: http://www.cleanwatersonomamarin.org/get-the-facts/


Adam - Our Earthy Educator

Our in-house eco-guide for what's recyclable and best ways to conserve, Adam can also be found behind the bar making coffee.  He's got a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from San Jose State University and will continue to help us incorporate ways to help blue go green, in addition to shooting some hoops and scoring points with Jason & Sal on the Blue Beagle basketball team.


Lost in Translation: Decaf and The Swiss Water Process

Ethiopian Mordecofe Swiss Water Process Decaffeinated Coffee at Blue Beagle

According to The Coffee Guide, 16 percent of the total coffee consumed in the United States is decaf. While that number may seem low, decaf coffee consumption is higher in America than most of the world, especially compared to Italy, at seven percent, or Greece, at only one percent.

Traditionally, decaffeination uses solvent-based processes to remove caffeine from green coffee beans prior to roasting. The solvent used can be either methylene chloride or ethyl acetate. While these solvents are not considered harmful, they are hardly natural.

The most natural way that also removes the most amount of caffeine is the Swiss Water Process (SWP) developed in 1979. SWP uses water from the pristine mountains of British Columbia in Canada to gently remove caffeine until the coffee beans are 99.9% caffeine-free. Non-SWP decaf coffees can be between 96-97% caffeine-free.

Courtesy of The Swiss Water Process

Courtesy of The Swiss Water Process

Burlap and Bean breaks down the process. 

SWP takes a batch of unroasted green coffee beans and soaks them in hot water releasing caffeine and coffee solids (flavor). This process is repeated until all of the caffeine and coffee solids are released into the water. This water is now considered “flavor-charged” and the beans used for this process are discarded.

Next, the water passes through a carbon filter, which traps all the caffeine molecules but allows the water and coffee solids to pass through. New coffee beans are added to the water and the process to remove the caffeine is started all over. However, the flavor-charged water already contains the coffee solids so the beans being processed will not have any additional coffee solids removed. Only the caffeine is released, while the flavor remains. After 99.9% of the caffeine has been removed, the beans are removed from the water and dried retaining most if not all of their flavor and smell.

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A decaf coffee drinker comes to Blue Beagle Coffee expecting excellent service and the best cup of decaf coffee in the area. Our responsibility is to provide a high-quality, excellent cup of coffee whether it is regular or decaf.

Decaffeinated coffee is generally described as lacking body and flavor. The decaffeination process usually strips subtle essentials of the beauty of the coffee. 

I wanted to create a profile that was both bold and tasty with plenty of flavor transitions. – Sal Garcia, Roaster at Blue Beagle Coffee

The organic Ethiopian Mordecofe SWP decaf coffee at Blue Beagle Coffee is roasted using our unique profile that was painstakingly tested and revised a number of times until the team could agree on the best tasting roast profile. Our proprietary roast includes two peaks. The first peak is to accent the body and boldness that you see in a typical French roast and the second peak is used to slowly bring out the caramelization. This caramelization adds transitions and provides the majority of the flavor profile. Our Ethiopian Mordecofe SWP decaf coffee has a full-body boldness, rich with chocolate and heightened by ripe fruit undertones. Sweet fudge, complemented by cashews envelop your senses with dried fruit and candy, finishing with a velvety earthiness.

SWP decaf coffee is 100% chemical free, and we invite you to come try a cup; taste the difference.

 


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Jason - Former Tea Guy & Super Taster

Buy a lottery ticket if you catch Jason -- it might be your lucky day, because sightings of him are extremely rare.  You might see him only a few hours of the week at Blue Beagle, but his presence is definitely here.  He is always giving his input for every product we make or carry, using his super palate. When he's not at the shop, he's marketing something, doing homework, watching sports, and / or planning his next joke, meal or trip.


From the Kitchen: 'Is That Your Original Recipe?'

How many times have I heard the question; “Is that your original recipe?”  The answer to that question is not yes or no, but another question all together; “Is any savory or baked dish an original?"

I think of my mom passing me down her recipe for cheesecake and realize that even if she made it up completely, she still borrowed fundamental cooking facts and techniques that apply to any recipe. For instance, it is a basic fact that when using eggs they help to leaven the recipe. Or, in adding sugar the recipe becomes sweet.

In 17,000 B.C. food consisted of water and ice, insects, fish, frogs, eggs and marrow bones.  Moving forward in time almonds were first used as a food in 10,000 BC. This was soon followed by cherries.

Now we're talking! As a baker, I get excited about almonds and cherries, a great combo for pie, clafoutis or sweet bread. The possibilities are endless!

Some other fun food history facts:

Wine and beer came into ingredient history in 7000 B.C.  Milk, yogurt and sour cream didn't even enter the picture until 5000 BC.  Popcorn, 3600 BC. I can just imagine: a group of people sitting around the fire, when an ear of corn fell into the fire, followed by loud popping and fluffy white snow flake like pieces spurting upwards and falling down;  into the mouth followed by a satisfactory yum, and there you have it, the birth of popcorn.

Fast forward to some of our favorites:
Cocoa 1828. Condensed milk, 1856. Welches Grape Juice 1869. Heinz Ketchup 1876. Coca Cola 1886.  Pizza 1889.  Peanut butter and jelly 1901, and Jolly Ranchers 1949.

Back to the original question; “Are your recipe’s your own?”  Generally I will look up a good scone recipe. Once found, I change it according to my taste. I might add more cinnamon or reduce the amount sugar. I might find that cooking it at 350* in my oven is too hot and adjust the temperature. Once I have done those things, then yes, the scone you are eating is my creation.

A recipe begins the cooking process which leads to the age old practice of making meals to then share around the kitchen table. You now have a foundation to please the taste buds, satisfy the picky eater and provide a memorable eating experience.  

In the end, it is up to you to tweak the recipe making it into something delicious, satisfying and worthy to pass down for the generations to come.  In the end, we tend to make each recipe our own in some way.

For other fun food history facts, check out:  www.timeline.org


Sidney - Baker Extraordinaire

You can find Sidney up and at 'em before most people would want to be up and at 'em.  As dawn approaches she is pulling out freshly baked goodies from the oven -- just in time for our 7am opening time.  Be sure to check back for more posts by Sidney from the Blue Beagle Kitchen!

Bloggin’ bloggin’ bloggin’ keep those doggies bloggin’…

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…And with that musical introduction I’d like to welcome you to my inaugural Blue Beagle blog post. On our dog blog you will find everything that is the Blue Beagle: Food. Coffee. Culture. Opinions on things that may seem trivial in the everyday world, but are a really big deal in our world.

To kick this off right let’s get fueled up and talk about one of the newest coffee trends: "Bullet Proof" Coffee. First brought to our attention by one of our regulars, Michelle B., this coffee combination consists of brewed coffee, Kerry Gold butter, and coconut oil; blended together until frothy. Together these 3 magical ingredients creates a concoction that is touted to keep you full until lunch. That’s right 4 hours of energy in one 16 oz. cup.

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Skeptical? So were we. So we tried it out. Using our light roast Ethiopian coffee, Kerry Gold butter and Trader Joe’s coconut oil, we blended up a cup of "bullet proof" coffee in our Vita-Mix. Here’s what some of the team thought…

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Jane: “I’m way ahead of you guys. I’ve been drinking this for months. Usually I add a bit more coconut oil to get maximum coconutty flavor.”

Jason: “I liked it. I think it was a good base recipe to try. I’d be curious to test it out with different coffees and sweeteners. It also coats your lips so you don’t have to use chapstick!”

Sal: “I’ve been playing around with this recipe for a few weeks now. Personally I think we should rename it to be ‘Bro Coffee’…yeah!”

India: “Nope. I will be having none of this. Coffee? Yes. Butter? Yes. Coconut oil? Sure. All together? Not ok.”

Well there you have it, 4 random opinions in a sea of yea, nay and in-betweens.

No matter your drink of choice always remember: food trends come and go, but coffee is forever.

Thanks for reading my first ever Blue Beagle blog post. Be on the lookout for the next posts coming soon… :)


India - No Introduction Needed

You all know her, and you should after all these years! She's been making faces, but usually smiling, behind the counter since it was The Bungalow!

Be sure to see her at Blue Beagle everyday... because she'll be by, even on her days off.

 

Stocking Up

We're only a few days away from Christmas Day!  Are you ready?

Just so you know, if you're en route to a gathering, prepping to brave the mall mania, or you just need a caffeine fix, stop by for coffee and some stocking stuffers!

We have bags of our freshly roasted beans, travel cups, diner mugs, festive boxes of truffles and we're still doing pie orders!

 
 

We're open daily and on Christmas Eve between 7 and 2 for your pick-me-ups and gift pick-ups!