The Best Coffee Roasters in the USA

Olympia Coffee Roasting – Olympia, WA

Although the larger Pacific Northwestern cities of Portland and Seattle are home to many well-known coffee roasters, coffee lovers claim that it’s actually Olympia Coffee Roasters in the midsize Washington town of Olympia that should be given the top honors. The 13-year old company has branded themselves “coffee obsessed” and it truly shows in their sophisticated line of offerings which include organic beans, espresso, and decaf blends.

They have five cafes located around Olympia and in West Seattle, including a tasting room inside the warehouse that also houses their massive roasting operation.


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Wells Coffee – Boca Raton

Although the town of Boca Raton is a popular tourist destination, it remained devoid of any reputable local coffee roaster until 2014, when Wells Coffee was founded after an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign provided them with the necessary funding. Their offerings are a mixture of single-origin beans and blends, which you can buy at their roastery and tasting room in Boca or get shipped to you by mail.

Congregation Coffee Roasters – New Orleans

Congregation Coffee Roasters offers plenty of amazing coffee and Southern hospitality in their new café, which is located a short ferry ride from the popular French Quarter. The founders of Congregation hail from Seattle, and they bring their expertise from that coffee-rich city to their new home. They roast all their own beans on-site and offer customers the choice of lattes, cold-brew, and everything in between. They even make their own beer on-site as well, in a partnership with a local brewery.

You can tell how deeply Congregation is involved in the local community as soon as you step through the doors of their café as all of their food is made in partnership with other local businesses.



The Best Flower Displays in the World

Flowers are one of the most beautiful objects in nature — their bright faces remind us of sunshine and warm weather, and their perfume can help us recall specific memories that all our other senses have forgotten. While many of us strive to make our home the perfect outdoor oasis, others focus on spectacular displays of flowers that can only be found in a small number of places. We’ve scoured the globe for some of the most beautiful flower displays open to the public. If you’re a fan of beautiful flowers both cultivated and wild, check this list out.

Lights Out: Abandoned American Drive-Ins

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in the United States in 1915. This innovation marked yet another step in the American entertainment industry. For the first time ever, families could see a movie together without having to get out of their car. Although for a time, drive-in movie theaters were popular all over the United States, with almost a thousand open during their heyday in the 1950s and 60s, the rise of the luxurious multiplex drove most American drive-ins out of business.

Mini Guide to South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost country in the African continent with a population of approximately 56 million people (24th most populous nation). It has a coastline of nearly 2,800 kilometers being part of both the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. It has a difficult history of racial segregation (apartheid) and massive inequality, despite having the seventh…