Kombucha has been steadily growing in California for the past 15 years and has recently experienced an explosion in popularity in Oregon. Outside of those two states however, the market for the yeasty tea has been relatively dry. Until last year, that is, when Casey and Emily Malone founded Puget Sound Kombucha Co. in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood.
The second most popular drink in the world, right behind coffee, tea is enjoyed by billions of people across the globe, and the Pacific Northwest is no exception. While a burgeoning tea industry has yet take off in quite the same way as craft beer or cider has, these regionally-based tea companies (and our choice picks from said makers) are on a mission to change that with their teas, blended and bagged in your backyard.
Root beer has been a classic go-to soda since its invention by Quaker pharmacist Charles Hires back in 1876. The beverage has came a long way and is now produced worldwide with many different techniques and flavors, from sassafras and vanilla to alcoholic or simply “soft” soda. If you haven’t experienced the new and improved in the Pacific Northwest, here are a few to look at.
It’s been almost exactly three years to the day since I launched Caffeination Cascadia on July 1, 2013. As it was the middle of the summer, I wrote about cold brew as compared to iced coffee in The Coolest Coffees. In the time since, I’ve covered everything from the world’s largest coffee convention to an invite-only warehouse meet-up of the West Coast’s brightest minds in art, coffee and tech.
Vinegar, particularly apple cider vinegar, has long been hailed for its healing properties, with benefits ranging from reducing congestion, soothing a sore throat, and remedying indigestion, to balancing insulin levels and lowering cholesterol. All this and it’s thought to reduce the effect of a hangover to boot.
Coffee, like any food item, can be in season or out of season—and as with other foods, it’s best to enjoy your coffee when it’s in season and freshest. Luckily, different countries in the Bean Belt enjoy different growing seasons, so there will always be in-season coffee to enjoy.
Founded by two Northwest natives, Elm Coffee Roasters are fulfilling the demand for good coffee in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood and are answering the increasingly louder call for lighter roasts. Elm Coffee roasts to unveil the natural flavors and characteristics of the beans, sourcing from small-lot farms around the globe and catering the roast to each style of the coffee bean.
The New Year is synonymous with the resolution routine: dusting off those gym shoes, breaking out the blender and swapping whatever junk food survived the holidays with protein powders, detox teas and anything that passes as green. This attempt to abruptly change weeks of acquired cuisine-inspired vices adds an additional and unnecessary chill to our already gloomy Pacific Northwest January.
But as always, we like to have our craft beverages and drink them too.
A grower-owned co-op since 1960, Tree Top was formed in the heart of Washington’s apple country, producing juice, juice concentrate and other fruit products and ingredients. Set on strict standards—Bill Charbonneau, the original founder, would dump an entire tank down the drain if it wasn’t up to snuff—Tree Top has grown to international glory, while still maintaining its co-op orchard grower ownership and particulars.