After several years owning and working in coffee shops, Death Wish Coffee Company owner Mike Brown decided it was time to satisfy customers' requests for a highly caffeinated dark-roast coffee. But there was a problem: dark-roast coffees must be cooked longer to achieve their bold flavor, but a long roasting process cooks off most of the caffeine. To solve this dilemma, Mike spent weeks researching and traveling to find the perfect coffee formula.
Though it provides more caffeine in one cup than standard coffee can provide in two, Death Wish Coffee is a coffee first: it's bold and smooth, with all the complex aromas a dark roast is famous for. Fans can pacify their pounding hearts with the assurance that the coffee is not only tasty, but also organic and fairly traded.
Simplicity. That's the most important ingredient in all food according to Honest Weight Food Co-op. So to understand what makes their products stand out, it's better to look at what's not on the nutrition label. No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. No antibiotics, hormones, or other non-food ingredients. The team at Honest Weight Food Co-op works with local farmers and producers to make sure their standards are met in every product.
That's been Honest Weight Food Co-op's modus operandi since its founding in 1976, and the efforts of the members-owned organization have proved successful. The co-op has expanded into bigger and bigger spaces over the years, until they finally arrived at their current Watervliet Avenue location in 2013. The building brims with fresh meats and fish, in-season produce, natural groceries, and household items such as light bulbs and laundry soap (which also come from eco-friendly, responsible suppliers, naturally).
In addition to storing vast amounts of grocery items and prepared meals, this expansive space also makes it possible to host events ranging from juicing classes to reiki sessions. Honest Weight's outreach programs send educators to local schools to teach about healthy living, and the co-op partners with WAMC public radio to host Food For Thought evenings of food, film, and discussion, at least when attendees are done chewing.
Ever since The Barn Grocery Store opened as a discount grocery store more than a decade ago, it has grown every year. Today, it stocks fresh and organic produce & dairy, grocery, frozen foods, butcher-shop meats, and bakery items in a 10,000-square-foot facility. The products come from both local wholesalers and food brokers who represent major brands, meaning shoppers can find classic supermarket items at grocery-outlet prices.
The herbal-medicine experts at Goldthread Herbal Apothecary empower customers to attain wellness with fresh herbs and elixirs. Grown on Goldthread's own organic farm, concoctions are composed of ingredients planted according to strict sustainable standards that preserve the surrounding environment. In the bright, spacious store, customers browse a wide selection of natural remedies, from tea blended to relieve allergies and seasonal illness to honey infused with herbs and other flavors. Experts share secrets of herbal and alternative medicine in classes and workshops that teach students how to naturally boost energy levels and pick locks with leaves of aloe vera. In-house acupuncturists and medicine professionals consult with clients interested in holistic treatments.
Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.
Terra Americana’s boutique storefront stocks cake and soup mixes and local gift items that are a hit with both local and mail-order customers, all wrapped in the best packaging available utilizing local and natural resources. Each recipe has been developed and tested in New England to enhance the belief that local and natural foods are the key to a healthy being. The shop's cocoa mixes come in containers shaped like bears, and its dip kits yield creations that impress guests. They also craft custom party favors for special events and promotional items for businesses.