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Highland Brewing Company’s Thunderstruck Coffee Porter hits shelves in October

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A Highland Brewing Company perennial favorite, Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, is back this October with two coffee infusions. The lightly caffeinated, cool weather beverage is a collaboration between Highland and Dynamite Roasting Company. After an August 12th tour of Dynamite Roasting and a primer on coffee tasting basics, the Highland brewing team got down to business and participated in a “cupping” to determine what roasts and varietals Highland wanted to include in this year’s recipe. The cupping practice, guided by Dynamite owner Andy Gibbon, involves a multi-step process of steeping, smelling and audible slurping (the louder the better) to fully realize the coffees’ characteristics. “There are some really cool parallels in the sensory evaluation of coffee and beer. I’m now able to experience my second favorite beverage with the same amount of depth that I enjoy a good beer,” said Brewmaster Hollie Stephenson. After sampling several varietals, the fully amped group settled on a dark roast Mexican blend for the brew house addition, and a lighter Honduran blend for the post fermentation addition.

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New Woman Owned Coffee Cart Hosts Grand Opening

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A new Asheville espresso cart is hosting their Grand Opening Sunday September 27th alongside likeminded Café Racers, to raise money for prostate cancer.

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Waking Life Espresso Is Under Fire

Waking Life Espresso, a West Asheville staple for over 5 years, has recently come under fire by locals. Owners Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens, have been collaborating online to produce a blog and podcast alongside a twitter account about their sexual conquests. "Putting the sweet D in the tender V since 2013" is the title of their online narrative, and includes charming entries such as this:

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Biltmore Coffee Company Closing

The Biltmore Coffee Company (Not to be confused with Biltmore Coffee Traders on Hendersonville Road), located at 1 North Pack Square, in the bottom portion of the Biltmore Office Building, is closing doors effective Friday, June 27th. Upon hearing this I gave a little gasp of horror as I not only love their space, but I adore their chai lattes. I did a little digging to find out the cause of closure and what would happen to the building.

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