Celebration of Earth Day April 22nd, 2015

17 04 2015

Celebration alert! Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day and we’re celebrating by offering free packets of wildflower seeds with any purchase. While you’re at Hotwire, pick up our Earth Day drink – a violet, peppermint and white chocolate mocha. Help make our earth just a little better.EARTH DAY

New Charity Beverage Opportunity

16 09 2014

Charity Beverage!

Each month we’ll work with a charity to create a special drink to help raise money for their charity.  For every drink sold, $2.00 of the sales goes to their cause.  In 2014 we created a drink special with the folks from Seal Sitters and the people from the Loghouse Museum.  I really enjoyed working with the non-profits, so I thought let’s do it every month!

Currently, we are helping the ladies from Tilted Thunder http://www.tiltedthunder.com raise money for a new home for their banked track practice spot.  Their Indiegogo campaign is here:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tilted-thunder-needs-a-new-home  On that, two of the ladies are local West Seattle people.  

The criteria is the non-profit must be a 501c3 and have a very strong tie to West Seattle.  The form they can complete is here:  https://hotwire.wufoo.com/forms/charity-beverage-submission

Mexican Chiapas Organic Coffee at Hotwire

22 03 2012


Our Mexico Chiapas coffee is certified organic, shade grown and bird friendly.

Mexican coffee is a medium roast with a slightly nutty & sweet taste and has a well-balanced and smooth finish.

Some history behind our coffee from Mexico comes from the farmers who, consisting of indigenous Mayan peoples from the tribes of Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Mame, Chuj and Zoque, were concerned about chemical inputs, soil erosion, fish and bird deaths, and the emigration of their young people seeking jobs.

In addition to the farmer’s concerns about the land and loss of their families, they wanted to improve quality and yield, and get affordable prices for their beans. So in 1992, they formed the FIECH, Coffee from the Indigenous Ecological Federation of Chiapas. eThe formation of FIECH has been a key to success of the farmers.

In its short existence, FIECH farmers have built a modern warehouse with high-technology equipment for quality control. The co-op has provided technical assistance, repaired machinery, built school dormitories, developed women’s programs and created a community lending bank.  Farmers have tripled their average income by converting to organic production. They have used their resources to improve their homes, further their children’s education, and provide better food and health care for their families.

We hope you think of Hotwire the next time you need some beans from home and try our mildest coffee, Mexican Chiapas.

Brazilian Coffee at Hotwire

13 03 2012


Coffee was introduced in Brazil by Francisco de Mello Palheta in 1727 from Cayenne, French Guiana. Today, Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer and is becoming a significant player in the specialty coffee industry. Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, and Mundo Novo, which are coffee varietals, are grown in the states of Paraná, Espirito Santos, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Bahia.

Coffee from Brazil

The vast majority of coffee farms in Brazil are less than ten acres in size which the coffee industry is supporting families.  Actually, Brazil is now the world’s largest coffee producer and produces around 25% of the world’s supply of coffee!

The vast majority of Brazil coffee beans are still processed via the dry method since Brazil is one of the few countries in the world that has the appropriate weather to do so successfully.   Dry-processed (Naturally processed) coffees are dried while they are still in the cherry. Prior to drying, only cherries that float will be removed. Since the coffees are dried in contact with the sweet mucilage, the coffee will be heavy in body, sweet, smooth, and complex. Furthermore, since dry-processed coffees are more difficult, Brazil has invested significant time and money to developing new drying systems and drying practices to prevent fermentation.

After coffee processing, more subtle nuances due to regional characteristics can take over. There are several distinct coffee growing regions in Brazil, each large enough to be their own country!

Hotwire’s Brazilian coffee hails from the interior Cerrado region in Minas Gerais State.  The cup has a heavy syrupy body, exceedingly mild acidity and characteristic tobacco-like “autumn leaf” note to the aroma.  Come in and try a pound, we have our beans delivered multiple times per week and I like to include Brazil in our varietal mix most weeks as this is one of my favorite coffees.

Hemp Milk is New at Hotwire

7 03 2012


For most people, milk has been part of a standard daily diet their entire life. You may drink your lattes with our organic milk most days. If you’re looking for an alternative to milk, consider hemp milk instead!  It offers a variety of health benefits and at Hotwire we never charge extra.


Health Benefits Hemp Milk

Before we jump into the nutritional value of a hemp milk latte there are some other health benefits to consider.
Hemp milk doesn’t contain many of the allergens milk from animals contains. Many people are lactose intolerant or allergic, hemp milk is free from these common allergens.   Additionally, hemp milk contains wonderful omega fatty acids. Omega fatty acids are excellent for improving immune function, organ function, better skin, nails, and better brain function as well.


Your standard 12-ounce hemp milk latte contains the following nutrients:

• 900mg Omega-3 Fatty Acid
• 2800mg Omega-6 Fatty Acid
• All 10 Essential Amino Acids
• 4 grams of Protein
• 46% of RDA of Calcium
• 0% Cholesterol
• Potassium
• Phosphorous
• Riboflavin
• Vitamin A
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin B12
• Folic Acid
• Vitamin D
• Magnesium
• Iron
• Zinc

As you can see hemp milk is full of nutrients. It tastes much like almond, rice or soy milk all of which we have at Hotwire.

We’re All Swiss – About Decaf.

27 02 2012


There are only a couple of ways really to take a green coffee bean and ‘decaffeinate’ it.  One is soaking the beans in chemicals and the other is the Swiss Water Process, a method of decaffeinating coffee beans developed by the Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company.

To decaffeinate the coffee bean by the Swiss Water method, a batch of green (unroasted) beans is soaked in hot water, releasing caffeine. When all the caffeine and coffee solids are released into the water, the beans are discarded. The water then passes through a carbon filter that traps caffeine but lets the coffee solids pass through. The resulting solution, called “green coffee extract (GCE)” by the company, is now available for decaffeinating coffee. New green coffee beans are introduced to the GCE. Since the GCE is coffee solids without caffeine, only the caffeine diffuses from the new beans. The GCE passes through proprietary carbon, which captures the caffeine. The process repeats, filtering out all the caffeine until the beans are 99.9% caffeine-free. These beans are removed and dried, and thus retain most if not all of their flavor.


25 02 2012

We’re just getting started with a Pinterest board.  I think we’re just as new to this social media platform as most folks so please grow with us!  Our first board is called Swifty, it’s where we post some of the humorous stuff we maybe wouldn’t put on Facebook.



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