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Support Women Coffee Growers with These 3 Award-Winning Coffees

Latte, Americano, cold brew, decaf drip—any way you sip it, your coffee has a story. Where the coffee cherries were grown (yep, beans are in fact cherry stones), the person who picked and dried them, and the journey they took to eventually make it into your cup.

Quaff on this: per the World Bank, 500 million people on this planet depend on the coffee industry for their livelihood—and of that number, 25 million are coffee farmers who generally live in substandard conditions, receiving only pennies on the dollar for their contribution to our caffeine fix. More than half of those workers are women, but these same women are usually underrepresented socially, economically and politically in their communities. Without the work of these tenacious ladies, family incomes would drastically decrease, farm production would come to a standstill, communities would suffer untold costs—and coffee offerings would be seriously slim.

So we’re partnering with the nonprofit International Women in Coffee Alliance (IWCA) to combat gender inequality in the coffee supply chain by investing in women-led cooperatives and farms. Starting May 1, all of our Ebar coffee shops will carry three specialty blends grown by women in places like El Salvador, Colombia and Burundi. All blends are medium roast and have won quality awards for their flavor.

We recently sat down with several IWCA members at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle. Here’s what these women entrepreneurs had to say about their experiences working in the coffee industry, specifically with IWCA, and how the program has helped empower the women and communities around them.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe to Make at Home | What’s Cooking

Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe to make at home from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

At Nordstrom, we make Pumpkin Spice Lattes with real pumpkin purée, Nordstrom Debut Espresso Blend Coffee Beans, Torani Pumpkin Pie Flavored Sauce and (what I think is genius) Nordstrom Spiced Chai mix, which is available to buy at our Ebars. They’re delicious and perfectly fit the season. To enjoy them at their best, drop by one of our stores for a steaming cup—but anyone can recreate just about the same experience at home, even without a fancy espresso machine or milk steamer setup. Though, if you do have one of those, check out the video from ChefSteps on how to steam milk like a master barista below.

One 15-ounce can of pumpkin purée is enough to fill up to 10 large mugs. Make these wildly popular lattes for your next holiday party crowd–or a cozy evening in for two (or one!), and see my Editor’s Note for freezing the pumpkin spice mix to use anytime. And, if you just can’t get enough pumpkin spice in your life, grab a 30-ounce can and use the remaining half to create our recipe for Pumpkin Frangelico Cheesecake.

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Easy Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade Party Punch Recipe | What’s Cooking

Party Drink Ideas: Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade Recipe from Nordstrom with Blackberry Syrup. Photo by Jeff Powell.It’s summer. You’re hosting a crowd. Throw together this refreshing pitcher drink to cool off your guests at your next party! Our simple recipe for freshly squeezed lemonade hits the perfect sweet-to-tart ratio and gets topped up with pomegranate juice, blackberry syrup and club soda for an effervescent sparkle.

Try this pomegranate lemonade seasonally at any of our Ebar locations, or make it at home for your next large event. Our recipe yields two gallons (or is easily halved, for one)–enough for a big backyard barbecue, sporting event or potluck. And yes, you can most definitely make this kid-friendly beverage into an adults-only party punch; just switch out the club soda for a dry Prosecco or splash in a bit of high-quality vodka.

Nordstrom Ebar Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Orange Twist Cold-Brew Iced Coffee Drink Recipe | What’s Cooking

I love coffee, but I’d never tried cold-brew coffee before making this drink. So when our Restaurants Team sent this recipe, a small, dubious part of me thought, ‘Really? 12 hours to steep the grounds at room temperature? Couldn’t you just make hot coffee and chill it down? It can’t be that much better.’ Well, I tried it at home, and it is. Now I’m a cold-brew believer–the smooth-tasting result is worth the hours-long wait.

Cold brew coffee drink recipe with oranges and agave from Nordstrom | Photo by Jeff Powell.

Unlike a more conventional hot brew, the cold-brew method yields a complex concentrate with much less acidity and bitterness. Augmented with the bright, citrusy orange–an unexpectedly great combination–and a hint of sweetness from the agave nectar, this drink is simple, surprisingly flavorful and refreshing. It makes for a unique addition to a summertime brunch or cold pick-me-up on a hot afternoon.

Our Ebars, where you can find our cold brew, use a 5-1/2-gallon commercial setup. Thankfully the same company makes a more friendly home-sized version–the Toddy Cold Brew Coffee System. For optimal results, use freshly ground whole beans, like our Nordstrom House Blend Dark Roast Coffee Beans.

Cold brew coffee drink recipe with orages and agave from Nordstrom | Photo by Jeff Powell

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