Giving Local with honeygrow & Challenge Program

When honeygrow announced it’s expansion into Delaware, we were ecstatic. The Philadelphia start up offers fun and fresh “fast” food with locations in and around the Philly, New York, and Washington D.C. metro area. It approaches it’s menu with high quality, healthy food in mind. They’re dedicated to sourcing locally and even create in-house dressings.

In addition to the food, we love the authentic, industrial, and modern feel of honeygrow. In Delaware, you can see original photographs by local artist, Carlos Alejandro.

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At their headquarters in Fish Town, Philadelphia, some of the furniture is handmade by the Challenge Program, which is an organization in Wilmington, Delaware, which provides vocational training for at-risk youth. The program seeks to empower them with the confidence and skills in order to help them achieve greatness. In addition to assistance in earning a high school diploma or GED, the Challenge Program offers on-the-job experience working with local restaurants and The Mill to create gorgeous, one of a kind pieces.

The Challenge Program created the coffee table at the honeygrow headquarters:

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Trainee from the Challenge Program working on a project:
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photos by Carlos Alejandro

As a result of their great effort, honeygrow has chosen the Challenge Program in their Giving Local Program. All day on Friday, February 17th, honeygrew will donate 20% of your check to the Challenge Program when you present this flyer at the Newark or Market Square locations.

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Passion for Coffee: Cafe MonteAgua

Cafe MontéAgua is grown in the Antigua coffee region of Guatemala, a secluded valley between three volcanoes is continuing a story that began thousands of years ago. From the times when ancient Mayans celebrated Chaak, the god of rain, thunder, and the harvest, the precious crop has been coffee. We sat down to chat with founder Alejandro Castañeda to learn more about the inside story of this luxury coffee brand.

Cafe MonteAgua 1. Why did you choose to start the Café MonteAgua brand?
“I decided to start the MonteAgua Brand because ever since I have been traveling to the US, I have felt that the coffee is pretty mediocre at best.  And coming from Guatemala, where some of the best coffees in the world are produced, that didn’t cut it.  So since I have been traveling to Wilmington for the last 25 yrs of my life, I started bringing coffee as gifts and so that I could drink this great coffee as well.  Shooting two birds with one stone if you will.  I started learning about the way coffee is commercialized in the US, statistics and processes.  Who the players are, and how the tendencies go as generations change.  So it became pretty obvious to me, that the time has come in which the US is now ready to enjoy the best coffees.  I am not competing against anybody, I just let my coffees do the talking themselves.  When people try them, invariably they notice the difference.  It is like a pleasant surprise to discover that coffee doesn’t have to be bitter.  That coffee doesn’t have to be cold brewed to take the bitterness away,  That MonteAgua coffees can be brewed, and if you like them cold, cool it and never come close to even wanting to use sugar on them, because they lack the bitterness.”

“You see coffee has a little bitterness to it, but is has to be a hint, not the predominant factor in it.  So I implemented the processes that reassure this.  Some of them are mentioned in an article written in the Delaware Today, Main Line Today, The Hunt and Westchester magazines.  But it is more of an art to me, then it is just a “get it out of the way” mentality. Most of the coffee out there doesn’t go thru such scrutiny.  And it is understandable because it makes it more expensive.  Pricier coffee, pricier processes and longer time to gently roast makes it a pricier option.  However, this is what a luxury item brings to the table. Also, the limited productions that are very carefully chosen gives you a wonderful raw material that exceeds all other.”

2. Can you briefly explain the steps involved in creating a single bag of Café MonteAgua Coffee?
The steps are simple, but flawless;
1. Very controlled and supervised milling process
2. Sun dried to perfection
3. Patient and vigilant rest of the raw beans
4. Careful transportation
5. Delicate roasting
6. Extreme tasting and development
7. Careful rest before packaging for immediate delivery

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3. What makes this brand more exclusive than other coffee brands out there?
The exclusivity of the brand I guess I explain in the no.1 bullet point.
-Limited production
-Super selected beans, more expensive
-Signature Premier Roasting
-Perfect timing in the fulfillment stage
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Café MonteAgua comes in three different varieties. No. 12 Premium Roast, No. 14 Premium Roast, and No. 23 Preminum Roast, all three with their own unique smooth and balanced taste for $24.99 a bag. These bags are available in single bag purchases or as a subscription plan where these fresh beans are delivered right to your doorstep. Cafe MonteAgua is available locally in Delaware at Janssens Market.
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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Dads aren’t always the easiest to shop for and, with father’s day right around the corner, we went shopping to help you pick out a few father’s day gifts that every dad is sure to love.

1. For the fashion-forward dad: we stopped by Wilmington Country Store to pick out a pastel plaid Vineyard Vines button-down, a Smathers and Branson needlepoint wallet and coaster set for his desk.

2. For the backyard barbecue grill master, we visited Angerstein’s to pick out a Texas style Traeger wood pellet grill and recipe book to help him master the art of grilling. Then head to Jansen’s Market to pick up some of the finest meats in the area to try out his new grill for a father’s day family cookout.

3. For the dad who enjoys a good burger and beer, but doesn’t want to cook it himself: take him to BBC Tavern for their famous BBC burger, wings and craft beers.

4. For the car enthusiast: we stopped by Union Park BMW to check out the newest BMW i8. Take him out for a test drive in BMW’s revolutionary plug in hybrid sports car that combines the efficiency of an all-electric motor and the power of a TwinPower Turbo engine for an exhilarating driving experience… a man can dream.

5. For every dad: we visited Houppette to pick out some Malin and Goetz products: a smoothing, and non irritating shaving cream, an exfoliating body scrub, and a hydrating mojito-scented soap set. Ladies aren’t the only ones who need to spoil themselves.

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Local Loves: BBC Tavern and Grill

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With a cozy atmosphere, tasty food, and a great bar, Brandywine Brewing Company Tavern and Grill is one of our favorite local places for lunch and happy hour. Catch a wait? No worries, spend your wait time shopping next door at Ellie Boutique and Wilmington Country Store.

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Their extensive menu ranges from traditional tavern fare like house made burgers and wings to fresh hand crafted salads and sandwiches. There’s something for everyone and every occasion. Some of our favorite dishes include the BBC burger, Buffalo Wings, Grilled Salmon salad, Roasted Beet salad, and Cajun Mahi sandwich.

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