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New Beans From Duluth Coffee Company

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The wares from the Duluth Coffee Company at coffee making central in the Frost River shop

The Crew at Duluth Coffee Company have a new batch of beans roasted. The story that comes with the beans states that Colombia Huila Los Naranjos coffee comes from an area where 52 individual growers each own their own “micro wet mill” where the coffee beans are carefully processed before they are sold.

It’s really interesting getting coffee from the Duluth Coffee Company because there is such variety and it’s roasted at their shop on Superior Street. They buy small lots of beans and when that lot is gone they switch to roasting beans from a different region. Recently we’ve been getting beans that were dried on patios in Northern Sumatra. Apparently the coffee beans had been separated from the “mucilage” surrounding the bean by hand cranked machines. I just know it was good coffee and am equally pleased with the Colombian variety. It’s fun to have a story to go with our coffee. And it’s nice having coffee partners in Duluth. Thanks gang!

We usually have a pot of coffee on in the shop. Please feel free to stop in and try a cup or order a pound online. 


Information provided with our coffee. The current batch comes from the Los Naranjos River area in Colombia

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Frost River with Zeal Optics

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This ad appears on the back cover of Canoe & Kayak’s 40th Anniversary edition. Frost River stuff looking good on the water!

It was late in the day on a Friday afternoon, we were getting ready to close the shop and head out, when Chris, the Proprietor of Frost River came up front to the store on a mission. He had just got off the phone with the marketing guys at Zeal Optics. The Zeal crew was getting ready to leave on a photo shoot and needed some props…. in a hurry. We were happy to help.

 Not being big into premium eyewear, I was not familiar with Zeal Optics at the time. Now, after getting to know what they do, I’m impressed. They focus on making great polarized lenses, and match them with frames made from stuff that’s better than plastic. Their Z-resin is made from the castor plant instead of crude oil. Their “Grounded” philosophy is something anyone can get behind. None of this mattered much at the time. I needed to get a box of Frost River stuff out to Oregon in a hurry. 

We didn’t have many details on where they were shooting but understood it was near some water. We sent them a Grand Portage Pack with a Map Case, a Large Laurentian, and a Leather Journal. We were really happy when we saw the shot. They were in a canoe. The pack was right where it belongs. The ad recently graced the back cover of the 40 year anniversary edition of Canoe & Kayak Magazine.

The scurrying on a late Friday afternoon, racing to the shipping depot by 6:00 pm so the box could get on a plane for next day delivery to Portland was gratified. It’s pleasing to see a canoe loaded with a Frost River canvas and leather looking good on the back cover of Canoe & Kayak magazine. Thanks Zeal.