I have to admit Twitter has changed the way I use the internet. I follow people I find interesting. The most interesting bunch (as far as I'm concerned) are Twin Cities based. Businesses, bloggers, writers, photographers, cooks, chefs, eaters.... It's really a pretty cool group of people. And if someone ends up not being so cool? Well, you can stop following them, or you can hope that they fall off the twitter train along with the other 95% of registered twitter users.
One of the twitter users I started following months ago is @pubcoffeehouse. They were present at the Northeast Farmers Market in Minneapolis all summer and are working on opening a unique coffee house on 33rd and Johnson in NE soon, not to mention they gave me advice on where to drink great coffee in NYC. Public Coffee House is being opened by a couple of baristas that want to focus on high quality beans and brewing methods. Shawn was kind enough to roast up some beans just for one of you. He chose a Costa Rican Helsar De Zarcero and it was roasted on December 22... That's a pretty recently compared to that the stuff you buy at the super market. Shawn is to coffee as I am to food; a passionate and knowledgeable uber nerd. The Helsar De Zarcero beans, he informs me, sell for a premium price because of the quality of the coffee cherry. It is 100% composed of a coffee varietal called Typica Villalobos and and was sealed in GrainPro in Costa Rica to preserve its freshness. Shawn also included an awesome one cup Hario dripper which a popular brand amongst coffee pros because of their focus on personal brew methods. I like the sound of that!
See what social networking can do for a person?
Okay, so in the spirit of warming your undercaffinated little hearts this morning, I'll be handing over these amazing coffee beans and personalized coffee maker to one lucky winner. Since one of my GOALS for the year (resolutions be damned) is to avoid corporate coffee chains, to enter you must comment below telling me your favorite locally owned coffee shop where ever it is that you live. Leave your email address in the space provided (I promise I won't send you unsolicited advice) and good luck! Comments will close on Friday, January 15 at 12pm CST and a winner will be chosen at random by Random Number Generator. If you blog, tweet or facebook about this give away you MUST repost a link to your shout out on this blog to enter a 2nd, 3rd or 4th time. If you do all four, four separate comments.