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• 21st Street Coffee and Tea; beans from Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. In the Strip District, single-origin coffees available on the Clover (a specialized single-cup coffee brewer) include Santuario Heliconias from Columbia (direct trade), Cruz Del Sur from Peru (direct trade/organic), Anjilanaka from Bolivia (direct trade/organic) and Lake Tawar from Sumatra. Frick Building location, will offer a rotating single-origin starting March 15; www.21streetcoffee.com; 412-281-0809 (Strip District); 412-281-2480 (Downtown).

• Aldo Coffee Company, Mt. Lebanon; beans from Intelligentsia and Jake's Java. This week's single-origins are Bolivia Anjilinaka (direct trade), Peru Cruz del Sur (direct trade), Sumatra Lake Tawar (available by cup/press pot only) and Mexico Organic Nayarit Dry Process (Jake's Java); www.aldocoffee.com; 412-563-1220.

• Big Dog Coffee, South Side; beans from Intelligentsia Roasters; currently serving Peru Cruz del Sur (organic). Additionally, Colombia Santuario El Mirador (limited supply); Colombia Santuario Heliconias; and Rwanda Zirikana for retail sale only; www.bigdogcoffee.net; 412-586-7306.

• Blue Horse Coffee, Mt. Lebanon; beans from Counter CultureCoffee; single-origins include Peru Valle de Santuario, Mexico Zaragoza, Nicaragua San Ramon, El Salvador Finca Mauritania, Colombia La Golondrina, Honduras French roast Finca Pashapa, Papua New Guinea Kuta, Sumatra Dolok Sanggul, Ethiopia Sidamo Shakisso, Rwanda Humure, Decaf Mexico Zaragoza and Decaf Peru Valle. Colombian Ariel Pajoy of Cauca (micro-lot) available for retail sale; www.bluehorsecoffee.com; 412-341-6114.

• La Prima Espresso, Strip District; coffee roaster and espresso bar. Origin coffees available for retail sale include Brazilian Daterra, Colombian Supremo Andeano, Costa Rica Harvest Reserve, Kenya French Mission Bourbon, Guatemala Finca Vista Hermosa (Relationship Coffee); fair trade/organic beans include Tanzania Peaberry Highland Paradise, Ethiopia Harrar Oromia, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Oromia, East Timor, Sumatra Mandheling, Mexico Chiapas; www.laprima.com; 412-281-1922.

• Tazza D'oro, Highland Park; beans from Batdorf & Bronson. The current single origin menu, available by french press and chemex pot, includes Sumatra Lake Tawar, Sumatra Mandheling, Kenya Nyeri Jungle Estate, Kenya AA Nyeri Kiandu, Costa Rica La Minita Del Sol, Guatemala Antigua Finca El Valle, El Salvador Siberia Pacamara and Panama Esmeralda (the last 5 lbs); tazzadoro.net; 412-362-3676.

• Voluto Coffee, Garfield; beans from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. The current menu of single origin coffees includes Guatemala La Finca Perla (2008 COE Presidential Award Winner), Ethiopia Yergacheffe Bagersh (organic) and, by individual press pot only, Keny AA Rioki Estate; www.volutocoffee.com; 412-661-3000.


CUPPINGS AND CLASSES

• Blue Horse: Free cuppings are held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Participants assess three coffees. No reservations or experience with coffee tasting necessary.

• La Prima offers a roaster tour and coffee class the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m.-noon. Learn about different coffee types, espresso basics, and see a roast first-hand; $10.00; includes coffee sampling, half-pound bag of coffee and biscotti. Space limited; 412-565-7070.

• Fresh Cup Cafe in Saxonburg is holding coffee classes the second Monday of each month. Learn about regional coffees, roastings, and tastings; $8 for coffee, sweet and chocolate, 724-352-8181 or e-mail kacyhometeas@yahoo.com.



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