All posts by Alison Duby

Colombian Excelso

Our newest addition to our coffee collection.  Roasted at a Medium Roast these beans are not something to pass over. We have tested, tasted and sent samples with a select few of our regulars and they have all come back wanting more.

This bean is rich, smooth, and deep in flavor.  Taking on caramel notes as well as a brown sugar finish.

Colombian Excelso

A Little Background

Excelso is actually the size of the bean.  There are two sizes for Colombian beans, the Supremo and the Excelso. The Supremo is slightly larger than the Excelso.  Both beans can come from the same farm or even the same tree and give a noticeable difference in flavour profile just based on their size.

Colombian coffees are known for being well balanced with a very good body to them, and from our experience, we could not agree more.

This bean makes a great Americano and also pairs exceptionally well with milk, making a very rich Latté or Cappuccino!

If you would like to try this new addition we will be selling in-store and online for $18/lb, this bean will be available for all of our Loyalty customers as well!

Stay tuned for more beans in the near future!


Monsoon Malabar

Monsoon Malabar is a speciality coffee bean from India.

Monsoon Malabar

Traditionally, coffee beans once they are harvested, are laid out on concrete beds to dry in the sun. The Malabar beans follow the same method, however instead of being dried in the sun, they are beaten with the strong monsoon rains for 3-4 months. This causes them to swell up, lose their acidity and hold on to a beautiful smokey flavour present in many espresso blends.

We are excited to be offering more coffee with incredible back stories.

Stay tuned as we release more and more of these unique beans.

Herbal Teas

While we’re not afraid of a little west-coast weather, cold and damp conditions are often accompanied by bugs like colds and the flus. An easy, natural, and delicious way to fortify your body against seasonal (and other) ailments is to consume herbal tea.

To get the ball rolling we thought we would give you a rundown on some of our top nutrient dense items that will help keep you feeling warm and nourished all through the season. We know you love our coffee (and we do too!) but let’s put a new focus on a few of our tea offerings and what they can really do for you!

Yerbe Mate

Yerbe Mate herbal tea

Yerbe Mate is a tea all its own, with the strength of a coffee and the benefits of tea. Made from dried leaves of an evergreen holly tree in South America, it is widely used as a medicinal tea as well as a ritual tea. It contains 85mg of caffeine per 8 ounce cup as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals ( Vitamin A, C,E, calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Chlorophyll and 15 amino acids to name a few).

Yerbe mate has been linked to reducing the risk of diabetes and high blood sugar, increasing mental energy and focus, appetite control and improvement of allergy symptoms.

Yerbe Mate herbal tea

It contains polyphenols which work by inhibiting enzymes such as pancreatic lipase and lipoprotein lipase, both which play a role in fat metabolism. It is due to the presence of the polyphenols that yerba mate is linked to increase satiety as well as aiding in weight loss. With high amounts of vitamins and minerals it is also linked to healthier heart conditions, as well as increased protection of the cardiovascular system.

At Coyotes we have mixed this vitamin-packed tea with goji berries, seabuckthorn, carrots, rosehip and citrus in our Active blend. We’ve also created a Fitberry Blend with roobios, raspberry leaf, tulsi, chickweed and raspberry flavour. Both of these teas are an excellent source of Yerbe Mate’s benefits, as well as being tasty and nutrient packed!

Pau D’Arco

Pau D'Arco herbal tea

Pau D’Arco is a tea made from the bark of the tree Native to South America. It can be used in healing teas as well as used topically for ailments such as pain and inflammation. Its properties may contribute to relieving symptoms of candida, viruses and cancers as well as promotes the healing of ulcers. Tests have been conducted with cancer patients and arthritis suffers to affirm its benefit on pain reduction. Pau D’Arco contains natural antiviral and antifungal compounds that are biologically active against harmful organisms. Not only is this bark linked to the benefits listed above but it also packs a powerful nutrient punch containing, selenium, quinoids, benzenoids and flavonoids, which help to rev up your metabolism and fight free radicals in the body. Earthy and mild, this tea is easy to add your shelf this season!

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm herbal tea

Lemon Balm has been used traditionally to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, heal wounds and promote longevity. Originating in the Middle East and Europe, this herb was classically used medicinally. Research has shown that it is effective at protecting the heart and liver from common diseases and can also naturally reduce PMS symptoms. Lemon balm can be consumed or used topically or aromatically. The aromatic benefits of Lemon balm are most helpful with mental clearing, reducing anxiety, as well as improving mood and sleep. Similar benefits can be seen when lemon balm is ingested. This is an easy herb to add to any of your favourite teas, or enjoy it on its own to help with a number of digestion upsets as well as anxiety and sleep.


Fennel herbal tea

The taste of fennel is distinct to say the least. Reminiscent of black licorice, this herb contains potassium, folate, calcium, and Vitamin C.

These nutrients help link it to antioxidant protection, anti-inflammatory properties as well as immune support. Fennel has also been linked to improved colon health. Although an acquired taste, this herb has a lot of benefits beneath the surface.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle herbal tea

Today, nettle can be found worldwide, but originally was found in the cold regions of Europe and Asia. It’s commonly known for its skin irritating component – less well known are the many benefits this leaf has when brewed as a tea.

Tea made from the Stringing Nettle leaves is linked to allergy relief, pain relief from joint pain and arthritis as well as eczema relief. One of its claims to fame is its use as a remedy for bladder infection, and urinary tract infection.


Lavender herbal tea

Native to the Mediterranean, lavender is well known for its pleasant aroma and bright purple flowers. It is now cultivated all over the world and people are loving the benefits it brings. Long known for its relaxation properties, it is commonly used to help induce sleep, to aid in relaxation as well as to help with stress and anxiety. Its scent is used widely for shampoos, soaps, and fabric sprays, but it can also be enjoyed as a delicious tea.

Lavender tea is linked to helping with ulcers, indigestion, and nervous stomach issues. Try it in our Lavender Earl Gray to ease into the flavour, or enjoy it on its own as a purely herbal tea. This tea makes for a lovely London fog (tea with steamed vanilla milk) which is a warm and comforting way to relax before bed.


Peppermint herbal tea

Known for its fresh flavour that helps you feel alert in the morning, peppermint tea is also known for its stomach healing properties. From an upset stomach to cramping and nausea, this tea has been linked to the reduction of gastro-intestinal symptoms.

On top of its ability to aid in stomach upset, it also linked to relaxation, reducing inflammation and is a natural breath freshener. Peppermint tea has been used for many years as a natural remedy, and on top that it tastes great. We recommend you enjoy it on its own or blend it with Lemon Balm to get double the benefits.

Dandelion Root

Dandelion root herbal tea

Native to Europe, Asia and North America, dandelion is known for being a pesky weed we can’t seem to get rid of. What isn’t as well known is that the roots and greens from this plant are packed full of nutrients that we can take advantage of! They are filled with antioxidants and have been linked to preventing free radicals in the body. Dandelion root has also been linked to reduced cholesterol. Try it alone, or blend it with some of our other offerings to reap the benefits of this nutritious root.

Echinacea Root

Echinacea root herbal tea

This root is native to North America and has been used as an herbal remedy for more than 400 years. It has been used as a natural alternative to traditional cancer therapies, and commonly used to prevent flu onset. It is also beneficial for infection, pain relief, and boosting the immune system. Echinacea root is more popular than you may have thought as a remedy for many flu and cold symptoms, and has a pleasant taste all on it own. It also blends excellently with other teas.

All of these herbal teas can be blended with your favourite go-to tea to get some added benefits out of your regular cup. We suggest a blend of aromatic teas such as ginger, peppermint, lavender or lemon balm as these have strong flavours that can mask the taste of any that you are not the fondest of.

The best medicine is a preventative medicine, and we believe if you add a few of these into your daily routine, you will be better equipped to take on flus, colds, and other ailments this year.

Come in and join us for a cup of tea, and learn all about our other tea offerings, gift (and of course coffee)!

(Note: this article is not intended to replace medical advice – please talk to your health care provider before undertaking any treatment program)

African Coffee

Many people do not know that coffee is of African decent. The original beans were allegedly discovered in Ethiopia by a goat farmer who then brought his discovery to the attention of the monastic world who later made it available to other countries. These beans are now known world wide and have many variations throughout different growing climates, location and farming practices.


African coffees are considered to be some of the world’s most exquisite beans, they are grown at high elevations with very balanced soil conditions. Coffees from this region range in flavours between countries and regions but in general most carry similar brightness, balance and floral like notes.  It is because of there full body and medium acidity that pairing them with fruits, cinnamon, chocolate and raisins is so delicious to the palate.


The three regions that we carry at Coyote’s are Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. All of these regions are known and loved for different reasons, and bring delight to those who try them.


Kaffa, Harar, Arsi and Sidamo are the original homes of coffee located on the south-western side of Ethiopia. The coffee plants grow wild in the mountain rain forests in many different varieties in this region.

The original origin of all coffees, also brings many people to believe it must be the truest form of coffee. Kaffa beans have rustic flavours and finish with a bold yet smooth acidity. It is because of its boldness that it pairs quite well with milk for cappuccinos and lattes.

Ethiopian Kaffa coffee has been a superstar since its original beginnings, next time your in take a look and see if its something you want to add into you morning routine!


Kenya’s grading scale includes Kenya E, Kenya PB, Kenya AA, Kenya AB, Kenya C, Kenya TT, Kenya T and Kenya MH/ML. The beans are graded as green coffee beans and then sold to be roasted.

The A-grade coffee such as Kenya AA, are washed and sundried during harvest allowing their classic flavours to develop. Kenya AA coffee is considered by many to be one of the most top rated coffees worldwide. It is grown at 6600 feet above sea level where growing conditions are slower, allowing for more nutrients to reach and develop within the bean and for their flavours to mature. The high plateaus in which they are grown lend a full body, rich and strong in flavour with a wine-like finish. We recommend scooping these beans up before their gone!


Coffees are grown on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, under shade of bananas trees. Some believe that the flavor profiles of these beans are somewhat similar to those of Kenya. The one thing that varies is the presence of the ever-so-famous peaberry. Although peaberries can be found in Kenya, Ethiopia and throughout coffee cultivating regions, they are tightly associated with Tanzanian coffees.

The Tanzanian Peaberry is something many associate with specialty coffee boutiques and stores. Grown within the same crop of regular beans, the peaberries always seem to give a different flavor profile to that of the original crop. The small dense beans are roasted according to their proportion and in most cases, give a lighter body, slightly more acidic flavours than the crop they were grown amongst. These beans are seen as exotic and worldly. It is because of their abundance that they have become so popular.

The Tanzanian flat beans are readily sold to consumers and the peaberries are then able to become a crop of their own.   Typically, medium bodied with bright tones and fruit acidity, this bean has notes of black currant and can finish into a smooth chocolatey flavour.

A History of Coffee


Coffee has a long and winding story of discovery, starting in the Ethiopian mountainous forests which according to African folklore is where it was first discovered.

GoatOne story has it that Kaldi, a monk, discovered it after his goats had eaten red berries from a specific tree he noticed they would have so much energy that they could not sleep through the night. Kaldi reported his findings to the Abbot of the local monastery who then boiled the berries to create a drink, that he found kept him alert through long hours of evening prayer. The Abbot then spread his discovery to other monks and the love of coffee began.

The drink gained large popularity through Arabia and word was spreading to other countries of this medicinal drink.  In order to keep coffee to themselves, they formed laws to ban the export of fertile beans.  The beans that were being exported were first boiled to render them infertile, and this meant only they could cultivate the coffee plants.  An Asian Indian, Baba Budan, snuck a  few fertile beans with him back to India and began cultivating them there.

Kaldi coffee

Coffee cultivation and trade began in the Arabian Peninsula, and was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia.  By the 16th Century coffee was known in Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey. European travellers brought back stories of the unusual black beverage by the 17th century, and began to make its appearance across the continent.

As demand grew for coffee cultivation, the Dutch planted coffee in Batavia, and the Island of Java, these plants thrived and soon the Dutch had a successful growing trade in coffee and expanded to the islands of Sumatra and Celebes.

From here beans were cultivated, shipped and enjoyed in  many countries, which is a much longer and more detailed story to tell. Coffee shops and bars  became a way of socializing, enjoying company as well as an ideal  way to start your morning. With coffee’s social aspects the need for it exploded and this brings us to today’s coffee culture.

Espresso pouringThere is so much more to know of the story of how coffee began and landed in countries all over the world.  To many, the idea that it originated in Ethiopia may seem absurd, as we now know and love many other different areas of the world for their coffee cultivation.  Coffee is seen throughout history in many tales, and stories written by travelers or seen in documentation as “the black drink” or descriptions such as this.

The book “Travels and Adventures” written by John Smith (British Traveller) describes drinking a Turkish drink called “Coffa” along his travels as well as enjoying a few cups with Princess Pocahantas. Coffee has had a long and whimsical history of being seen as magic, medicinal, and then as a social norm.

Perhaps after reading, you will see your morning cup as a drink with many more tales to tell.