There are some things we just cannot live without. None of our bikinis would ever get made without coffee, numerous cups a day actually. Salads and healthy eating are part of our healthy lifestyle but we could never relax at the end of the day without a nibble of chocolate or something else sweet.
Our world runs on coffee and chocolate and we love to support small brands who are making exceptional and artisanal products just like us here in the USA.
The Best Chocolate Bar You’ve Now Just Discovered
Noah has spent the last several years of his life traveling the world, tasting raw honey and raw cacao. Now he brings you truly raw chocolate bars that anyone could replicate in nature by simply using sticks, stones, and a bowl. Our current favorite bars are the Honey Coconut and Sea Salt Chocolate. They pair perfectly with a nice medium body red wine.
These chocolates are complex and simple in their deliciousness and made with natural ingredients in Fairfield, Iowa.
Noah’s Raw Chocolate also offers vegan chocolate bars for those with dietary restrictions.
Shop their store at: https://www.rawchocolateman.com/
Follow them on Instagram: @noahsrawchocolate
Batdorf and Bronson
Our Daily Bean; the fuel of A’QUA Swim
We here at A’QUA Swim drink a lot of coffee. We mean A LOT. It fuels us through design sessions, hours of sewing, all day photoshoots, and so much more. Each sip is moment to savor.
In the remote highlands of 9th century Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, a lone goatherd named Kaldi noticed his goats were full of energy, dancing and prancing, after eating a small red fruit from a nearby shrub. Not wishing to be left out of the fun, he ate the cherries and soon he was dancing too. According to legend, Kaldi and his goats had discovered coffee. This is where Batdorf and Bronson’s Dancing Goats house blend gets it’s name
Dancing Goats is perfect in our home espresso machine but also lends itself to drip coffee or pour-overs.
Dark, smooth, and sweet, with a beautiful floral aroma; Dancing Goats has an exceptionally clean acidity with a heavy, nutty body. Its complexity makes for both a flavorful espresso with rich, rusty reddish-brown crema, as well as an excellent drip coffee.
While this is our favorite and one of the most approachable coffees we consume, Batdorf and Bronson features a wide array of roasts to comfort or challenge your palette.
Shop their store and have coffee delivered right to you home: www.batdorfcoffee.com
Follow Batdorf and Bronson Coffee on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/batdorf.coffee/
Femme fatale in a cup
Roasted and packaged by a small business in Portland, Oregon, Hinterland Empire has a delightful selection of beans that are perfect for a daily cup. They also make some rad t-shirts and hoodies that embolden women everywhere.
Follow Hinterland Empire on Instagram @hinterlandempire
Shop their online store and get more than just coffee delivered at home http://www.hinterlandempire.com/
Iron Wolf Coffee Co
For the man in your life
Established in 2019, Iron Wolf Co. is a Southern California lifestyle brand built by three friends who want to share their passion for motorcycles, music, and specialty coffee. While they originally planned to open a shop in Baja, Mexico, the team encountered political push back which has led us to search for a new home.
Iron Wolf’s philosophy speaks to the journey we all take to become stronger, better versions of ourselves in spite of the hurdles life throws at us and their coffee is no different. Robust and oak forward in flavor. This roast is best enjoyed in a french press or around a campfire.
In addition to making an earthy roast of coffee, they
Follow them on Instagram at @ironwolf.co
Shop their online store at https://ironwolfco.com/