Uel Zing Coffee will end our bottling operation at the end of 2017. It’s a bummer, and it may come as a surprise, but it's also a relief. After almost five years, we’ve worked really hard and learned a lot, but we’ve concluded that our high-quality hand-made single-serve beverage sold at a reasonable single-serve price point is an unsustainable equation at our scale. In other words, it’s a volume game and we just haven’t been able to hit the volume we need to make it work. We’re extremely grateful for all the support we’ve received over the years, and I’d like to explain the decision a bit more.Read More
Uel Tide Greetings!
Hi hi hi! As another holiday season rolls around, we thought we'd bring back our cocktail recipes to help you make it past the potatoes and party into the night. These are just a few basic ideas, so use them as a leaping point and get wild! Our more concentrated CONK can be ideal for some uses, but also our smaller Ready-to-Drink bottles can be the perfect touch, too. In addition to cocktails and other beverages, add our cold brew to brownies or cookies, take it savory in chili, a marinade, or heck, try basting! And please, share your creations on the internet using the hashtag #CONKoction!Read More
In our fifth year of business, we're closing our cafe for good in order to focus on our wholesale operation and use our boot-strapping resources most efficiently. I love coffee shops and I love our shop, but due to a variety of reasons, our coffee shop has never been very busy. And that's ok, we just need to read and react—I've found that a lot of the entrepreneurial journey is figuring out what you are not. Turns out, we're not a coffee shop.Read More
The 8 oz
Be the size you want to see in the world
The 8 oz
Be the size you want to see in the world
This month, we're launching new, smaller bottles! Why? We find it's a better serving size for our super strong cold brew. And a few other reasons, too.
The new 8 oz bottle is a slimmed down version of the 12 oz. It fits better in your belly, your hand, your pocket, your fanny pack, you name it. It's still an amber-colored "Boston round" bottle, BPA free, heat sealed, and full of the same great cold brew. The lid is a little smaller now, and has a pog-like cardboard seal... so grab your slammer!? During the transition, the new bottles will have a flashy yellow sticker label, but after a few weeks we'll have screen-printed bottles like usual.Read More
Uel Brew 1000 cold brew action shot By Austin Patterson, Head of Innovation & CFO at Uel Zing Coffee
Cold brew, like pour-overs or espresso, is just another brewing method. We would not like to limit its possibilities by assigning too narrow of a definition. Fewer limits open the door to exciting exploration and the opportunity for discovery—all in a cup of coffee. If you are anything like us, every coffee you choose is accompanied by a feeling of anticipation and curiosity. It is an ultimate goal to assist the greater coffee community, especially those at home, to get more out of each bag that captures their attention. We wanted to take time to perform extended experiments to create a resource that aims to further our understanding of cold brew and coffee as a whole. What follows is meant to be a starting point for us and hopefully for you as well; Enjoy!Read More
Experimenting with Uel Brew 1000! Before this summer, we had always brewed our cold brew as a concentrate. It was just the thing to do. The industry standard is to brew strong and then dilute that concentrate with water 1:1 for a ready-to-drink cold brew. But this practice of diluting concentrate, it turns out, is actually pretty wasteful—the grounds suck up too much moisture.Read More
The Aeropress has quickly become one of the most popular manual brewing systems out there. It has gained such a following that now there are yearly regional, national, and worldwide Aeropress championships. The Aeropress’s popularity is largely due to its incredible versatility: it can brew anything from a super strong shot that approaches espresso to a standard full cup of coffee, and anywhere in between. Its brew dynamics incorporate the paper filter of a pour-over, the full-immersion steeping chamber of a French press, and the pressure of espresso (albeit not nearly the 9 bars you get from a pump). This allows you to brew a single coffee dozens of different ways with the same tool.Read More
Launching March 15, all Uel Zing cold brew coffee will be roasted by Tinker Coffee Co. Our signature blend of chocolatey Nicaraguan beans, berry-sweet Ethiopian, and smoky Sumatran will remain the same, now roasted Tinker-style on a Probat L-12 gas-fired drum roaster in Indianapolis, Indiana. We have loved working with Quarrymen Coffee Roasting Co. for the last three years, and now we're excited for our future with Tinker. On Saturday, March 12, Tinker will be coming down to Bloomington for a "Meet the Roaster" event, at which we'll have plenty of coffee to taste, answer any/all questions, and maybe even hold a 1 lb sample-roaster roast off: their Quest M3 versus our own DIY Austinbilt Inferno!Read More
The Uel Zing Coffee Lab is open Friday through Monday (and was closed for a healthy holiday break). ...so yeah, our hours are kinda weird. Here's why: though we began as a cold brew coffee cart, we soon started bottling cold brew—which quickly became the bulk of our business. So even though the Lab or cart might not always be open, there are about 15 other locations around town (grocery stores, donut stores, bagel stores, etc.) that are open and serving our cold brew. The Lab functions firstly as company headquarters (mainly, storing a lot of bottles) and secondly as a retail and event space: serving coffee, selling coffee beans and brew gear, hosting cuppings and coffee education, and other events like comedy or ping pong.Read More
The ZINGteam decided to head to our favorite land of fake forests and large plastic holiday figurines—Menards... and FUN ensued! Check out the full spread of UEL LOG crewneck sweatshirts, hand-knit 100% wool ZINGhats (by Lindsay), and the Uel Brew 1000 romping through a winter wonderland! And just click here to shop for any and all of these goodies! Lindsay and Penguins!Read More
You might find yourself looking for gifts this time of year, and I can recommend a few ideas for the coffee geeks, nerds, and snobs on your shopping list. Several of these are things that we sell at our Coffee Lab in Bloomington and/or online, and some are through other coffee sites—Espresso Parts and Whole Latte Love are great to shop around on, and of course Amazon has a lot too. There are many coffee gift guides (be sure to check out Sprudge's gift guides), but hopefully these will be some low- to mid-level price points that will score big with your favorite coffee drinker!Read More
When he graduated from Cornell University in 2010, Samuel Sveen got used to hearing the question so common that it was the opening number in the Broadway musical "Avenue Q" -- "What do you do with a B.A. in English? Sveen launched a couple of entrepreneurial ventures -- cheese-slicers and custom greeting cards -- served as editor and a writer for the website ArtObserved and worked in gourmet coffee shops. He lived in Ithaca, N.Y., and then Brooklyn, where he met his girlfriend.Read More
When Samuel Sveen goes to work, he is hard to miss. Riding through downtown and turning up in local stores, he serves up coffee from his big, bright yellow pedal cart.
Sveen’s cart is the face of his Uel Zing coffee business and allows him to go to customers with his product. Any busy street corner is his storefront. “The most important thing about a location is location, location, location, and with the cart I can put it in whatever location, location, location I choose to,” Sveen said about his uncommon business model.Read More
From getting the day started, to planning, to getting things done, here are a few items and ideas to help you GO, GO, GO! Most of these products were created by small-business entrepreneurs, and we hope they’ll help the next entrepreneurs along.Read More