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Side Dishes: Vermont wares make web waves

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Its name may not conjure up the pastoral images of Green Mountain Coffee, but Brown & Jenkins Trading Company of Cambridge (formerly of South Burlington) is just as “Vermont,” with its HQ in the green and grassy environs of Boyden Farm and the Boyden Valley Winery.

The java biz recently got major buzz on a blog called The Coffee Sage, “dedicated to the review of coffee, beans [and] coffee makers,” whose editors claim it’s read by “thousands of coffee connoisseurs daily.”

The Sage pronounces B&JTC’s roasts “delicious,” lauds its “elegant” Sumatra Mandheling and has even stronger praise for the Kenya AA. “The exuberant aroma is followed by succulent hints of leather and black currant,” the post reads. “It is dry in the mouth and finishes with a delicate aftertaste.”

Now I want a cuppa.

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On August 27, chocolate critic Clay Gordon of the popular gastro-blog Serious Eats had some sweet words for Burlington chocolatier Linda Grishman, owner of Sweet on Vermont. Gordon praises Grishman’s “puckish personality” and penchant for “beguilingly named” products such as “Hottie Chocolate” and “Moo Chews.”

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iGourmet, an online retailer of specialty foods, is hawking a product that makes it easy to ensure your next picnic is cheesy. The company’s stirringly named “Four Cheese Assortment with Insulated Travel Pack” includes miniature toasts and a quartet of cheeses, “providing enough contrasting flavors and textures to allow everyone to find a favorite,” the website boasts.

Vermonters won’t have a hard time choosing: Chèvre from Vermont Butter & Cheese is among the selections.