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If Reno Were A Coffee, What Kind Would It Be?

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From time to time, KUNR likes to highlight some of the work being done by our community partners. That includes Niche Podcast, which profiles people in Reno with unique passions and hobbies, like Joe Marino, who owns a local coffee shop in MidTown. Contributor David Calvert stopped by the shop to learn more about Joe's business and his story.

Marino owns Blue Whale Coffee Company in MidTown Reno, one of many small, local coffee shops popping up in the city.

“Well, coffee is actually a lot like people. It comes from all over the world and each different part of the world, it takes on different personality traits.”

When asked what type of coffee Reno would be, Marino decided that the Biggest Little City reminds him of a Rwandan brew because of its lackluster history and new sense of potential.

“Rwandan coffees have not been known to be very good. They have a lot of climactic issues that make it taste like a potato, but it’s been growing a lot. There’s been a lot of work being invested in improving the infrastructure, the processing.”

Niche is produced at the Reynolds School of Journalism.

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