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Phoenix-Based Dairy Diversifying Into Coffee

An almost century-old family-owned dairy based in Phoenix is among those hoping to benefit from the increase in Americans’ daily coffee drinking - by launching a nationwide coffee line.

Last fall, Shamrock Farms began selling a coffee product statewide.

Christina Calio is with Shamrock. She said cold-brew coffee is their first non-pure dairy product.

“It has a smoother, less-acidic finish," Calio said. "And it also has twice the amount of caffeine. So, we’re really finding it’s the next step in evolution in coffee.”

Shamrock’s brew combines coffee with the farm’s milk, allowing the company to increase milk sales with the distribution of its new product.

The National Coffee Association said enthusiasm for “gourmet” coffees is, in part, driving an increase in daily consumption.

Up five percentage points since 2016, 62 percent of Americans now drink coffee on a daily basis.

Heather van Blokland was a host at KJZZ from 2016 to 2021.