Frequently Asked Questions. We're so glad you asked...
Is your coffee organic?
We are not certified organic. We may never be. Why? It’s a very rigorous process that costs a lot and requires us to do a lot of overhead. We’re just not there yet. That being said, it is of utmost importance to us that we source our coffee from farmers who use sustainable agriculture and organic farming. All of the coffee that we buy green IS certified organic, fair trade, and/or rain-forest alliance certified. We are not allowed to label our product as such after roasting unless we went through those certification processes ourselves. However, there is nothing that we do during the roasting process that would compromise those values. We are in the process of becoming Fair Trade certified, however, it is a long and expensive process.
Why don’t you sell a full pound (16oz)?
When we buy green coffee, we buy it by the pound (16oz). During the roasting process, the water in a coffee bean evaporates making the bean lighter in weight. Weight loss of the beans during the roasting averages at about 20% loss. It is just easier that we sell by the green pound.
What are the flakes that I occasionally see on my coffee beans?
That would be chaff. Looks like tan/gold papery flakes. It is called the silverskin on the coffee bean. Larger roasters have dechaffers built in. Our smaller roaster has a small dechaffer but occasionally misses a couple of flakes. It’s entirely harmless and won’t effect the taste or brew of the coffee! Just consider it gold dust.
How should I store my coffee once I recieve it?
Our coffee will come to you in a sealed bag with a one way degassing valve. Upon opening the bag, we recommend you transferring to a container that also contains some kind of degassing valve and storing them in a cool, dark space like a cabinet. If you are going to drink it fast, storing it in the bag with the tin-tie folded down will keep it just fine. We do not recommend freezing coffee.
How do I brew it?
We don’t like it too strong around here, our recommendation is one tablespoon of coffee beans per 6oz of water. If you have a kitchen scale, you can be even more precise and geeky. We love the ratio of 50 grams of coffee per 1000mL of water. We understand though that scientific measurements when you wake up might not be your cup of joe. That's ok! If you’re using a regular drip pot, thats about one coffee scoop per cup (drip pots are usually 5-6oz/cup). Curious on the brewers we recommend? Check out a recent blog post on this!