Although some of our, like the Sumatra, say on the description "hints of chocolate" or "fruit notes" these flavors are naturally occurring - such as in wine.
We do produce flavored coffee - Chocolate Almond Bliss, Cinnamon Vanilla, and CocoHaze. These coffees are flavored
with organic certified oils that use organic cane alcohol, organic glycerin and
organic flavors (derived from plant, vegetable or fruit material and does not
contain any artificial or synthetic additives)
Pumpkin Spice is made with spices! Organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic
nutmeg, organic cloves.
many Fair Trade coffees however not all farms choose to be part of the Fair
Trade organization. Some family run farms easily get higher prices than the
Fair Trade minimum and so don’t feel the need to belong to the
consider the quality of the coffee first and foremost, and then certifications.
you that we pay at least the Fair Trade minimum for every coffee that we
purchase Fair Trade certified or not.
What is Bird
Bird Friendly coffee comes from farms that provide good, forest-like habitat
for birds. Bird Friendly coffees are shade-grown, meaning the coffee is planted
under a canopy of trees, rather than land that has been cleared of all other
Friendly coffees are also certified organic, meaning they are grown without the
use of chemical pesticides that are harmful to the environment.
Each of our
Bird Friendly labeled coffee bags contain 100% Bird Friendly coffee.
Are all your
coffees Bird Friendly?
love all of our coffees to be Bird Friendly certified, but there are not a lot
of farms that carry this certification - yet!
choose to be Rainforest Alliance certified which has very similar requirements
on tree coverage and height, protecting birds and other wildlife like frogs -
which is their symbol! They also have human rights requirements protecting
against child labor, poor working conditions, and gender inequity.
Are all your
coffees Rainforest Alliance Certified?
our Colombian coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified. We also have Bird
Friendly Certified coffee which has similar requirements.
coffees Shade Grown?
Smithsonian Bird Friendly & Rainforest Alliance certified coffees are
certainly shade grown as there are significant standards for the amount of tree
cover, and height.
are a lot of other coffees that are shade grown as well. Typically organic
certified coffees are grown with some sort of shade because farmers need the
organic matter from fallen leaves from shade trees to fertilize the coffee
plots. Organic sun coffee - where coffee bushes are exposed to direct sunlight
and no shade trees are used - can be grown. However it is very expensive for
farmers to buy the organic matter needed when it cannot be produced on the
All of our
coffees - including our decaf - are USDA Organic certified. Thus our decaf’s
have to be water processed. There are two water decaffeination processes -
swiss and mountain. They both use water - just in slightly different methods -
to extract the caffeine.
coffees are available in decaf?
currently have a dark roast Decaf Sumatra, medium dark roast Decaf Peru and a
medium roast Decaf Mayan.
1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water depending on
how fine you are grinding the coffee and which brew method you are using. If
you find your coffee is bitter or sour you can adjust the grind to be larger
and/or decrease the amount of grounds to water ratio.
coffee be used in a French Press?
press brewing requires a coarse grind - and any of our beans can be ground that
way and used in a French Press.
Can this be
used in an espresso machine?
What is the
difference between espresso beans & coffee beans?
They are the
same. Many roasters produce a blend of coffees that give the flavor and crema
for a great espresso. But technically any coffee bean ground very fine can be
used to make espresso.
There is no
official certification or test for low acid coffee. One can conduct a test with
a ph meter or ph test strips - but part of what you are testing is the water
used to brew the coffee. A test like this could be skewed by using alkaline
You can read
article after article about low acid coffee and find conflicting information.
We go on
customer feedback - because to us that’s really what matters.
We have been
in business for over 10 years and have countless testimonials from customers.
The most popular coffee among our customers with acid issues is 1) Colombian 2)
Guatemala 3) Peru & Decaf Peru.
customers have found that just switching to organic coffee - no matter which
coffee - has eliminated their “acid stomach”.
other tips such as drinking and using alkaline water to brew your coffee, and
some even put a small amount of baking soda in their coffee to increase
have the same amount of caffeine as non low acid coffee?
caffeine levels may vary slightly from coffee to coffee, and your coffee to
water ratio when brewing. Also medium roasts have more caffeine than dark
roasts - but these variances are not overly significant.
Do you have
a decaf low acid coffee?
What is the acidity level of your coffee?
coffee most popular with our customers that have acid issues is our Decaf Peru.
are released a) over time and b) with higher roasting temperatures
think oily beans are best because they smell and look wonderful! The oils do
carry the taste and aroma that coffee is known for. However as the oil comes
out of the bean - it loses that flavor and aroma.
Why are the
think dry coffee beans mean they are old or flavorless. But that is not
necessarily the case. Fresh roasted coffee - especially medium roasts still
have the oil locked inside the bean. The higher the roast temperature and as
time goes by the oils come out - giving them that glossy look and great aroma -
that is quickly going away.
because the bean is dry doesn’t mean it’s old or flavorless.
We put the
date roasted on our coffee, as well as the required expiration date. Many
companies only put an expiration date leaving one to wonder when it was
roasted. The coffee we ship from our warehouse is roasted within a week - often the same day as being shipped.
We source beans from many different countries such as Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Ethiopia, Sumatra and more.
Do you direct source your beans?
Occasionally. As a small family roaster we are not yet to the point of being able to consistently trade directly with farms. We have a great broker that works with the farms, and handles transportation and logistics so we can focus on the quality of our roasting.