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Coffee is complex. We continue to learn something new everyday. Did you know.....

  • Coffee grows best in remote parts of the tropics, between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. The ideal microclimate for coffee is volcanic soil at frost-free altitudes of 4,000–6,000 feet with moderate rainfall and plenty of sunshine.
  • The coffee tree produces green cherries which turn bright red as they ripen over a period of several weeks. Because the cherries don't ripen at the same time, the best coffees are handpicked, requiring multiple trips to each tree.
  • Each cherry contains two pits or coffee beans, and it takes roughly 4,000 beans to yield one pound of roasted coffee - equivalent to the entire annual output from a coffee tree! If this sounds like a lot of work, you're right. Few other agricultural crops in the world require more painstaking handwork than coffee.
  • Coffees from growing regions have a unique flavor - Indonesians are full bodied and hold cream beautifully. A delicious Central American offers a bright and well-balanced flavor. African coffees are fruity and wine-like.

Making a great cup of coffee

  • Coffee is crafted like wine in many ways. Small farms with ideal microclimates and traditional, artisan growing practices produce the best tasting beans.
  • Small batch roasting brings the flavor of the bean to life and entices all of its hand-made goodness. Our roaster celebrates the inherent flavor of the bean, not the man-made flavor added from over-roasting.
  • A skilled roaster listens, smells and watches as his beans are brought to life, delivering all the distinct regional characteristics hidden inside.
  • The easiest way to enjoy great coffee at home is to make it by hand. Just boil, pause and pour. A French Press/Plunger Pot or a manual drip filter cone.
  • Always use the right amount of coffee. Bitterness is extracted when there are too few grinds in the pot. 2 Tablespoons of coffee for every 6 oz. of fresh water = great coffee!
  • And always use water just off the boil. Many electric brewers don't get the water hot enough, so you may be missing the great flavors locked inside of your beans.
  • Did you know that coffee is seasonal?  Winter is peak season for Indonesians, and in late spring and summer we welcome the best Central American and African coffees.
  • Don't forget that coffee is perishable!  Store coffee on the counter in an air-tight container.  Freshness is the key to great taste at home.
  • Once coffee has been opened it should be used within a week.  You can store coffee in the freezer, but it needs to be in an airtight sealed container.  Always be sure to let it get to room temperature before using. Never put the container you use on a daily basis in the freezer.

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