Is it true that a gaggle of hipsters will socially shame me if I don’t conform to what is ‘lit’ or ‘extra’ in the coffee world at the moment? Yes, that is possible, I guess. Just mumble something like “You know, it’s hard to find a good Ethiopian Godeo Kochere Heirloom raised-bed natural with a clementine orange blossom note in the finish these days,” and they will return to Snapchat post haste. That being said…
Which brewing method is the best? Pour-overs, french presses, and aeropresses are great, and they make superior coffee in my opinion. But if a Bunn drip machine has worked for you for decades, then by all means, carry on.
How long does coffee last? However long it tastes good to you. I personally use it within 3-4 weeks tops, especially if ground. But some people stretch it longer. Seriously, stop worrying about those hipsters.
Which coffee should I try first? To my surprise, the Sumatran has been the most popular. I prefer the Ethiopian. The Brazil and Costa Rican are great too. Try an 8 ounce bag first if you aren’t sure.
Do you do dark roasts, because I like full flavor? Coffee is full of hundreds of flavor compounds and oils that become detectable at different roast levels. However, once a bean gets dark and oily, most of those flavors are covered up by a burnt, ashy taste. Therefore, it’s my opinion that a medium roasted coffee is more full-flavored than a dark roast and that’s why I roast my beans light/medium to medium. However, if you want a darker roast or another custom roast and you will buy four pounds of it at a time (my minimum batch size on the roaster), I will happily do that for you. Contact me through the website and we can figure it out.