FAQs

 

What is your darkest roast?
If you're looking for a delicious dark roast coffee look into our Buena Vista or French Roast. Both will have a nice sturdy body and work well in a variety of brew methods.

 

What is your lightest roast? 
All of our single origin offerings are roasted slightly differently to highlight the flavors that make that particular coffee special. While roast level may vary slightly, these are all good choices for someone looking for the characteristics of light roasted coffee: sweet and juicy with tons of flavor clarity. To decide which one is best for you let the flavor descriptors be your guide!

 

What is your boldest or strongest coffee?
Strength in coffee is a direct result of how much coffee you use in correlation to the amount of water you use. Contrary to popular belief it has nothing to do with roast level. If you prefer your coffee stronger or more bold, use more ground coffee in your brewing device.

 

How long does coffee stay fresh for?
We recommend using a bag of coffee within two to three weeks. After about two weeks, you'll start to notice a steady decline in sweetness and flavor clarity.

 

Where do i store my coffee?
Store coffee in a cool, dry place. Any cupboard out of direct sunlight with exposure to moisture is a great place.
 
I bought a coffee and loved it but I don't see it listed on your site anymore. Why?
Like all agricultural products, coffee has seasonal availability. Since different growing regions have different harvest times, our menu constantly changes to reflect our seasonal buying practices. 
 
Is there any caffeine in decaf coffee? 
Very little. Decaffeinated coffee ranges from being 99.7-99.9% caffeine free. 
 
Is your decaf coffee made using chemicals?
Never. All of our decaf is 100% water processed with no chemicals used during the decaffeination process.
 
How do I get started brewing coffee at home? 
The three absolute must haves for brewing coffee at home are coffee, a brewing device, and a scale. For in depth info on home coffee brewing techniques check out our VCR Street Smarts videos.
 
Whats the best device to use for home brewing?
Each brewing device has it's own unique traits but it's all about what you prefer. If you like a nice heavy bodied cup try a full immersion brewer like a french press; if you want a clean, dynamic cup you will probably like a paper filter pour-over like a Chemex or a V60. They're all capable of making delicious coffee!
 
What coffee should I buy for my mom?
Streetlevel. Although it's listed as an espresso, it's perhaps our most versatile coffee and is just as good for making brewed coffee as it is for espresso. It has somewhat of a universal appeal: deep chocolate notes with just enough roast on it to make it well anchored, but not so deep that all of the nuance is lost...the perfect coffee for mom or a gift to anyone.
 
I bought a bag of coffee and really loved it. I want to try something different but not too different...where do I start?
Our coffee labels are color coded by growing region. If you're not sure what coffee to get next, a safe bet is to go with another coffee that has the same color code. Although every coffee is unique this will keep you "close to home" so to speak. When you feel comfortable enough to make the jump to coffee from another growing region go for it! Exploration is one of the reasons we love coffee and we think you'll share this sentiment. 
 
My coffee tastes intensely fruity...almost like someone put fresh blueberries or strawberries in my cup. How does that happen?
You likely purchased a naturally processed coffee. This processing method allows the coffee fruit to dry on the bean for a period of time allowing the bean it to soak up tons of natural sugars and imparting an incredibly fruity taste and aroma to these coffees. Naturally processed coffees can be some of the most interesting and unique coffees in the world. 

 

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