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Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN CAN I USE MY COFFEE?
On the sticker label you will see a handwritten roast date. As a general guide I would recommend to use this coffee from about 4 days after that date. It won’t be bad but generally the beans’ oils need time to stabilise after roasting. They emit quite a large amount of gas in the first few days and can be very acidic and astringent tasting if you use them the day or two after roasting. Experiment for yourself. Its interesting to notice the change in the taste of the coffee in the days following the roast date.

HOW LONG DOES THE COFFEE LAST?
As a general guide, you would want to use your coffee from about 2 – 4 weeks from the roast date. It won’t necessarily spoil but the intensity of the flavour will diminish. Whole beans are best to order as the volatile oils will degrade at a slower rate. What happens is the more volatile oils (citrus, floral notes) will diminish first and your will loose some of the acidity as the bean changes over time. The beans will mellow out in terms of flavour, the longer you have them. To maximise the freshness of your coffee we’d recommend to keep your coffee in the Kefion PressJar available for purchase on the Equipment page (end of shameless equipment plug). But in all seriousness this product works and is simple and can be used for both ground and whole beans and is better than the packets we deliver in for long term storage. Remember to keep your coffee in a cool dark place. Warm temperatures will cause your beans to sweat and sunlight increases the degradation of your beans’ oils.

WHY DO YOU ONLY SELL 180G AND 360G PACKS OF COFFEE?
Our roaster outputs in these quantities so that’s the reason. Realistically the grammage will vary from between 180-200g and 360-400g. When you roast green beans you lose some weight as water is lost but every bean is different and this amount varies.

How many shots of coffee does each bag give me? As a general guide 1 shot of coffee uses about 8-10 grams of ground coffee. A double shot would require around double that. This of course depends on the size of your portafilter and whatever equipment you are using to brew your coffee.
WHEN DOES MY ORDER ARRIVE! I NEED MY CAFFEINE NOW DAMMIT
We roast generally on the day of or the day after your order. Then your beans are shipped the next business day. Depending on which shipping option you choose you should receive them another business day to 2 business days after that. If you haven’t received your order after 4-5 business days please contact us and we’ll investigate.

WHAT ARE THE BEANS IN YOUR BLEND?
Secret. A good tip would be to order every single origin we sell and try and figure it out!

IS IT HARD TO ROAST YOUR OWN COFFEE?
Roasting coffee is part science, part art. There’s loads of information and roasting profiles but it basically comes down to knowing your roasting machine and knowing the type of bean and knowing when to apply heat, how much heat and at what time and what length of time. So yes, its not at easy as putting it in a roaster and pushing a button. Check out Sweet Maria’s site for more information if you’re interested. Generally, we would roast to a point after first crack and just before second crack. However, every bean is different and this is where experience and past failures come in handy so you can optimise the flavour from your green beans.