How long do green coffee beans last?

Unroasted beans have been said to last many years, however they produce the best flavours within 2-3 years. Proper storage is key to keeping your green beans fresh. Storing the beans at 10 to 30℃ in a dark room is recommended. If you plan to store the coffee beans for a long period of time, a burlap or cotton bag is optimal. These fabrics will allow the beans to breathe, which is important as coffee beans release some gasses. Keeping the beans dry is also important, so storing them at around 60% humidity is ideal. 

Freezing or refrigerating beans is not recommended as the beans will absorb aromas and flavours of the other contents of your fridge or freezer due to the beans porous nature. 

What are the advantages of roasting your own coffee?

Roasting your own coffee is a great way to produce café quality coffee at home. As you refine  your roasting skills, you’ll discover your preferences and gain confidence that every cup of coffee will be just how you like it. Another advantage of roasting your own coffee is the cost savings. Quality unroasted coffee beans are considerably less expensive than their roasted and ground counterparts.

How to roast coffee at home?

There are several methods for roasting coffee at home. You can roast coffee beans on the stove, in the oven, with a popcorn popper, or with a coffee roaster. For all methods make sure you are in a well ventilated area or outside when roasting as things may get smoky.

On the stove and in the oven are good, cost friendly methods. However it is more difficult to get a consistent, quality roast. You will also need to stir the beans often. Great if you are looking for a hands-on experience. 

An air popper is a great method for beginners, but there are some things to make note of before you start. It is important that you use an air popcorn popper that heats from the sides and not the bottom. Also, the air popper will blow the chaff up and out, so you should have a large bowl or other receptacle to catch it. 

Coffee roasters will run you more money, but they are the best equipment to use for higher quality and consistent roasts. They are also the easiest and most convenient method. 

The chaff on the green beans will fall off during the roasting process and could ignite if it is not removed from the heat source. Never leave your roasting beans unattended. There is a fire hazard with roasting your own coffee beans and they should have your full attention during the roasting process. 

After you achieve the roast you want, the beans need to cool. The roasted beans will be hot so you might want to wear oven mitts when cooling. The most effective way to do this is by either spreading them out on a baking sheet, stirring them in a metal bowl or tossing them between two metal bowls immediately after you remove them from the heat source. If you do not cool the beans they will continue to roast and you may end up with a darker roast than you were aiming for.

How long does it take to roast coffee?

The length of time it takes to roast coffee beans will depend on a few things; what roast you are trying to achieve, the roasting technique and the beans that are being roasted. This means that the roasting process could take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. We recommend doing your research on the different roasting techniques and types of roasts before starting.

How long should I let the roasted beans rest before brewing?

Most roasters agree that 24 hours to 1 week is a good time frame to let the beans rest before brewing, providing you with the freshest and fullest tasting coffee. We recommend 24 hours!

How long does roasted coffee stay fresh?

We recommend consuming roasted coffee within two weeks of it being roasted.  This will ensure you get a fresh and flavourful cup of coffee. After two weeks, roasted coffee, especially when it is ground, begins to lose its flavour and aroma.  If your roasted coffee beans do go stale, you don’t have to throw them away. Stale coffee beans can be used to make cold brew coffee without compromising taste. 

How should I store roasted coffee?

As with green coffee beans, proper storage is key to maintaining freshness for as long as possible.  After roasting the beans you should allow them to rest and cool for four to six hours. Once the roasted beans have rested they should be stored in a sealed, dry container.

Which of your coffees would work well for espresso?

If you enjoy a nice shot of espresso over the traditional drip coffee, there is good news. There is no specific espresso bean. The difference is actually in the method of brewing. Espresso is usually made from darker roasts and finer grinds. To brew espresso, pressurized water is pushed through packed grinds rather than letting it drip through the loose, coarse grinds used in making regular coffee. Our El Salvador Bourbon Natural is a popular choice for espresso, however almost any bean can be used.   

Do you have organic coffees?

We do! The title will indicate if a coffee is organic.

Are your coffees fair-trade?

When selecting our coffees we always ensure that they are sustainably produced and ethically traded. If you would like certifications on specific coffee, please contact us! 

What does the cupping score mean?

Cupping scores indicate the quality of brew the bean produces.  Points are awarded in 10 different categories, such as fragrance/aroma, flavour, body, acidity, and balance. They are summed to achieve a score on a scale of 60-100, with anything over 80 considered “specialty” grade coffee. 

What is the difference between Single Origin & Single Estate?

Single origin refers to a coffee that is sourced from one single region or country. This means that the coffee has not been blended with beans from a different country or region.  

Single Estate takes it one step further and refers to coffee that is from a specific farm. Since its origin can be traced to the farm, there is assurance that the beans will be consistent and of the highest quality.  Sometimes it can be broken down even further into micro lots, which are beans that are from a specific lot on a specific farm.

When coffee is labeled as single origin or single estate it denotes quality. A single origin coffee is a much higher quality coffee than a blend, and a single estate is even more so. Flavour profiles are specific to growing regions, so with a single origin coffee you are getting a full, rich, flavour profile from one specific region. 

Do you have wholesale pricing?

Yes! For orders greater than 25 lb, please email us at [email protected]

Do you sell burlap coffee sacks?

We do! Contact us for details.

What are your shipping rates?

Shipping is free if your order is over $50.00. Please use coupon FREE50.

For orders under $50.00 the flat rate is 12.50 + tax. 

Do you ship internationally?

Unfortunately we are not set up to ship internationally at the moment.  

Return policy

As coffee beans are considered a food product, we do not accept returns. If you are disappointed with your purchase or have any concerns please contact us.

What if my order was damaged in transit?

We ask that you open and inspect your package as soon as you receive it. If there are any issues, such as damaged or incorrect products, please contact us with photos at [email protected] right away. That way we can work quickly to resolve the issue. We request that issues are communicated  within two weeks of delivery. 

What payment methods do you accept?

Any Canadian-issued and most non-Canadian issued credit cards with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, or Discover logo. Purchases made online can also be paid with Visa or MasterCard co-branded debit cards. Cash is also accepted at the office in Lacombe if you are picking up your order.