Q. Does coffee really lose it's freshness that fast?
A. As soon as the roasted coffee hits the cooling tray, the aging
process starts. It is considered old when all the desired flavor elements
flatten and the coffee starts to taste oxidized. This can happen in 3-4
weeks when it comes to light- and medium-light roasted coffee.
In dark-roasted coffee this happens much faster, due to the exposed
oil on the surface (cofeol), which is highly reactive and gets
oxidized/rancid very fast.
Q. How long does ground coffee stay fresh?
A. We believe that the best way to order coffee is whole bean.
Once you grind your coffee, the freshness escapes extremely
fast. In the specialty coffee setting, there is the 10-minute rule
when testing coffee roasts (cupping) between grinding the coffee
beans and pouring the hot water over samples. You might
dispute the 10 minute rule, and maybe it is 30 minutes for you,
but we can agree that ground coffee loses aromatics and flavors
in a short amount of time. However CombatCoffee+ Tea tries
to combat that by using high quality bags that have been heat sealed.
Q. Can I get my coffee pre-ground? If so how much does it cost?
A. Absolutely! We want you to be happy. We are more than
happy to grind your coffee free of charge before we ship it.
You have a few different grinds to choose from.
Q. How is your coffee fresher than something I
bought at the grocery store or even Starbucks?
A. You can be sure that the pound of coffee you bought at the
grocery store or at your local Starbucks yesterday was roasted
weeks or perhaps months ago. It was most likely roasted in a
huge roasting facility several weeks before it even arrives at your
local store. It was probably roasted in a batch of a few hundred
pounds by a computer operated roaster. Combat Coffee + Tea will
only roast your coffee after your order is placed and will ship out
same day if placed before 9AM CST. We roast in small batches
and manually control the process the whole way through allowing
us to make adjustments depending on the color and smell of the beans.
Q. What type of grinders are there and which is the
best for whole bean coffee?
A. We recommend a Burr Grinder but anything is better than no coffee at all.
The Blade Grinder is typically the least expensive and uses a metal
blade to chop up the beans. As the blades chop up the beans, you
control the fineness of the grind by how long you let it run.This results
in uneven coffee grounds which results in inconsistent brew quality.
Another downfall is that as the blades spin at high speed they are
creating heat that can give your final coffee a burned taste.
Burr Grinders Crush the beans between a non-movable surface and
a grinding wheel. The position of the burrs is what regulates the
coarseness of fineness of the grind. These types of grinders spin at
a slower rate than the blade style thus eliminating the possibility to
burn the coffee. The coffee is crushed between the proverbial rock
and hard place resulting in a very consistent grind.
Q. How long does shipping take?
A. It will depend where you live. We are located in Missouri so most of the country will receive it in 2 - 3 days from the day it roasts