Q: How do I choose which coffee to buy?
A: We offer roughly 50 coffees at any given time, and you will find a flavor description listed with each coffee.
We advise you to take a minute and ask yourself what you are looking for in a coffee. Are you seeking the brightness and flavorful acidity found in coffees from the Americas? Or are you looking for a fuller-bodied cup with a fruity aftertaste, as offered by the African coffees? If you don’t love the acidity of coffee, but desire full flavor and depth, we recommend an Indonesian coffee. If you need help deciding, or have any questions, please call us or stop by our retail location.
Q: How should I store my coffee beans?
A: Coffee is best kept in an airtight bag, which is why we package our coffee how we do. The other way to store coffee is an airtight container. When it comes to coffee, oxygen is bad. If you are going to consume it within five days, keep it away from heat, light, moisture, and fragrance. Coffee that will not be brewed within two or three weeks should be kept in an airtight container and frozen. In a freezer, coffee will maintain its quality up to a month.
Q: What is the best way to brew my coffee?
A: How you brew your coffee will also impact its flavor and richness. We like our coffee strong, so we’ll tell you how we brew coffee. It’s best for you to experiment a little and learn to brew to your liking.
Our method: Measure out the right amount of beans (we use 2 level tablespoons for each 6 ounces of water). The grind size depends on your brewing method: Drip makers require a medium grind, while a French press calls for a coarse grind. An espresso uses a fine grind. Brew the coffee with fresh, clean water in a clean coffeemaker. Coffee is 98 percent water, so it is important that it not add any taste. The water should be 195 degrees – but not boiling. When the coffee is finished brewing, remove it immediately from the burner and transfer it to a thermal carafe.
Q: What should I look for when I compare coffee prices?
A: At some point, coffee companies stopped selling coffee by the pound in supermarkets. Store-bought cans are 11.5 ounces or 13 ounces. At Armeno, we sell coffee by the pound – a full 16 ounces.
When comparing coffee prices, please keep in mind the weight, and of course, the quality. A can of coffee from the store may seem cheaper, but you are not getting the full pound. Also, you are likely buying coffee that was roasted months ago, from a blend of inferior beans, and already ground so that any flavor is long gone.
Q: Why should I be concerned about when my coffee was roasted?
A: In the case of coffee, fresh is always better. The clock begins ticking as soon as coffee is roasted. It should be consumed within two to three weeks before the oils begin to dry up and flavor and fragrance are degraded.
Q: How is my shipping calculated?
A: Our shipping cost is carrier calculated directly from UPS based on your location and the weight of the coffee you purchase. There are no hidden fees or charges, it's that simple.
By purchasing from Armeno, you are guaranteed coffee that was roasted after we received your order and shipped immediately to you.
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