FAQ about coffee

How to brew great coffee

  • Coffee to Water Ratio for Brewing Coffee
  • How to Use a Drip Coffee Maker
  • Troubleshooting a Drip Coffee Maker
  • How to Use a French Press (Press Pot)

 

How to Store Your Coffee

  • Best Way to Store Your Coffee
  • Should You Refrigerate or Freeze Coffee?


Whole Bean or Ground Coffee

  • How Many Cups of Coffee from 1 lb.?
  • Should I Grind My Own Coffee Beans?
  • What Type of Coffee Grind Should I Use?
  • Coffee by Weight or Volume?

 

Shipping

Shipping        

All coffee is shipped in USPS Priority Flatrate boxes.  This assures you get your coffee quickly and for as little shipping cost as possible. 

Delivery times are 2 - 3 business days.

Shipping costs are;

1 lb - 5 lb $6.50 (USPS flat-rate envelop)

5 - 15 lbs. $13.50  The USPS box will hold up to 15 lbs of Green coffee.  Note: The shipping costs are added after you get into Paypal.

I don't mark up the shipping and only charge what it costs me.

Local pickup is also available in Seattle or Camano Island.  Send me an email of what you want and I'll let you know when and where you can pick up your coffee (payment can be either cash or check).

 

Artisan Roasting

What is Artisan Roasting?


Artisan Roasting is several things

  • Sourcing the best coffee.

Leverhead Coffee is all about "Specialty coffees". Specialty coffee is a term commonly used to refer to "gourmet" or "premium" coffee. According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), coffee which scores 80 points or above on a 100-point scale is graded "specialty". Specialty coffees are grown in special and ideal climates, and are distinctive because of their full cup taste and little to none defects. The unique flavors and tastes are a result of the special characteristics and composition of the soils in which they are produced.

  • Roasting the coffee to get the best flavor out of it.

Leverhead Coffee is hand roasted in small batches to obtain the best flavor and aroma from each coffee.   We profile roast each coffee and "cup" or taste it at many roast levels and select the best roast profile.  So when we roast it for you the unique characteristics of each coffee are highlighted.

  • Making sure you get the freshest coffee available.

Leverhead coffee is about as fresh of coffee as you can get. If you wonder why that matters, roasted coffee reaches its peak flavor and aroma about 48 - 72 hours after roasting (depending on the coffee). This rest period is not necessary but is preferred by coffee lovers to allow the beans to fully develop their flavor and aroma. The rest period allows excess CO2 to dissipate and permits the coffee bean chemistry to stabilize. The good news is that this rest period happens while the coffee is being shipped to you. Because Leverhead Coffee is roasted to order, you receive the coffee when it hits it's peak flavor.

Most people know that fresh coffee is preferred but most people don't know that roasted Coffee only has a shelf-life of about 2 - 3 weeks before it starts loosing its flavor. Contrary to some beliefs, freezing roasted coffee does not extend the it's shelf-life. Store it in a container that will keep sunlight and air out and it will keep its flavor as long as possible... the coffee bag does a great job of this. Leverhead Coffee is shipped in bags that have a one-way air valve that allows the CO2 out, but keeps air from getting back in.

Roast Levels

Roast Levels and terminology vary from roaster to roaster

Larry's coffees are typically roasted City - Full City depending on the character of the bean.

Here is what I use for roast levels

  • Lite roasts
    • City Roast
      • Medium Brown in color
      • The beans are still dry
      • 50% of the sugar is caramelized, acidity is developed and the character of a bean can be clearly tasted.
    • City + Roast
      • Slightly more developed and slightly darker
  • Medium Roasts
    • Full City Roast
      • Rich Brown Color
      • Beans may have tiny droplets of oil
      • Character is present with decreased acidity and a slight roast taste (bittersweet)
    • Full City +
      • Slghtly darker yet
      • A little more oil
      • more of a roast flavor
  • Dark Roasts
    • Vienna
      • Moderate dark brown color
      • Beans have oil
      • Acidity is muted
      • Cup quality is bittersweet with heavier body
    • French
      • Dark brown in color
      • Beans covered in oil
      • Acids are radically decreased
      • Subtle nuances are mostly gone.  Body dominates with roast flavor (mermaid coffee)
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