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Gourmet FAQ's

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that come our way. Nevertheless, be careful; there could be more of them lurking around the corner.

1 After drinking coffee ease my stomach feels weird like I have acid reflux - what can I do?

  • Great question. The acid in coffee is not just in your head or your stomach. The pH levels in the beverage can measure coffee acidity. Where does most coffee come in? Around 5. How acidic is that? It is a lot less acidic than many soft drinks. For instance, cola drinks come in at a pH of around 2.4. Coffee has natural acids such as malic acid and citric, the same ones found in fruits. Coffee also has a certain amount of naturally occurring chlorogenic acid, which gives specialty coffee a particular zing and thrills coffee experts. However, do not stop drinking coffee just yet; there are many low-acidic choices out there.

2 Can I grind coffee beans ahead of time at home?

  • Coffee loses some of its flavors within 15-30 minutes after grinding. That is why it is crucial to grind coffee beans just before you start brewing if you can.

3 Does it matter what water I use?

  • Coffee is 98.5 to 99 percent water, so water quality will critically affect the resultant brew's taste. When making coffee, you should only use water that tastes good enough to drink straight. As a result, the best cups of coffee are made with filtered tap water or bottled water. Do not mistake distilled water for filtered: the former is missing minerals that contribute to the water's taste and aid in extraction. The water should also start cold: hot water has lost some of its dissolved air, and may have picked up minerals or solubles from your pipes.

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Check out our Delicious Recipes

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Creamy Caramel Mocha


(View the PDF) 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided, 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa, 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream, 4 cups hot strong brewed coffee, 1/2 cup caramel flavoring syrup, and Butterscotch-caramel ice cream topping.

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Easy Spiced Morning Mocha


(View the PDF) 1 tablespoon French vanilla powdered nondairy creamer, 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, 1 teaspoon baking cocoa, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 cup hot 2% milk or water, and Sweetened whipped cream and additional ground cinnamon.

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Iced Coffee Latte


(View the PDF) 1/2 cup instant coffee granules, 1/2 cup boiling water, 4 cups chocolate milk, 2 cups cold water, 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, and Ice cubes.

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Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake


(View the PDF) Crumb: 1 1/2 cups pecans, finely chopped, 1/3 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons melted butter, Cake: 1 7/8 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 cup sour cream or creme fraiche.

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Perfect Avocado Smoothie


(View the PDF) 1/2 ripe avocado, 1 large green apple, 1 banana, 1 cup baby spinach or kale, loosely packed (or other chopped greens), 1/2 cup water, 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks, 10 ice cubes, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

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Perfect Strawberry Smoothie


(View the PDF) 2 cups frozen strawberries, 1 banana (room temperature), 1/4 cup Greek yogurt*, 1 cup milk (or almond milk or oat milk), 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup, 1/2 cup ice, and Optional add-ins: 1 tablespoon almond butter, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, fresh mint leaves or basil leaves.

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Sustainability Coexistance

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Purchasing Principles

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Coffee purchasing criteria: Traceability back to its origin, Personal relationship with the farmers, High quality beans, Fair purchase price, Sustainable cultivation methods, and Continuous improvements.

Supply Chain

Supply Chain photo

The supply chain process of coffee beans typically contains seven levels: growing, harvesting, hulling, drying and packing, bulking, blending and roasting. The entire supply chain is further extended by several intermediaries, including global transporters as well as exporters and retailers.

Labor Conditions

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Growing coffee requires intensive manual work such as picking, sorting, pruning, weeding, spraying, fertilizing and transporting products. Plantation workers often toil under intense heat for up to 10 hours a day, and many face debt bondage and serious health risks due to exposure to dangerous agrochemicals.

Reducing Waste

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Use real mugs to cut down on paper waste, repurpose coffee bags, reuse your coffee grounds at home, avoid buying the foil bags of coffee, which are not recyclable, consider the new recyclable pods, buy single-use pods that can be sent away in to be recycled, and if you use cream, recycle the half-and-half cartons.

Giving Back

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Coffee companies are a perpetual force in the realm of giving back. From environmental initiatives to pandemic relief funds, many coffee brands are dedicated to serving their communities. Here's just a glimpse at some of the coffee companies that are doing good on both a local and global scale.

Environmental Impact

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Coffee production is altering rainforest ecosystems which negatively affect plant and animal species living within. Worldwide, the use of monocrop coffee production is leading to deforestation, soil erosion, and water pollution.

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