Coffee Brew FAQs

Community Coffee Quality and Freshness

WHAT KIND OF GUARANTEE DOES COMMUNITY COFFEE COMPANY HAVE ON ITS PRODUCTS?

We stand by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Everything we do has to be as good as our coffee. We are committed to delivering the highest quality products and superior service to our customers. If any of our products fail to live up to your expectations, we will happily exchange them, replace them, or refund your money.

HOW LONG DOES PACKAGED COFFEE STAY FRESH UNOPENED?

Each package is marked with a recommended brew-by date. If the coffee is brewed by this date, it’s guaranteed fresh. After the package has been opened, it should stay fresh for about two weeks if sealed in an airtight containter, like our Fresh-O-Lator® Canister.

WHAT IS THE VALVE ON MY COFFEE BAG?

Many of our bags contain valves (also known as nitrogen-flush containers) that allow the wonderful aroma of coffee to be enjoyed without opening the bag itself. The valve keeps oxygen from entering the bag and causing the coffee to lose freshness. This also keeps the bag from opening prematurely due to excessive pressure.

How to Brew Coffee?

WHAT TYPE OF BREWING EQUIPMENT SHOULD I USE TO MAKE COFFEE?

Any conventional coffee maker will suffice. For special occasions and coffee cuppings, we recommend using a French Press to produce a more intense, rich cup than an automatic drip coffee maker. We have a wide variety of equipment available for purchase on this site. We've tested and stand behind the quality of every piece of equipment we sell.

HOW MUCH COFFEE SHOULD I USE FOR BREWING?

The proportion of coffee to water is very important. We recommend 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of fresh, cold water. Adjust to suit your personal taste.

DO I NEED AN ESPRESSO MAKER TO MAKE ESPRESSO OR CAPPUCCINO?

To make a true espresso or cappuccino drink, it is necessary to have proper brewing equipment to brew the coffee rapidly and thoroughly. An espresso maker allows pressurized water to make instant contact with every grain of coffee and immediately drip to produce a fresh cup of espresso. Espresso beans can be brewed in a conventional coffee maker. (Beans should not be ground as finely as they would for an espresso maker.) This will produce a rich-tasting cup of coffee, but not the same type of beverage you would be served when ordering an espresso or cappuccino in a coffeehouse.

CAN BEANS BE BLENDED TOGETHER?

Absolutely. Most coffee products are blends, and we love to experiment with our own line of blends to create flavors that are unlike any others you’ll find.

CAN I BREW FLAVORED COFFEE THROUGH THE SAME BREW FUNNEL THAT I USE TO BREW REGULAR COFFEE?

It's best to use a separate brewing filter basket when brewing flavored coffees. The flavoring in the coffee will have a lingering taste if regular coffee is brewed after a pot of flavored coffee. If you choose not to use separate brewing filter baskets, be sure to wash your brewing filter basket thoroughly after brewing flavored coffees.

WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO USE A FRENCH PRESS COFFEE BREWER?

Using a French Press is quite simple.

  • Start with high quality coffee.
  • For each 6 oz. cup of water, put two tablespoons of ground coffee into the glass carafe.
  • Pour hot (not boiling) water over the coffee grounds into the carafe.
  • Place the plunger on top of the carafe, and allow the coffee to steep for four minutes
  • While holding the carafe handle, slowly depress the plunger completely to the bottom of the press.

Chicory Coffee

DOES CHICORY MAKE COFFEE BITTER?

No. In fact, just the reverse is true. Chicory blended with coffee actually produces a smoother, less bitter cup of coffee. Chicory offsets what many refer to as the "bitter cup of coffee." Since chicory tends to darken coffee, this darkness has often been misconstrued as meaning the coffee will be bitter or stronger.

DOES CHICORY CONTAIN CAFFEINE?

No, which means that if you drink a cup of coffee and chicory, you actually reduce your caffeine intake.

CAN CHICORY BE BREWED BY ITSELF?

Yes, and it can be served hot or cold. It has a rich caramel flavor and leaves a semi-sweet pleasantly smooth after-taste.

ARE THERE OTHER WAYS CHICORY CAN BE USED?

Yes. Chicory is a creative, versatile ingredient that is often used to add flavor to drinks other than coffee. Chicory is a common ingredient in herbal tea blends. As an extract (made by steeping ground roast chicory in boiling water, then straining), it can be used to add a dark rich color to soups, meats, gravies and dark breads.

HOW IS CHICORY BREWED?

Chicory can be brewed right in your home coffeemaker. Simply use two to three tablespoons of ground roast chicory for each cup of water. Vary the amount to suit your taste. Sweeten with sugar (brown or white) or honey; lighten with milk or cream.

Flavored Coffees

HOW IS FLAVOR ADDED TO THE FLAVORED COFFEES?

Flavored oil is sprayed on the coffee beans immediately after roasting. The process has no nutritional impact but adds the essence of the particular flavor to the coffee.

WHAT IS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FAT IN THE FLAVORED COFFEES?

Zero.

DO YOUR FLAVORED COFFEES CONTAIN SUGAR?

They do not. The flavorings we use are not sugar-based.