What exactly is specialty coffee?
Specialty coffee is the term commonly used to refer to “gourmet” or “premium” coffee. Good 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 no defects. The unique flavors and tastes are a result of the special characteristics and composition of the soils in which they are produced.
What are the grinds and what is best for me?
While we are huge fans of the Pour Over method, the answer to this question is up to you and your personal preference.
Here are a few suggestions of various methods to make a good cup of coffee...
• Pour Over - The fine folks at Prima Coffee Equipment have a fantastic blog called The Beginners Guide to Pour Over Coffee Brewing - Very informative!
• Auto Drip - Thorin Klosowki offers great advice for those just starting with fresh beans and still using an auto drip machine with his article How to Get the Best Cup from an Auto-Drip Coffee Maker.
• French Press - We love this video about how to make a great french press coffee. Simple and elegant. http://vimeo.com/18524628.
• Iced Coffee - Not to be confused with Cold Brew. Use any of the above methods and pour over ice. You can also pour leftover coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze for later use with your iced coffees or cold brew.
How much coffee should I buy?
The average American drinks about 3.1 cups of coffee per day. That is roughly 3 bags of coffee each month or (4) 24 packs per month.
As delicious as it may be, we do not suggest drinking 3 cold brews each day because it has quite a kick! After trying it, you may be hard pressed not to want one each day.
What programs are supported by my purchase?
Our goal is to fund programs that focus on holistic self-sufficiency for young adults who have aged out of foster care. This includes career training that is specific to our industry partners that have raised their hand to hire our young adults. The next step is how to get to work. Many of our young adults depend on the bus system, where a 10 mile journey can take up to 1 1/2 hours each way, every day. That accounts for 32 full days on a bus in one calendar year. So we have partnered with a ride-share program to give our young adults a more efficient way to and from work until they can afford their own vehicle. Another part is what to do when you receive a paycheck. We conduct financial literacy training through a major bank to give an understanding of budgeting, credit, interest rates and savings.
Our goal is to not only teach our young adults to fish, it is also to teach them to fillet, fry and feed. This approach will lead to the longest term of self-sufficiency to help end the cycle.
Is the coffee fair-trade?
Our coffee is direct trade, which differs from Fair Trade. Direct trade means we purchase our coffee directly from farmers in several countries in Central & South America and Africa. Direct trade purchase gives our roasting partners more control over the quality of the beans, while ensuring the farmers are paid fairly without going through middle-men.
Are the single serve cups Keurig 2.0 compatible?
Yes! Our single serve cups are compatible with all of the brewers we have tried from major manufacturers. There are more and more machines coming in to the market, so if you find a machine that is not compatible with our cups, please let us know so we can make it right and you can enjoy your Cause Cups!