Subscription Service

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Blog

Black Powder Roasting Subscription Service Black Powder Roasting has a subscription service designed to bring you our fresh roasted coffee on a schedule YOU choose! Online: When purchasing products in our online store (BlackPowderCoffee.com) there is an option to Subscribe and Save 10%. You simply choose the frequency you would like your coffee delivered, and you’re all set! You instantly save 10% on each item you subscribe for, and don’t have to worry about remembering to order your favorite coffee.   We also offer the following subscription services, which can be purchased in-store or by calling us at 704-614-0824 Basic Subscription: $125 / 1 year Includes 1lb of fresh roasted coffee each month, 10% off all coffee and tea purchases (excludes merchandise) In store pick up Premium Subscription: $300 / 1 year Includes 2lbs of fresh roasted coffee each month, 10% off all coffee and tea purchases (excludes merchandise), shipping through...

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Coffee Freshness: Refrigerator or Freezer or Nothing At All

Coffee Freshness: Refrigerator or Freezer or Nothing At All

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog

One of the most common questions we get here at the roastery – How do I keep coffee fresh at home? There are endless debates on how and where to store your coffee beans. We always suggest to store them in a cool, dark, and dry place in an air-tight container at room temperature. The generally agreed enemies of fresh coffee are moisture, air, heat, and light. The science talks about the changes in the triacylglycerols (TAG) and free fatty acids (FFA) composition of Coffee arabica seeds roasted with time, roast level, storage temperature and atmospheric (air vs N2) conditions. But let us “grind” this down to simple talk that you expect from Black Powder. Although you’d assume that the fridge keeps everything fresher, longer…this isn’t always the case. Your fridge creates moisture that can take away from the aroma and flavors of your coffee beans. The main consideration is that coffee absorbs moisture – and odors and tastes – from the air around it, since it is hygroscopic. Taking the coffee in and out of the fridge over and over builds up condensation, which diminishes everything you love about your coffee. The balance of moisture both inside and outside of your beans is pivotal and delicate. When it is messed with, the cell structure changes which causes a loss of oils that give you the aroma and flavor. The best storage is in an airtight container, stored in a cool dark place. Our high quality bags are an optimal storage container if you do not have an airtight container. They’re dark, letting no light in, and have a one-way valve that let’s CO2 out, but no air in. Buy the right amount: Coffee begins to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting, so it is far better to purchase it in smaller quantities. Black Powder has tested many batches of coffee and consulted with experts to arrive at the philosophy that coffee is optimal from day 3 to 30.  The darker the roast, the longer the flavor and aroma is maintained. By the way, the science supports this due to the slower loss of free fatty acids as it ages.  Generally, buy freshly roasted coffee frequently, and buy only what you will use in the next two weeks. Since exposure to air is your coffee’s worst enemy, it’s a good idea to immediately divide your coffee supply into several smaller portions, keeping the larger, unused portion in an air-tight container.  It is always concerning that some stores have open barrels or a loose fitting clear plexiglas cover so-called fresh beans. Why are they accelerating the demise of the gases and exposing the beans to UV degradation? If you don’t live close to a quality roaster or the US Postal Service doesn’t like to deliver to you every couple weeks, there is a proper way to freeze coffee to maintain a higher...

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Humbled by compliments

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog

“Thank you again for helping us!  I am truly spoiled now and have a difficult time drinking coffee that does not meet the standard you provide!”  – Terry H. Black Powder Roasting is doing a lot of coffee education to the public. It is always great to hear positive reinforcement for anyone, but especially for an entrepreneur family that is challenged to build a business. We regularly hear positive compliments about the quality of the product and we are believers that Black Powder Roasting has created a unique flavor profile as the signature for the brand.  Good business starts with an outstanding product that is backed by service, support, and humility. Having humility means you appreciate the value of each individual for what they can do, not criticize people on what they can’t do.  There is something basic and authentic that the Black Powder brand represents.  Honest work, honest pay, and a great product….just like the pioneers that expanded the United States. Letting people know the product is good (or areas for improvement) are valuable insights. These insights allow our company to adapt and grow to meet the needs of the customers, while still maintaining the values on which the company was...

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Freshness yields unbelievable cup.

Freshness yields unbelievable cup.

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Blog

Most people that walk into to the roastery are amazed by the taste you get from freshly roasted coffee that is ground within 15 minutes of brewing.  You can also enjoy that freshness at home.  We have read quite a few studies that claim the average age of coffee on the shelf at the grocery store is 4 months old.   When buying coffee with a roasted on date, you know exactly how old it is without the mystery of “best before” dates.  BPR recommends that a coffee is consumed within 90 days and has maximum aroma from day 3-30.  We use a 3 layer, foil lined bags to extend the freshness as long as possible without any UV (sunlight) impact. As green coffee is roasted it the bean doubles in size and reduces in weight by 20%.  This process results in a bean that produces CO2 excessively for the first 6 hours, but continues producing this gas for much longer which is the reason we have a vent in our coffee bags.   We personally do not buy any coffee that doesn’t have a vented bag for that implies stale coffee in our humble opinion. Make sure you look for a roasted on date for your next purchase to maximize your freshness.  ...

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