Bourbon Barrel Coffee
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers… at least when it comes to our new Bourbon Barrel Coffee:
Q: What IS Barrel-Aged Coffee?
A: Barrel-aged coffee [or Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee in this case] is the process of rolling green coffee beans [beans that have not been roasted] in an aged barrel once used for aging wine & spirits [such as bourbon and whiskey]. This rolling process allows the green beans [which are extremely porous] to soak in the flavor and aromas of the barrel. The green beans are then roasted. This process gives the coffee flavor notes that were picked up from the barrel [i.e. bourbon].
Q: Does The Barrel Aged Coffee Taste Like Bourbon?
A: You better believe it does.
Q: What Type Of Coffee Was Used For The Bourbon Barrel Coffee?
A: We chose to use the honey-processed coffee beans from Honduras. They are 100% Fair Trade beans and certified organic. To learn more about the cooperative where these beans came from, check here:COMSA, Honduras
Q: Does The Coffee Only Taste Like Bourbon?
A: The coffee does have a strong taste of bourbon, but you will still be able to taste the flavor of the coffee itself. You will also taste the flavor notes of honey and hazelnut in this current batch using the honey-processed beans from Honduras.
Q: How Long Are The Beans Rolled In The Barrel?
A: In this particular case, the beans were rolled daily for 2 weeks.
Q: Why Does This Coffee Only Come In Whole Bean?
A: Whole bean coffee will has a longer shelf life than ground coffee. Think of it as a natural way to preserve. In this case, it is even more so important to grind only before brewing to keep the flavors intact for as long as possible.
Q: Does This Coffee Contain Alcohol?
A: This is a tough one. Alcohol evaporates as it is heated, but that does not mean it completely burns off. The answer here being, it may contain small amounts of alcohol.
Q: Where Did The Bourbon Barrel Come From?
A: We obtained the Bourbon Barrel through a distillery. The barrel originated from the vast bourbon-filled pastures of Kentucky
Q: Is This Product Still Organic/Fair Trade?
A: When it comes to the coffee beans – yes, it is 100% Fair-Trade and certified organic. The bourbon that the beans were rolled is not considered organic certified.
Q: Has Just Coffee Roasted A Barrel-Aged Coffee Before?
A: Never BUT we have had some training in the matter.
Q: Will Just Coffee Roast Another Barrel-Aged Coffee?
A: Whether it’s bourbon or some other barreled delight, you bet we will.