You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers… at least when it comes to our 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 beans from Fondo Paez farmer cooperative from Colombia. They are 100% Fair Trade beans and certified organic. To learn more about the cooperative where these beans came from, check here: Fondo Paez Farmer Co-op
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.
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 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.