How should I store my coffee?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get.

First, let’s talk about freshness for coffee. As a specialty coffee roaster, our standard of freshness starts the clock ticking on the day the coffee is roasted and packed into our special bags. Our goal is to get the coffee into your hands within 2 week’s of roasting, whether you purchase it at the roastery, at a cafe, or at a specialty grocer.

We know from experience that a household will go through a 400g retail bag of coffee in 2 week’s (on average). With this timeframe in mind, whole bean coffee that is ground fresh for each serving is perfectly fine in the bag it comes in.

In fact, this bag has oxygen and moisture barriers built in, so it’s the best container for it. The whole beans will be great stored in there easily for 4+ weeks. After that time, a slow and slight fall off in aromatics, and a loss of vibrancy in flavour may be noticed, depending on your sensitivity.

For those who need to store coffee longer, we suggest splitting the bag into smaller portions, putting into mason jars or freezer bags, and storing in the deep freezer. Removing the smaller portions from the freezer as needed, let the coffee come up to room temperature before opening the container or bag. We do not recommend re-freezing or refrigerating coffee – ever.

The freshness window get drastically shorter once coffee is ground. If you have a grinder, grind the coffee immediately before brewing, if possible. The room filling aromatics of freshly ground, freshly roasted coffee will prime you system for action. After all, isn’t the smell of fresh ground coffee universally adorable?

If you do not have a grinder, we are prepared for you and will grind the coffee to your specific brewing type right at the point of sale. If you are not sure what the best grind for your brewer is, we can make the advice and recommendation for you. This is the main reason we don’t sell any pre-ground coffee. Plus, the fact that pre-ground coffee will already be stale in the bag by the time you buy it. By stale, I mean oxidized, bitter, and lacking in aromas!

It’s a fact the coffee which is distributed to mass market retailers cannot be freshly roasted. Typically it’s anywhere from 3 months to 1 year old as you find it on the shelf. If you find it on sale, you may find it’s approaching the sell by date. Coffee which is distributed to grocery stores typically has a best before date of at least a year from the date of manufacture. If you see a best before which has 3 months to go, you can pretty much infer that this coffee was roasted at least 9 months ago. Even sealed in a bag, this coffee will have a flat aroma, and be heavily oxidized, meaning bitter.

Our retail partners receive coffee weekly. We roast the coffee to order, and typically deliver within 24 hours of packing. Your assurance of freshness!

The Nutcracker 2019

We’ve released our signature seasonal coffee called The Nutcracker. Every year, we spend a few weeks developing a unique profile from some exotic coffees.

This year, we are using a wet hulled coffee from Sumatra, a washed coffee from Papua New Guinea, and a natural coffee from Costa Rica. This combination yields a sublimely syrupy cup of coffee that is sweet and richly fruity, with a hint of warming spice.

Irish Coffee

Our Velvet Sunrise twist on Irish Coffee

  • 2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1 1/2 T unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 T raw/Demarara sugar
  • 2 oz double shot Velvet Espresso
  • 3 oz hot water
  • 3 T softly whipped cream, unsweetened

Dissolve the sugar and butter in a pan over medium heat. Remove from the heat. Whisk in 1 oz of the whiskey. Pour the other 1 oz of whisky into a heatproof glass or mug. Pull your double shot of espresso and add to the glass. Add the hot water. Add the sugar mixture and stir gently. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately!

Celebrating 10 Years!

Saturday November 30th

Celebrate with us as we sample out our seasonal Nutcracker coffee, collection of holiday cookies, decadent cheesy shortbread and housemade peppermint marshmallows.

*Complimentary refreshments all day*

*Free Velvet Sunrise mug to the first 100 customers*

And introducing Coffee Crack – an addicting, crunchy combination of caramel brittle, milk chocolate, coffee beans and toasted almonds.

Gold Cup Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

Gold Cup Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

If you think coffee is a good thing, then wait till you taste our Gold Cup Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. This coffee is famous for its silky texture, chocolaty aftertaste and delicate balance. What makes Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee so much better than others? Its unique growing environment, harvesting and processing, and roasting process. We can’t reveal all of its closely guarded secrets, but we can tease you a little bit until you try it.

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is some of the most expensive, as it is the most exclusive in the world. The region is fairly small. The high Caribbean mountain area offers an ideal climate for the cultivation of fine coffee. The perfect soil, climate, the misty mornings, and the balmy afternoons contribute to the delicious coffee offering of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica. It is a very well-respected for its mild and smooth flavor, without any of the bitterness that you are likely to find in typical store-bought coffee.

Unfortunately, many of today’s coffees are wrongly labeled as Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. They are often mixed with inferior grades of coffee and sold at lowered prices. So, be sure to get the 100% certified Blue Mountain coffee so you can enjoy the goodness of the real thing.

Harvesting and Processing

We pick the ripest berries and put the coffee berries into large holding tanks and inspect them to remove green, over fermented, damaged, or other low-quality cherries. Once the batch is approved, we wash it to get rid of the mucilage (the sugary layer of the bean). Once it’s processed and dried to a suitable moisture content, we pass it through several quality control tests and processes of the independent coffee board QC labs to make sure that the quality of the product is in pristine condition.

When this process is completed, the bean that is remaining is called the parchment. We spread the parchment across slabs of concrete to dry it. This process can take several days to complete depending on the sunlight intensity and climate. Once its dried and collected, we store it to rest and stabilize the moisture content before making its seaborne journey for export.

Roasting and Selling

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans have a bluish-green shade to them before we put them into the roasting process. This visual quality is already a sign of fine coffee to come. We slow roast the coffee in small batches our state-of-the-art roasting plant in Stouffville (near Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Once the beans are roasted, we immediately heat seal the oxygen barrier bags to lock in the aromas. You can buy the coffee directly online as well as walk-in at our retail storefront.

If your area of expertise is drinking premium coffee, then you are assured that the 100% certified Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee we sell after our extensive roasting process will surely make your taste buds happier than any other type of coffee in the world. It is a perfect coffee for Fridays when you are performing tedious data entry or catching up on paperwork. Dunkin Donuts coffee is good, Starbucks coffee is good, but our 100% certified Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is the one that surely belongs in the category of true excellence. It is a treat that you will surely love.

Café Startup Convos – Tara of Lighthouse Café

We had a chance to sit down with Tara from Lighthouse Café and learn about her startup journey.

Tara studied in the culinary world before moving into an admin role after school.

Her dream became to open up a Café that would be engrained in its community. To create a place were people from the community could come together.

When an opportunity to realize this dream came in the form of a location in Mount Albert, a small town east of Newmarket, she jumped at it.

Find out more about Tara’s journey in this episode of Café Startup Convos.

Where we dive into if Lighthouse Café has been a success in business, & becoming a part of the community over its first 10 months.

Plus stay to the end to find out Tara’s advice for people chasing their dream.

Café Startup Convos with Oliver from Main Street Bakehouse

When Oliver and his family took over Main Street Bakehouse & Eatery less than a year ago, it was struggling to find it’s form. Since then they’ve turned things around and the Stouffville location is thriving.

It’s become a place that’s gone above and beyond great coffee & food, it’s become a thriving community hub.

With their success in Stouffville, they had an opportunity to open a second location. One in Markham, across from the GO Station. A location that many GO train riders will be thankful for once they open up shop.

Even though it’s still under construction, Oliver welcomed us into their new location. We sat down with him to find out why they decided to take on this challenge. And also learn more about their new journey.

Update: Now they’ve opened and are in the early stages again. If you’re in the Markham Main St. area stop by and say hi!

Café Startup Convos with Jeanne from 60Beans

Jeanne was a private consultant before she. joined her sisters to open 60Beans.

Their family had previous ties to the coffee world as they were growing up, so a coffee shop made sense to open with each other.

Their desire was to have something that would have longevity, a place that the family can grow old together having together.

It took a few months, but they found a home in the Junction/Roncesvalles area in Toronto.

It’s a small shop by design as they knew they didn’t want a huge place to take care of, but one that would still take the time to connect with it’s community.

Find out more about Jeanne’s journey in starting up 60Beans in our most recent episode of Café Startup Convos.

Cold Pressed Espresso

I see questions on R/coffee and Quora asking about ‘cold pressed espresso’ or ‘cold brewed espresso’.

Most of the answers, and the YouTube videos seem to recommend a recipe using either a) espresso that has been brewed hot and cooled or chilled (yuck!) or b) using espresso beans to make cold brewed coffee concentrate by steeping with water for 12 or more hours.

Let’s step back a bit to review what is espresso. It’s a brewing method – one that involves high pressure and finely ground coffee to produce a concentrated coffee drink in a very short amount of time.

The industry standard is as follows: for a double it’s +/-25 seconds, & the preparation and brewing time is within a minute. With the expectation that it’s served for immediate consumption.

How can we respect the fine tradition of espresso and still make a cold brewed bevvy to quench our summer thirst??

Well, we set our sights to finding out. What we discovered, is amazing. It’s not only possible (with a couple of tricks and tips) but also delicious! Here’s the recipe:

-18 to 20grams of espresso, ground Turkish (tip – if your grinder can’t grind fine enough for Turkish, you can borrow the grinder at your friendly neighbour, neighbourhood grocer or coffee bar)
-with your espresso machine off (and cold) tamp the espresso into your cold double portafilter basket
-lock the handle into your espresso machine
-turn on your espresso machine and without allowing it time to warm up, brew your double shot into a shot glass
– prepare your ‘cold pressed espresso’ drink in your favourite way
– our fave is to fill a glass 2/3 with ice, pour the espresso over, add 3 pumps (3/4 oz) caramel syrup, and top up with almond milk or cow milk

Give it a try, and feel free to contact us with any questions or comment.


Victoria Day Long Weekend

Wishing you a happy safe Victoria Day Long Weekend.

We also want to tell you about Coffee Beans from the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is our featured coffee:

Kilimanjaro Tanzania

Victoria Day Long Weekend Hours

Here are our hours for the Victoria Day long weekend:

Saturday – Open – 9am to 4pm
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed

We’re always happy to answer any of your questions about your home brewing technique’s and coffee choices.

Barista Movie

What does it take to make the perfect cup of coffee?  Four passionate National Barista Champions from the United States (Kyle Ramage), Ireland (Niall Wynn), Germany (Chloe J. Nattrass) and Japan (Miki Suzuki) represent their countries and their craft in an attempt to win the World Barista Championship in Seoul, South Korea.  The film places particular emphasis on the Japanese Champion, Miki Suzuki, as she attempts to become the first female World Barista Champion in history.  You can check out the trailer here:  Barista Movie Trailer


go to the website here:  Barista Films

see it on iTunes here:  Barista Movie – iTunes

follow on Instagram:  Instagram – @baristafilm

Mexico La Concordia

producer la concordia                     taste graham, coconut, ginger

certification ft organic                   brew french press, drip

variety bourbon, mondo novo    recommended grind medium

elevation 1,600 m                            use 60g per litre of water

Price:  $14.99 / 400 g


Guatemala Cafe Justicia

Cafe Justicia is an organic “fair trade plus” coffee grown and produced by Mayan communities in the hillsides above Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

producer café justicia               taste chocolate, raspberry jam

certification ft organic              brew french press, drip, espresso

variety  caturra, typica              recommended grind medium

elevation 1700 masl                  use 60g per litre of water

Price:  $14.99 / 400 g


Nicaragua Flor de Jinoteca

Sweet floral fragrance, citric acidity, chocolate flavor, medium body.

producer SOPPEXCCA                    taste  floral, hazelnut butter, cocoa

certification ft org                            brew french press, drip

variety caturra                                    recommended grind  medium

elevation 1100 + m                           use  60 g per litre of water

Price: $14.99 / 400 g

Soppexcca was created by 68 families in the northern department of Jinotega. This organization today plays a vital role to 650 families. It is directly impacting four thousand people working under the Fair Trade certification, in which 60% of its volume of production is sold under the Fair Trade seal, providing an opportunity to invest in the main needs that the process has identified and prioritized.

The stability of the sale price of the crops is a very important factor for the viability of the small agricultural family, constituting the most transcendental aspect: keeping the land ownership in the hands of small producers, as well as sustainability of rural communities. The main actions in which the social premium has been invested, are education, training, schools, gender equity, environment, diversification and health care and finance.

Monteblanco Colombia

Monteblanco Colombia coffee farm

Monteblanco Purple Caturra Colombia is a complex coffee with a svelte  sweetness and tasting notes of pear and almond, with a syrupy sweet body. Our roast brings body with a silky texture, balanced acidity and a delicately tangy finish.

What’s Unique: A variety named “purple caturra” by family farm manager Rodrigo Sanchez Valencia due to the cherries on these coffee shrubs maturing a dark purple colour rather than the normal red ripe colour for the caturra cultivar.

Crop:  2018
Variety:  Purple Caturra
Elevation:  1730 meters
Region:  Huila
Producer:  Rodrigo Sanchez Valencia
Farm:  Finca Monteblanco
Process:  Washed
Fragrance:  Almond, brown sugar
Tasting notes:  Pear, lychee, praline
Price: 16.95 / 400g

About Finca Monteblanco:  located high along the winding mountain roads of Vereda La Toroca in the San Adolfo municipality above Pitalito, is a family farm managed by Rodrigo Sanchez Valencia in the tradition of coffee cultivation that began with his grandfather.  Monteblanco’s 18 hectares sit on the crest of a hill, with the wet and dry mill at the top and slopes of coffee planted below.

In 2002, Rodrigo participated in a local program teaching local children of coffee producers to cup.  Before that, he and his family had never considered coffee in terms of cup profile.  By learning to differentiate profiles, he and his father and grandfather were able to able to make the connections between the farming techniques they applied and coffee’s attributes in the cup.

At this time, Rodrigo also began to learn about cupping competitions that evaluate the best lots from farms in a region.  He noticed that farms would win one year and then never again, so he decided to investigate how to produce quality coffee consistently.  This led him to explore the trees planted on Monteblanco, were he discovered various cultivars his grandfather had planted in the 1980’s.

One of these varieties is Purple Caturra, a type of Caturra whose cherries ripen to a deep purple color.  All cherries harvested are measured for degrees Brix. Based on sugar content indicated, the team at Aromas del Sur, the umbrella group of Monteblanco, Progreso, and La Loma farms, then designates which processing method is appropriate.  Coffees with 24-27 degrees Brix are processed as washed coffees, beginning with depulping cherries they day they are harvested.

Coffee is fermented between 28 and 32 hours, fully washed with clean water, transferred to the solar dryer for several days, and finally moved to shaded raised beds to complete the drying process. Floaters are removed at the first stage prior to pulping to produce clean, consistent coffees that represent the terroir of the farm.

Rodrigo is proud that he, his wife Claudia Samboni, farm manager Don Gerardo, and the team that works in the fields and at the mill have reached the goal of achieving consistent quality. Each harvest, Finca Monteblanco produces micro-lots that serve as competition coffees around the world, but the farm also consistently produces containers of delicious coffees that appear year-round on café menus and retail shelves.  By applying an ethic of rigorous monitoring, planning, and management of each stage of production and processing, all coffees from Monteblanco showcase their full potential.

Harvesting and processing on Monteblanco have evolved with the times, adapting to a changing climate that yields harvest dispersed through ten months of the year rather than in a concentrated peak.

Antonio Cezar Junior measures degrees Brix
best light roast Colombian coffee
Rodrigo Sanchez on Finca Monteblanco
Young coffee shrubs on Finca Monteblanco
Rodrigo shows Edson Tamekuni the shaded African drying beds
Brazilian coffee team visits Finca Monteblanco

How Coffee is Made

How Coffee is Made

If you’ve ever wanted to know about how coffee is made, we wrote this just for you!   Visit our award-winning coffee roasting plant for coffee beans, espresso, and the best coffee equipment available today – from Aeropress, Hario V60, Chemex, Clever Dripper, French Press, Yama Vacuum Siphon, Breville espresso machine and Baratza Encore grinders.

How Coffee is Made - Green Coffee

Green (Raw) Coffee

It starts with the freshest beans. Imported directly from the farmer and stored in cool conditions away from other products, green coffee can have a shelf life of up to 12 months before the flavor and intensity starts to fade. Green coffee is high in chlorogenic acid, an anti-inflammatory, which can reduce blood pressure, and if you have ever heard of green coffee extract, it’s the chlorogenic acid being sought out and promoted as a weight loss aid.

Fun Fact:  Finland consumes the most coffee per capita.

Everyone recognizes a roasted coffee bean. Before it is roasted, the green coffee bean is the seed of the coffee cherry after it is picked, de-pulped, and dried. Coffee cherries grow in bunches along the branches of the coffee shrub.  After the flowering of the fragrant, white blossoms, it takes nearly a year for a cherry to mature . Because it grows in a continuous cycle, it is not unusual to see flowers, green fruit, and ripe fruit simultaneously on a single tree. The best terroir for coffee is rich, volcanic soil and high elevations with mild temperatures, frequent rain and shaded sun. The best coffee is hand-picked, constantly turned as it is dried, and carefully sorted for quality. Green coffee has a shelf life of 6 to 12 months.

How Coffee is Made Home Roasting

Home Roasting

Roasted daily for peak flavour and aroma. Coffee starts to lose aromatic compounds starting the day after it’s roasted, even in a sealed bag, eventually becoming flat and lacking in complex aromas. Over the time of about 6 weeks, oxygen starts to creep into the bean and oxidize it. This causes the increase in bitterness associated with store shelf coffee. Oxidation destroys anti-oxidants, which one of the major health benefits of fresh coffee.

Fun Fact:  During roasting, coffee pops a little like popcorn, twice.

Home coffee roasting is easy! It only takes 7 to 15 minutes and your reward is the freshest coffee around. Green coffee is half the price of good roasted coffee. We have a huge selection of green coffees, each carefully chosen for quality. Coffee can be roasted in many ways, from home coffee roasting appliance, to the oven, on the stove-top, in a popcorn popper, with a heat gun, or even on the gas grill.

How Coffee is Made Roasting Coffee

Roasting Coffee

The craft of roasting coffee is a highly developed skill.

Fun Fact:  Espresso beans and Coffee beans are not different, only the brewing method is.

Whether your goal is to experience the best light roast Colombian coffee, or to savor a bold, dark roast in the french press, coffee has the potential to offer one of the most complex sensory experiences of all the foods and beverages. As green coffee is roasted, acids and sugars react with heat, turning the coffee brown, caramelizing sugars and creating hundreds of aromatic compounds that contribute to a vast array of smells, tastes and textures. Our artisan roasting team is constantly developing and tasting, driven by a passion to bring out the best aspects in every coffee that we source. Every country of origin, every harvest and every lot has different potential and our roaster develops roast profiles that allow the coffees to speak in their own unique voice, creating a pleasing experience in the cup for our customers.

How Coffee is Made Brewing Coffee

Brewing Coffee

Brewing coffee should be easy, fun and tasty.

Fun Fact:  Forty percent of a coffee bean is soluble in water. Only the first 20% tastes good.

There are dozens of ways to enjoy your fresh roast coffee at home. All involve the same basic steps: grind, steep, filter, enjoy!. Starting with a quality grinder, filtered water, a scale and your brewer of choice, spending a little time learning to make a beautiful, aromatic and complex cup of coffee can be a rewarding experience. Whether you enjoy a delicate, floral, citrusy cup or a bold, syrup, dark brew – there is a coffee and a method for you. From french press to drip, aeropress to espresso, siphon to moka pot, we have you covered with a coffee and the tools to do it up right.

How Coffee is Made Cafe


Sometimes it’s good to let someone else do the heavy lifting!

Fun Fact:  65% of coffee is consumed at home.

We provide only fresh, roasted-to-order coffee to your cafe. Along with coffee, our wholesale customer gets our expert guidance on the best method and techniques for brewing, along with hands-on training, and all of the cafe supplies needed to keep first-rate coffee your passion. We are obsessed with making the best possible cup of coffee, so don’t shoot us if the coffee tastes better at the cafe. It’s what we do!

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Papua New Guinea

papua new guinea single origin coffee

Nebilyer Papua New Guinea Org A/X

This clean, complex wet processed coffee is sun dried on patios has a baking spice and light-bodied buttery sweetness and a lingering citrus note.

Crop:  2018-19
Drying:  Bourbon, Typica
Elevation:  +1350m
Fragrance:  caramel, spice
Tasting notes:  lemon, cherry, buttery finish
Price:  $14.99 / 400 g

Coffee has been cultivated in the Eastern Highlands for over 80 years. The bulk of it originates from small holder farmers having 1500 and less coffee plants.  Previously, the central valley has been strained because clans and tribes have been at war.  However, with the addition of coffee cultivation, the region has become less hostile.  This specific coffee is a product of a multitude of small holders’ crops originating in many different villages throughout the valley.  The cherries produced by these small holders are taken to the Goroka mill and thoroughly checked for quality control before being prepared for export, resulting in a clean and consistently smooth cup quality.

Pour-over and batch brewing


La Meseta Colombia

La Meseta Colombia

About La Meseta: The coffee tradition of our country and especially the central coffee-growing region has lead this family group to create, for more than 25 years, a beautiful plantation farm of Colombian soft coffee, blended with the richest flavors and aromas that Colombian mountains have to offer. We also have the tenacity and strength of the region’s hardest working people who contribute to reach our shared objective.

Crop: 2018
Variety: Geisha
Elevation: 2000m
Fragrance: Honey, Floral
Tasting notes: Notes of peach, apricot, tangerine, delicate body
Price: $22.50/340g

What’s a Geisha?
It’s not Japanese!  It’s a coffee variety.  In wine, the analogy might be pinot noir variety.
From another-jim over at home barista:

All Gesha/Geishas are a single coffee varietal introduced into Central America in the 1930s from a Kenyan nursery, which had produced it from Ethiopian seed stocks of unknown origin. It was initially widely planted because it was purported to have superior resistance to some of the then common coffee diseases. However, this was not true, so the varietal was never replanted. Nevertheless, some of it survived by growing from the berries of the originally planted trees. How much these trees changed and hybridized in the few generations since the 1930s is unknown.

The Peterson’s discovered a stand of Geishas on their farm in 2005 (I think), and won the Panamanian COE hands down with a lot taken only from those trees. The lot also set a record at auction. The taste of the coffee was that of a southern Ethiopian coffees, but without the interfering tannin flavors usual in many southern Ethiopian coffees and with a very pleasant sweetness instead. So the hunt was on for these trees, and more were discovered in forgotten corners of central American coffee plantations. The resulting plantings are maturing now, so we are getting a lot of new Geisha/Geshas offerings.

“Geisha” is the actual name given to the coffee in the Kenyan nursery that exported them to Central America. People looking for the original varietal in Ethiopia speculated that the Geisha name was a misnomer for the Gesha province in Ethiopia, so they started using what they assumed was the correct version of the name, “Gesha.” However, none of the coffee varietals located till now in the Gesha province are anything like the Geisha; so the Gesha name may be a complete misnomer, and the original nursery may have called it Geisha for some completely different reason.

About the Producer
In our Company, pay equality is preached, this principle ensures worker’s special protection in decent and fair conditions; therefore, we practice equality.

One of our Company’s greatest objective is to propagate the necessary conditions to attract and train workers with qualified job skills that can enable them to contribute and achieve our Company’s main goals. To accomplish this, our work environment is based on the principles of respect, mutual collaboration and permanent communication.

Our facilities are designed to provide the greatest comfort for our workers, with lodgings, showers, restrooms; complete and healthy meals, and above all, each of our employees is fairly treated.

All of the aforementioned creates affinity from the workers towards the Company’s farms which are characterized by a young, productive and technified coffee-culture.