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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have answers!

What’s the best way to store my coffee?

Until you are ready to brew the coffee your best bet is the Metropolis bag it came in, proudly displayed on your counter. All right, it can be in a cabinet, so long as it’s somewhere room temperature we’re good. Each bag is vacuum sealed with a one-way valve to let your beans off gas without allowing oxygen in. After opening you’ll want to keep it in an airtight container, still room temp and away from light.

How much caffeine is in decaf coffee?

By now we’ve probably all heard that decaf coffee isn’t actually 100% caffeine free but just how much are we talking here? While the caffeine content of beans can vary widely because of numerous factors we can still give ya some ballpark figures so let’s talk numbers. According to the Mayo Clinic an 8oz cup of decaf contains on average between 2-5 milligrams of caffeine. To put that in perspective, 8oz of regular brewed coffee will usually range between 95mg – 165mg. The same sized coke has around 23mg, who knew?

What’s the difference between coffee beans and espresso beans?

I get asked this all the time and the answer you’ve all been waiting for, drumroll please…..

Absolutely nothing! There isn’t a special plant that produces espresso beans, they’re all coffee beans. Any coffee can be used to produce an espresso. It also is not a particular roast level despite a common thought that espresso beans are darker. While many roasters will develop special blends designed to be deliciously balanced given espresso’s particular method of extraction, there are plenty of shops out there pulling espresso shots out of single origin coffees too! Our Redline Espresso Blend™ makes a delicious espresso as well as a great cuppa joe. Don’t let labels limit you.

I see your bag has flavors listed on it, do you guys actually put that stuff in the coffee?

Not at all – the only thing you will find in your bag of Metropolis coffee are freshly roasted coffee beans. The flavors we list on the bag are just the most agreed upon flavor notes our team picks up while tasting the coffee. While the coffee may remind us of certain flavors it doesn’t mean you won’t notice something different. Our flavor notes are merely there to hopefully help you pick a coffee you’ll love. 

What kind of grinder should I get?

Truthfully, you should buy the best grinder you can afford. We love a nice Baratza, they are available in a variety of price points and are pretty much the industry standard for home and hand brews. Still a little too steep for ya? Hey we get it. At the very least we’d encourage you to invest in a burr grinder over a blade grinder every day and every night of the week. A uniform grind is critical to an even extraction, which is critical to your delicious cup! A blade grinder just ain’t never gonna do that for you.

What the heck is a peaberry?

Great question, typically you’ll find two coffee beans butted against each other at the center of every coffee cherry. This is what gives them their characteristic rounded on one side flat on the other appearance. A strange thing happens to approximately 5% of the world’s coffee beans though. In these rare instances a coffee bean develops all alone in the cherry. Without an annoying sibling to flatten one side out you get the most adorable little round bean. In addition to being round, peaberries are typically smaller, denser and many claim sweeter. Farmers will frequently separate them out from the rest of their coffee for sale as their own special lot but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be on the lookout for one in your regular bag of coffee too!

Are paper cups more environmentally friendly than foam?

This happens to be a somewhat endless debate on the internet, but from what I saw online pretty consistently is: Expanded polystyrene foam is non-biodegradable and can sometimes take about a million years to break down, it seems to be pretty harmful to marine animals too.  Paper cups are disposable and are made from paper (duh) which decomposes faster and is non-toxic.  Because of this, most people go with paper cups as the more eco/environmentally friendly or green choice.  You can research this further if you’d like, just consider the source of the information you find online.