Coffee 101

Coffee 101

Get the best from your beans.

How should I store my beans?

Store coffee in a glass air tight container, preferably in a cabinet or dark area.  Air and moisture are coffee’s kryptonite; they stale the beans and kill the beauty.  Don’t kill the beauty.

How long do my beans stay fresh?

We refer to it as a Blossoms-On Date, when the coffee de-gasses and opens up like the gorgeous orchid it is.  Each coffee has a particular date, but as a good rule of thumb, keep your coffee fresh and use within 14 – 16 days of the roast date.

What else can I do to get the most out of my beans?

A solid burr grinder is the best investment you can make in your home coffee setup because of the control it gives you over the uniformity of the coffee particle size. That leads to an even cup whether your brewer is $5 or $500. We recommend and carry Baratza grinders with Mahlkonig burrs. The other most important thing you can do is buy freshly roasted beans.

Is your coffee vegetarian?

Yes, our coffee is even Vegan and Gluten Free.  In addition, it has no MSG.

Do you have flavored coffee?

No, our coffee is not flavored.  It does, however, show off its beauty by way of the producer, the varietal, the soil content, the farmer, the processing, the love, the roast, a whole long train of hands to allow for the sweet raspberry or the mandarin orange or the dark chocolate you breathe and smell and taste in the cup.

Where is that Marcala I’ve been ordering?

We source in small lots, sometimes tiny farms with only a few bags of green beans.   We won’t always have every coffee. It’s seasonal, like the summer tomato straight from the vine or the kale picked after the first frost.  But we will continue to source beautiful coffees from beautiful people, you have our pledge.

Do you offer coffee classes?

Interested in learning more about crafting the perfect cup of coffee at home? Mudhouse periodically offers coffee classes in the ‘Smartroom’ above our Downtown Mall location in Charlottesville. For more information or to purchase tickets, follow us on Facebook.