FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long has Alakef Coffee Roasters been in business?
A: We started roasting specialty grade coffees in 1990 in Duluth, Minnesota

Q: What type of coffees does Alakef Coffee roast?
A: Alakef Coffee Roasters uses only the top grade of Arabica beans which represents between 5-10 percent of all Arabica specialty coffees grown.  There are two types of coffee - Robusta and Arabica. Robusta beans are grown at low altitudes and are intended to give a high yield. Most commercial roasters use Robusta beans when roasting their coffee. Arabica beans, on the other hand, are grown at higher altitudes and are picked by hand at the bean’s peak flavor. This gives Arabica coffees a superior aroma, flavor, and additional attributes.   That is why Alakef Coffee Roasters uses only the highest quality of specialty grade Arabica beans.

Q: Does Alakef Coffee offer organic coffees?
A: Yes, currently we offer around 20 organic and Rainforest Alliance certified single origin and blended coffees. We are certified 100% organic by the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association which is our certifying agency affiliated with USDA (the United States Department of Agriculture).

Q: Does Alakef Coffee offer Rainforest Alliance coffees?
A: Yes!

Q: What is Fair Trade Coffee?
A: A guaranteed price for this coffee empowers the farmers to invest in their communities, protect the environment and develop the business skills to compete in the global marketplace.

Q: Does Alakef Coffee conduct tours?
A: Yes, current customers as well as individuals looking to start a business are welcome to see our roasting process first hand. In addition, public tours are conducted during the summer months and typically scheduled for the last Friday of June, July and August. Please call ahead for a current tour schedule. Group size is limited.

Q: Where does Alakef get their coffee?
A: Our coffee arrives from all over the world.  We are currently buying coffees from South America, Central America, Africa and the Far East.

Q: How are orders processed?
A: Providing your orders are received before 11:00 am, Monday through Friday, we roast, package and ship the order the same day. You won’t find a fresher bean!

Q: What does the term “cupping” refer to?
A: Cupping is coffee terminology for tasting and evaluating coffee and coffee characteristics such as body, flavor and acidity.  Farmers, importers and roasters cup coffees to determine the unique characteristics associated with aroma and flavor in different coffee origins. Cupping is also completed to find defects that would affect coffee flavor.

Q: How are coffees decaffeinated?
A: There are several processes and methods used to decaffeinate green coffee - including the water process, the CO2 process, as well as direct and indirect methods.  The direct and indirect methods commonly use methylene chloride or ethyl acetate solvent baths to draw the caffeine molecule from the green bean.  Water processes will commonly use charcoal and water to extract the caffeine.  International standards mandate that between 97% and 99.9% of all caffeine be removed from the green bean before it can be sold as "decaffeinated".  Alakef Coffee carries both types of decaffeinated coffees.

Q: How much caffeine is in a cup of coffee?
A: It will vary depending on coffee type and roast but, generally, a 5 fluid ounce cup of regular coffee contains 60 mg to 180 mg of caffeine. Arabica coffees contain less caffeine compared to Robusta coffees. Also, darker roast coffees contain less caffeine compared to lighter roast coffees.

Q: How much caffeine is in a cup of decaffeinated coffee?
A: The decaffeination process must remove 97-99 percent of the caffeine for the coffee to be considered decaffeinated.

Q: What is the best way to store coffee?
A: Keep it out of the freezer as well as the refrigerator. Purchase what you will use in a week or two and keep the coffee in an air tight container away from direct sunlight.