If you are serious about Espresso quality, you know you must by from a specialty roaster – not from the super market. You will pay more premium price, likely 300kr+ per kg, up to 500kr per kilo, compare to around 100-150kr per kg from super market. In return, you get:
- Much better freshness. Most, if not all coffees from super market only have “expired date”, not “roast date”. You can probably guess the roast date by subtracting expired date by 24 months and the most fresh one I could find, was two months old. At this point the coffee already started degrading in quality. In contrast, when I buy from roaster, it is always less than 1 week from roast date, which is clearly printed on the bag. As a rule of thumb, you should finish your coffee in less than 8 weeks from roast date.
- Much better roasted. Most coffee from super market is roasted with super hot air (800*c) in very short amount of time. This allows the roaster to roast ton after ton, but with the cost of coffee flavor. Specialty coffees are often roasted in much smaller batches, in
- Traceability. You only know coffee from super market by their country origin, and that’s it. But for specialty coffee, you will know the region which produced the coffee, and in many cases, even the farm that produced it.
- Last but not least, support for local businesses. Specialty roasters are small businesses in your city, or even area. Buying from them means you support your local economy.
What to look for from Coffee roasters
A coffee bean bag with one way valve is a must. Best if it is resealable.
They offers good prices, but no subscription. They ship through DHL to the service point, with free shipping, which is nice, but not the best.
The bags are well packaged, so you get proper protection of your precious coffee beans. But they also glue a plastic bag on the package (for the shipping information and the receipt), which is quite tiresome to remove for proper recycling.
The ink on the bag could easily get into you hands, especially if they are a little wet. They are, however, not very easy to wash off.
Lykke offers subscriptions, with 10% discount, which is good. Importantly, they ship directly to your mailbox. Order, and in one day or two, you find your favorite coffee
You can easily manage subscriptions, including changing it, skip one delivery, or cancel it, which is a huge plus.