Artisan coffee is roasted in small batches in micro mills. This process allows the roaster to improve and highlight the coffee’s unique flavors. Artisan coffee roasters carefully choose coffee from single-source suppliers around the world. Single-source coffee has fantastic tasting hints that you will not find in coffee sources from multiple locations. The specialty coffee is shipped to the customers within a few days of roasting, so you receive fresh, flavorful coffee.
Artisan roasters connect science and taste to produce coffee that is an experience, not a morning ritual. Artisanal roasters carefully categorize their roasted coffee by micro-regions, bean type, and milling process. The roaster uses a cutting-edge micro mill to carefully and evenly roast the coffee. This careful procedure brings out the distinct coffee flavors specific to that region
What Makes Artisan Coffee So Much Smoother?
A coffee bean is chockfull of delicate oils and molecules that create each unique coffee flavor. These oils and flavors are easy to damage and mar the taste. Amateur practices and mishandling the roasting process will alter the flavor and damage the coffee. Scorching, underdevelopment, or overdevelopment of the coffee will result in a poorer-tasting coffee. Expert coffee roasters understand the delicacies of the roasting process. An artisanal roaster evenly heats the beans and roasts them in small batches to create the smoothest coffee available.
What Makes Artisanal Coffee So Unique?
Artisanal coffee is designed as an experience instead of just a way to kick off the morning. Regular mass-produced coffee does not pay attention to coffee sourcing, and all the coffee is roasted unevenly in large batches. Not so with artisan coffee! Artisanal coffee is carefully selected and roasted. Each bean is roasted differently depending on where it was sourced and what brew the beans are for. This extreme attention to detail creates a unique flavor experience you can only get with artisanal coffee.
What to Look for When Shopping for Artisan Coffee
Coffee is a drink that most Americans start their day with. If you start your day with mass-produced coffee, you will get the same taste and experience every morning. Why turn your morning coffee into another routine when each cup could be an experience? Changing your coffee routine is easy! Artisanal coffee is roasted so that you will taste the delicate flavorings in each bean. The flavors are erased if you purchase mixed-origin coffee or mass-roasted coffee. Here are a few things to remember when shopping online for artisan coffee to get the best beans available.
Origin of the Beans
Artisanal coffee is usually sourced from specific regions, not nationwide. The climate and soil of that particular region will affect the coffee flavor. These differences mean you can find multiple coffees from one country. For example, we have a roast from Tolima, Columbia, and another from Cauca, Columbia. Each country and region of origin has taste profiles listed on specialty coffee packaging. Our coffee sourced from the Tolima region of Columbia has hints of caramel and red grapes. These flavor profiles are not added to the bean but are highlighted by the region’s soil and the small batch roasting process.
Type of Bean
There are three main types of coffee beans, Robusta, Arabica, and Liberica. There are subtypes to each bean, but each has its type of bean has its characteristics. Robusta beans have the most caffeine and the most prominent taste. Arabica beans are smooth and have an aromatic flavor. Arabica has a lower caffeine content but is used by 75% of the world’s coffee blends. Liberica beans come from the Rubiaceae plant in Africa. Liberica beans generally have an inferior flavor and aroma, making them less popular
Your roast date will affect the flavor of your coffee. Artisanal coffees are roasted close to the ship date so that they will be the freshest. Most artisan coffee bags have the roast date on them so you will see how old the bag is. Also, Exposure to oxygen will break down your coffee and make it lose its freshness. This process is sped up once the coffee is ground since more surface area is exposed to the air. If you purchase freshly roasted coffee beans and grind them yourself, your coffee will have a better and more defined flavor. If you want to learn more, read our guide for long term coffee storage.
Where to buy Artisanal Coffees
Are you ready to make your cup of coffee an experience each day? Artisan coffees are the way to go! So how do you get started? Just start tasting coffee! Each person has their taste preferences. To find those tastes, begin by experimenting with multiple different coffee brands. Use the coffee buying tips above, look for artisan coffee roasters online, or check if any of your local coffee shops roast their coffee. If your local coffee shop roasts its beans, you can stop in and give their coffee a try. If you don’t have that option, we recommend first purchasing a small bag of coffee beans just in case you do not like that particular roast.
Where do we source artisan coffee?
We source our artisan coffee from several continents and countries. We also sell a house blend which is a variety of artisan coffee beans. Here is where we source our coffee.
Artisan coffee from Columbia
We have three coffees sourced from Columbia. One coffee is decaf, and the other two are sourced from separate regions.
Colombian Tolima Coffee
Colombian Tolima coffee is a single-origin coffee sourced from Tolima, Columbia. Tolima is one of the departments of Columbia located in the Andes mountains and is the third largest coffee-producing region. This medium roast coffee is smooth with hints of caramel and red grape.Shop Now
Colombia Cauca Coffee
The Cauca Department is in Southwestern Columbia, facing the Pacific Ocean. Our Cauca coffee is grown in this region on small farm plots. The Cauca region’s economy is primarily agriculture-based, and our growers have years of experience growing great-tasting coffee. Our coffee is a dark roast premium coffee with hints of dark chocolate and grape. Expect your cup of Columbia Cauca coffee to have a strong taste that will linger in your mouth.Shop Now
Artisan Coffee From Kenya
Our Uteuzi-Jimbo coffee is from Nyeri county in the central highlands of Kenya. The name Uteuzi-Jimbo is Swahili for county select, one of Kenya’s regional coffee profiles. Expect your cup of artisan coffee to be a strong, robust taste with hints of grapefruit and baked apple.Shop Now
Artisan Coffee From Ethiopia
We source our Ethiopian artisan coffee from the Guji region. Guji is a zone within the Oromia region of Ethiopia named after the Oromo people, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia. The soil in Guji is exceptionally fertile, so there is little need for fertilizer. The region’s rich soil and abundant minerals result in balanced and complex coffee, perfect for both filter and espresso. Our Guji sourced coffee is a medium roast with hints of honeysuckle and brown sugar. Expect your cup of coffee to have a lighter, sparkling taste.Shop Now
Artisan Coffee in Ohio
If you are looking for artisan coffee in Ohio, we can help! The Red Mug Coffee Company is an artisanal roastery based in Millersburg, OH. We sell our artisan coffee in our coffee shop, online, and through wholesalers. You can visit our cafe, order online, or visit a local Red Mug wholesaler to get your artisan coffee. Start your day with a new coffee experience!