How's the coffee?
We tested dozens of coffee roasts to pick the right ones to use for the Awesome Coffee Club. We now offer two different roasts plus decaf coffee!
Octavia is a medium/medium-dark roast of arabica beans (although if you're used to Starbucks coffee, it's closer to a light roast). It has bold chocolate notes that are a little on the dark side and a roasty flavor (without tasting burnt). This blend is also available in a 5lb bag and compostable coffee pods.
Calypso is a rich, well-balanced, light roast of arabica beans. With tasting notes of baked apple, chocolate, and brown sugar.
Paradoxa is a balanced medium-dark decaf roast of Arabica beans. It is sweet with slightly fruity notes of cherry and cocoa.
We source all the coffee beans through Sucafina from a farmer collective in Colombia and the beans are roasted in St. Louis by First Crack.
About the Coffee
What is all of this?
The Awesome Coffee Club is a subscription service that delivers freshly roasted coffee to the mailing address of your choice on a monthly basis. On that front, it is not a particularly radical idea. But the Awesome Coffee Club is different.
How is it different?
First, because we are committed to ensuring that the people who work to grow, pick, roast, package, and deliver your coffee are compensated fairly and that your coffee is produced without furthering deforestation. You can learn more about how we source high-quality Colombian coffee directly from farmer collectives here.
Second, because 100% of the profits generated by the Awesome Coffee Club go to support efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality in impoverished communities. This means all of our post-tax profit goes to supporting charities that invest in community healthworkers, stronger healthcare systems, and healthcare access for the poor and marginalized. To learn more about where your money is going or donate directly to the cause, click here.
And finally, because the coffee is really good.
How's the roast?
Octavia is the original medium-dark roast coffee we launched the Awesome Coffee Club with and is also available in 5lb bags and compostable coffee pods. If you are accustomed to drinking specialty coffee, Octavia a dark roast; if you are more accustomed to Large Nameless Coffee Brand, it is closer to a medium or medium-dark roast.
Here are the tasting notes the roasting geniuses at First Crack report, "Chocolate is front-and-center, specifically a mildly dark chocolate. The coffee is roasty but not burnt or acrid. There's some non-fruit sweetness, too."
We've recently added this beautiful, light roast coffee to our offerings. The beans used for Calpyso are the same Arabica beans used for Octavia, sourced from the Cadefihuila region of Colombia. The light roast method gives a subtly different flavor profile to this coffee, which First Crack Coffee describes with "flavor notes of baked apple, chocolate, and brown sugar."
Here is how John Green, the person writing this FAQ, would describe the roast: “It tastes really good. It mostly tastes like coffee, but somehow a little better than the coffee I used to drink.”
Paradoxa is our newest decaf addition to the Awesome Coffee Club. Paradoxa is a medium-dark roast of decaffeinated Arabica beans. It is sweet with slightly fruity notes of cherry and cocoa.
How much caffeine is in the coffee?
There are approximately 96mg of caffeine per 8oz of coffee.
If you're looking for a decaf coffee, you can try our decaf blend, Paradoxa!
Can I get larger amounts of coffee?
Octavia coffee is available as a 12-ounce bag (22 servings), a 5 pound bag (146 servings), and 24 count compostable coffee pods (24 servings).
As for Calypso and Paradoxa, we only sell 12-ounce bags, but you can receive more than one per month or switch to every two weeks! For context: Our family has two coffee-drinking adults who drink 2-3 cups per day, and we go through around three bags per month, so we have signed up for a 3-bag-per-month subscription.
Is the packaging recyclable or biodegradable?
Our coffee is mailed in biodegradable bags (according to ASTS D6954).
The coffee pods are "Greenpods", which are BPI certified (BPI is North America's leading certifier of compostable products and packaging) to ASTM D6400 or D6868 standards. GreenPods are made from components that have been certified for industrial compost facilities. You can compost these at home or check with your composting service to ensure they can accept them, as facilities differ in what they can and cannot process. To learn more about composting, and how to compost at home, visit greenpodcoffeepacking.com/education/.
Where is Awesome Coffee Club coffee roasted?
St. Louis, Missouri. It will arrive at your door 2-5 weeks after roasting!
Will the coffee pods work in my coffee machine?
Our coffee pods can be used in most single-serve coffee machines. These pods do not have a barcode on them, so if your machine requires a barcode in order to make your drink, these will not be compatible.
How do I brew Awesome Coffee Club coffee?
For best results, use 195F-205F clean water, grind, brew, and drink fresh. Use clean brewing equipment and mugs.
Filter Brewing: use a grind size slightly coarser than table salt. Use a 1:16 ratio (1 part coffee to 16 parts water). Brew time: 2:30
Immersion/French Press: use a grind size like coarse salt. Use a 1:13 brew ratio (1 part coffee, 13 parts water). Brew time: 4:00
How should I store the coffee? How long will it stay fresh?
Best if used within one month of receiving. Store the coffee in the bag or an air-tight container at room temperature.
What ingredients are in the coffee? Is it gluten-free? Vegan? Organic? Kosher?
Ingredients: Coffee (nothing else!)
Awesome Coffee Club coffee is gluten-free and vegan. Our coffee is not certified organic. While our coffee is kosher based on standards for coffee in general, it is not certified kosher. Though some of our roasts have flavor notes such as chocolate or fruit, the coffee does not actually contain any coffee or fruit - these flavors come from the coffee bean itself and the roasting process.
Are there possible allergens in Awesome Coffee Club coffee?
There is only coffee in our coffee. It is incredibly unlikely for there to be possible allergens in Awesome Coffee Club coffee. Our roaster only works with coffee beans.
Can I get samples?
If you'd like to try the coffee before committing to a subscription, you can make a one-time purchase here!
How is Paradoxa decaffeinated?
Paradoxa is decaffeinated using the sugarcane decaffeination method. Sugarcane decaffeination utilizes a naturally occurring compound, ethyl acetate (EA) to decaffeinate coffee. The EA used in this process is derived from molasses (a byproduct of sugar production). Since EA is naturally-occurring, the process is labeled as “naturally decaffeinated.” The EA process is relatively simple. The coffee beans are moistened with water and EA is circulated throughout. The EA binds with the caffeine in the bean and extracts the caffeine while leaving most of the other flavor compounds. After the desired caffeine level is reached, the EA residue on the beans is removed by steaming them.