Coffee Facts

What is the difference between robusta and arabica beans?

Robusta beans are a much lower quality coffee than are arabica beans; and they are commonly used by large industrial coffee roasters. The beans are not uniform in size and the flavor is typically hay-like and bitter, no matter the style of roast. In the 25 years Liquid Assets has been in business, we have seen a decline of quality arabica coffees. Once signifying excellence in coffee, quality standards for arabica coffees have deteriorated over the years as demand for so-called ‘high-end’ coffees have increased along with the need to maintain a higher profit margin. To ensure that this development does not affect the quality of our coffees, during the time we have been in business, we have developed a close association with those coffee growers whose consistent growing and harvesting methods have allowed us to provide the highest quality arabica coffees available.

I’m not familiar with varieties of coffee, can you help me find one I’ll enjoy?

Some of the questions we might ask include: do you prefer light, medium or dark coffee? Do you prefer heavy, or delicate coffees? What are your preferences for mouth feel and type of finish? Are you having the coffee in the morning, or are you looking for a special after-dinner blend?

Why do you sell only the Swiss Water Process decaf coffee?

All of our decaf coffees are processed in Vancouver, Canada using the Swiss Water method because no chemicals are used at any point in the process, making it 100% natural. The water used to decaffeinate the coffee beans comes from the glaciers surrounding Vancouver, Canada. In turn, the Swiss Water method maintains the greatest flavor, body and mouth feel of the coffee.

Does water really affect the quality of brewed coffee?

Absolutely. One of the greatest obstacles to good coffee is poor-tasting water. Brewed coffee is 98 percent water. Some of the elements altering the taste of coffee include: chlorine in public water systems, and sulphur and iron in private wells. These elements will affect the taste of the coffee. If this is the case, we suggest using spring water.

Does using cold water versus hot water really enhance the brewed coffee flavor?

Yes. Cold water maintains its mineral content, which enhances good coffee flavor.

How long can you keep coffee on a hot plate?

Coffee is extremely sensitive to heat. Heat adversely affects the quality and taste of coffee. It is best to remove the coffee as quickly as possible and transfer it to an insulated server.

Your coffees ‘foam up’ more than others I’ve tried. Why is this?

‘Foaming up’ is a natural phenomenon of freshly roasted coffee.

Is it best to store coffee at room temperature, in the refrigerator or in the freezer?

Storing coffee in an airtight container in the freezer is an ideal way to maintain freshness.