FAQs

When was coffee discovered?
At least 1,000 years ago. Although no one knows for sure, many believe that the origins of Arabica coffee lie in South Sudan and Ethiopia, and that Robusta coffee was born in West Africa.

Where can I buy Fonté Coffee?
You can order your favorite bean online at fontecoffee.com. Fonté is also available at Fonté Café in downtown Seattle, Fonté Café in Bellevue, and Metropolitan Markets.

What does the valve on the package do and why is it important?
We package all of our coffee within hours of roasting. The one way valves on our bags let CO2 (a natural byproduct expelled by freshly roasted coffee), escape without letting oxygen into the bag. Oxygen is the enemy of coffee beans.

What’s the best way to store coffee?
Once you have opened your bag it is best to seal your coffee in an airtight container and keep it at room temperature away from strong light.

What temperature water is best for the perfect brew?
A good rule of thumb for most brewing methods is to use water between 200–205°F. The water quality you brew with has a major impact on flavor, filtered water is recommended.

When is coffee at its peak flavor?
Coffee is generally best after resting for 2 or 3 days after it is roasted.

What is the difference between single origin and coffee blends?
Single origin coffees come from the same region, cooperative, or farm. Blends are combinations of single origins blended together for a fantastic flavor.

How does Fonté choose the coffee it roasts?
Our Master Roaster, Steve Smith, selects each lot of beans that are featured as single origin coffees or used in blends. He brings multiple decades of coffee tasting experience to the task, and works hand in hand with a well-established selection of producers and importers to see that the world’s finest coffees arrive at the Fonte roasting plant.

How will I know if my coffee has expired?
Every bag of our coffee has the roast date printed on the the label. We recommend that you use your coffee within two weeks of purchase to ensure the coffee tastes its best.

What is the difference between dry and wet processed beans?
Different areas of the coffee growing world employ different methods of preparing green coffee for export. Tradition, available water resource and intended flavor all play a part in deciding how a given region processes its harvest.

  • The wet process involves pouring the coffee cherries into water tanks, the cherries are sent through a pulper, then they are pulped natural or washed, lastly the beans are taken out to dry.
  • The dry process involves rinsing the coffee cherries and letting the coffee cherries dry under the sun.

What is the difference between Arabica and Robusta?
These are names for two different members, botanically speaking, of the same family. Arabica beans are generally considered to display more enjoyable flavor characteristics than Robustas and have less caffeine.

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