Direct Comparisons

If you like Folgers Classic, Try:

  • Guatemala Finca Breman

  • Brazil Sul De Minas

  • Costa Rica Tarrazu

If you like Folgers Colombian, Try:

  • Guatemala Antigua

  • Bolivia Colonial Caranavi

  • Uganda Organic RFA

If you like bold and spicy try

  • Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

  • Indonesia Sumatra

If you like Folgers French Roast or Velvet, just order it with a darker roast.

Choosing the Right Roast:

Every coffee bean has a distinctive taste depending on where it is grown and how it is roasted. You will find that you might enjoy some more than others. 

Perhaps the easiest place to start is deciding what roast of coffee you prefer – this helps to narrow down the selection within single-origin coffee beans and gourmet coffee blends. The temperature and length of the roasting process directly affects the flavor of the coffee and most coffees in each category have similar qualities.

Generally, as green coffee beans are roasted they change from a sharp, acidic taste to a smooth, full-bodied taste. Light roast coffee beans have a shorter roasting time and tend to retain the flavor of the bean and soil (earthy taste) while dark roast coffee beans generally take on the flavor of the long roasting process (smoky or burnt taste). This chart shows how each roast profile can effect the flavor:


Regional Flavor Profiles:

Coffee flavors can vary greatly from region to region, and even from farm to farm depending on elevation, soil, climate, farming methods and processing methods. Coffee from adjacent farms can be totally different from each other. That said, there are some regional generalities which you can see in the chart below.

Coffee is a crop and just like any other crop, quality can vary from crop to crop. This can make maintaining blend integrity difficult. Here at Jamochajava, we tend to focus on the single origin crops known for consistent flavors from sustainable farming practices.

We recommend trying a coffee or two from each of the major regions to what profiles you like best. The major regions are Central America, South America, Africa, Asia and Oceanic. See the direct comparison chart for recommendations.

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What Grind Should I Order?

We recommend ordering your coffee beans whole and grinding the beans in small batches to be used for immediate brewing.

If this is not possible, we offer grinding services for just about any brew method. Simply let us know how you will be brewing your coffee  in the order notes and we will grind it accordingly.

  • Medium grind recommended for drip-type machines

  • Fine Espresso grind recommended for Espresso machines

  • Course French grind recommended for use in a French Press brewing


Coffee Storage

Once you have ordered your roasted coffee beans and they arrive at your doorstep, there are a few storage techniques to keep in mind:

  • Coffee is porous and will absorb other flavors – avoid putting your coffee near other strong foods and never place your gourmet coffee in the fridge

  • Coffee oils give coffee its distinct flavor – avoid freezing your coffee as this breaks down the oils

  • Coffee should be kept away from moisture, light, heat and air

The best way to store your gourmet coffee is in a sealed container, kept in a cool dry place.


Coffee Preparation

There are several easy ways to turn your gourmet coffee beans into a delicious, flavorful cup of gourmet coffee:

  • Keep your coffee maker clean as mineral deposits and burnt coffee at the bottom of the carafe can affect the taste – check your maker’s manual for cleaning instructions

  • Grind whole bean gourmet coffee just prior to brewing – for drip coffee the consistency should be like granulated sugar, for French press coffee the consistency should be coarser and for espresso grind the consistency should be like a fine powder

  • Use cold, fresh water – using bad water can make bitter coffee

  • Measure the coffee grounds – the recommended serving is 1 -2 Tbsp of coffee per 6-8 ounces of water although your personal taste will dictate just how much to use

  • Transfer brewed coffee into a preheated carafe if it is going to sit for more than 15 to 30 minutes – keeping the pot on the burner will break down the coffee making the coffee bitter

  • Allow the entire pot of coffee to brew before pouring a cup to get a balanced cup of coffee – the brew cycle does not make the same strength coffee throughout the brewing process