Coffee Subscriptions Going Out

The coffee subscriptions for February are going out!

Kenya Gakuyuni
Batch # 1825

There are many coffee grading systems in use across different countries and regions.  In Kenya the highest grade available is 'AA'.  So what does 'AA' even mean?  Coffee is often graded by bean size.  As a general rule of thumb the larger the bean the higher the quality.  This is because the larger size is indicative of good growing conditions throughout the season.  In Kenya the 'AA' grade is the largest size on the coffee grading scale.

This Kenyan coffee is estate grown, 'AA' graded and cups a sweet citrus taste with a syrupy caramel smooth finish.

Los Papales Pacamara - Nicaragua
Batch # 1821

This rare micro-lot pacamara from Nicaragua is Rainforest Alliance Certified.  Huge coffee beans are a trait of the pacamara varietal.  This particular pacamara was grown on a micro-lot at the Los Papales farm. The micro-lot was setup to grow the largest pacamaras possible.  Make sure to compare the size of this coffee with the others this month!  The the Los Papales farm is part of the Angelina Estate which has won the Cup of Excellence award on many occasions.  This coffee lives up to that heritage.

Maui Red Catuai
Batch # 1823

From a farm located in the West Maui Mountains and grown under the guidance of owner Kimo Falconer. This coffee is grown overlooking the famous western coast of Maui. Full bodied with great consistency and subtle sweet notes. As an island coffee this tends to have lower acidity than many other beans.

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Published on February 13, 2014 by Evan Closson.

Best of Long Island Coffee House & Cup of Coffee

Thanks to all of our passionate coffee & tea customers we've been voted:

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Long Island's Best Coffee House 2014

&

Long Islands Best Cup of Coffee 2014


The Best of Long Island contest is held each year by the Long Island Press and gives all Long Islanders a chance to vote for their favorite business in various categories such as Food and Drink, Restaurants, Arts and Entertainment, etc.

All of us at Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company are really in awe of the efforts and support our fantastic community, customers and friends give us.  This year marks the third straight win being voted the best coffee house and best cup of coffee of Long Island.

We are truly honored to call Patchogue and Long Island our home.

Stay tuned as we have something in the works to celebrate winning best cup of coffee and best coffee house!

Thank you!

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Published on January 18, 2014 by Evan Closson.

Coffee Club Now Available

Thank you to all of our our amazing customers! We've had many requests for coffee subscriptions and this Holiday Season we are launching one!

The first 50 subscribers get 20% off for 12 months with promo code: HOLIDAYLAUNCH

Long Island Coffee Club Yeah!

Long Island Coffee Club Yeah!

Each Month We Deliver

  • Three 12oz bags of selected single origin coffees.
  • Coffee batch numbers to further explore your specific hand crafted batch.
  • Origin information and tasting notes of each coffee
  • First access to educational coffee classes and events.
  • Discounts to coffee classes and events. 

Subscribe to Coffee


Need coffee for your Long Island café or restaurant? Schedule a tasting with us and become one of our Wholesale Partners.

 

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Published on December 18, 2013 by Evan Closson.

Happy Holidays on Long Island

Today (November 30th) is Patchogue's Holiday Parade!  The parade starts at 6pm but be sure to get downtown at least an hour before and pick up that hot chocolate at the cafe.

Our two Roastmobiles (what we use for our local and wholesale deliveries) will be all decked out and will be competing in the float competition!

The float competition will have the following categories:

  • Best Overall Unit
  • Most Original Unit
  • Most Holiday Spirit
  • Best Fire Department
  • Best Car/Truck Club

We hope to see you there with the dancing Santas! Be safe and stay warm!


Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company is a coffee micro-roaster and fine tea purveyor located in the heart of Patchogue on Long Island. The trading company sells coffee direct to customers online, provides full service wholesale accounts on Long Island and operates a cafe in Patchogue.

Sign up for our mailing list to get the latest news, deals and more.  To learn more about our wholesale coffee partner program please fill out our online inquiry form.

We love feedback and hearing from our customer, please get in touch.

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Published on November 30, 2013 by Evan Closson.

A Real Pumpkin Latte

We love Fall!  The crisp air the changing leaves and of course the Pumpkin Lattes!

However, what makes the best pumpkin pie latte?

 Is it the amazing cinnamon and nutmeg spices?  Or is it the sweet creamy whipped cream?  We think the most important ingredient in the recipe is real pumpkin!

We're excited this Autumn to handcraft our seasonal Pumpkin Pie Latte with real all natural pumpkin, expertly textured milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Latte recipe using real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spiced toped with whipped cream. 

Pumpkin Latte recipe using real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spiced toped with whipped cream. 


Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company is a coffee micro-roaster and fine tea purveyor located in the heart of Patchogue on Long Island. The trading company sells coffee direct to customers online, provides full service wholesale accounts on Long Island and operates a cafe in Patchogue.

Sign up for our mailing list to get the latest news, deals and more.  To learn more about our wholesale coffee partner program please fill out our online inquiry form.

We love feedback and hearing from our customer, please get in touch.

 

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Published on September 30, 2013 by Evan Closson.

Autumn Drinks

Today is the first day of fall and our seasonal Autumn drinks are back!

Pumpkin Pie Latte, Buccaneer Tea Latte, Caramel Apple Cider and Maple Mocha

Pumpkin Pie Latte, Buccaneer Tea Latte, Caramel Apple Cider and Maple Mocha

Pumpkin Pie Latte - Latte with real pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and a
dollop of whipped cream.

Maple Mocha - Espresso, mocha, all natural maple syrup and textured
milk topped with a maple/mocha drizzle.

Caramel Apple Cider - Steamed apple cider topped with whipped cream,
nutmeg, cinnamon and a caramel drizzle.

Buccaneer Tea Latte - Coconut, chocolate bits, vanilla, rooibos, black
tea and silky textured milk.

Happy Autumnal Equinox 2013!


Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company is a coffee micro-roaster and fine tea purveyor located in the heart of Patchogue on Long Island. The trading company sells coffee direct to customers online, provides full service wholesale accounts on Long Island and operates a cafe in Patchogue.

Sign up for our mailing list to get the latest news, deals and more.  To learn more about our wholesale coffee partner program please fill out our online inquiry form.

We love feedback and hearing from our customer, please get in touch.

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Published on September 22, 2013 by Evan Closson.

Free Coffee Local Delivery Area

We believe everyone should have access to fresh locally roasted coffee.  So, we've expanded our FREE local delivery area! The best coffee is locally roasted and we now offer FREE delivery for online coffee orders to our neighbors in Patchogue, Bellport, Medford, Holtsville, Holbrook, Blue Point, Bayport and Sayville.

We hope you enjoy the best locally roasted coffee from the comfort of your home!

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Published on May 17, 2013 by Evan Closson.

Thank You! Roast Wins 2013 Best of Long Island

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Thank you for voting us best of Long Island 2013.!

During the eighth annual contest hosted by Long Island Press, Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company has won the prestigious title of Best of Long Island for 2013!

Thanks to all of our fantastic customers we've been able to win the title in the categories of "Best Cup of Coffee" and "Best Coffee House".

We really appreciate the support you have given us and to show our appreciation we'd like to offer you a gift.  All online coffee purchases will be eligible for a 20% discount through March 31st. Enter coupon code: BOLI2013 in your shopping cart.

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Published on January 16, 2013 by Evan Closson.

Whole Bean vs Ground Coffee?

We are often asked by many of our coffee drinking customers: is it better to buy whole bean coffee or have the coffee ground at the store?  We always answer with an emphatic 'Whole Bean Coffee'!  But why is the roasted whole coffee bean a better choice than getting the coffee freshly ground at the point of purchase? After all, it's less work to have your Barista grind coffee for you.

To answer this question, one must first understand what makes coffee go stale.

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Ground Coffee vs Whole Bean Coffee

Coffee Oxidation

Oxidation is a chemical reaction in which electrons from one substance are lost to its oxidizer (a more electron friendly substance).  This is a very powerful chemical reaction, for example iron exposed to air will rust, causing the metal to get brittle and damaged.  Rusting takes place over a long period of time as its oxidation processes is slow.  On the other hand coffee oxidizes fast!

Oxidation changes the chemical makeup of coffee and is one of the key factors in creating stale coffee.

One Ground Coffee Bean

This is where surface area comes into play.  The larger the surface area of a substance undergoing oxidation the faster the oxidation process.  When whole bean coffee is ground the amount of surface area exposed for one ground coffee bean increases from a little to a lot!  As the picture shows :)

Ground coffee will go stale and its flavor will begin to decline rapidly within about 5-15 minutes of being ground.

This is why we in our cafe live by this coffee brewing mantra: 'grind immediately before you brew'.  We take this seriously! The fastest way to create bad coffee is by grinding it far in advance. One of the single most important things to do in order to increase the quality of the coffee you drink is to 'grind right before brewing'. Even your expensive Kona Coffee or Blue Mountain Coffee will not stand up to the rigors of oxidation.

If you're a Barista in a high volume coffee shop you may be thinking that grinding immediately before brewing would kill productivity while those fancy coffee drink orders come flying in.  But really, some ziplock bags filled with pre-weighed out coffee will be all you need to meet the crowd's demands.  Just dump the pre-bagged coffee beans into the bulk grinder right before brewing. Side note, coffee weight to water ratio will be a discussion for another day.

Zip-Locked Coffee Beans Laid Out Before Grinding

Zip-Locked Coffee Beans Laid Out Before Grinding

One of the single most important things to do in order to increase the quality of the coffee you drink is to grind right before brewing.
— Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company

So, when purchasing coffee for home, make sure to grind your coffee right before you brew it.  Yes, this might be a little more inconvenient, but hey you call yourself a coffee drinker don't you?

This is the first in a series of fine coffee educational posts that we plan to turn into a 'Learn Coffee' reference library on our main coffee shop website.

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Published on November 27, 2012 by Evan Closson.

Coffee Shop Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday!  We are proud to be a small business and we are happy to take part!

What is Small Business Saturday?  It's a day to shop at and support your local small businesses and if you use your America Express Card, you can get a $25 credit on a $25 or greater purchase.

This Saturday we will also be giving a 15% Discount on all Coffee & Tea Brewing Equipment and accessories.

So stop in and pick up that perfect gift for your coffee or tea drinker!

Oh, and don't forget to enroll your eligible American Express® Card to get the $25 Credit when you spend $25 or more at Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company.

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Published on November 24, 2012 by Evan Closson.

Coffee Shop Music

Here at Roast we've gone through a few different music providers for playing music.  A lot goes into being able to play music in a coffee shop!  Licensing, quality and trying to run away from Muzak providers.  It has been surprisingly hard to find an easy way to play the music we and our customers desire.

Then Pandora and DMX teamed up.  We've been using the service for a few months now.  I couldn't be happier.  I type this as I listen to the Beatles steaming overhead...  awesome.

If anyone has questions on the trials and tribulations of setting up music in a coffee shop, I'd be happy to discuss... over a cup of the best coffee.

The music just changed... Django Reinhardt, time to get my gypsy jazz on.

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Published on November 21, 2012 by Evan Closson.

Recovery Food Drive Raffle (Awesome Gift Basket)

It's always critical to help those in need this time of year.  This year, because of the destruction caused by Sandy, our local community is in great need.  We want to do all we can to help and we know our customers do too.  We've worked with Island Harvest before and they are truly an amazing organization here on Long Island, so we are raffling off a high end coffee gift basket to raise funds and food for Island Harvest.

This high end coffee gift basket contains:

  • One 34oz Bodum French Press (Retails $45)
  • One Hario Manual Coffee Mill Burr Grinder (Retails $75)
  • One bag of the exceptional Maui Mokka™ (Retails $30)
  • One $25 Gift Card to Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company
  • Also a nice basket :)

All together this basket retails for $175... and here is how you can win it:

  • For each pound (we always round up) of food you donate at 41 East Main Street you will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win.
  • For every $5 you donate at 41 East Main Street you will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win.
  • For every $5 you donate online directly to Island Harvest you will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win. Just email your Island Harvest donation confirmation to contact@roastcoffeeandtea.com

The raffle contest will end on Sunday November 18th at 10pm (close of business) so don't dally :)

Easy huh?

Now, who wants this?

Island Harvest Food Drive Raffle Gift Basket

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Published on November 12, 2012 by Evan Closson.