Frequently Asked Questions


What makes the Vincent Van Gogh Flavor Infusion process unique?

Most coffee and tea flavorings use a chemically based liquid solvent
that’s poured over the roasted beans. These liquid flavors are comprised of flavoring ingredients (both liquids and powders) and a chemical solvent carrier, usually propylene glycol. A typical liquid flavor may contain as much as 85% propylene glycol! This is the same ingredient in automobile antifreeze. Propylene glycol is a bitter tasting solvent. The all-natural, organic flavoring ingredients in Van Gogh coffees are  added to the beans at 100% concentration, thus having no propylene glycol added. Through a revolutionary infusion process using proprietary technology, flavoring is added to the bean with no chemical solvent. The result is the best-tasting flavored coffee you can buy, with no bitter aftertaste.


Why is Fair Trade Certified Important?

Fair Trade Certified means farming families will receive fair prices for their harvests.  This will result in fair wages for their workers, better healthcare facilities, better schools,  and proper training in farming techniques. Fair Trade Coffee is the overwhelming choice.


Is The Water You Use Important?

Since coffee is at least 98% water, the higher the quality of water, the higher the quality of your cup of coffee. Tap water that tastes good at room temperature is fine. If you prefer, you can use filtered or bottled water. Some of the newer more expensive coffee makers come with replaceable charcoal filters built into the machine. Do not  use distilled water. It is missing minerals and will make your coffee weak and flavorless.


The Difference between Arabica vs. Robusta coffee beans

Arabica coffee accounts for 75-80 percent of the world's production.
Robusta coffee, accounts for about 20 percent and differs from the
Arabica coffees in terms of taste. While Robusta coffee beans are more
robust than the Arabica plants, they tend to produce an inferior tasting beverage with a higher caffeine content.


How much coffee do we drink in the U.S.?

The United States consumes one-fifth of all the world's coffee, making it the largest consumer in the world.


What is the best way to store coffee?

Most experts advise against refrigerating coffee because it can take on odors from other foods, affecting the taste of your final cup. Also, refrigerator temperatures cause condensation in food, which also can change the taste.
Condensation can enter the coffee, freeze, and form ice crystals that penetrate the grounds or beans and cause deterioration and changes in flavor.
Those who see nothing wrong with freezing coffee advise storing it in the original container or wrapper, perhaps placing it in a reseal-able plastic bag before freezing.
If you keep your coffee in the freezer, remove only as much coffee as you will use, and return the remainder to the freezer immediately; do not allow frozen coffee to thaw and then refreeze, because that contributes to deterioration.


What is the best way to store tea?

All tea has a shelf life. The enemies of tea are air, light, moisture and odors from other foods. To preserve its freshness as long as possible, tea should be stored in a cool and dry place, in a container that is opaque and airtight. An airtight tin is best. Avoid glass jars, as this exposes the tea to light. Since tea absorbs other odors very easily, it is important to store it away from any strong-smelling foods. We do not recommend that you refrigerate or freeze teas.


Mug or paper cup?

Find yourself that perfect mug. Not only is a reusable mug more pleasurable to sip out of than a paper cup, but it will replace an untold number of disposable cups. If you've got a thing for paper cups make a quick tally of how many disposable coffee or tea cups you use in a month.


What are the benefits of drinking tea?

Tea contains antioxidants in varying degrees (primarily in green tea, but also black tea in smaller quantities), which may help to support the health of your immune system.





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