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Why You Should Buy Your Coffee from Local Roasters

If you love coffee as much as we do, then you are familiar with the feeling of opening a bag of freshly roasted coffee and getting a whiff of the wonderful aroma that it gives out. But did you know that not all coffee is roasted equal? The instant coffee you buy from a supermarket is surely not at par with a bag of fresh beans that you get directly from a roaster. And if you get your caffeine fix from your supermarket, and not your local roaster, you are truly missing out on quality. In fact, no matter where you live, buying coffee from a local roaster is always a good idea. Here’s why:

1. Enjoy guaranteed freshness

What a lot of people don’t realize is that coffee is at its peak freshness from around 3 or 4 days to 2 weeks after it is roasted. So, when you buy from a local roaster, you can always rest assured that you will receive coffee that has been roasted within this time frame. You will know this from the date of roasting that is usually stamped on the pack.

2. Help coffee farmers

Coffee conglomerates work with hundreds of commercial coffee farms, often paying very little to the farmers who grow the beans. Local roasters, on the other hand, usually work with a select few and maintain a strong connection with farms from which they source their beans. They pay fair price and make sure that the farmers do not get exploited in the process.

3. Choose from a wide variety of flavors and origins

Most of the blends and flavors that a local roaster offers are not available at your grocery store or supermarket. When you directly buy from a roaster, you get to try coffees from different regions of origin, such as coffee from Colombia, Kenya, Ethiopia and more, each with their distinctive flavor, notes and characteristics.

Coffee Gems is an artisan coffee roaster that offers an array of single origin coffees, coffee blends, espresso, decaf varieties and more. Browse through our online store to take your pick from some of our most popular varieties that include our Colombia coffee in addition to coffees from Kenya, Costa Rica and more.