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Coffee Freight: From Export to Import

Over the few months, shipping container and freight logistics have been making a lot of news (NYT, The Guardian). Why? The ongoing Covid-19  pandemic and its consequences. The demand for containers is quite a bit greater than the supply for routes between Asia and the U.S. West Coast. This is causing an extreme increase in container pricing and increased difficulty in securing bookings for these lanes. For example, ocean freight from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to the U.S.A. has roughly doubled in cost over the past five months. Remember, in the early days of the pandemic, everyone (e.g. retailers, distributors, wholesalers, consumers. etc.) stopped buying products from Asia, which led to many empty container ships and cancelled sailings. However, it...

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RhoadsRoast Coffees Storage Recommendations & When to Grind

We have some of the BEST customers and many of them call us for recommendations, FAQ's, and just to check in on our Newest products. Recently, one of our great customers, Eli in Massachusetts, asked for us to write about coffee beans storage and grind levels. So here we go Eli, this one's for you! 👀☕😉 DID YOU KNOW...??? If your coffee wasn't roasted just before you purchased it, chances are, it isn't fresh. The difference in flavor between fresh coffee and stale coffee is not subtle. Did you know that without fresh coffee, your espresso machine will have a hard time producing that thick crema you are trying so hard to achieve? Drip, French Press, Vacuum or espresso ~...

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Types of Coffee Beans and What Sets Them Apart @ RhoadsRoast Coffees

Walking through the coffee aisle of your local store, you’ve probably noticed  that most of the bags state “Arabica Coffee” or “Arabica Beans”. Ever wonder why? There are actually several different types of coffee beans, with Arabica being the most common. It accounts for about 70% of coffee produced globally. Usually, when we think of how coffee is grouped and marketed, we’re thinking of roasting profiles and/or source of origin. This information is very helpful in identifying what to expect from a given coffee, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Let’s take a closer look at what types of coffees are out there and what makes each of them unique. As mentioned earlier, Arabica is the most common (and certainly most heavily...

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Coffee Relationships: Burundi and Rwanda Coffees

Two of the smallest countries in the heart of East Africa’s coffee growing highlands produce some of our favorite winter arrivals each year, unique in flavor and in origin. Rolling mountain ranges, cool nights, an abundance of fresh water, and access to legacy Bourbon type cultivated varieties set the stage for excellent flavor profiles. Meanwhile, the investment of in-country resources, including farmer access to education and fertilizer, hints at the dedication of the people who, even at the smallest of imaginable production scales, are producing unmatched coffees. Rwanda coffees range from tea-like to tart, showcasing a range of orange and lemony citrus flavors and are nearly always accompanied by a hint of spice and glossy texture. Burundi coffees grown just to the south...

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Coffee Inventory and Logistics

During 2020 logistics has seen a major rise in eCommerce traffic with orders from major platforms as well as established online businesses and new business online start-ups. Suffice it to say that logistics are an essential part of operating an e-commerce business. It can also be a challenge for many merchants. The pandemic has shifted consumer behavior and increased online buying, which coupled with warehouse closures and the stress on major shipping transit corridors, has resulted in unprecedented shipping delays around the world. We offer free shipping and strive to ship Priority and Express daily with all 3 major carriers, FedEx, UPS, and USPS. At times though, there are major delays within the carrier transit corridors. We assure you that we ship...

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