Hayes Home Roast is two brothers with extensive experience roasting coffee at home for ourselves and a few friends. We decided to expand that activity into a small business, catering to a select group of coffee drinkers, and duplicating the unique experience of home roasted coffee for them, without their having to roast it themselves. If you’d like to try our coffee you can either buy a bag of our coffee, or try a free four ounce sample.
Probably the main thing we learned as home roasters was the importance of freshness for great tasting coffee. Fresh coffee is like fresh bakery bread. Freshness in bread is measured in days, freshness in coffee in weeks. After a week to two weeks coffee is no longer truly fresh. Unless you get your coffee at a local roaster, you may never or very seldom have experienced fresh coffee. We’ve dedicated ourselves to delivering truly fresh coffee to our customers. This is why we prominently feature the roast date and a best before date on our labels. The age of your roasted coffee is the single most important factor in good coffee taste.
Unless coffee is fresh, other considerations of quality are comparatively insignificant. What makes one coffee different or better than another is mostly the result of components of coffee which literally evaporate within the first week or two.
Evaluating coffee quality is done through a process very similar to wine tasting, and many thousands of samples must be tried in order to assemble even a short list of superior coffees. We rely on the people at our suppliers; Sweet Maria’s, their wholesale arm, Coffee Shrub, and InterAmerican Coffee, to do the preliminary selection.
We then choose our coffees from their selections,through our own tasting, and through feedback from a selected group of coffee drinkers. Part of this process is trying the coffee available from other roasters. I can honestly say that while I have had other roasters coffees as good as ours, I really haven’t found any that I would say is better. Please see for yourself either by buying a bag or getting our one time free sample.