Frequently Asked Questions
Why the name Moustache Coffee Club?
I was poking fun at all the pretentious moustache wearing baristas who acted like they knew the secrets of coffee and were the guardians of all coffee knowledge in the universe. The elitist attitude to coffee really bugged the hell out of me. I know that everyone can experience amazing coffee at home, it just takes quality fresh beans and some simple equipment. Being rude to your customers with the whole "you aren't worthy" attitude just gives specialty coffee a bad name.
I decided to start a company that was upfront about coffee and didn't speak down or condescend to our customers. So we jokingly referred to the company as the "Moustache Coffee Club" and the name kind of stuck.
We take care of the amazing coffee and the moustaches, leaving you to just brew your daily cup and enjoy.
Does everyone at the Moustache Coffee Club have a moustache?
Sometimes! It all depends on how much coffee Sean has been drinking to fuel coding new features for our members. On average, we have a 'stashe every other month.
What are single-origin coffee beans and why should I care?
Boy are we glad you asked!
Single-origin coffee is coffee from a small geographical area, usually a particular farm or small group of farms. It is significant because the characteristics of the region, the soil, the altitude and the aspect (what wine lovers call terroir) all heavily influence the final flavor of the beans.
Because the coffee all comes from a small area and usually one single farmer, the quality of the coffee can be controlled to a much higher degree. "But why doesn't everyone use single-origin coffee beans then" I hear you cry! Bottom line is because this quality doesn't come cheap. Large coffee companies (here's looking at you Starbucks) would much rather pay less for a blend of inferior beans than pay the premium required to secure the best quality single-origin beans.
Is your coffee expensive?
Short answer, no.
Long answer, our coffee is very competitive with other online specialty roasters. We also ship the best coffees on this amazing earth, so keep that in mind when comparing our single-origin beans to Folgers or Starbucks blends.
You charge $22 including shipping for a bag of coffee - is that a deal?
On other sites you may see coffees, perhaps even from the same origin, selling for $30+ with additional shipping. It begs the question - how can we afford to ship the same quality for less?
- 1. We don't want to rip you off for coffee - we want you to drink it.
- 2. As a subscription, we roast to order and have almost zero waste. Roasted coffee doesn't sit in our store going stale, so we don't have to account for as much loss in our margin.
- 3. We've created a very efficient online shopping experience that doesn't need a large staff to support it, so we can spend more of our money and energy getting you the highest quality coffee.
- 4. We don't have an incredibly expensive storefront designed by a fancy architect in San Francisco with a bunch of people sitting around using our wifi, costing us money. We are 100% focused on shipping you premium coffee every week - that's it.
When does my shipment of coffee usually get roasted and sent out?
We roast on Tuesdays and Fridays, shipping out on the same day. In the continental US, 99% of our shipments arrive 3 days later at the peak of freshness, ready to enjoy.
What delivery service do you use? FedEx, USPS, UPS, another acronym or a messenger pigeon?
We utilize the trusty dusty USPS to ship to customers in the US. Trust us- the worst thing possible is for you to expect your beans and not get them. We actually have recurring nightmares of members expectantly checking only to find an empty mailbox. We take every measure possible to ensure that your beans arrive on time.
Unfortunately, although we have tried, it turns out we can't control the weather, freak traffic patterns, or your postman getting sick. So on occasion, our shipments take slightly longer to get to you. You can track your latest shipments from your account panel. If it consistently takes longer than 3 days (for US shipments) there is probably something up (an active forwarding in the system, or an error in your address), so you should talk to your local post office about it.
Do you ship to Alaska?
Yes of course. We don't make the same timing guarantees about our shipping to the lower 48 but delivery times are usually very similar (i.e. under 3 days)
Do you ship to APO/FPO/DPO ?
We sure do. Just enter your address in the shipping address correctly and you are good to go. Your city should be one of APO, FPO or DPO and your state should be one of AA, AE or AP.
Because you are probably sitting on a moving ship half-way around the world we can't offer the same guarantees about shipping time that we give to our US based customers. We normally see shipment times of about 7 days, so seeing as we ship the same day it is roasted your coffee will still be pretty fresh.
I want to buy a gift for somebody. Should I buy the gift and claim it myself?
Please don't do this. You can purchase a gift and then assign it to your own account, but this generally just leads to confusion.
Gifts act as credit on your account. Once the credit is used up the site will resort to whichever card is on file. Usually this will be the card you paid for the gift with - so the subscription will continue on. If this is what you want, great! But if not, read on.
If you just want to pay for a fixed amount of time, just purchase a gift and insert the receivers email address and all will be good with the world. They will receive an email with your note and a link to claim their gift. This link will help them create their own account, put in their best shipping address, and set up their preferences. Then they will be able to manage their shipments through their own account - and the subscription will end when the gift credit is used up.
But I really really want to put in the shipping address myself, the recipient doesn't know how to use email/is not to be trusted on the internets!
OK, if you really really have to input somebody else's shipping address and can't go through the normal gift flow we suggest you create the gift as per usual and send it to an email you control. Then create a new account for the recipient and use this to claim the gift (make sure to log out of your own account first). But do so at your own risk, this is not the recommended way to go about gifting and you'll be responsible for any accounts you create!
Referring a Friend
We love when you share the love of the Moustache Coffee Club! Spread the word to your friends and they'll receive $10 off their first order. Plus, we'll give you a $10 credit when they buy their first bag. It's a win-win!
Copy the unique link associated with your account, and get sharing!
How do you recommend I brew my coffee?
We love the Chemex pour over method, but really these beans are perfect in any brewing method from French Press through to espresso.
We always shoot for about 16:1 ratio of water to ground coffee. This sounds complicated but is actually really simple if you have a scale. If you don't have a scale use a little more than 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per cup of water.
We always use water heated to about 200 degrees. It's important to not have it too hot or too cool as this makes for a bitter or under-extracted brew.
How should I grind my coffee?
We ship all our coffees whole bean to preserve their freshness in transit - so a quality burr grinder is the definitely recommended to get the most out of your brews.
We're proud to be sourcing high-quality, high-altitude coffees, which are generally denser than lower-altitude beans. Paired with our Nordic roasting style, this means our coffees are going to be on the harder end of the bean spectrum, and some weaker grinders (notably the Breville Barista Express) may not perform optimally.
Here at MCC, we recommend Baratza grinders. They offer a range of models to suit different brewing methods, and are fantastic for support and replacement parts. We even offer a few models for sale on the site, which you can check out here.
Can I make espresso with your coffee?
Yes. Our beans are perfect for making espresso. Espresso is a method of making coffee and the name of a drink. From Wikipedia.. "Espresso is both a coffee beverage and a brewing method. It is not a specific bean, bean blend, or roast level."
That being said, we know that dialing in each time to pull the perfect shot can be a drag. It can also eat up a lot of coffee. To help out, we do offer a dedicated subscription of delectable single-origin coffee! Unlike our normal subscription that changes coffee from week to week, the espresso subscription selection remains more consistent. This consistency results in fewer wasted shots and more awesome espresso for you to enjoy!
Our beans are all single-origin and have been chosen for their high quality and amazing flavors. Espresso is a great way of bringing out the flavor of the underlying coffee bean. Because our beans have wonderful interesting characteristics, your single-origin espresso will really represent the region and bring these flavors to the fore.
Simply email us about your espresso needs! Let Moustache Coffee Club take care of getting you your coffee so that you can worry about more important things... like how to make impressive latte art.
Do you guys offer Decaf?
YES! For those of you looking for an alternative to your favorite caffeinated beverage, look no further. We offer exquisite sugarcane and water processed decaf coffees. You can update your preferences to receive decaf via your account panel.
Can I get Moustache for my office?
Yes you can! Moustache Coffee Club is enjoyed in offices all over the US. Our client list includes everyone from executives at a big 3 automaker and world-renowned video game dev teams to small non-profit offices and family-owned businesses.
Check out our workplace coffee plans and start drinking amazing coffee at work.
What is your billing cycle? I like to know when to expect payments to be due/applied.
We usually bill when we finalize our roasting schedule. This tends to be on the day before a shipment roasts. Obviously if you are on our weekly plan this will happen every week, or every second week if you are on a plan that ships every 2 weeks etc. If you are on one of our plans that bills for an extended period of time (e.g. 6 or 12 months) your next billing cycle will start when you've used up all of your shipments. This will usually be whatever the period of your subscription is. We're currently roasting Tuesdays and Fridays - so you'll be billed on Monday or Thursday respectively, depending on which roast day you fall into.
When I am billed- what shows up on my credit card bill? Is it an actual moustache!?
WE WISH. It shows up as “Moustache Coffee Club.” or for certain charges as "BishBashBox" which is the name of the platform our site is built on.
What if I am not going to be home one week - can I skip my coffee delivery and not get charged?
OF COURSE! We would hate for you to get a shipment of coffee, be charged and arrive home to stale beans. You can skip a delivery or two via your account dashboard.
To skip a shipment, you must do so before our production deadline: 6PM EST on Monday for Tuesday roasts and 6PM EST on Thursday for Friday roasts.. This is so we don't charge your card and prep your shipment, (it's very hard to un-roast coffee - so we can't cancel shipments once they've been processed).
How does my coffee get selected?
Here at the Moustache Coffee Club we've developed a complex artificial intelligence to help us select your coffee every week. From your point of view it works really simply. You receive coffee and then rate it. The more coffees you rate the more we know about your preferences and the better your coffee selections get. Our coffee selection AI looks at all of your previous ratings and other customers who are like you and uses that to predict the coffee you will like.
It works pretty well, and even if you don't rate the coffees you'll be matched with the roaster's preference. You'll get some pretty awesome coffees either way - so you can't really go wrong!
What is this "Classic Profile"?
Most of our coffees have focused on brighter fruitier coffees. The Classic Profile is a more traditional flavor profile that is focused on flavors of Chocolate, Caramel with a lower acidity. If thats something that appeals to you, you can opt in to receive Classic Profile coffees on the preferences page .
If you'd like to try one out, you can head over to the choose your coffees page and add one to your shipment queue.
As with our Decaf shipments, selecting Classic Profiles only may restrict the variety of your coffee. We don't have 52 different classic profiles per year so you may see some repeat coffees.
How do I (gasp) cancel my membership?
We understand that sometimes things happen and you have to cancel your membership. If you just need a quick break, or you'll be gone on vacation for a few weeks, know that you can skip a few shipments via your account page.
If you do indeed need to leave us permanently, you can cancel your subscription at any time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Be sure to do so before your next production deadline, we can't cancel orders once they've processed.
Please note that because we ship in-season coffees (and so we don't hold green coffee for long periods of time), if you pause or suspend your membership any inventory reservations you have will be removed and become available for other members.
Why do I need to email to cancel, why not have a button?
Good question. There are three main reasons why we don't have a cancellation button on the site. In fact, we did have a button before but we decided it was best to remove it.
The first reason is probably the most important. It's because it allows us to offer a free trial. Unfortunately when you offer a free trial on the internet, people attempt to take advantage. Even if only 1% of our trial sign-ups are acting less than honorably, that can be thousands of shipments a year.. And by acting dishonorably we mean signing up for 100s of free trials or otherwise trying to game the system designed to let folks try our beans! Having a person read the cancellation email and process it helps us keep tabs and makes it very easy to spot suspicious behaviour (e.g we seem to be shipping a lot of free trials to one post code in Arkansas).
The second main reason is so that when somebody cancels we have a record of it that is not disputable by either one of us (a weak form of non-repudiation for you distributed system nerds out there). It means that we both have a record of your cancelling and so we both know that you did. I can't deny that you cancelled and you can know exactly when you cancelled. Doing this by email means you don't need to trust our webservers to record this event and we can quickly and easily resolve any disputes.
Lastly, we are an online only store so we have limited points where we can gain feedback from our customers and in doing so make our service better. We've found that having a point were we can ask anybody who is cancelling why they are cancelling really helps us spot any big problems and any other issues that we might have missed. So, if you do cancel we'll ask you for a bit of feedback, please let us have it (especially if it is negative), it's the only way we can get better.
How does the free trial work and why do you need my credit card?
The free trial is so you can see how awesome our coffee is without spending money up front. We ship you a 6oz bag of super fresh single-origin coffee beans, you brew them, you love them, and then your plan starts.
As much as we'd like to, we can't "make it rain" beans on everyone who wants to try us out. We need your credit card to figure out if you are actually interested in buying coffee from us.
We don't charge your credit card for the free trial, but for fraud prevention purposes we may make a small charge ($1) to your card, which is just a pre-authorization and does not capture a charge (i.e. no money leaves your bank account). If your card does not clear the pre-authorization or fails our fraud process for any other reason we do not send you a free trial and you are no longer eligible for a free trial moving forward.
I just want a free bag of beans, should I sign up for your free trial?
Please don't. If you have no intention of signing up for a subscription, don't sign up for our trial.
We only have a limited amount of coffee for the free trial every week. So if we send you a bag, a genuine customer who wants to sample our product might miss out - and that would suck. Also the resulting bad coffee karma would haunt you for the rest of your life.
What happens when the free trial is over?
When your trial is over, we'll send you an email letting you know and give you an opportunity to opt out or change your plan. We try to time this email to right when your trial bag arrives, so you have plenty of time to taste the coffee before another coffee ships. If you wish to cancel and not begin membership with us, you have until your next production deadline to cancel your subscription before we roast your first full-sized shipment. This is a tight turnaround, but otherwise, you'd be without fresh coffee for a week - and making sure you have fresh delicious coffee is the whole point of our service.
How do I contact support?
You can contact support by clicking the "contact" link in the footer (it will open your default email client) or by copying the address email@example.com .