Frequently Asked Questions
No, coffee and instant coffee always are 100% coffee products; we have flavors and decaf which are not natural. Coffee is nothing else than the seed of the coffee plant, which has been roasted and ground. By differences in origin of the coffee, the method of roasting and the blend, Hills Bros. get different types of coffee. Nothing is added to decaffeinated, either. Decaf coffee is pure coffee, with the caffeine removed.
Regarding nutritional information for brewed coffee, there are no significant levels of carbohydrates, fats, protein, fiber, vitamins or minerals. There is no cholesterol and no calories. Adding a sweetener and/or a creamer may change the nutritional profile.
- Once opened, store in a cool dry place.
- When possible, keep your coffee in an airtight container.
- For best results, brew coffee within 2 weeks of opening the package.
The freshness of your coffee will depend on if you purchased canned, bagged or single-serve coffee. Canned coffee stays fresh for over two years, thanks in part to the strength of the seal. Bagged and single-serve coffee will stay fresh for up to one year after it was roasted.
Hills Bros. stands behind the excellent quality our coffees. For product questions or comments, you are encouraged to call our Consumer Hotline at 1-888-246-2598.
Coffee is a natural product and therefore, to ensure that every pack of coffee gives you consistent taste, flavor and quality, it needs to be blended and roasted. The blending and roasting process requires real craftsmanship and many years of experience to ensure that Hills Bros. is the perfect cup of coffee every time.
The green (unroasted) coffee beans are placed into a rotating drum and softened by steam and water. They are then repeatedly rinsed with a decaffeinating agent which removes the caffeine from the beans. Typically 97% or more of the caffeine contained in the green coffee is removed. The caffeine-laden solution is drained away and the beans are steamed a second time to evaporate the remaining decaffeinating agent. Finally, the beans are dried to remove excess moisture from the decaffeinated coffee.
Coffee is grown in approximately eighty countries located on four continents between the geographical latitudes of the Tropic of Cancer (to the north) and the Tropic of Capricorn (to the south). Some major producing countries include Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uganda, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.
There are about 25 major species of coffee beans within the Coffea genus, but the typical coffee drinker will probably be familiar with arabicas (species Coffea arabica) and robustas (species Coffea canephora var. robusta). Arabica coffee is a high-grown coffee with medium body, good acidity and a mild taste; it is produced primarily in Central and South America. Robusta coffee has good body, moderate acidity and a more aggressive taste; it is grown in tropical regions around the world such as West and Central Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of South America.