QUESTION: Does Circle K have decaf coffee? I’ve heard that have new machines that make an individual coffee, but can you get decaf? – Linda L
QUESTION: What is a coffee flight? I saw it mentioned on the sign outside a coffee shop I walked past, but I don’t know what it means. — Eva T.
ANSWER: Flights are a way to try a variety of coffees out so you can find your favorites. A coffee flight consists of miniature servings of at least three different coffee drinks. Some flights have preset options, while others allow you to select your own.
QUESTION: What kind of coffee does Sonic have? I love getting their coffee to drink in the mornings and want to know what all my options are. — Jeffrey M.
ANSWER: Sonic uses Arabica specialty grade Fair Trade Certified coffee beans from Central America and South America, which they get from Green Mountain Coffee. You’ll find Sonic’s coffee served in several different ways, from hot to iced to frozen.
QUESTION: I’ve noticed that at one coffee shop I go to, my drink has no crema. What does this mean? Will the coffee not taste as good? — Trevor S.
ANSWER: There are a few different reasons why your coffee might have no crema, and not all of them are bad. For example, if your drink has coffee and not espresso, you shouldn’t expect there to be crema in your cup. Alternatively, if your coffee is made from beans with a very light roast, there may not be any crema.
QUESTION: It’s important to me to buy coffee that’s pesticide free, but I’m not sure about whether this applies to organic coffee. Is organic coffee pesticide free? – Wilmetta O
ANSWER: You can count on organic coffee to be grown without using conventional chemical pesticides, but that doesn’t mean that absolutely no pesticides were used on the coffee beans. Organic farmers are permitted to use certified organic pesticides on their crops.
QUESTION: What coffee machine does 7-11 use? I was in there recently and they have this machine now that has whole beans in a hopper on top and it makes an individual cup for you when you press a button. It was really good! – Earnest L
ANSWER: Many convenience stores and gas stations have seriously upped their game in the past few years. We’ve written about Racetrac, Circle K and QuikTrip in the past, and which Swiss made machine they were using, so we were curious to know if 7-11 was using the same machine. They are not!
QUESTION: How do you buy a Shaerer Coffee Machine? I bought coffee from one of those machines at a Racetrac and also at a Circle K and it was good both places. I’d like to get one for my home. – Ed G
ANSWER: Unfortunately, the Swiss company Shaerer only makes high end commercial coffee machines designed to operate all day and make dozens or hundreds of coffees per day. They do not make a home coffee maker.
QUESTION: I really like the new coffee at Circle K where you press the button and it grinds and makes it on the spot. Where does Circle K get their coffee beans? – Matt E
ANSWER: Unfortunately, Circle K doesn’t say exactly where they source their coffee beans. But we do know that 100 percent of the coffee from Circle K is now sustainably sourced, and that they are the only convenience store in the US to have 100 percent sustainable coffee!
What does that actually mean though, sustainably sourced?
With Circle K, here is what they say it means for them.
QUESTION: What kind of coffee machine does Circle K use? I’ve started getting coffee there and it’s a machine that makes one coffee at a time and it’s actually really good! – Annette J ANSWER: Circle K upgraded their machines a few years back. Instead of brewing a big pot that gets stale after an … Read more
QUESTION: Do you drink crema? Or should I be scooping it out or something like that? – Tiffany T.
ANSWER: Over the past decade, a common debate amongst espresso drinkers has centered around whether or not one should consume the crema, or the foamy head that forms on the top of an espresso shot. Though there are legitimately good reasons why coffee drinkers may choose to either keep or discard their crema, coffee drinkers can’t seem to agree on what is truly the best course of action.