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Roasted coffee beans

SteveR_100MilersSteveR_100Milers Posts: 5,987
edited December 2010 in The bottom bracket
Can anyone recommend a good supplier of fresh roasted coffee beans? I'm not a huge fan of the vac packed ones from Lavazza, I would like something a little less harsh.

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  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    www.hasbean.co.uk

    Email Steve and he will help if you tell him what you like.
  • Can't help sorry as vac packed kimbo does me fine but this could well be as debated as a what groupset question from previous coffee threads. :o
  • Scrumple wrote:
    www.hasbean.co.uk

    Email Steve and he will help if you tell him what you like.

    Thank you sir!
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    Oh, and if you sign up for their newsletter, you will get cash off codes!

    I'm sure Steve will send you them if you ask nicely before your first order.

    Good bloke...
  • Dan_JRDan_JR Posts: 36
    www.hasbean.co.uk

    Email Steve and he will help if you tell him what you like.

    +1

    Also very good are:
    www.squaremilecoffee.com
    http://www.jamesgourmetcoffee.com/

    All similar quality - you can't go wrong.
  • ilm_zero7ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    we buy bags of beans from Nero - not the cheapest but we like the blend
    http://veloviewer.com/SigImage.php?a=3370a&r=3&c=5&u=M&g=p&f=abcdefghij&z=a.png
    Wiliers: Cento Uno/Superleggera R and Zero 7. Bianchi Infinito CV and Oltre XR2
  • mrushtonmrushton Posts: 5,182
    www.e-coffee.co.uk are who I use.
    Monmouth Coffee is supposed to be good. Also depends on your location and how you store the coffee
    M.Rushton
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    Or buy the best green coffee in the world, and roast your own.

    Works for me!
  • Haven't you tried Maggies coffee http://www.bigmaggys.com/ Steve?
    http://twitter.com/mgalex
    www.ogmorevalleywheelers.co.uk

    10TT 24:36 25TT: 57:59 50TT: 2:08:11, 100TT: 4:30:05 12hr 204.... unfinished business
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    Despite owning some team kit, no.

    I do not buy any roasted beans. I have a fair few kilos of green beans in the cupboard which will last the year. No need to pay over the odds for other people to send it to me. I make it as I need it.

    Just finished a huge dissertation, so going to roast 200g of Jamaican Blue Mountain as a treat (cost me aout £40 I think, for 1 lbs of it ! - "Mavis Bank")

    Also have some Smith Farm's Kona, and cup of excellence Guatamalan, and El Salvador.
    Other beans I have, together with the suppliers suggested roast length / brew method:

    M. Tangse rhino Sumatra - Full city--great vac pot bean
    Rungeto Coop Kenya - City+ Drip and vacpot
    Sanani Mocha Yemen - full city works as espresso
    SHG Santa Rica ElSal - city+ *SPECIAL BEAN--SPECIAL BEAN
    Org HG Oaxaca Mexico - City+ to Full City - espresso or vac pot
    Org Yig Ethiopia - city to city + vacpot
    Apaneca Ilamatepec ElSal - city+ vacpot
    Northern End Est Tanzania - full city to vienna drip or vac pot
    Natural Yirg Worka Ethiopia (Sweet Maria) - city plus to full city vac pot to espresso
    Peru FTO Cuzco Ccochapampa (SM) full city
    Brasil FTO Poco Fundo peaberry - GREAT SO Bean at full city--fruit bomb Brazil
    La margarite honey Costa rica - city + vacpot, full city espresso
    Buf Coffee Bourbon Rwanda - city+ vacpot
    Jampit estate Java - full city/full city+ (pair with Yemen for excellent Mocha Java blend (go 60/40 either way))
  • pneumaticpneumatic Posts: 1,989
    Scrumple

    What is your method for roasting? Can you do it in an electric oven?


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  • Mark AlexanderMark Alexander Posts: 2,277
    edited December 2010
    As you're a connoisseur Scrumple and have green and roasted beans, I have some baked beans in the cupboard :P Does that count :wink:
    http://twitter.com/mgalex
    www.ogmorevalleywheelers.co.uk

    10TT 24:36 25TT: 57:59 50TT: 2:08:11, 100TT: 4:30:05 12hr 204.... unfinished business
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    Hottop roaster

    Costly, but the best home one. Due to them being funny about pricing, hasbean don't stock them anymore and I got mine direct from the supplier.

    Beans need to be agitated when roasted, to stop them burning etc. You can mess with a popcorn maker (hot air is great), or even cook in a skillet and stir.

    Best infor here: http://www.sweetmarias.com/articles.php#roastAndBrew

    Buying them freshly roasted will open your eyes, although roasted beans don't keep long and when ground should be used immediately!
  • Haven't you tried Maggies coffee http://www.bigmaggys.com/ Steve?

    No, but a good idea!

    I'll ask him tonight if he is at Newport

    Monmouth coffee sounds a good idea as its close by..ish.
    I do not want to add any more process equipment to my coffee production line, so I will continue to outsource roasting operation.
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    monmouth is excellent
  • This thread proves beyond a shadow of doubt that there are folks here who have waaaaaaaaaaay too much spare time on their hands.

    :D
  • and waaaay too little imagination or interest in the world around them.
  • RDWRDW Posts: 1,900
    Haven't you tried Maggies coffee http://www.bigmaggys.com/ Steve?
    Monmouth coffee sounds a good idea as its close by..ish.
    .

    Despite the name, they're not actually in Monmouth (named after Monmouth St, London). Excellent coffee though, and they do mail order. Based on the excellent blend they do for Fernandez & Wells, Hasbean would definitely be worth a shot. Lots more ideas here:

    http://coffeeforums.co.uk/
  • TBH, I get the tesco value ground coffee. Not strong and a decent price. I know, I know, probably floor sweepings, but it s ok for me...
  • RDWRDW Posts: 1,900
    vitesse169 wrote:
    TBH, I get the tesco value ground coffee. Not strong and a decent price. I know, I know, probably floor sweepings, but it s ok for me...

    They have some great deals on bikes too!

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-6409.aspx

    :)
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    This thread proves beyond a shadow of doubt that there are folks here who have waaaaaaaaaaay too much spare time on their hands.

    :D

    Not sure what you mean. I order it online, it turns up.

    15 minutes to roast for a week's worth of coffee.

    Beats the trip to the shop for freeze dried muck. It couldn't be easier.
  • mrushtonmrushton Posts: 5,182
    15 minutes now, but I'll bet it took 20 years of searching/faffing/wasting/testing to get to that point :wink:
    M.Rushton
  • mrushton wrote:
    15 minutes now, but I'll bet it took 20 years of searching/faffing/wasting/testing to get to that point :wink:

    Covers just about most of mankinds activity then...
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    hehe
  • nolfnolf Posts: 2,016
    I like big maggys website.

    I really really like their commuter service.
    Pay a set amount per month, and you can turn up in the morning on your bike, shower in their facilities, give your dirty kit to them to get it washed, put on your suit that you've left in their secure storage, grab a coffee and snack in their coffee shop, mentioning to the mechanic that your derailleur needs a bit of adjustment, then walk across the road to work.

    Anywhere in London offer this?
    "I hold it true, what'er befall;
    I feel it, when I sorrow most;
    'Tis better to have loved and lost;
    Than never to have loved at all."

    Alfred Tennyson
  • RHTRHT Posts: 34
    SteveR/100Milers,

    Also (relatively) local is the Costa Rica Coffee Co, Cardiff. @ 85, Pontcanna Street, Cardiff, CF11. Really helpful staff, good prices, always fresh beans, and always a good choice. Give 'em a try
  • RHT wrote:
    SteveR/100Milers,

    Also (relatively) local is the Costa Rica Coffee Co, Cardiff. @ 85, Pontcanna Street, Cardiff, CF11. Really helpful staff, good prices, always fresh beans, and always a good choice. Give 'em a try

    OK thanks

    I've got enough bean orders to last a year....
  • For those occasions when you can't wait for your online order, here's my take on some supermarket beans;

    Tesco: Finest Colombian Supremo: good stuff and far better than the Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Colombian, which is truly awful.
    Tesco: Finest Java Sumatra: good.
    Sainsburys: Premium: fairly good.
    Sainsburys: Decaff - not bad for decaff.
    Sainsburys: Kenyan and anything else other than the above: avoid.
    Waitrose: Sumatra Mandheling: One of my favourites to buy online but the name covers a wide range of coffees. Waitrose's, although good, seems a bit over-roasted to me.
    Waitrose: Monsoon Malabar:good.
    Waitrose: Peruvian decaff:ok.

    Definitely worth investing in a decent burr grinder. The Kitchenaid one is expensive but a class bit of kit.

    John
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