Posted Sat Feb 15, 2014, 7:23am Subject: Roasters that don't kill you on shipping costs
So far I've been ordering some beans from a roaster that is about 15 miles away from my house. SH is very reasonable. I would like to try out some different roasters around the country. Some of the shipping costs are just crazy. I guess the problem is I'm only planning on ordering 1 bag at a time so that my beans are fresh. I did find a few that weren't terrible. Redbird is only $5 for orders up to $15. Any thoughts on them? I've been browsing GeorgeHowell and they have one heck of a selection of coffees. $10 to ship one 12oz bag seems high to me though. Do you guys know of any roasters I should be checking out? What do you all do?
Skylar Senior Member Joined: 15 Apr 2004 Posts: 137 Location: New Jersey Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sat Feb 15, 2014, 7:44am Subject: Re: Roasters that don't kill you on shipping costs
Some one here wrote "The freezer is your friend." I have liked all the redbird coffees that I received. I get 5 pounders and freeze much of that load, dispersing them as needed. Also your friends are you friends, as are your relatives and the mailman and the policeman, all of whom might appreciate if you share some of your bounty.
cerridwyn Senior Member Joined: 6 Jun 2010 Posts: 512 Location: Inland Empire California Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Sun Feb 16, 2014, 2:36pm Subject: Re: Roasters that don't kill you on shipping costs
George Howell impressed me much less than I expected he would when I was out Boston way. Blue State coffee, well, I liked it better and I liked that they give back, even in their online orders.
That being said, lots of options out there.
If you choose to freeze, gocoffeego has very reasonable shipping on 3 bag purchases. They are not a roaster themselves, but basically a middle man for about 12-15 roasters who allow them to feature their coffee. They 3 bags have to come from the same roaster and sometimes you get even better deals. Good way to try out new places.
Snaxx Senior Member Joined: 11 Dec 2008 Posts: 176 Location: Northeast Michigan, LP Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sun Feb 16, 2014, 6:23pm Subject: Re: Roasters that don't kill you on shipping costs
Gen-X in Seattle ships for $6.00 flat rate. They don't have a huge selection to choose from, but what they have for greens is good quality. No idea how their roasted beans compare to what I roast at home. During the soccer season, they discount your order an extra 10% if their local team scores for a win, for a few days after the victory.
masonjer Senior Member Joined: 17 Feb 2014 Posts: 15 Location: United States Expertise: Pro Roaster
Posted Wed Feb 19, 2014, 11:32am Subject: Re: Roasters that don't kill you on shipping costs
I agree with Verve Coffee. Free shipping is tough to beat. Also, shameless plug but I own a micro coffee roasting business. Our shipping rates are $2 flat and free over $20. CraftandMason.com Sorry, couldn't resist as affordable shipping was something we really focused on when we opened up our online shop.
bossman Senior Member Joined: 10 Dec 2013 Posts: 100 Location: Iowa Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sat Feb 22, 2014, 8:48am Subject: Re: Roasters that don't kill you on shipping costs
Fair Mountain ships for free on 2 pounds or more. I have heard great things about them and my first order arrived yesterday. The smell was making me drool as I was re-packing for freezing. If UPS had not lost my CC1 I could give you a better idea of taste...
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