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Posted Sun Apr 7, 2013, 4:33pm
Subject: Green Beanery - Impressions from canadian home roasters?
 

I certainly hear a lot about Sweet Maria's and have really enjoyed their knowledge and service. But I would like to switch to a canadian distributor. I am curious as to what people think of The Green Beanery re. beans; knowledge; prices; service etc...

I have notice that their Behemor 1600 is priced at 379$ whereas most canadian distributors price it at 349$. can't figure that one out.

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Posted Sun Apr 7, 2013, 5:22pm
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reason? profit.  Caveat emptor
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Posted Sun Apr 7, 2013, 7:26pm
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While the Green Beanery sells a good variety of coffee, I don't find that they publish much about them; at least, not at the breadth and depth of Sweet Maria's.  In short, I have no idea what they are selling from their meagre descriptions.

Their store is not too far from where I live.  Nevertheless, I buy from Sweet Maria's.

 
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Posted Sun Apr 7, 2013, 10:58pm
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I find that even allowing for international shipping from Sweet Maria's, it still costs me less than buying from the Green Beanery. I second also the previous poster's observation that the descriptions of Green Beanery coffee beans are terse at best. If I am going to pay a huge price premium over SM, I at least would like to know about each particular coffee, maybe roast level recommendations, unique flavour characteristics, etc.  One reason I got into home roasting was to save a little money and paying $13 a pound plus shipping for 85% of a pound (after roasting cooks the water out) is no bargain even if I don't factor in my labour.
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 6:14am
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Green Beanery is a great Canada distro but they lack 2 things. Superior coffee like higher grade brazils as well as the information they post online.  Buying green in small quantity (Under 10 lb) they are a bit expensive. Larger orders are usually out of stock well at least as the web site says.  If you live close enough to drive there you can talk to them in person. :)

If you know what you are looking for they aren't bad.  Depending on where you are located there are other suppliers in Canada.  I will be one of them soon :p
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 9:30am
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dspear99ca Said:

 One reason I got into home roasting was to save a little money and paying $13 a pound plus shipping for 85% of a pound (after roasting cooks the water out) is no bargain even if I don't factor in my labour.

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I just started home roasting for the office and after my current subscription is over I will be roasting for espresso. the reasons for me include: another hobby; better learning of coffee; greater variety then what I can mail order from roasters. So far it has saved a small amount of money for the office and way increased the fun around coffee. Living rurally I just don't have easy options.

I just wish we had a canadian branch for Sweet Maria's to save on shipping. I don't have the knowledge base yet to know what I want. Soooo.....


Burner0000 Said:

If you know what you are looking for they aren't bad.  Depending on where you are located there are other suppliers in Canada.  I will be one of them soon :p

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.... i'm listening.

and if there are other canadian distributor options that I am not aware of, please let me know.
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 9:45am
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I will be launching my website selling green and roasted coffee within Canada.  I will be getting specialty lot's from a few US suppliers.

Canada Suppliers that I know of.

- http://www.eco-coffee.ca/
- http://www.carvalhocoffee.ca/
- http://www.rgccoffee.com/site/
- http://buycoffeecanada.com/green-coffee
- http://www.goldstarcoffeeorders.com/
- http://www.idrinkcoffee.com/Green_Coffee_Beans_s/100.htm
- http://www.transcendcoffee.ca/
- http://www.equator.ca/our-coffee/coffees/green-coffee
If your looking for CHEAP but good green you will have to buy wholesale.
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 2:01pm
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Good list Chris.

There's also the GCBC (Green Coffee Buying Club) that CG member simgo Miroslav Stankovic is a Canadian distributor of/for.

You have to sign up to be a member. {;-)

 
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 5:53am
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Indeed! He just posted his 4th offering guys! BTW!

I will also be offering my beans on GCBC.  Early May.

Also Goldstar sells Blue Mountain at a good price and it's actual Jamaica Blue Mountain. As well as Hawaiian Kona.
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 7:09am
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That's awesome. I will research these sources. Ideally I am looking for cheap of course, but I am also looking for variety and quality hence Sweet Maria's.

Green Beanery replied to my question about their price on the Behemor explaining that they are not offering incentives on that roaster at this time?? To me it just looks overpriced considering that other canadian sources sell it for 30$ less. I'm sure that they have their reasons but things like that just do not impress me.
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