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leeh1971
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:29pm
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Any idea what are the best sites to purchase 'genuinely' fresh beans online in the UK?

So far I've be disappointed and I'm certain the beans i purchased weren't very fresh. I'll not name names!
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 3:21pm
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The Drury Tea & Coffee Co., London UK
Has Bean Coffee, Seighford, Staffordshire, UK
James Gourmet Coffee, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, UK
Londinium, London, UK
Monmouth Coffee, London, UK
Origin Coffee Roasters, Helston, Cornwall, UK
Square Mile Coffee, London, UK
Union Hand-Roasted, London, UK

 
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:54pm
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I am currently posted to the UK and I have bought from:

James Gourmet - Formula 6, Colonel Grumpy and Winter's Hoard
I buy from them the most because I can pay for it online with a US CC without much of an issue.  All of these are great.

Has Bean - Jail Break
This was good as well, I am going to try them again now that I have a grinder.

I have one to add to the list:
Extract Coffee Roasters - http://extractcoffee.co.uk/
I found it on a UK Coffee Forum and it seems to be very big on sites that are similar to Coffee Geek in the UK.  Anyway I had their 'Fudge E Bear' Blend and their original Espresso and both were great.  Fudge E Bear is seasonal.  

All of the above have the roasted dates on the bags and by the time I get them it appears they were roasted and shipped the same day or next.  Usually they have been roasted anywhere from 1-3 days prior by the time I get them.
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Posted Sat Jan 26, 2013, 3:57am
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Many thanks for all your suggestions.
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013, 2:18pm
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Square Mile is a place you need to try asap.

Jason's list right there is solid, I just want to highlight Square Mile as a roaster thats doing some really great things with coffee.

Square Mile is one of the few UK beans that is seen over here in the US, on a somewhat often basis.

Plus there logo/art/bags are uber cool :)

 
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