Posted Sun May 5, 2013, 5:31am Subject: Anyone Tried Red Rooster Coffee Roasters out of VA?
Recently moved to Roanoke, VA and it looks like this might be a good option sort of close by...about 50 min away. Website states that they roast to order and immediately ship. I should get it the next day or 2 at the max bc I'm so close. Anyone had experience with these beans?
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Posted Mon May 6, 2013, 2:41am Subject: Re: Anyone Tried Red Rooster Coffee Roasters out of VA?
I haven't tried Red Rooster, but I'll have to give it a look. I've had good experiences with Shenandoah Joe's in Charlottesville. I'm in Chesterfield, VA (south of Richmond) and last time I ordered over a weekend they roasted on Monday (early) had my order in Monday's shipping and on my door Tuesday.
Isn't Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea in Roanoke? I've never tried there coffee that I remember, but they has a good rep in the area. That might be a local option and they you can give us a first hand review...
Posted Wed May 8, 2013, 10:51am Subject: Re: Anyone Tried Red Rooster Coffee Roasters out of VA?
Wow I really can't believe it's not an option to have whole bean shipped via the website. One would think they would be advocating home-grind for their artisan product. I'll be ordering from them (via phone) in the next week or so and I'll revisit this post so I can let you know what I think. They offer a free $5 credit when you give them your email address, I haven't received any junkmail yet and its a small operation so I doubt they're selling my info...hopefully.
I went to school in Charlottesville and I will wholeheartedly vouch for Shenandoah Joe's. I had the pleasure of living half a mile from the roasting location, they really care about their beans, it shows.
Regarding Mill Mountain: They have a few locations around the Roanoke (SW VA) area. The roasting is done in the Salem location about 15 min away. I called their roast-master (Molly), and she was knowledgable as well as happy to answer questions. I was mainly asking about the freshness I can guarantee when I get beans by the lb at their Downtown Roanoke location. All the beans that go into their Mill Mountain house blend and their Mill Mountain espresso blend (and intuitively, the blends themselves) are roasted almost daily. The shops go through those 2 blends so much that they are constantly replenished. All I can say about their espresso blend at this point is that the beans were indeed very fresh. I don't have enough background in the single origins to comment on the blend's individual components but for the price and high quality ($15/lb compared to the $15-$20/12oz) I'll probably make it one of my go-to purchases (I'll be trying the Congo next).
Posted Wed May 8, 2013, 3:54pm Subject: Re: Anyone Tried Red Rooster Coffee Roasters out of VA?
I didn't mean that they would sell their coffee whole bean by phone in, but if you would call they may sell their coffee whole bean. But you should call them and ask. Sorry for any mistakes in my last post.
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