inopethflames Senior Member Joined: 8 Mar 2013 Posts: 25 Location: illinois Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013, 12:32am Subject: Where to Buy Whole Beans?
what is your best suggestion for the best websites for buying whole beans, & do any websites go into more detail about a particular product like when the bag of beans you buy was actually roasted, or is no site that thorough and you just have to hope its not too long ago. ive gotten from wholelattelove the only time ive made an online order and the beans tasted fine but there was no indication before i ordered when they were roasted and i think the filicori zechinni & lavazza i got were at least a few months old if the bags themselves even said at all. theres a few local roasters here but i think sometimes id like to try a wider variety especially if theres a sale or something, even though the roasters here have multiple types.
If you like drinking charcoal, sure. I've never seen a bag of beans newer than six months old in a Starbucks store.
First, patronize your local roasters. A lot of them are Mom & Pop shops. They can answer all kinds of questions about their coffee. Like the date they roasted them, the degree of roast, etc. If you want something different, ask them. They may have just got in a new batch of beans. It's a very seasonal thing, so just keep asking.
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Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013, 10:53am Subject: Re: Where to Buy Whole Beans?
The truth is any GOOD roaster roasts and ships the same day, or the next day at the most, this means that anyplace in the ConUS you will get beans within 4 days of roast, about perfect to start enjoying them the day they get to you.
Beans from supermarkets.... don't do it, roasted beans from Italy from large world wide known roasters in bags, uh don't do it. Beans from Starbucks, if you like over roasted tasting coffee and most of the time stale too..... YMMV.
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Are you mad? *$$? Seriously? Talk about not knowing when they were roasted! And as Bud and Wayne said...go for it if you like the taste of charcoal and ash.
There are MANY excellent roasters to buy from online. Some local mom n pop places are good. There's one such in Houston that has been in business 40 years, yet their beans are over-roasted and IMO not very good.
I often advise sticking to the list of favorites posted on home barista.com. Afaik all of those roasters roast and ship to order. Favorites of mine are: klatch, counter culture, red bird, espresso Vivace, Stumptown, Dodd. I also like chromatic coffee very much - though it's not on "the list", it meets your criteria.
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