Cheeky_Charlie Senior Member Joined: 29 Sep 2013 Posts: 2 Location: LMS Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Sep 29, 2013, 4:04am Subject: Best UK online coffee whole-bean retailers
Hi, I used to get really good coffee from a local shop, but I moved. Since then, I have been trying various online retailers with very variable results and indeed prices. (stupidly) I haven't been keeping track of what was good - I now want to short-cut to getting good-value tasty coffee - for which I want to pool experience. I understand that there are more factors than the beans; I make pretty good espresso with a Rancilio Silvia & Rocky. Milk-based drinks are not a priority (made under duress, for guests). Can you please post your personal experiences of various online retailers - ideally qualified with how you use that coffee. To me, "don't try x" is informative; more useful is, "do try y". Googling brings up results such as: Has Bean, Coffee Bean Shop, the Bean Shop, Grumpy Mule, Algerian Coffee Stores; but frankly I have no way of knowing who is worth trying. If a sensible shortlist builds up, I will post a poll.
Thanks very much.
To kick off: I got some Sumatra Takengon Gayon Mountains from Has Bean Coffee. Described by them as a wonderful espresso (amongst other things). It smelled good, but the taste was thin, as though it had been roasted a long time ago and gone stale by the time I got it. Not overwhelmed.
OwenA Senior Member Joined: 2 Sep 2013 Posts: 5 Location: UK Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 1:27pm Subject: Re: Best UK online coffee whole-bean retailers
I just ordered some stuff from James Gourmet Coffee- my first go so no idea what the outcome will be. I wanted some Malacara though and they were one fo the few to have it (well monmouth did but it was the weekend and they have no webstore). Though coincidentally two hours after ordering i found my local roastery have it back in... though seemingly thinner tasting than before. Still, will report back on James once i have somw product.
I had exactly your problem of trying to find good roasters through Google. I also found it frustrating that you had to register each time you went to a new site.
I make espresso and aeropress and have tried the roasters/coffee in the attached photo - Has Bean, Origin, Allpress, Extract, Ozone, Roundhill, Natures Roast, Rave, Dark Fluid, Square Mile, Clifton, Foundry, Artisan, Terrone, Ethical Addictions, Caravan, Horsham, Dear Green, Bullet, Roasterb, Bean Shot and a few in NZ, Paris & Norway.
Regarding a short list I can recommend - Artisan, Clifton, Foundry, Dear Green, Horsham, Roasterb, Bean Shot - although I am probably biased ;-)
Bruich76 Junior Member Joined: 19 Jan 2014 Posts: 2 Location: Hull Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Sat Jan 25, 2014, 1:01am Subject: Re: Best UK online coffee whole-bean retailers
Quite a hard question to answer this one. There's several really good retailers in the UK that are based online. All of them are decent and provide good / great coffee - it just comes down to what time of the year it is for me, i'm loving Rave's signature at the moment (can't get enough) but some of the smaller companies deserve some credit as well. There's a couple of local ones near me called Fresco and Nudecoffee
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