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    Don't do themselves any favours

    Some Cafe's don't do themselves any favours.
    There's a cafe that used to have really high standards before the original owners sold it.
    The bean was good (not as good as Andy's - but OK.)
    Since the sale I notice a lot of very old roast bean on the shelves - think mid-October.
    I bought a small amount of the latest roast date to keep me going and on inspection it is a darker roast and slightly oily (all their bean is slightly oily).
    Now - Andy's bean comes to me through Aust. Post from Melbourne and it is always nice and dry when it gets here.
    What is wrong with these people? Don't they understand that any real aficionado doesn't want bean that is a month old?
    If they can't sell the stuff then tell the supplier to stop sending it. Seems simple to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    If they can't sell the stuff then tell the supplier to stop sending it. Seems simple to me.
    Maybe they're contractually obligated to buy a certain amount of beans from the supplier, so they may not have a choice in the matter?
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    Probably why I'm not in business, because if a supplier tried to lock me into a contract that committed me to take a given amount of bean a month (or any perishable, the consumption of which might be expected to fluctuate,) I'd look for another supplier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Some Cafe's don't do themselves any favours.
    There's a cafe that used to have really high standards before the original owners sold it.
    The bean was good (not as good as Andy's - but OK.)
    Since the sale I notice a lot of very old roast bean on the shelves - think mid-October.
    I bought a small amount of the latest roast date to keep me going and on inspection it is a darker roast and slightly oily (all their bean is slightly oily).
    Now - Andy's bean comes to me through Aust. Post from Melbourne and it is always nice and dry when it gets here.
    What is wrong with these people? Don't they understand that any real aficionado doesn't want bean that is a month old?
    If they can't sell the stuff then tell the supplier to stop sending it. Seems simple to me.
    The problem with this line of thinking is that if a business caters to only the aficionado, where in most cases the aficionado is a small percentage of the business then the business will not be in business for long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lootee View Post
    The problem with this line of thinking is that if a business caters to only the aficionado, where in most cases the aficionado is a small percentage of the business then the business will not be in business for long.
    I'm not sure you're on the money... this is closer to selling groceries that are past their use by date.

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    Smart cafes sell the retail beans out of the exact same stock that they use for their coffee making. The turnover means that the beans they sell are fresh.

    There's a place near work that doesn't get this simple principle. They stick the bags of retail beans up on the shelf, don't rotate them and they are months old.
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    You've got it in one, Herzog. Too many varieties and all bagged and on the shelf.
    Their coffee across the counter used to be the best in town but they never seemed to manage their roasted bean stock well.
    Always seemed to have a lot of it in big bags behind the counter getting stale and oily.
    It's just a shame to lose the option to walk in off the street and buy a bag of fresh quality bean.
    If I were running the cafe, I would just have a big sign up saying "Ask us to bag your favourite fresh bean on the spot" and a list of varieties/quantities/prices.

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