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    Now that I have the new Perfetta sorted the next step is to identify some sources of supply of good fresh beans. Up here in the sticks the only supplies locally are the established coffee shops who either retail the beans that the chain uses (e.g. Coffee Club) or retail a particular brand of beans that they use in the Cafe (e.g. Merlo)
    I note that some CS sponsors (mostly Sydney or Melbourne based) also sell brown beans but given the small quantities that I will be buying (less than a kilo a month) I am wondering if there is anything closer to home (e.g. Brisbane) that anyone is aware of. Or quality-wise, maybe I would be better to be prepared to get my beans from NSW or Vict.
    I would like to try a variety over time but prefer a specialist supplier who provides a description of the bean as I do not like too acidic nor too bitter.
    I dont plan to roast my own anytime soon.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Sourcing good fresh brown beans

    Veneziano in Vulture St West End

    KK

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    • #3
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      Veneziano have recently opened a Brisbane roastery. Also, Pioneer are Qld based (Sunshine coast) which might be a bit far from you, but they have an on-line store. They may also have somewhere in Brisbane that you can buy their beans. Sponsor links, with locations and contact details) are on the left. Theyre the two sponsors who are roasters that I can think of immediately, there might be others that people can suggest.

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      • #4
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        Hi Rocky,

        Try "Bean Bay Brown".Andy will roast and post direct to you, the beans will arrive within 1-3 days!
        Ive been buying from Andy, some of the best brown you can buy!
        He has one of the best all round blends I have tried in "Espresso WOW"

        Plus a percentage of his sales goes to the "Fair Crack fund", which helps us all in the long run!

        Just click the link on the top left under the CoffeeSnobs logo!

        Warren.

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        • #5
          Re: Sourcing good fresh brown beans

          Ive got to ask--Why no roasting? For small quantities a popcorn popper or a "corretto" will work well, and both are cheap. Green beans keep for years.

          I suspect the killer will be the postage on small quantities reasonably frequently, unless you want to freeze beans (see the thread on freezing for some ideas).

          Greg

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          • #6
            Re: Sourcing good fresh brown beans

            Try buying some roasted from Andy you wont be disapointed.

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            • #7
              Re: Sourcing good fresh brown beans

              Originally posted by martybean link=1229297793/0#5 date=1229338651
              Try buying some roasted from Andy you wont be disapointed.
              Yes I agree
              You can choose from Bean Bay brown the roasted sample pack over and over again
              You get 4 different single origin coffees at a great price
              When you find one that tickles your taste buds you can choose to get a larger amount next time around

              Its a fantastic way to be a cosmopolitan coffee snob

              KK

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              • #8
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                I have to back Warren, Martybean & KK.  I placed my first order with Andy last Saturday and it arrived on Tuesday.   8-)

                We had been buying and enjoying beans from a local roaster who supplies cafes in Sydney.  

                Andys beans are from another galaxy.     Really exceptional !  

                We ordered a variety and are trying them one at a time (rather than opening all the bags at once which we thought might shorten their life)  and, while they have all been great, the Wow is my favourite so far.

                Cheers - Carrie  

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                • #9
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                  Ill put in a vote for Cuppacoffee - without doubt the best roasted beans Ive found (apologies to this sites owner!) and reasonably priced too!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Sourcing good fresh brown beans

                    Thanks so much Guys, that tells me everything I wanted to know. Now I have several options. I will try Andy first as I will have a chance to drink lots of coffee with the family over the Christmas Hols.
                    Greg, I will no doubt eventually get into home roasting. Just giving myself a chance to acquire some education in relation to quality fresh brown beans & variations in grinds required by different ones.
                    On a different note, the work social club has decided to put in a Nespresso-style coffee maker which is supplied free by a company that will service it & supply the capsules. Coffee works out about a dollar a cup. It will be interesting to see how good it is. One of my colleagues has a Nespresso in his office but I couldnt find a capsule I really liked. All seemed to acid for me.

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                    • #11
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                      Thanks Flatwhite,

                      I went down to Cuppacoffee on the weekend and had a VERY VERY delish coffee  .  Im looking forward to buying some beans to try out at home next time I visit.

                      - Carrie

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                      • #12
                        Re: Sourcing good fresh brown beans

                        Originally posted by Rocky link=1229297793/0#9 date=1229413043
                        One of my colleagues has a Nespresso in his office but I couldnt find a capsule I really liked. All seemed to acid for me.
                        The main problem with coffee prepared this way is that the beans were probably stale, or close to, before they were ground and by the time the ground coffee is packaged and then shipped, it is well and truly stale. Far better to grab fresh beans from Andy or one of our very capable Site Sponsors and then grind just before you brew.... Doesnt have to be in an espresso machine, Ive made some of the best coffee Ive ever had after buying some of Andys "Gold Blend" and then drinking it as a Plunger/French Press brew.

                        The only machine you have to have is a decent grinder, and the choice of brew method after that can be anything you like ......

                        Cheers,
                        Mal.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Sourcing good fresh brown beans

                          Originally posted by Rocky link=1229297793/0#9 date=1229413043
                          On a different note, the work social club has decided to put in a Nespresso-style coffee maker which is supplied free by a company that will service it & supply the capsules.
                          Would one of the moderators please move this thread to the humour section.

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                          • #14
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                            What?
                            Are you saying that there IS no such thing as a free lunch?
                            Santa ISNT real?

                            Bugger!

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                            • #15
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                              Santa is real but doesnt drink Nespresso.

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