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    A friend is keen to find hazelnut-infused coffee beans. Apparently they had some years ago that were particularly good but havent been able to track them down since. Can anyone make a recommendation?

  • #2
    Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

    I think these days you would be far better off using regular beans and buying a hazelnut syrup to add to the drink.

    Several of the sponsors sell them. I know that Coffee Hit have them on their web page.

    The problem with infusing the coffee itself with a flavour is:
    If you are buying it pre-ground, it is stale.
    If you are buying whole beans, you need to put them through a grinder and that will taint the grinder.

    Hope that helps.

    Brett.

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    • #3
      Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

      Some roasters still do "flavoured beans" but they are fraught with danger. The problem being, unless there is a good turnover of these beans they go stale just like any other coffee beans and then you have stale hazelnut flavoured beans....yuk.

      I would also like to ask......do you really think that hazelnut flavoured beans actually taste like...hazelnut (esp after they go stale....and that is usually before you buy them)?

      That is why the industry here in general (but not all) stopped doing flavoured beans many years ago, and went to selling coffee flavour syrups in the bottles that you can find almost anywhere. That way, you can buy your regular supply of beans, fresh, and add your flavour, to your taste, whenever you like.

      Also your friends should think on the psychology of memory. Lots of things live on in your memory as having been just fantastic, when in reality the memory is way better than the original occurence. Thats life!

      Suggest then your friends give up on trying to find flavoured beans and get themselves into coffee flavour syrups. Try varying strengths of syrup in the cup to suit, then try weaning themselves off the stuff and enjoying coffee for what it is.

      Hope that helps,
      Attilio
      very first CS site sponsor

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      • #4
        Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

        Attilio, I am sure you are correct. My understanding from them was that they werent going to drink them but use them whole as a garnish (theyre a foodie). Otherwise, the syrup option would be the go.

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        • #5
          Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

          No worries and all they can do is scour all the supermarkets in and around their area. Or just had this thought.....they could try a GJs shop...that would be a likely source.

          Hope that helps,
          A.

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          • #6
            Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

            I bought some hazelnut flavoured beans from a roaster in the atherton tablelands using locally grown coffee. They also have an extensive coffee museum just in case that helps you track down the place.

            The hazelnut coffee was delicious, not overdone with hazelnut. If you dont have too much grind retention in your grinder, the flavour wont stick around long and a very slight hint of nut for a couple of cups wont be unpleasant. I recently tried dropping a little chunk of cinnamon in the grinder with some coffee for a friend of mine and even that didnt stick around.

            As for syrup, why would you pollute your coffee with sugar? :-?

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            • #7
              Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

              After a few years of buying French Vanilla flavoured beans from Coles I eventually moved into the world of roasting and discovering SOs, Kopi Luwak, Jamaican Blue and other exotic Coffees all of which my wife supposedly "liked", but the other day she and her friend from next door told me that they really preferred the French Vanilla coffee I used to make in plunger 5 years ago....sigh ... can you feel my pain .. the shame of it all...

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              • #8
                Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

                Any Gloria Jeans store should have Hazelnut beans.

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                • #9
                  Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

                  Well done. Google found "The Coffee Works" and they do have a hazelnut flavoured bean. Cheers, Ill pass it on.

                  Originally posted by 7D71707F7030717C6C777B701E0 link=1308445264/5#5 date=1308447030
                  I bought some hazelnut flavoured beans from a roaster in the atherton tablelands using locally grown coffee. They also have an extensive coffee museum just in case that helps you track down the place.

                  The hazelnut coffee was delicious, not overdone with hazelnut. If you dont have too much grind retention in your grinder, the flavour wont stick around long and a very slight hint of nut for a couple of cups wont be unpleasant. I recently tried dropping a little chunk of cinnamon in the grinder with some coffee for a friend of mine and even that didnt stick around.

                  As for syrup, why would you pollute your coffee with sugar? :-?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

                    Agree with all the above CSers, esp the point that hazelnut syrup is prob much better, and the memory of the taste is probably better than the taste itself.

                    Theres a place on Carlisle St in St Kilda, or Balaclava that sells them but really, theyre not very good roasters, so try them at your own peril. PM if you want the shop name.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

                      Ive tried various flavoured beans, but not since I got a real machine. They always tasted almost exactly the same to me. I agree that syrups are going to give you better flavour.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

                        snoblet,

                        Ask yourself, (or ask your friend), "How do they flavour the beans?"

                        Greg
                        Answer: They pour syrup on them. (Thats why they are sweet and sticky.)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

                          Originally posted by 1E2B3C3E0E362B3438353D590 link=1308445264/11#11 date=1308521101
                          Greg
                          Answer: They pour syrup on them. (Thats why they are sweet and sticky.)
                          Greg, there is a difference between sticky syrups added to drinks to give them flavours (and sugar), and bean flavourings sprayed on newly roasted (hot) beans which gives them the e.g. hazelnut etc flavours & aromas. They are not sticky at all, and there is no sweetness.

                          My sister has owned a roastery for over 20 years, and they prepare flavoured beans, which while not to my taste, are popular. They import the flavours which are spirit based and are sprayed onto the beans immediately following the cooling process.

                          GrahamK

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                          • #14
                            Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

                            Thats interesting.

                            When I dabbled in this in a small way sometime in the 1990s, all you described is as it was except that the essences were not applied by spraying the beans. The essences were strong enough and volatile enough as to infuse right through a batch of freshly roasted beans just by opening the small container of essence after placing it carefully on top of the beans in a sealed container and leaving for a few hours.

                            I spose there are different methods of application depending on the type or manufacture of the essence.

                            Either way my opinion is the flavours are never true to the name eg" hazelnut" flavoured coffee to me, neither tastes like coffee nor hazelnut it just tastes like "flavoured coffee beans" and a relevant side issue is it "destroys" all equipment it comes into contact with rendering it useless to use with regular "real" coffee because of the residual introduced flavour.

                            Nuf said, supply of said flavoured coffee beans can be obtained as per other replies to the thread.

                            Rgdz,
                            A

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                            • #15
                              Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

                              GrahamK,

                              The essence method sounds a bit better--but the flavoured beans I got here in SA were definitely both sticky and sweet.

                              I had only a cheap whizzer grinder at the time and it took about 3 complete cleans and lots of plain beans to get the flavour out of the grinder.

                              If I want flavoured coffee now (rare) I use my own roast and proper liqueurs.

                              Greg

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