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    Hello guys,

    I found this lovely place a couple of days ago and have been checking all the old threads these days. Some suggestions I found really helpful and everyone is very generous in sharing their opinion.

    Since two days ago, I have been finding a good online vendor to purchase some blue mountain no.1 beans and bumped into a site which offers a very nice set:

    1 Blue Mountain 100g
    2 kenya masai 100g
    3 Mattari traditional 100g

    The set is priced at 38USD and comes in free shipping!

    I am familiar with blue mountain no.1 but have never tried the other two.

    Could someone who has the experience with either/ both of them give me some advice as to their taste and body?

    I am open to any taste and cook yet too sour is a put off

    Thank you very much!!!

    Chris

  • #2
    Hi Chris

    Assuming Green Beans....

    100 g green = about 85 g brown and roasted = about 4-6 cups assuming you get the grind correct the first time.
    Getting such a small qty hardly seams worthwhile, its over just as you begin.

    Better starting with a sample starter pack from Bean Bay and working your way through them.
    I think you get 4 x 500 g lots.

    Something to get your teeth into!!

    Happy Roasting

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    • #3
      Hi Christine,

      Where abouts in Asia are you?

      $38 US for 300 grams of beans is excessively expensive. In Australia we can buy green beans for as little as $9 a kilo, roasted beans can be $30-$40 a kilo

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      • #4
        Chris, welcome to CoffeeSnobs.

        I don’t think many of us here drink Blue Mountain as it is rather overpriced. Andy has had one barrel of it here in BeanBay for a long time at $96 a kg green or $140 a kg roasted. There is a lot of very good coffee around at a fraction of that price. Most of what I have I bought for $10-15 green.

        I have not tried any of those beans mentioned. I have a dozen varieties of coffee from all over the world and I drink them often single origin or in a nice blend.

        Taste is a personal thing. Like for food and wine, my preference will be different to yours.

        Due to strict quarantine conditions, it is difficult for us to import small quantities of green beans into Australia, so we buy from local dealers.

        Barry

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        • #5
          Originally posted by trentski View Post
          Hi Christine,

          Where abouts in Asia are you?

          $38 US for 300 grams of beans is excessively expensive. In Australia we can buy green beans for as little as $9 a kilo, roasted beans can be $30-$40 a kilo

          Hello Trentski,

          I am, unfortunately, living in one of the most expensive country in the Asia (and the world), Japan! THe cheapest blue mountain beans I have ever seen, including online stores, is around 20.5USD for 100gram , so this time, 100gram blue mountain plus 200gram of other beans seem to be reasonable here in Japan.

          Yeah, I know beans are a lot cheaper in other countries, just not in Japan.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sando View Post
            Hi Chris

            Assuming Green Beans....

            100 g green = about 85 g brown and roasted = about 4-6 cups assuming you get the grind correct the first time.
            Getting such a small qty hardly seams worthwhile, its over just as you begin.

            Better starting with a sample starter pack from Bean Bay and working your way through them.
            I think you get 4 x 500 g lots.

            Something to get your teeth into!!

            Happy Roasting

            Hello Sando,

            Sorry that I forgot to mention. The 300 g of 100g each type is roasted beans, not green beans.

            Thanks for your suggestion anyway, I think the biggest problem is that I am not living in the states, which means that shipping can cost as much as half, in the worst case, of the total purchase price.

            Chris

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            • #7
              Most of us are from Australia, which is also one of the most expensive places in the world (and a long way to post!). The expense of the blue mountain coffee has more to do with what it is, than where you''re from.
              It is about 15 USD per 100g on beanbay, compared to say $3.5 for 100g of my favourite Ethiopian Harrar.

              You could also consider buying them green and roasting them yourself at around half the cost!

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              • #8
                Hi Chris, welcome to Coffee Snobs.
                Where would you buy your brown beans from locally in Japan?
                Do they have a lot of local roasters?
                I would have thought there would be a reasonable demand for quality bean locally due to the American influence.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chris9 View Post
                  Hello guys,

                  I found this lovely place a couple of days ago and have been checking all the old threads these days. Some suggestions I found really helpful and everyone is very generous in sharing their opinion.

                  Since two days ago, I have been finding a good online vendor to purchase some blue mountain no.1 beans and bumped into a site which offers a very nice set:

                  1 Blue Mountain 100g
                  2 kenya masai 100g
                  3 Mattari traditional 100g

                  The set is priced at 38USD and comes in free shipping!

                  I am familiar with blue mountain no.1 but have never tried the other two.

                  Could someone who has the experience with either/ both of them give me some advice as to their taste and body?

                  I am open to any taste and cook yet too sour is a put off

                  Thank you very much!!!

                  Chris
                  Hi Chris,
                  The Kenyan bean is noted for a winey body and loads of fruit, whereas the Yemen Mattari is very bold and full flavoured. All three should be very good. What method are you using to brew the coffee? The coffees mentioned are excellent in a syphon (if roasted for that method).
                  Japan has exceptional quality coffee, and it has nothing to do with any American influence. Coffee syphon bars are very popular. Many of the world's best and most expensive coffee ends up in Japan, as can be clearly seen in COE auction results.
                  Forget about roasting your own coffee, as it may not be practical in many of the apartments and is likely to set off smoke alarms.
                  As to price, it is hard to guage value. Assuming the quality is good (and it should be) the price seems fair. Give it a go and report back your findings.

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