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  • Harris espresso beans package difference?

    Does anyone else drink this brand?


    At work they use this Harris bean, brown pack on the right.
    http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/6434/imagefada.jpg


    But when I went shopping all I could find was a green pack of Harris espresso beans and at home it tastes a lot different, the work one is much nicer even though its called the same on the pack?


    Just wondering if the green and brown packs are a different type? Before I start messing with my machine. They are both the same delonghi machine.

  • #2
    No one? Oh well thx anyway.

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    • #3
      Evening Darkness, welcome to Coffee Snobs.

      I doubt you will get much of a response on this forum re the beans you you are searching for, on the quality/freshness scale of 1 to 10 these beans don't even move the needle.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Darkness View Post
        No one? Oh well thx anyway.

        Keep in mind... this is coffeeSNOBS after all

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        • #5
          I had a look on the Harris site Commercial link removed per the http://coffeesnobs.com.au/general-ne...icy-rules.html - the brown one doesn't seem to be in their line up. To me that suggests maybe a caterers blend or something packaged for on-sellers such as machine suppliers? Maybe ask at work where they get it - I worked at a restaurant/bar and some of the staff would order coffee via the chef because he got better stuff cheaper than they could.
          Last edited by Javaphile; 20 April 2013, 02:39 AM. Reason: commercial link removed

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          • #6
            Hi Darkness,

            Welcome to Coffee Snobs.

            As it looks no one is currently using these beans or as you may have guessed they may not admit to it in fear of being excommunicated. At least you have started the coffee journey away from instant warm drinks and you are here now and if you want there is a lot of information to help you with as much or as little as you want to learn. The positive thing is that if your happy with the Harris beans it is a very likely that you would be even happier with fresher beans. Why not give fresher beans a try, look for a local roaster to you so you can grab some. Even better would be to buy some from the bean bay here (look at the links above). If not good luck finding the beans you are after.

            Cheers Yabba

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            • #7
              Journeyman is right... the brown label Harris Coffee Premium is exclusively a catering blend so if you like it that much you might want to try buying some off of whomever supplies your office. If that doesn't work, try getting in touch with ACCO Australia as they list it on their website.

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              • #8
                Thanks guys.

                I realise that this bean wouldn't be on many people's list here being "store bought stale crap" and all

                But am taking my first steps in the non instant world and so far the worst bean I've tried has still been better than the maccona smooth instant coffee that I used to love!

                Will try the ones from the link above as recommended, any tips for what type I should start off with when I like it strong but not bitter?

                Thanks for the help all.
                Cheers

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Darkness View Post
                  Thanks guys.

                  I realise that this bean wouldn't be on many people's list here being "store bought stale crap" and all

                  But am taking my first steps in the non instant world and so far the worst bean I've tried has still been better than the maccona smooth instant coffee that I used to love!

                  Will try the ones from the link above as recommended, any tips for what type I should start off with when I like it strong but not bitter?

                  Thanks for the help all.
                  Cheers
                  If coffee is roasted with love and attention to detail it is always possible to end up with something superlative that can be strong without being bitter at all. Seeing as how Andy recently won the coveted Gold Bean award you can be assured that any of his coffees will hit the spot. Perhaps a good starting point would be his Espresso Wow and when you get to the point where you invest in a grinder you might want to try his sample pack and see where your preferences lie.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks mate!

                    Cheers.

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                    • #11
                      I would just like to add that for people uneducated in coffee or new to coffee drinking they often have the impression (wrongly) that the strength of a coffee is synonymous with bitterness. The truth of the matter however is that bitterness is most commonly associated with over extraction and or overheating of the coffee (eg. leaving a packed puck sitting against the shower screen on the group head without beginning extraction; or over hot boiler water being passed through the puck). With milk based drinks, overheating the milk can also cause bitterness or 'starchiness' to come through the drink.

                      I guess this is just a roundabout way of saying technology (quality machine/grinder/beans) still means nothing without technique. Spending a few dollars on some good training early on in the piece can both significantly improve the quality of the coffee you are currently making as well as more accurately inform you of what further technology you might want/need in the future.

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