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  • What do you look for when buying coffee online?

    As a newbie to making coffee at home I would love to hear what it is you look for when buying coffee online as well as the top three things you know now about making coffee at home that you wish you knew when you started!?!

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    Welcome Mornington...

    As to the first query, that's easy; just check out CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Roasted Coffee

    As to the second...
    Always buy the best grinder you can afford; get some training (from a very reputable provider) on how to get the best from the hardware you own, and; never use anything but the highest quality freshly roasted beans from somewhere like our very own CoffeeSnobs proprietor or one of our fantastic Site Sponsors.

    Mal.

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    • #3
      That's a great start!
      Thanks Mal, looking forward to getting stuck into my first batch of CS roast!

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      • #4
        I had a great start to my coffee journey and made friends relatively quickly, very very unusual for me So honestly there is nothing I wish I knew back then and there is plenty I'm still learning.

        I started from the bottom and worked my way up, going from manual everything to machine.

        One bit of advice - always remember that taste is individual and so are you, just because someone gets great coffee one way doesn't mean you will, also remember to do some research into who you are getting advice from, sometimes you may find that they are just after your money and don't really care what you want.

        Also that electric doesn't always mean best, sometimes you may find manual methods are the best way to finding out what YOU really like!

        Online suppliers, do they sound like they know what they are talking about or do they just sound like they are directly quoting from marketing material. Trial and error is always the way you will find what you like, again not all roasters are going to roast to your tastes. I found my favourite roaster through forums, I mainly buy from him if I want a fantastic blend (or my favourite SO) as my blending skills are not great

        Key word to always remember - INDIVIDUAL

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        • #5
          Thanks Shapeshifter-
          That's great advice!

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          • #6
            Quality & freshness of the beans, reasonable price, & reliable despatch/receipt of beans. All a given with CS.
            I did a lot of research on grinder & machine before I bought and both turned out to be very satisfactory.
            I think with any home set-up there will always be things that are less than perfect and you need to be prepared to be constantly questioning what you are doing and how you are doing it, in the search for better technique.
            If you live in or near a capital city you have a huge advantage in terms of the available expertise upon which you can draw for every aspect of your coffee-making quest.

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            • #7
              I have discovered a large assortment of roasters available online. Disregarding roasting skill, they are not all equal.

              I live in a rural area with a hot climate, so quick post is best for bean freshness. Also I tend to buy so I have a fresh roasted bag arrive when I have 2-4 shots left.

              A few traps for young players: accepting PayPal, but then the payment being accepted as an e-cheque (takes days to clear). Beans being sent on a Friday or sitting in the auspost mail rooms over the weekend. No listed price for post.

              I reckon coffeesnobs does a lot right, from ordering to delivery that gets fresher beans to me sooner.

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              • #8
                "The top three things you know now about making coffee at home that you wish you knew when you started!?! "

                That instant coffee is so different to well made coffee that it is actually worth drinking.

                I did not start drinking coffee until I was 48 years old.

                Pod machines are not really worth while.

                Everybody seems to be an expert on coffee it seems somehow 20 years worth of experience drinking instant coffee make you an expert on all coffee

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                • #9
                  [QUOTE=don_nairn;529353Everybody seems to be an expert on coffee it seems somehow 20 years worth of experience drinking instant coffee make you an expert on all coffee[/QUOTE]

                  Or ten minutes reading a spec. coffee forum, for that matter :P

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                  • #10
                    Make sure that you buy coffee with a known, acceptable roast date and don't buy coffee with a use by date.

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