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    Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

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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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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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    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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    Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

    Any Gloria Jeans store should have Hazelnut beans.

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

    Quote 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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    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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    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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    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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    Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

    Quote Originally Posted by 1E2B3C3E0E362B3438353D590 link=1308445264/11#11 date=1308521101
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

    I think as Attilio has mentioned, flavoured coffees seemed to be popular in the 80s/90s and when the 2nd wave (I think thats right), of coffee entrepeneurs came out from the states. My sister got involved in that and they still continue to do some flavours. (Not in Oz by the way). They pour/spray just a tiny amount on about a 5Kg roast (still warm) and then stir it around so it infuses into the coffee.

    As I said not to my taste, although in a french press style it can be different, and I think its more about aroma than actual taste on the tongue. Im not exactly sure if/how it affects their equipment as has been mentioned, but its not sticky at all, which was your experience.

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    Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

    sweet I cant explain, but sticky could be that the producer overroasted the beans in the first place allowing them to oil up quickly. Yechhhhhh!

    Or of course, there could be other methods of production where someone does treat the beans with a sweet sticky liquid!

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    Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

    I agree that adding a syrup separately would be the best option. Probably too hard to find fresh beans otherwise

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    Re: Hazelnut flavoured coffee beans

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    Adding any syrups or flavourings to the process AFTER the coffee reaches the cup is to my way of thinking a much better process than adding it to the beans beforehand. Excessively oily or sticky beans play havoc with the internals of grinders.

    One callout I had a year or so ago was a function centre that had several machines and grinders in various function rooms, operated mostly by casual staff. I was asked to fix a Compak K-8 grinder that was not operating, and reportedly had oil leaking from underneath. That instantly had me wondering what the problem might be, as theres no oil in a Compak grinder! The oil I found smelt like alcohol, and tasted like some kind of liqueur I couldnt identify. Checking the grind head, I found an oily thick paste clogging the whole grind head solid, which turned out to be ground coffee mixed with liqueur of some sort that had dried out and locked the burrs and adjuster nut solid. I think some clever barista decided to make a liqueur coffee by adding the alcohol directly to the unground beans! It took about 15 minutes work and a bloody big hammer and drift to get the adjuster nut off, as the threads were jammed with coffee paste. Then about another half an hour of scraping, chipping and picking all the paste out of the burrs, grind head, adjuster threads and every other nook and cranny in the grinder.



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