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    New to coffeesnobs and have some questions...

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi All,


    I'm new to CS and have some questions. About 18 months ago I inherited 18 kilo's of green beans that weren't bought from CS. I had a mate with a commercial roaster so I started roasting them and using them on my home machine (a Breville) which lasted about 3 months till I lost access to the roaster. So after some research I bought a Behmor 1600 from CS with some help from Andy. It honestly was one of the best purchased I've ever made in my life.


    Anyway, long story short, I'm down to my last 500 gms of green beans so I need to restock. I have NO idea what to buy as I've never bought green beans before. I like all sorts of coffee - strong, mild, nutty, black, with milk, latte's, flat whites etc.


    Also, my burr grinder blades are also at the end of their life and I don't think its really worth replacing them, I'd rather just buy a new grinder - it was a cheap Breville as well.


    So my questions are:


    1) What would anyone recommend I try in the way of Green beans. As mentioned, I have NO idea and no real preconceived ideas.


    The beans I had were a blend from another green bean place - their description was "This blend of South American and African coffee has a rich smooth flavour and distinctive aroma. A medium bodied coffee with a crisp / lively acidity." I really really enjoyed it and it was quite strong.


    I would like to buy a selection of different options (so maybe 5 different types) and would prefer to buy a fair bit (e.g. 10 - 15 kg) to save on postage costs.


    My problem is there are so many options in the beanbag that I have no idea where to start.


    In case it matters or anyone is interested I am in Bairnsdale in Victoria.


    2) My burr grinder is at the end of it's life. What would people recommend as a replacement? Happy to spend up to $150.00 on a decent grinder that has replaceable blades and will last a long time.


    3) What do people clean their Behmor 1600's with? The instructions that came with it said to clean the sensors regularly or they would stop being as effective, but gave options for cleaners but they were all American - should I just use regular detergent or is there some kind of non abrasive cleaner I should use on it? Currently just using water and a cloth.


    Thanks for any help or suggestions anyone has.


    Cheers,


    Anthony

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    1/ any green bean from cs is great if you roast to a level to suit your taste. I like cs9 - 10 rating.
    2/ a burr grinder give better results for my grind preference
    3/ Bunnings have a good green clean for ovens or just use warm sudsy dishwasher liquid.
    lots of info available on coffesnobs site worth searching, hints and tips. it's goldmine of information.
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    Hi Anthony

    Why don't you email Andy and see if he would send you a starter pack - 500g each of 4 different beans for you to try - then you can see which ones you like.

    Sniff

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    Quote Originally Posted by SniffCoffee View Post
    Hi Anthony

    Why don't you email Andy and see if he would send you a starter pack - 500g each of 4 different beans for you to try - then you can see which ones you like.

    Sniff
    If that's all he wants there's no need to email Andy. You can order that (Once!) direct from BeanBay.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    If that's all he wants there's no need to email Andy. You can order that (Once!) direct from BeanBay.


    Java " CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay " phile
    Well spotted Javaphile - I couldn't spot it hence the suggestion to email Andy

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    Hey! Thanks for all the answers. I will certainly buy that starter pack, that sounds perfect.

    No ideas about what kind of burr grinder to buy?

    Thanks again!

    Anthony

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthubbard View Post
    Hey! Thanks for all the answers. I will certainly buy that starter pack, that sounds perfect.

    No ideas about what kind of burr grinder to buy?

    Thanks again!

    Anthony
    Hey mate, on the grinder front, for $150 your most likely looking at a EM0480, if you keep an eye out on the hardware for sale section of this site you could get a good deal on something better...

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    hi anthony, in my previous reply I omitted saying "I prefer burr grinder. IBERITAL" might cost a little more, I get excellent results in the fineness of grinds for best flavour extraction. Had cheaper grinders but couldn't get the grind right, it was still a learning curve I was going through.....very satisfied now.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Take a look at the Breville Smart Grinder. I have one and I am very happy with it.

    If you shop around you can find it at just under $200 which is 100 under the cost of the Ibertal. I think it is well worth an added $50 for the Breville above the Sunbeam.

    It is more expensive than the Sunbeam EM0480 but it is generally considered to be a better grinder. I once had a Sunbeam which I found to be very messy and tendered to block up.

    Barry



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