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    Help for newb please (beans)

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi everyone.

    Unfortunately, I do not really qualify as a coffee snob... I have been making home cappucino's for about 2 years and have only recently bought a half decent machine that can grind as well (breville BES860 upgraded by warrantee to BES870).

    Up till now, I have been getting my ground coffee from sexie coffee (Lush) and have bought my first whole roasted bean packet recently. We like our coffee VERY weak, less than the single cup basket amount for two cups of coffee. I use stevia instead of sugar and oat milk instead of milk..... (I know, we are really weird)

    Anyway, getting Lush from Sexie Coffee is very unreliable and more often than not, it isnt available. Whats worse, the roaster that used to be there and understood my taste has now left. So because of our unusual tastes, we are finding a great deal of difficulty finding a coffee to suit.

    We ONLY drink cappucino's and always very weak. I have never roasted a bean and wouldnt know how, even if I had the equipment. My prerequisites for a roasted bean are:

    No bitter aftertaste
    Pleasant coffee flavour but not overbearing
    Mild
    Very Mild
    Probably Milder than that.

    Lush is the closest I have tasted to the perfect coffee for us, but its lack of availability is not helpful.

    If any of you can help with suggestions for beans (Roasted), it would be appreciated.

    I understand that the making of the coffee makes a big difference, but right now, I am still in the learning stage of how to use the machine. I will probably ask for tips on that later, but for now help with the beans would be great.

    Thanks
    Pete.

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    Andy's India Elephant Hills Peaberry? I found it a bit insipid so it might suit.
    The bitterness is a technique thing. I think once you start drinking good coffee you'll become a bit more adventurous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard_m_h View Post
    Andy's India Elephant Hills Peaberry? I found it a bit insipid so it might suit.
    The bitterness is a technique thing. I think once you start drinking good coffee you'll become a bit more adventurous.
    Agreed, its very mild, nothing remarkable or any chance of being offensive in any way. I gave most of mine to non snobs and they love it.

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    Where are you from bugeye? Have you searched any other local roasters in your area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard_m_h View Post
    Andy's India Elephant Hills Peaberry? I found it a bit insipid so it might suit.
    The bitterness is a technique thing. I think once you start drinking good coffee you'll become a bit more adventurous.
    I dont get bitterness in the coffee I make, but when I tried other blends, it did have a bitter aftertaste. Since my technique is obviously limited, I have to rely on the beans for now. I have to manually grind the beans in the machine because even on its lowest single setting, it fills the basket. (dont know what the knob is for to be honest, any higer and it will overflow)

    I presume the Elephant hills coffee is a single origin bean? I have no experience with single origin, only blends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extremeloon View Post
    Where are you from bugeye? Have you searched any other local roasters in your area?
    Country QLD, closest town is Bundaberg, although its quite a drive away. And they dont seem to have much there except cranky old people and a lack of service.
    thegoner likes this.

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    it is a single origin. I find them more fun as I like variety. you just have to try different beans until you find what you like.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    There are some roasters that does beans subscriptions on freshly roasted beans.

    So you don't have to be restricted to your local area. Just have to be adventurous and give a few a go till you find one



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