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    Bean recommendation please.

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    I have just finished roasting and tasting the 4 beans from the starter bag. We loved the Peru Ceja de Selva and the Colombian Volcan was ok. The Ethiopian Gambella and Brazil Pulped Natural were sufficiently unpleasant to us as to warrant binning.

    With that in mind, any recommendations for beans similar in taste to the Peruvian?

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    How dark did you roast the Brazil and the Gambella, Bugeye? I'm surprised that the Brazil managed to come out so harsh. The Peru is about the easiest thing there is to roast, so your initial judgement may at least partially reflect that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugeye View Post
    I have just finished roasting and tasting the 4 beans from the starter bag. We loved the Peru Ceja de Selva and the Colombian Volcan was ok. The Ethiopian Gambella and Brazil Pulped Natural were sufficiently unpleasant to us as to warrant binning.

    With that in mind, any recommendations for beans similar in taste to the Peruvian?
    There is nothing wrong with the beans you have. You haven't told us how you roasted these beans or how long you rest them before consuming. I see from your other posts that you use a popper; I never got a good result with the Gambella from a popper.

    Rather than trying to find something similar to the Peruvian (you may as well just buy that), try some other beans. You might find you like them too; try a PNG bean or the Guatemalan Huehuetanango or the Brazil Yellow Bourbon for example. Also consider changing to a roasting method which gives you more control.

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    Can someone recommend what I should get for someone who has been drinking NesCafe their whole life. They like coffee (which is why I bought them a CEBO 50A) but I don't know anything about coffee myself. The CEBO rep told me to buy dark beans. The gift recipient needs to eat dark chocolate for health reasons.
    Also, where do I buy beans from, all I see in Coles are powdered coffee and ground coffee. I need the proper bean don't I because the CEBO machine will do the grinding itself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommoz View Post
    Can someone recommend what I should get for someone who has been drinking NesCafe their whole life. They like coffee (which is why I bought them a CEBO 50A) but I don't know anything about coffee myself. The CEBO rep told me to buy dark beans. The gift recipient needs to eat dark chocolate for health reasons.
    Also, where do I buy beans from, all I see in Coles are powdered coffee and ground coffee. I need the proper bean don't I because the CEBO machine will do the grinding itself?
    This thread is about the recommendation of green (unroasted) coffee.

    Yes, you will need to buy roasted whole beans and these should be for sale in most supermarkets. As for what to buy, who knows what your friend will like. Avoid buying coffee that looks like it has on the shelf for some time. You might find some reasonably good, darkly roasted beans from a deli as these are favoured by people of European heritage for Greek or Turkish coffee, for example.

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    Ok sorry.

    So 'dark bean' just means it has been roasted? I thought it was a different species or something. I might try the sample pack on BeanBay. $35 seems ok but I have to factor in delivery.

    Thanks for the tip about the deli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommoz View Post
    Ok sorry.

    So 'dark bean' just means it has been roasted?
    Not just roasted but roasted longer to produce coffee which is quite dark brown.



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