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    Green Beans in Penang

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Does anyone know a source for green beans in Malaysia, but more specifically, Penang?
    We are deciding if it is worth packing the roaster.

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    How long are you going for? and what size is the roaster? Are you able to take your own or is there Custom laws?

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    Maybe you could ask "Brew Thirty Two Coffee House" from Georgetown. I'm not sure if they sell greens but you might get a lead. https://www.facebook.com/BrewThirtyT...ref=ts&fref=ts They list an email address on their facebook page brew32coffee@gmail.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeechris View Post
    How long are you going for? and what size is the roaster? Are you able to take your own or is there Custom laws?
    Behmor1600. May be for a few years, possibly more. So need a source locally preferably.

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    I would say you might need not find out anything until you get there. Try approaching some of the coffee roasters in Georgetown and see if any are happy to sell you greens. Otherwise, try KL and see if you can buy enough to last a month or so or have it posted on order.

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    Check out siTigun. You can find him in FB and Google. He roasts with a Diedrich and favors Indonesian coffee. I always make sure I drop by his shop when I am in Georgetown.

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    Thank you for your good suggestions.
    It was found that a requirement for importing green coffee beans into Malaysia is that they be used only for roasting.
    Therefore it seems importing for reselling is illegal and beans should not be sold for DI roasters like us.
    The suggestion was made to befriend a professional roaster.
    The container taking our home goods could be stuffed with many bags from Andy. At least that would cover the first year or so.

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    Importing for self use via consolidation and without proper declaration and import permits is not without risk and can be a source of much inconvenience. A couple I know who runs a coffee shop in Sungai Petani using a 2 group Slayer "imports" roasted coffee from Hasbean UK through the mail service. They thought of getting a roaster but abandoned the idea due to way too much red tape in importing the type of green coffee they prefer to use.

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    "Illegal" and "red tape" in Malaysia is another way of saying "PAY THE OFFICIALS A SWEETENER! (read that as bribe)". You'd be amazed what you can get away with (murder included) if you have cash to hand out. It all comes down to your conscience.

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    Postcard from Penang After One Year:
    Everything to do with home coffee brewing is expensive here in Penang with high import duties and markups.
    A good supplier of green beans here is INDOMAH, close by in Jelutong. Lately they supply very good 'Mandheling' at around AUD20 per kg.
    Recently replaced a Breville BGC800 Smart Grinder with a Compak K3 Touch Advanced. It was far cheaper to buy in Oz, have it delivered to a mail forwarding company there (SOS Mail Solutions) and they sending by DHL to Penang.
    Really amazed at the difference in taste between same beans from Breville v Compak K3. Couldn't be happier.
    Whilst we have been told water hardness is not an issue here, scale build-up in the Rocket Giotto led us to install a better water filter (Everpure MH2).Hoping that may reduce the scale.
    Coffee in local street cafes here made from robusta roasted with grains, pulses and some form of sweetener...strong and big caffeine hit.
    Astro pay TV has 'Australia+' channel and they show most AFL matches albeit in standard definition...very grateful we are.
    Andy, Dimal, flynnaus and 2 others like this.

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    Ahhh... Footy in Penang.
    I watched Ted Witten's lap of honour of the MCG and that State of Origin game from the RAAF Club in Penang. The Aussie Air Force was the only place that had a satellite feed back then. They did a great steak and chips too... which was a nice way to break-up way too many days of "chicken rice".

    Have you found much "butter coffee" there? Black and greasy nasty stuff!

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    'Butter Coffee'; haven't had the pleasure.
    RAAF club is gone and clubs like Penang Club, originally Europeans only, modernised from about the early 60's.
    Lots of 'chicken rice' as you say but hard to find authentic Hainanese variety other than in the more posh establishments.
    Back to coffee; the roasted beans seem to deteriorate more quickly here and change significantly for the worse after only 1 week. Experimenting with storing in the refrigerator. But a weekly roast is not too onerous.



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