Post By Yelta
Unpopular Opinion Part 2: Cheap GREEN beans vs expensive ones
Following on from the discussion on cheap roasted beans from Aldi vs the exxie stuff you get from 3rd Wave roasters, I thought I might ask about how you have foung using the cheaper greens vs the more expensive ones. If you exclusively buy greens from CS then the price range isn't as vast but even here, cheaper beans might be the $8-$9 per kg going on to the middle of the bell curve at $12-$13 and then there's the Yemens and Australian beans at $25-$35 going on to the Hawaii Konas, Jamaica Blue Mountains peaking at the Geishas.
Personally the most expensive ones I've bought so far are the Yemens (haven't been courageous enough to buy the Geishas but drinking predominantly milk coffees, I figured the Geishas are wasted on me anyway) and I would pay the money for Yemens being so distinctly ermmm, how do you put it?.. so distinctly Yemen(!!) in that its boozy and reminds me a bit of drinking a whisky in coke. Apart from that the rest are in that $8-$15 range.
Towards the higher end of that range I got some honey processed bean which I must say was a little disappointing in that it lacked a punch and didn't really stand out (perhaps for its price I was expecting to be bamboozled). Honey processed beans claim to be sweeter which unfortunately I didn't find. In contrast I got cheap-ish Brazilian natural processed bean was I found extremely flavourful and it wasn't just my tastebuds that they satisfied. This was confirmed by quite a number of friends who tried these 2 and came to the same conclusion without being told what they were before trying them.
So, do you generally find a direct correllation between bean price and taste quality?
Not always, its very much a case of what suits your palate, there are plenty of high quality greens on BeanBay around the $12 to $15 that are exceptional, in fact I've yet to be disappointed.
Originally Posted by NewToEspresso