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    Coles coffee?

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    If Coles could guarantee fresh and decent quality coffee at a fair price, it sure would be convenient given the amount of locations, I'm more than a tad sceptical though.

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    Article is pay-walled.

    The Coles Urban 1Kg beans are $12.00. I've tried them but for supermarket beans I think the Woolworth's Espresso beans are better for the same price.

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    Oh, dear Lord, not this one again........I seem to recall some fast and furious to-and-fro over the merits of Aldi beans a while ago......
    Being of an enquiring mind, with a high pain threshold I tried for the sake of science, 4 of the Aldi offerings.
    I'm fully recovered now, thanks for asking, I had a laugh.....
    But seriously folks, although the beans were all dated around 1 month old (freshest I could find...) even my taste buds rebelled at their relative nothingness.
    They were not offensive, they were not crap, they were just boring to my admittedly jaded taste buds.
    In an emergency, I would possibly buy a bag but it would need to be a genuine emergency, I had a laugh, I had a laugh
    And although I try to keep an open mind, I cannot see anything from Woolies or Coles being any better, or possibly even as "good"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjarsheim View Post
    Oh, dear Lord, not this one again........I seem to recall some fast and furious to-and-fro over the merits of Aldi beans a while ago......
    Being of an enquiring mind, with a high pain threshold I tried for the sake of science, 4 of the Aldi offerings.
    I'm fully recovered now, thanks for asking, I had a laugh.....
    But seriously folks, although the beans were all dated around 1 month old (freshest I could find...) even my taste buds rebelled at their relative nothingness.
    They were not offensive, they were not crap, they were just boring to my admittedly jaded taste buds.
    In an emergency, I would possibly buy a bag but it would need to be a genuine emergency, I had a laugh, I had a laugh
    And although I try to keep an open mind, I cannot see anything from Woolies or Coles being any better, or possibly even as "good"
    I've heard there are some great espresso beans available from the reject shop.
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    They’ll definitely be cafe quality beans...

    Just doesn’t say which cafe
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    If supermarkets want to have people buy their coffee then roast date needs to be included. Surprised none of them have tapped into the market yet, would be very convenient to pick up a bag of affordable, fresh roasted beans with the weekly shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by javameister View Post
    If supermarkets want to have people buy their coffee then roast date needs to be included. Surprised none of them have tapped into the market yet, would be very convenient to pick up a bag of affordable, fresh roasted beans with the weekly shop.
    Rio Coffee beans are available in most supermarkets in SA and they include the roast date on most (all?) of their range of beans. It's the main reason I buy them when I can't get to a specialty roaster and have to buy beans in an emergency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjarsheim View Post
    Oh, dear Lord, not this one again........I seem to recall some fast and furious to-and-fro over the merits of Aldi beans a while ago......
    Being of an enquiring mind, with a high pain threshold I tried for the sake of science, 4 of the Aldi offerings.
    I'm fully recovered now, thanks for asking, I had a laugh.....
    But seriously folks, although the beans were all dated around 1 month old (freshest I could find...) even my taste buds rebelled at their relative nothingness.
    They were not offensive, they were not crap, they were just boring to my admittedly jaded taste buds.
    In an emergency, I would possibly buy a bag but it would need to be a genuine emergency, I had a laugh, I had a laugh
    And although I try to keep an open mind, I cannot see anything from Woolies or Coles being any better, or possibly even as "good"
    Love this! Cannot beat locally roasted people. Supporting local families.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf_Bean_Machine View Post
    Cannot beat locally roasted people.
    As a longtime vegan, I will never know!
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    pht.thpft.th.pht.th.ph... beans and a nice Chianti.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonar View Post
    pht.thpft.th.pht.th.ph... beans and a nice Chianti.
    Fava beans! are they Arabica or Robusta?

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    Bought these beans the other day, needed some for work and was at Coles and remembered this thread.

    Directly comparing them to the Aldi coffee, i would say that they are a bit fresher. They only had a use by of "03 Jul 2020" written on them. Considering how fresh they were, I would be thinking to decipher the roast date, just take a year off. Seems about right.

    Being that both Coles and Aldi coffee are within 50c of each other and both boast that they are roasted in Melbourne, I would suspect that they may be coming from the same roaster.

    Result as a double espresso was quite nice all things considered. Sufficiently balanced flavour, leaning more towards cocoa and smokiness (I think, I'm not good at wording flavours) as they are roasted quite dark. Definitely drinkable in my opinion. Much prefer it to the espresso I was ever able to get from the dark roast Aldi beans.
    As a milk drink, it wasn't quite as nice. I'll try it some more, varying the extraction temperature and ratios to see if it can be improved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf_Bean_Machine View Post
    Love this! Cannot beat locally roasted people. .
    Sounds like a recipe from Papua New Guinea.
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    Also bought these the other day, needed 250g instead of the usual 1kg. They come in an inflated bag, don't know what gas is used, no description on the bag. They are o.k., nothing special.
    The packet says they are 100% arabica, intensity 10, with flavour profile of sweet spice floral fruity. Better known as marketing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarrenK View Post
    Also bought these the other day, needed 250g instead of the usual 1kg. They come in an inflated bag, don't know what gas is used, no description on the bag. They are o.k., nothing special.
    The packet says they are 100% arabica, intensity 10, with flavour profile of sweet spice floral fruity. Better known as marketing.
    Different from the one I got, there wasn't a 250gm bag available, just the 1kg. It also said intensity 10 but on the back it did mention cocoa and darker flavours.
    I guess there are a few different options, my Coles was just out of stock or we don't get them.

    Also, the bag may not have been artificially inflated, rather the beans were degassing and had not yet built up enough pressure to vent through the one way valve.

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    Coles do have Urban Coffee Culture Intensity 10 Organic Beans $5 for 250g.

    "Intensity 10: Batch roasted in Melbourne, Victoria. A MEDIUM ROAST WITH THE SWEET FLAVOUR OF DELICIOUS CARAMEL AND MAPLE SYRUP NOTES"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalby View Post
    Coles do have Urban Coffee Culture Intensity 10 Organic Beans $5 for 250g.

    "Intensity 10: Batch roasted in Melbourne, Victoria. A MEDIUM ROAST WITH THE SWEET FLAVOUR OF DELICIOUS CARAMEL AND MAPLE SYRUP NOTES"


    We get it you like them.

    No need to shout and have an orgasm over supermarket beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erimus View Post
    We get it you like them.

    No need to shout and have an orgasm over supermarket beans.

    Naa ... just a copy and paste from the Coles website.

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    The beat goes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalby View Post
    Naa ... just a copy and paste from the Coles website.
    Oh no! not another influencer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    Also, the bag may not have been artificially inflated, rather the beans were degassing and had not yet built up enough pressure to vent through the one way valve.
    Nope, no one way valve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarrenK View Post
    Nope, no one way valve.
    Could well explain it, no valve > packaged shortly after roasting > well sealed bag > build up of carbon dioxide > no way for gas to escape = inflated bag.

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    For $5 it'd be reasonable that it doesn't have the valve, must be some tight margins there. The 1kg bag has one so that's what i was thinking.
    Probably is what Yelta said.

    If they did inflate it with nitrogen or something to help keep the beans fresher then they'd probably advertise that on the bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    They only had a use by of "03 Jul 2020" written on them.
    I'm pretty sure the official use-by is 18 months from roast date. Stupormarket distribution is unlikely to get them roasted, packed and on the shelf in a different state a couple of weeks from roasting, doable, but unlikely.


    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    both boast that they are roasted in Melbourne, I would suspect that they may be coming from the same roaster.
    Nup. Two different big scale roasters who knock these out. Both companies actually do some good coffees but I doubt these are in that category.

    Anyway, I just checked the top of this page and it really does say Coffee Snobs, I thought for a minute I was on the Reject Shop or NQR website with all the chat about floor sweeping blends.

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    Bought a bag of the $5 ones tonight. 1 July 2020 Best Before date. Poured them into my grinder and the beans are seriously tiny!! Ate a few raw, crunchy and little flavour. Don't expect them to be anything special at all but needed some emergency beans. This thread had me excited for a second thinking Coles was going to be selling freshly roasted beans. Don't think these are going to be very successful unless they start including the roast date.

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    How will the roast date help if as Andy puts it the beans are sweepings.

    For those unfamiliar with the term "sweepings" you don't get any lower quality wise, @ $12 kg what do you expect?

    Guess you could put a date on a bag of horse manure and call it processed oats, at the end of the day its still only horse shit.
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