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Thread: Beans

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    So I am about to start the home roasting journey. I know there will be a lot of experimentation and a lot will come down to personal taste but as a first question - what is a good source of small quantities of green beans for experimenting - don't really want to buy larger quantities until I know what I want (and what I'm doing). I'm in the ACT if that makes any difference.

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    Maybe talk to the good people at CosmoreX Coffee and ask if you can buy some small quantities of green that they have on hand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by caffeine View Post
    So I am about to start the home roasting journey. I know there will be a lot of experimentation and a lot will come down to personal taste but as a first question - what is a good source of small quantities of green beans for experimenting - don't really want to buy larger quantities until I know what I want (and what I'm doing). I'm in the ACT if that makes any difference.
    I can give you a few hundred grams of a few Central Americans, and a few others. I have way more than I need of few types of beans. I'm in the People's Republic of Lyneham. PM me if interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caffeine View Post
    So I am about to start the home roasting journey. I know there will be a lot of experimentation and a lot will come down to personal taste but as a first question - what is a good source of small quantities of green beans for experimenting - don't really want to buy larger quantities until I know what I want (and what I'm doing). I'm in the ACT if that makes any difference.
    Why not buy 2 kg of green beans from BeanBay? I know it sounds like a lot, however once you start roasting you will go through them quite rapidly, they have a long shelf life so wont go stale in a hurry, plus there is the advantage of becoming accustomed to roasting the same bean each time you roast.

    2kg of India Monsoon Malabar Gold will only cost you $22 plus post, easy to roast and very nice to drink, one of my favorites.
    https://beanbay.coffeesnobs.com.au/V...n-malabar-gold
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    Caffeine, Yelta's advice is good (as are the others). Pick a bean you like and have a few goes at it. Guarantee you will need half a 2.5kg bag, if not all, to be sure you could repeat a roast again. I would say my first twenty roasts were lucky dips. (probably the last twenty too!) Also consider Mr O'Speedwagons generous offer and Mal suggestion, but a bag goes in no time and allows you to gain some confidence by using the same bean and only changing one thing at a time. There is a couple of threads on known easy beans, pick one which sounds like you and go for it.
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    What sort of roaster do you have? If you don't have a roaster yet, consider buying a Behmor or Genecafe from CoffeeSnobs and get a 2.5kg bag of beans thrown in with the deal. Also. several site sponsors will sell greens beans in 1kg lots
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    Lyneham - northside of the lake - is it safe

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    Kaldi home (the version with the motorised drum) bought from a member.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    I can give you a few hundred grams of a few Central Americans, and a few others. I have way more than I need of few types of beans. I'm in the People's Republic of Lyneham. PM me if interested.
    Thanks for the generous offer. I think the advice people have given re getting a larger bag and burning through it is good advice. So I'll buy a 'sacrificial' bag and see how I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caffeine View Post
    Lyneham - northside of the lake - is it safe
    You'll need a passport and a visa.
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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    So I ended up buying a couple of kg of beans from this site. Botched up the first couple of roasts (the kaldi does about 250g of beans at a time). Subsequent roasts have been consistently good.
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