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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight

    A new batch of starter packs are ready for shipping now and we dont expect to run-out for a while
    (I hope!!)

    If you are interested in getting one, please follow the above directions and we will send an invoice with bank transfer details.

    Happy roasting

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    Damn that was fast - ordered my starter pack last Thursday, paid for it Friday, beans were just delivered now, early Monday morning :)

    Only problem is that I have to go to work now, so Im not able to try the popcorn popper until I get home tonight. Oh well, it will give me something to think about during the day.

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Good one Viviane [smiley=thumbsup.gif],

    Dont forget to get back to us with the results of your roasts ;). All the best,

    Mal.

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    It must be the week for speedy beans! We joined up, ordered and paid on
    Friday night, beans are here first thing Monday. That must be Melbourne to
    Adelaide at about Mach 2 * :) *Much appreciated ...

    First attempts (starting two weks ago) have been in a B&D popper with some Peru Kontiki beans. After a couple of not so successful attempts at baked beans have now got the hang of getting a reasonable mass of beans in the machine, *and recognizing first and second crack. Just tried some 48 hrs old, pulled just at the very beginning of second crack. Most impressed, this could get addictive.

    Looking forward to playing with this lot ...




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    Home roasting? Starter packs? You guys are cruel. My wife will kill me if I get any more obsessed. She doesnt complain when I make her a coffe every day, though. Ill have to read a bit more about this.....

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    The argument would be that roasting your own coffee isnt an obsession. A: It allows you to make your wife the best cup of coffee you can, and B: Itll save money (which you can use to either buy your wife a present or upgrade the sunbeam). Seriously, it costs around $20 for a popcorn popper, $30 for a starter pack of 2.4kg of green beans. There is a lot of advice and help available in these forums, and it is very cool to drink coffee that you roasted yourself. I only did my first batch last night, and Im hooked.....

    Give it a go :)

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    Ahhh,

    Thats what I like to see, one hooked and one pecking at the bait..... not long nowww, he-he ;D,

    Mal.

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    Ahh yes Mal,

    Its easy to get hooked on roasting -- They dont call it first and second "crack" for nothing ;-)

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Just as long as its not a plumbers crack! ;D

    Java "Hitches his pants up" phile

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Cant wait to get into it! What are the beans in the starters pack at present? (keen to do some homework before they arrive....sad or what?!)

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Hi
    Im a newbie to CS so appologies for posting this, but apparently i have to send one post before i can send a pm. (I need to send one to Andy re the starter pack). Anyhow, I hope to post more in the relevant areas. But Im keen on getting those greenies asap as Im out of beans at the moment!
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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Further to my earlier post (this am)... the beans arrived in this mornings post (that would be right, hey!).
    Can confirm current stater pack contains: India Mysore Nuggets, Brazil (no other details), Colombian (no other details), Sumatran Manheling.
    pete

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    BTW: Does anyone know what the "Brazil and Colombian beans are in the current (August) starter pack?
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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Quote Originally Posted by xpress link=1113484527/0#13 date=1155815724
    BTW: Does anyone know what the "Brazil and Colombian beans are in the current (August) starter pack?
    pete
    Gday Pete,

    If you head on over to the "Knock Box" here... http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?board=KnockBox, youll find all the original notes for beans that have been polled in the past, including the most recent poll.

    Cheers mate,
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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Hi Mal,
    I checked out the "knockbox"
    So is the Brazil is the " Brazil Cerrado Bold (Sun Dried) $7.20/kg*" from the May Poll, and the Colombian is the "Colombia Valle del Cauca Supremo - $10/kg*" from the June Poll - as these are the latest that are mentioned?
    Sorry, im a bit slow. To me its a bit confusing.
    (Beanbay had the Brazil Caxambu and Cerrado. I thought maybe the Starter Pack might have come from here.)
    tia
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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    The brazil in your starter is *Brazil Caxambu.

    The Colombian was Colombia Valle del Cauca Supremo.

    The Sumatrian is the latest from the polls.

    The India Mysore Nuggets was a Stater pack special, 20kg of a top grade Indian that is the pre-shipment of the current crop.

    The starter will nearly always contain the latest beans from the polls, sometimes they will contain an "exclusive" bean that we could only get in small quantity (too small to poll).

    They are a truely "random" selection of 4 beans as stated... depending on how many packs were made that month. *

    Please also note that they ALWAYS freighted the day (or the day after) your payment hits OUR bank account. To be posted any faster would require us to know you want one before you know you want one! ;-)

    Enjoy your roasting.

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Gee, I dont even know i want one before i think i want one... i think...
    Anyhoo, the Caxambu (the first roast/shot after 12hrs rest) a real treat - smooooth as. Now all i need is more!
    muchos gracious, Andy.
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    Many thanks from another newbie.
    I ordered the beans late Monday night and payed by direct deposit.
    Received the precious cargo Friday morning.Only one major problem....
    I have to go to work and cant play until tomorrow..bugger,bugger,bugger.

    Thanks again to Andy and all who got Green Beans up up up and away.

    Ken.

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    andy,
    do you know if i can get a starter pack of beans already roasted? or would someone here be able to do this for me? am new to coffee and trying to find one i like so thought this might be a way to go to try some differnt coffee types.
    any suggestions

    mattm

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Well I reckon Ill be ordering my starter pack.

    Ive been home roasting now for 18 months (in a wok of all things) but I bought a black and decker popper last week and am just amazed at the results you can get. Ive been buying beans from a number of sources but sometimes they can be hard to come by.

    Any Perth bean links at all?

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    I got my starter pack in the mail the other day -- thanks Andy! I roasted up a batch of the Mysore Nuggets on Thursday night, and today they taste fantastic. Im not sure what to try after that, but I think itll probably be the Brazil.

    I think the starter pack will probably keep me going for a couple of months, but Ill be sure to get in on the polls next month. Now that Im really getting in to roasting, I dont think I can have too many green beans :)

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    I just discovered this site, after doing a google search for popcorn makers to believe it or not make popcorn for my 2 yr old ... and I discover a much more grown up use for them. Roasting coffee.

    I have been inspired to order (and have paid) a starter pack .... now I have to dust off my Rancilio Silvia and Rocky and get back into it.

    Looking forward to it.


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    Another popper finds its true calling in life 8-). Welcome to a whole new world of truely fresh specialty coffee, Myrtle! Enjoy the ride and feel free to ask for advice anytime....Were a friendly bunch here! *;)


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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    My Coffee Snobs Starter pack arrived today with:

    Indian Mysore Nuggets A Grade
    Columbian
    Panama Panamaria Special A
    Guatemala Huehuetenango Blue

    AND my Lapsang Souchone tea.

    Unfortunately there is no emoticon wide enough to capture my maniacal grin.


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    Yep, just ordered and paid for my Starter Pack now. Bought a B&D Popper today - time to start roasting , cant wait. You guys really made me do it!!!!! :-) cant wait to get started.

    Marc

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    Received the Starter Pack today. Looking forward to some experiementing this weekend..... not a big coffee drinker but my partner is.... I know someone who will think hes in heaven this weekend : D

    Thanks for the super fast delivery time Andy. I ordered Wed and received it Friday.

    My only dilemma now is whether or not to participate in todays polling. Sounds so exciting though, but being a newbie, dont want to get stuck with beans I wont like seeing as I havnt even made my first roast yet!

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Novice,

    I suppose it comes down to how much you think you will roast over the next 2 months. There will be other polls (but probably not until the New Year).

    Personally, when I started roasting, I found that ALL the stuff I roasted was at least as good as most cafes. Some was better than others, but they were all enjoyable.

    If you want to take the plunge today, try perhaps 2.5kg of 2 different beans. The only thing I would say is do not get the Monsooned Malabar. It is an interesting bean, but probably not one you want to start your roasting journey with.

    Brett.

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Sounds like some good advice. In for the penny in for the pound... Thanks for for input Brett.

    I was thinking maybe the Panama and the Costa Rica (I like the exotic sounding names) What do you think?


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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Yep. I think youd do well with those 2.


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    A Starter Pack

    Now that would have been a good idea

    Except i just ordered 25 kilos

    oh well - nothing wrong with the old BOOTS & ALL approach ;-)

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    Mate, that is funny.
    ...and an impuse record I think!

    :)

    Boots and all indeed.

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    I just received my starter pack today - better go out tomorrow and buy a popcorn maker so I can start roasting right away.

    CosmoreX Coffee have despatched my new machine and grinder this afternoon (due to arrive on either Monday or Tuesday) so I might need to try some of my freshly roasted beans in the plunger first.

    My pack contains:

    India My Sore Nuggets
    Indian Kaapi Royale Robusta
    Peru Chamana
    Papua New Guinea Peaberry
    Chinese Lapsang Souchong Tea

    Any recommendations on what I should try roasting first?

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    Im sure the CosmoreX toys will bring many years of happy coffee making too!

    I would prob give the Peru a roast first. Its a very forgiving bean and works well at a few different roast depths.

    ....but if you are like the rest of us you will have roasted some of all of them before Monday!

    Enjoy.

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Thanks for the advice Andy. Ill definitely start with the Peru first.

    I bought the Breville Crazy Popper this afternoon so after ive made up my chimney Ill be starting on my first batch. Wish me luck!!

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    woo i just received my starter pack :D

    my pack has:

    India My Sore Nuggets
    PNG Peaberry
    Brazil Rio Minas
    Peru Segunda

    guess ill start with the peru first? man cant wait for the weekend to get roasting :)

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    Why wait til the weekend :-)

    I didnt... when I got my starter pack it was time to finally enter the office :-)

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    I concur with Andy, the Peru is quite forgiving...

    Peaberry arent too hard to roast either...

    Mysore Nuggets are ok, but dont get disappointed with the uneven look in the roast... I found this to be no issue and they tasted fine :-) (Eth Harar behave the same way)

    Welcome to this really cool journey...

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Oooh, just ordered my started pack and havent even got anything to roast in yet! Can anyone suggest a good site/description of how to roast (like a roasting for dummies guide?). Very excited, am sick of running out of beans (I live in a country town - supermarket and deli are the only options!)
    thanks!

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    http://www.sweetmarias.com/instruct.basic.html
    Sweet Marias is a good place to start. Has pictorial guides etc to help you out. I am sure you will enjoy your new hobby once your sample bag gets there.
    Let us know what you go with for roasting.

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    Thanks Brett, will give it a try - still havent worked out what to roast them in yet!! Hope they have a good shelf life...

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    There is heaps of info on this site, just do a search for bean storage. I have read up to 3 years in some threads. But I dont know from personal experience I have only been a green bean purchaser for a month myself.

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    You are full of useful info! Went to that site, really good! Sorry about all the quetions, very limited time to surf for info (meant to be working right now...). Am thinking will go with the crazy popper over the corretto, just seems easier. So will let you know how I go with the roasts. mmmmm..... Can smell it now - thanks again!

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    Good choice going for the popper first. If you decide that roasting is not your bag (unlikely) no biggie you wont have spent much money. If you do like it you will get more than your monies worth out of it. You can always upgrade from there. Make sure you let the first roast go through all the cycles. Wont be drinkable but will mean you waste less later on.
    No need to apologise for questions at all. Everyone is super friendly around here. Plus it has helped me in my procrastination instead of studying for college exams next week.

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Got my starter pack today - India My Sore Nuggets, PNG A Grade washed, Sumatran Mandelhing & Brazil (Caxambu??), plus Chinese Lapsang Souchong tea (which will be passed off to my girlfriend when she gets home. Incidentally, what a great idea - I can placate her every time I order a huge bag of coffee, by also ordering her some tea. Brilliant!)

    Thanks heaps Andy - now Ive just got to find that popper.....

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    starting with a POPPER does sound like a good idea as well

    however - true to form - I started with a Hottop

    BOOTS n ALL yet again

    no regrets though :-)

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Just figured out where the popper is....not here. So I cant get my hands on it til next week, leaving me a little frustrated. I tried trawling the local op shops, to no avail, but did notice something on evilbay - something called a Doubly Delicious Popcorn popper and chocolate melter. Unfortunately its just two items packed into the same box, but an idea started forming right away.... rapid cooling of my freshly roasted beans in 50 degree dark chocolate..... well, maybe not. Better try drinking them first...

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Hi

    How long do green beans last? Is there a special storage requirement like roasted beans?

    Thanks

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    smaca,

    They last for min 1 year... known to last for 3 years...

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    Re: Starter Packs for newbie roasters.

    Am eagerly awaiting my starter pack.



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