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    Monthly BeanBay GREEN Bean Release - SUNDAY 7th APRIL 2013 - 8pm AEDT

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Monthly BeanBay GREEN Bean Release

    SUNDAY 7th April 2013
    20:00 AEST

    8:00pm ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD
    7:30pm SA, NT
    6:00pm WA

    The new release beans that will appear in BeanBay are:

    Bali Gunung Agung $11/kg*
    It's been quite a few years since we have had access to this one and it's a welcome return. Washed but not polished this is a chaff monster in the roaster. High grown in the shadows of the Agung volcano this medium density gives great balance and coffee stands up well as a single origin coffee.



    Sulawesi Tana Toraja $12/kg*
    Firstly a disclosure, as a rule I love Toraja coffees and this is one of the best processed we have ever landed. Wet hulled and a deep blue green colour with great sorting leads to the excitement prior to roasting. In the cup it produces a thick, viscous spicy syrup with low acidity and velvet mouthfeel that makes you start to dose the second shot before you have finished the first.




    Uganda Kisoro AA $10/kg*
    This high grown Ugandan Arabica is washed but not polished and then screened to a large AA size. In the roaster this is easy to roast but expect plenty of chaff. In the cup it has a subtle acidity and heavy body that made a great double espresso and a syrupy ristretto. This worked best for me roasted to a CS10 depth where the cocoa range of flavours dominate. Excellent value coffee.



    * price per kilo packed in 2.5kg CoffeeSnobs zipper cotton bags and includes the FairCrack $0.50/kg donation.


    You can select direct shipping via Australia Post (express or road) and Star Track Express (air or road) along with some other options depending on where you live or you can collect your paid order from Morgan Street (when I'm there, late afternoons preferred).


    Pickup Points (one per state)
    (only an available option for a couple of days either side of the sale date).

    QLD - "Simon T" - Brissy
    NSW - Erkochurch - Erskinville
    TAS - "ParaM" – Hobart
    SA - Fiefys Specialty Cafe - Adelaide
    WA - "Greeman" - Warwick
    VIC -
    Coffee-A-Roma (529 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell) (Sat 20th April 10:30-12:00 only)


    We hope to get beans to all the pickup points before: 20/04/2013

    This delivery date is a best guess as we are often at the whim of couriers around the country. Generally when the beans arrive at the pickup point someone will post in this thread to let you know the time/date that you should meet for the pickup.

    Please don't annoy the pickup points by asking for your beans before they let you know in this thread they are available for collection.

    Enjoy!

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    The APRIL 2013 Victorian pickup will be at site sponsor Coffee-A-Roma:

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    529 Camberwell Road
    Camberwell
    Victoria 3124

    Julie will have the shop open with lots of great toys on the bench.
    I'll be there with Snob Van and all the VIC pickup beans from 10:30am - 12:00

    See you there on the 20th April


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    Woohoo. Bali Gunung Agung. My records show the last time I bought it was January 2007.
    Have you had it since then? Anyhow, I hope to grab some this time around. I've been good and using my stash for the last few months and I think it's time to grab a bit!
    Also looking forward to the pickup being closer to my home (yet further from yours Andy).

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    As yes, it has been a while. I sampled a couple of crops in the time since and they didn't make the grade. This one did with ease so either it was a better growing season or they returned to previous milling techniques.

    Further away? Marginal. Once I cross the Westgate bridge everything is just a series of red lights and angry people, the direction and distance doesn't matter that much.
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    Hi Andy,

    According to the various websites, Daylight Savings finishes at 3 am on Sunday 7th which will become 2 am!!!
    I suspect that will mean differences for WA, Qld, and NT.

    Greg

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    Awesome. Thanks for noticing Greg.
    I've just edited the initial post to AEST and edited the non DST states:

    SUNDAY 7th April 2013
    20:00 AEST

    8:00pm ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD
    7:30pm SA, NT
    6:00pm WA

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    Not sure if this is the right place, but just got my second shipment with the new bags (first was some time ago) and 3 comments:

    - Zip top much better than the twiddled wire version
    - Bag material much more 'refined' - neither good nor bad
    - Damn stickers don't any more! Ended up having to figure out what was in each bag manually and using texta on the bag.

    Any chance of better stickers?

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    Yeh, I've had a few issues with the stickers too.....luckily I've only lost one sticker at a time, and can thus work out which bag it goes on.

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    I just write on mine as soon as my beans arrive, no sticker is going to stick to a cotton bag for to long....excited by the sounds of the sulawesi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Yeh, I've had a few issues with the stickers too.....luckily I've only lost one sticker at a time, and can thus work out which bag it goes on.
    I have also had that issue, it only happened once and i was able to work out which was which. I was daunted at the thought of having to cup green beans to work out what is what, something tells me cupping green beans might not work well :P

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    Damn stickers don't any more!
    These stickers were intentionally selected after extensive testing of at least 6 different sticker types. It's as important to me that the stickers stay on the bags as it is that they don't leave any sticky residue after being on there for a while.

    By not leaving sticky gunk behind we have more of a chance of recycling the bags at a later date and that's far better for the planet as a bonus.

    Having said that, at any given time I have 1000-2000 CS cotton bags here with stickers on them and we have very few peel. I would be having a look at your storage of the bags as a likely culprit. Sunlight or humidity will curl the stickers pretty quickly so keep them cool, dark, dry and flat and they should be fine. Considering 3 of the 4 posts above are from far more humid areas than here I would suggest looking at that first.

    8 years ago (for those old enough to remember)
    ...we used a piece of wire in a loop and then folded the sticker over it. That's no longer practical for us to do without adding a lot of cost (to us, then to you!) but you could easily do that on the zippers of the current bags.

    Something like these ski ticket wires...
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    ...but you could use any bendy wire (or maybe bread ties) you have in the shed to convert the bag sticker to a zipper sticker.

    If you bend it into a T shape you will have a better area to stick the sticker to.

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    For what it's worth... the labels on the last two zip bags I purchased came off within a couple of weeks... even in cool, dark and dry conditions. No worries at the time though, as both bags contained the same beans but I can certainly see how this could lead to a heap of confusion for those with a number of different greens.

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    Not worth much...
    They were a different label 4 months ago.

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    Agreed. Stickers on the new bags are no good!

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    I've only had one sticker come off and I just folded it in half and threw it in the bag. Simple solution!

    Come on guys, the quality of the beans and the excitement of roasting them should surely outweigh the stickers falling off?? I know it does for me :-)

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    Let's not step over this, a heinous crime if ever there was one - stickers coming off the bags! An indictable offence, a blight on society .... At the very least a Royal Commission needed, alert the Pirahna task force. Alert Interpol, Scotland Yard, the CIA to be on the lookout for a bearded man who goes by the name of Freeman. This man is guilty of providing an entire coffee community with a wealth of information, cheapest possible beans, a heap of fun and let's not forget may be responsible for shock, horror sticker schlicker! This could well be up there with the infamous coffee snobs membership card fiasco of 2012. I've got no idea what I'm drinking half the time anyway. All the beans from beanbay taste great!
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    That's funny I thought this site was 'coffee snobs' not 'sticker snobs' ;P

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    Another one who has had a sticker fall off but as already mentioned, folded it in half and it lives in the bag. The move to zips on the bag instead of metal 'ties' far outweighs any issue with stickers.

    On topic - looking forward to getting bags of Bali Gunung Agung and Sulawesi Tana Toraja soon. I tried to resist but failed dismally. Any excuse for a coffee at Fiefys!

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    Some serious first world problems those srickers!

    Roasting my first batch from my order which came in yesterday. Outstanding service as always! I have pizzas that take longer to arrive than CS orders.

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    Hi Andy,

    Just placing an order and I'm not seeing the QLD pick-up choice showing, just the VIC option. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlc-at-home View Post
    Hi Andy,

    Just placing an order and I'm not seeing the QLD pick-up choice showing, just the VIC option. Am I doing something wrong?
    Hello tic,

    It will mean that you have missed the cutoff date on this months bulk freight. You should still have courier and auspost options to choose from.

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    I see! Where can I find the relevant cut-off date?

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    Yep, you have missed it, if we don't ship it out soon after the release then it won't get to the interstate destinations on time.

    The close date is a moving target and will depend on roast days, public holidays etc. We release all the beans on the date in the email sent to 24,000 members and close it roughly 2 days later.
    Victoria is still there as I will drive that to Coffee-A-Roma on the day.

    See:

    The pickup point shipping options are available from when I send the monthly email until a day or two after the mid-month green bean release. We then collate, pack and bulk ship the beans to the pickup points and when they are ready for collection someone will post in the "monthly green bean release" thread.
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    We must all have quite a few bean bags collected to date, what do you guys do with them?

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    Pillowcases?

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    Ordered for next Beanbay pickup.

    There's many uses for them.

    Some examples.

    Money change. ( They do look like those bags that security guards carry around. Have had a neighbour look closely at the pair of money bag looking set of green beans I was carrying around the garage. Maybe he thought I,ve been to the bank?!?
    Dog toys.
    Christmas stockings
    Drying chillies.

    I gave away a few on Pay it Forwards.

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    when is next sale? i mean after 13th April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaydeswal View Post
    when is next sale? i mean after 13th April.
    It varies. See this thread: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/beanbay-ba...ean-sales.html
    Andy aims to do one a month (but not usually January), so there will most likely be one in May. There is usually about 5 days notice and shipping points are open for a couple of days after.
    However, if you are OK with paying freight costs, you can buy them anytime.

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    Beans have arrived at erkochurch.

    I'm heading off on two weeks' holiday, so will leave the beans on my front porch (under cover) for you to take your own.

    If you're a first-timer, park in the carpark on the corner of Erskineville Rd and Rochford st. The gate of 55 Erskineville Rd is in the carpark. Come around to the left hand door, and beans are on the porch. Help yourself & tick off your name on the list.

    Any questions, hit me up with a text.

    Cheers

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    WA Beanbay pickup will be on
    Saturday 20th May from 2 to 4pm
    lotsa beans arriving this month!!
    I'll have some tantalising 2013 COE samples to run through syphon/pourover, bring along any interesting roasts or new coffee paraphernalia to show the crew!!
    looking forward to seeing you on Saturday
    cheers
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    Brisbane beans are here.

    PM me to organise pick up from the city.

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    Beans have arrived for Hobart, PM me to organise pick up

    Cheers

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    SA beans are ready to pick up @Fiefy's during weekdays from 1.30pm-3pm.

    We are appreciated you are coming during the specific time due to the cafe high traffic during the other times of the day.

    See you guys soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenman View Post
    WA Beanbay pickup will be on
    Saturday 20th May from 2 to 4pm
    lotsa beans arriving this month!!
    I'll have some tantalising 2013 COE samples to run through syphon/pourover, bring along any interesting roasts or new coffee paraphernalia to show the crew!!
    looking forward to seeing you on Saturday
    cheers
    Trevor
    See you all this afternoon, anyone who hasn't got my address PM me with your mobile number and I will text it to you!!

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    Had a great WA pickup with plenty of coffee and conversation. Mocoffee shared Saudi coffee culture and how it is woven into their social fabric, he had us all fascinated as he described the hand roasting of the beans, then grinding and preparing the beverage and the addition of spices--thank you Mohammed!!

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    Was great meeting up with new and old faces.

    It is a pity I live so far away, otherwise I,d be there each month to talk and drink coffee.

    Thanks for hosting Trevor and Pam.

    Nice syphon brew.
    Equally nice cake by Pam.

    See youall next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franjae View Post
    We must all have quite a few bean bags collected to date, what do you guys do with them?
    You could send them back for re-using... or if you live in Melbs I have a friend there that up-cylces them into cool things and will happily take them off your hands



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