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    BeanBay Green Bean Release - June 2013

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Sadly there won't be any more capital city pick up points for BeanBay.

    I have not taken this decision lightly and have stewed over it for the last few months. With site sponsors subsidising direct freight costs we have more and more CS'rs who are opting to have their orders delivered to their door using Australia Post, Star Track and where available, Fastway.

    The slightly odd method of having pickup points available for only a few days a month combined with me needing to chase people for payment after the beans have shipped is "costing" me at least 2-3 days a month in time... time I really don't have to spare in my 7 day a week job and typically that time would be far better spent with my family.

    I would like the thank all the CS'rs and businesses that have supported the pickup points in the past, each and everyone of you have contributed to your local coffee community and I hope that you also enjoyed the journey.

    Shipping beans in bulk is still the cheapest way to freight, maybe you can get together with a couple of local CS'rs and share an order to keep your transport costs to a minimum?

    As always with direct shipping we send orders the same day we see payment and your freight pricing is calculated at the checkout.

    So, it's the sad but necessary end of an era. The good news is that we will still be landing some amazing beans each month and we will be able to put them straight into BeanBay instead of having to wait for a specific release date.

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    JUNE 2013
    Released into BeanBay now:



    Honduras Montana de Comayagua
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    This fully washed high grown Honduran coffee is a ripper. Most Central American coffees can be a little thin but this one has a surprisingly good body. In the lighter roasts (CS8) the zesty citrus peel acidity shines through, taken a little darker (CS9) it becomes crisp, green apple like acidity. Really interesting coffee that works in a wide range of roast depths and should work in a wide range of brewing styles too.





    Cuba Escambray
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    Cuba Escambray - often referred to as Crystal Mountain this well graded, washed and sun dried coffee is about as good a cup as you will get from Cuba. Malt, dry spice and a drying mouthfeel in the cup. Interesting espresso, excellent long black and would lend itself to other brew methods like filter, plunger and drip too.




    El Salvador Comasagua Bourbon



    El Salvador Comasagua Bourbon is fully washed, pulped natural and sundried. Well graded it's easy to get a good roast. In the cup it carries a huge body for a Central American coffee and just enough acidity to brighten the finish. Really nice as a single origin espresso, works well in milk and should lend itself to a range of roast depths and brewing methods.




    Rwanda Nyungwe



    Rwanda Nyungwe is a high altitude coffee grown in high rainfall area. Small beans but I found that roasted to the start of CS10 on a long slow profile it became a bitter sweet cocoa bomb. It's an easy bean to roast as it take the heat in a smooth curve. In the cup it had a great body and worked well as a single origin espresso shot but worked equally great in a latte. Great value coffee.

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    Andy,
    A bit sad to see the end of the Melbourne pickups, but I can totally understand the reasoning.
    I hope that this does give you some breathing space and the chance to spend a bit more time with the family. They are, by far, the most important thing.

    Now I am off to order me some beans!

    Brett.

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    I'll continue to tell stories in memory of this shady looking character in a long black coat selling bags of who knows what out the back of his overloaded & somewhat dilapidated sports car down some back alley in Abbotsford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    So, it's the sad but necessary end of an era.
    The monthly BeanBay was really something to look forward to when I started buying beans in 2009.


    • Finger hovering over the BeanBay button just before 8PM to get in and get the most sought after beans before they were gone.
    • Seeing these same beans disappear in minutes while you vainly click on the 'Available Now' button to get your share.
    • The unexpected surprise when you do get in and get what you want.
    • The pages of BeanBay Banter discussion in the aftermath, with the usual claims of "I got mine" mingled with "I wasn't quick enough" or "I forgot"
    • The anticipation of the beans arriving to try something new.
    • The pleasure of seeing a bean you missed suddenly reappear later in the month when Andy added reserve or unclaimed stock back in.


    Many thanks for all the hard work in organising BeanBay and sorry for adding to your pain with requests to combine a last minute purchase with the rest of my order or fix a payment stuff up. I'm sure your family will breathe a sigh of relief.

    I haven't participated much in BeanBays this year mainly to try to reduce my overly large stash but these events no longer have the same pizzazz. The good news is that the ordering process is now so smooth and easy and there are still great beans to be had at any time.

    Only two questions:
    1. What is the optimum order to get the most economical freight cost per kg??
    2. When are we going to see more Yemen?
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    I'll continue to tell stories in memory of this shady looking character in a long black coat selling bags of who knows what out the back of his overloaded & somewhat dilapidated sports car down some back alley in Abbotsford.


    I still tell the story of just how suss that back street trading was... it was worse the month that Veneziano was closed and we were the only activity for blocks.

    A bit sad to see the end of the Melbourne pickups, but I can totally understand the reasoning
    I'm sad too, I'm pretty sure we will still do it a couple of times a year even if it's a social get together.

    Thanks for your understanding guys, it means a lot to me. I've done mostly 7 days a week, 12-18 hours a day for nearly 8 years. I'm missing seeing my kids grow-up and our house looks abandoned (yes, I'm still at work now!). I really need to find a few days in the month to do some non-work stuff so dropping the load of pickup points should free-up a little time.

    The rest of the craziness that is CoffeeSnobs will stay the same.



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    1. What is the optimum order to get the most economical freight cost per kg??


    BeanBay has all the calculations in it... far too many variables for any human to remember or understand, freight is VERY cryptic with volumes, weights, locations, per parcel charges etc etc.

    Rule of thumb with AustPost e-Parcel is the more you buy the cheaper it is. 10kg-15kg is a common order size so I'm assuming that's about the point it gets the best value.

    2. When are we going to see more Yemen?


    I bought a tonne of a very, very special Yemen nearly 2 months ago. Heavy Somali pirate activity paused the shipment at the docks and the last I heard it is getting close to going into the container now. It's the first time CS has been affected by pirates and I hope they don't read this! I nearly changed to air freight but it would have added way too much per kilo

    As always, (and you know this Flynn) until I can touch it, it doesn't exist!


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    Hate pirates even more now.
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    I bought a tonne of a very, very special Yemen nearly 2 months ago.
    Thanks. That's all I needed to know Andy. I suppose it's a given that Yemen is always on your radar.

    I may have to revert to my 'Captain Blood' character and sort of those rascally pretenders in the Gulf of Aden.

    ...until I can touch it, it doesn't exist!
    What doesn't exist?

    I still have a couple of bags of Yemen left so not going into withdrawals.

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    +1 for more Yemen. Good to hear it's on the way...

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    shame all good things have to come to an end Andy... I like the idea of a 6 monthly meetup though, one at the snobbery twice a year would be a good idea then I could actually come and check the place out

    even my dad has seen the snobbery and he's from central vic... I had a laugh

    can't actually think of the last time I bought beans, i'm still working through my stash that I accumulated since 2010... actually dragged out a bag I thought I had finished a few weeks ago, bought in 2010 and still roasting beautifully

    dare I ask why so many want the yemen, can't say i've actually bought any of it before *blushes*

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post

    Only two questions:
    1. What is the optimum order to get the most economical freight cost per kg??
    2. When are we going to see more Yemen?
    Hi mate, my way to order is just get a 2.5kg stash of whatever takes your fancy. Whole thing goes in a postpack and you get it in a few days. Generally works out around $35 or so for the 2.5kg bag, not bad at all IMO.

    - boingk

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    my way to order is just get a 2.5kg stash of whatever takes your fancy
    Yep, I've done that numerous times. As Andy suggested a bulk order, I wondered whether there was an optimal size that would provide the best freight cost.

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    Hi Steve,

    7.5 kg of beans presently costs $18.00 vie eParcel. 5kg orders have cost me just over $16.

    Cheers
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    1. What is the optimum order to get the most economical freight cost per kg??
    Some examples of deliveries by Aus Post to Canberra over the last couple of years:

    11Kg - $18 - $1.64/Kg
    16Kg - $21 - $1.31/Kg
    20kg - $22.50 - $1.13/Kg
    30Kg - $37.50 - $1.25/Kg



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    Good on you, my master roaster! Family time is precious!
    Although, we will miss all CS who drop in monthly to pick up and catch up. Hopefully they will still swing pass when they are in town. ;P

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    Family is important, you've made the right choice.

    Maybe an annual get together at the Snobbery would ease the pain......

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    Hi Andy.
    Thanks for organising it every month...

    I've met some really cool people and got a lot of odd looks at work with bags of coffee sitting on my desk

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    Going to miss the monthly green bean pickups, they have been a great way of meeting fellow coffee tragics and sharing our passion for all things coffee. I have met some great people along the way and I will really miss these monthly gatherings.
    My wife and I have loved hosting the Perth pickups and catching up with all of our Coffeesnob friends, thanks to Simon and Sue who hosted pickups prior to me, keep in touch everyone.
    cheers from
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    Are there still going to be monthly announcements of new beans in beanbay, or was this just to facilitate the pickup process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    Are there still going to be monthly announcements of new beans in beanbay, or was this just to facilitate the pickup process?
    The last paragraph of Andy's original post reads:

    "So, it's the sad but necessary end of an era. The good news is that we will still be landing some amazing beans each month and we will be able to put them straight into BeanBay instead of having to wait for a specific release date."

    I guess that means that when new beans arrive, Andy will post up the details.

    Cheers.



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