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Lascaux
07-12-2009, 07:03 PM
Right I'm tired of my cheap beans. I want to rediscover my love for single origin coffee.

I used to get all my beans from red roaster in brighton, a favourite haunt. I don't get the chance to go there much any more and am looking for the best online alternative.

So, where do you get your coffee!
and what single origins/blends do you like the most
what coffee are you drinking right now?
and isn't coffee the best thing? the bestest of best things
i could do with a cup right now... but i know ill get the jitters and end up not sleeping tonight

COFFEE!!!!

saggel
07-12-2009, 07:23 PM
what coffee are you drinking right now?

I am drinking frappe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frapp%C3%A9_coffee) :cowboyic9:

TomUfer
07-12-2009, 07:25 PM
I buy green coffee beans and roast them myself at home. My main source is www.sweetmarias.com. They are in the states but I'm pretty sure they ship anywhere. Perhaps there is a similar outfit in the UK?

Lascaux
07-12-2009, 07:41 PM
wow
how complicated is the roasting process? do you just oven roast or over the hob?

Boss Hog
07-12-2009, 07:45 PM
I normally go for this Medaglia D'oro. I love the stuff. Unfortunatly I have to rely on family sending it over as it's an Italian Coffee you can only buy in the US. Figure that out? I have yet to see anywhere in the UK that sells it,

http://www.medagliadoro.com/images/products-canandcup.gif

I'd like to try some of this cuban coffee as well, if I can find where to get it.

mb55317
07-12-2009, 07:55 PM
I work near Harrods and so pop in there every few weeks to pick up some coffee. I get them to grind the beans as i dont have a grinder at home. Seems to stay fresh for a couple of weeks but is drinkable for longer.

At the moment i've got something called Bourbon Brazil and some from the Galapagos Islands. I've heard good things about Monmouth Coffee in London but never been there..

stephan
07-12-2009, 08:19 PM
I don't drink coffee anymore but Monmouth Street Coffee is the equivalent to JJFox - Robert Lewis as far as I'm concerned. A mecca.

Markus Coffee on Connaught Street has been there since I was a nipper. I remember being sent there repeating "a quarter pound of fidelio fine ground please" all the way so that I wouldn't forget! Over the last 40 years the neighbourhood has changed a lot (Tony Blair now lives around the corner) but this shop has remained. That must mean something.

navzor
07-12-2009, 10:08 PM
http://www.realcoffee.co.uk/ is quite good. Can't start my day without a big pot of espresso :)

G-man
07-12-2009, 11:15 PM
Jamaican Blue Mountain

Flavour: 4 (http://www.realcoffee.co.uk/coffeeguide.asp)
Strength: 2 (http://www.realcoffee.co.uk/coffeeguide.asp)
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http://www.realcoffee.co.uk/images/JamaicaLoc.gif Selected from the Wallenford Estate, this is the quintessential classic coffee. Rich flavour, aroma, full body and balanced, mild acidity. Of all coffees this must most closely match the description given by Sheikh Abd-al-Kadir in 1587 that "coffee is like common man's gold, and like gold it brings to every man the feeling of luxury and nobility". Considered the 'Rolls Royce' of coffees - they certainly make us pay for it!

Lascaux
07-12-2009, 11:17 PM
ive been to monmouth a few times. lovely place to sit and have a cup if their seat is free.

ill have to check markus coffee out,
was handed a family heirloom the other day, a 1920's brass hand coffee grinder. my gran used it all her life. funnily enough it grinds as well as my electric burr grinder. and does espresso size better.

Lee Nub
07-12-2009, 11:40 PM
Haven't bought anything decent for a while, last time was some jamaican blue mountain from Whittards

Pantomimehorse
08-12-2009, 12:57 AM
I pick my beans up in Drury Covent Garden http://www.drury.uk.com/

but keep meaning to walk a few streets down and check out monmouth

Bogner
08-12-2009, 12:23 PM
hasbean.co.uk has loads of great coffee .. single origins, blends you name it - and Steve is a kind fellow too

your own barista world champion James Hoffmann also has a site that sells coffee, and I believe it would be worth a shot, shop.squaremilecoffee.com

I drink a blend I concocted myself, consisting of 40% Guatemala Huehuetenango, 40% Brazil Yellow Bourbon and 20% Indonesia Mandheling .. roasted on a Gene Cafe and used for my morning espresso and cappuccino

Lee Nub
08-12-2009, 12:48 PM
Sounds good mate

monkey66
08-12-2009, 04:01 PM
What he said ....hasbean and squaremile are probably the best coffee you can buy in the UK.

The most important things to know about coffee:
1. Only grind per usage (shot/pot). The difference between freshly ground and ground an hour ago is night and day.
2. Buying coffee from the above suppliers means it has been freshly roasted. Coffee has an envelope which is 4-12 days after roast when it is good (varies depending on storage/beans/roast level). I never drink coffee more then 12 days post-roast. There is an exception to this which is the first hour after older roasted beans are open. Can be quite acceptable in the first hour but by the next day will be gone. Do not use beans less than 4 days after roast as will be very poor.
3. The grinder is as important as the coffee machine (if not more so). You can achieve excellent coffee with Fresh beans, a good burr grinder and a simple drip machine.
4. Temp is critical to all coffee brewing. Specifically not too hot. If you are using a pour-over type method never use boiling water, always let the kettle rest for a few mins (90-95 degC is ideal).


Overall achieving a really good cup of coffee is even more involved than a good cigar. You need: Good beans, properly roasted, 4-10 days old, freshly ground, decent grinder, decent brew method.

Check out:
http://www.toomuchcoffee.com/index.php
http://www.home-barista.com/
http://www.coffeegeek.com/

For a great brewing solution take a look at the Chemex range (a Chemex jug, fresh roasted beans and a fairly basic £100 burr grinder can make great coffee)
https://www.hasbean.co.uk/brands/Chemex.html

NB - cheap espresso machines are a false economy, you are better off with a Netspresso. Entry level to make decent espresso/cappa's is £600 machine and £250 grinder.




hasbean.co.uk has loads of great coffee .. single origins, blends you name it - and Steve is a kind fellow too

your own barista world champion James Hoffmann also has a site that sells coffee, and I believe it would be worth a shot, shop.squaremilecoffee.com

I drink a blend I concocted myself, consisting of 40% Guatemala Huehuetenango, 40% Brazil Yellow Bourbon and 20% Indonesia Mandheling .. roasted on a Gene Cafe and used for my morning espresso and cappuccino

Lascaux
08-12-2009, 04:13 PM
yes i cant stand these coffee machines you get. terrible things. im not really much of a fan of espressos either. i prefer full bodied single origin coffees, and french press rather than filter.

i have a really old alessi espresso that you stick on a hob, where the water steams up slowly. makes beautiful espresso.

ive got a cheapish burr grinder that does the job well and a lovely 20's hand grinder thats perfect for espresso grinds

are those chemex jugs for filters?

Lee Nub
08-12-2009, 04:14 PM
Some great info there mate, very interesting

SeanP
08-12-2009, 04:23 PM
I'd like to try some of this cuban coffee as well, if I can find where to get it.


La Casa del Habano in Teddington has cuban coffee. Never tired it, only know they sell it. http://www.havahavana.com/coffee-beans-ground.irc?cName=coffee-beans-ground&pg=1

Right down the road in Teddington is Astrora Coffee (http://www.astrora.co.uk/index.htm). Excelent coffee roasted on premises. Great staff and friendly service.

monkey66
08-12-2009, 04:30 PM
The chemex is a glass jug with a very good paper filter.

Boss Hog
08-12-2009, 04:31 PM
Not a fan of these pods then Monkey?

Someone told me the best place to keep it once it was freshly ground was in the freezer? Any truth to that or is it an old wives tail.

monkey66
08-12-2009, 04:33 PM
Never put coffee in the fridge or freezer, just a cool dry place.

Lascaux
08-12-2009, 04:35 PM
been looking at home roasters and may well get one of these roasters in the new year, look quite decent:

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/Behmor-Home-Coffee-Roaster.html

monkey66
08-12-2009, 04:36 PM
Don't mind the Netspresso pods. Will do a better job than a cheap 'proper' espresso machine.

To get the best out of the pods stop the pour as soon as the coffee turns pale ('starts to blonde'). This means a much shorter coffee but taste's much better. I spent a couple of weeks on hol with a Netspresso and was making shots as above utilising 2 pods per drink (a blue and a gold if I remember correctly gave quite a nice blend).

monkey66
08-12-2009, 04:40 PM
Home roasting is a whole nother pastime. Read the forums to see the reviews. So far mixed for the Behemor. I know some guys who are home roast mad and do get some fantastic results but this is usually the result of years of practice. The big plus of home roasting is far cheaper and green (unroasted) beans can keep for years.

Lascaux
08-12-2009, 04:42 PM
thanks monkey, will check the forums out. the price difference on HasBean for green beans in bulk is incredible... makes the home roaster a steal really.

SeanP
08-12-2009, 04:50 PM
I know this is probably a big no no in the world of the coffee elite but I hear you can roast with a hot air popcorn maker. Anyone try it? Just curious as to the results you would get.

TomUfer
08-12-2009, 07:31 PM
wow
how complicated is the roasting process? do you just oven roast or over the hob?

I use an appliance built for roasting beans. It is not hard at all. In fact once you start, you'll be spoiled forever!

Robusto
08-12-2009, 09:46 PM
I can't add anything expert here.

All I'll say is that I bought a couple of vacuum packs of Cuban coffee back for the hell of it and that flavour has got me back into drinking coffee.

I drink volumes of Assam tea, so this coffee thing is pretty unusual for me.

I'm a bit of a latte whimp, but I do find a large latte goes very very well with a good cigar.

Lascaux
08-12-2009, 10:47 PM
its astounding how quickly coffee looses flavour, and just how terrible all coffee is in the supermarket compared to freshly roast, freshly ground. i was really into my coffee at last edinburgh fringe. they have a great little roaster called artisan roast that was my mecca. kept me going the whole festival and the quality was astounding.
sparked my interest off agian the other day when i had a cup of excellence in monmouths, i was buying top coffee in supermarkets and its pisswater compared to that...

sadly when im out teaching at schools i havent got the equip to make some nice coffee so i thermos it, and it makes all coffee taste crap

that roaster is on my christmas list now!

monkey66
08-12-2009, 11:45 PM
you can roast coffee in popcorn roasters, it's just not very good.


Spot on Lusi!


its astounding how quickly coffee looses flavour, and just how terrible all coffee is in the supermarket compared to freshly roast, freshly ground. i was really into my coffee at last edinburgh fringe. they have a great little roaster called artisan roast that was my mecca. kept me going the whole festival and the quality was astounding.
sparked my interest off agian the other day when i had a cup of excellence in monmouths, i was buying top coffee in supermarkets and its pisswater compared to that...

sadly when im out teaching at schools i havent got the equip to make some nice coffee so i thermos it, and it makes all coffee taste crap

that roaster is on my christmas list now!

Big_T_UK
09-12-2009, 10:38 AM
Lascuax, god why didn't you ask me? I can send you beans from Redroaster if you like?

Also, The Algerian Coffee shop in Old Compton Street, Soho has some excellent beans.

I have been looking at home roasting also but one of the family members HATES the smell so a bit of a no no currently. When I can afford it I will get one of the home roasting machines and use it in the garage, but too expensive currently.

T.

Nuno Sa
09-12-2009, 10:51 AM
Got a Nespresso coffee machine as an early Christmas present for my wife, i have to tell you i got surprised with the quality of the coffee and the variety of aromas, the Special Club 2009 Singatoba Indonesian coffee 100% made of Arábica Blue Batak is excellent.

Big_T_UK
09-12-2009, 10:58 AM
I love the Special Club but I get the impression it is a "Bovril" type thing, you either LOVE it or HATE it. I love it, many of my friends hate it, odd.

I have stocked up on this one as it will not be around long.

This years three limited edition became available last week. The apricot is not good. The gingerbread is overly flavoured. The chestnut cream is yummy though. I am NOT a fan of flavoured coffee at all. I drink The Indriya and the Special Club almost exclusively but the chestnut cream will get a look in now and again.

T.

Nuno Sa
09-12-2009, 11:08 AM
Well my favourites are:

- Fortissimo Lungo - Have one at breakfast every day, although my breakfast is usually at 14 PM.

- Dulsão of Brasil

- Colombia´s Rosabaya

- India´s Indriya

- Ristretto

- Roma

- Arpeggio

- Special Club 2009

I have not tried the flavoured coffees yet, but i´m not too curious about them since i live the strongest aromas.

Lascaux
10-12-2009, 07:23 PM
treated myself to a few small packets of single origins

some Guatemalan finca la perla
El Salvador finca la fany
ethipoia yirgacheffe and some colombian and bolivian i cant remember the name of
the colombian is rather nice for espresso

some great teas in the soho shop, got some oolongs and orange pekoe. cigar palate cleansers :41:

Big_T_UK
10-12-2009, 11:32 PM
Where am I meeting you at 2 tomorrow then? You still have my mobile, USE IT! LOL

So you have already done the Algerian Coffee shop, I will strike that off the list for tomorrow. LOL.

T.

Lascaux
10-12-2009, 11:43 PM
oh no i only bought from monmouth, and then got some teas for my pops from algerian. point me out some nice coffees in algerian tomora!

definitely going to jj's to pick up a lusi sometime tomorrow, other than that im freeeeeeeeee
hmm
meet in soho? then to fox then to boisdale? that makes sense travel wise

tupacboy
14-12-2009, 10:13 PM
where's the love for a turkish coffee?

saggel
15-12-2009, 01:04 AM
Turkish or Greek ;) here... but not that often!

Pantomimehorse
15-12-2009, 02:03 PM
got myself some beans from Monmouth on friday, very nice, a bit pricey but quality stuff

Soulmanure
15-12-2009, 02:14 PM
These folks are in the states, and I'm not sure about their international shipping, but they make excellent, generally quite strong beans, and they have many organic, fair trade, and single origin coffees (some of them all at the same time):

http://www.santacruzcoffee.com/sccrctest/index.html

I have a few pounds shipped monthly (I drink a lot of coffee).