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Date: 23 Sep 2006 20:54:12
From: Kev
Subject: UK - Where do you buy your beans?
I live in Fife therefore buy my beans from the Bean Shop in Perth if I'm
there otherwise I order from Has Bean. Are these two of the better
suppliers am I missing any others?

Cheers

Kevin






 
Date: 26 Sep 2006 12:16:09
From: hudson
Subject: Re: UK - Where do you buy your beans?

"Kev" <kev1n.w00dc0ck@b1gf00t.c0m(replacenumbersforletters) > wrote in
message news:451590d4$0$3608$ed2e19e4@ptn-nntp-reader04.plus.net...
>I live in Fife therefore buy my beans from the Bean Shop in Perth if I'm
>there otherwise I order from Has Bean. Are these two of the better
>suppliers am I missing any others?
>
> Cheers
>
> Kevin
>
http://www.hillandvalleycoffee.co.uk/

Stuart Hudson




 
Date: 24 Sep 2006 19:43:09
From: Steven C
Subject: Re: UK - Where do you buy your beans?
On Sun, 24 Sep 2006 19:13:50 +0100, Kev wrote:

> I've been in the Braithwaites shop, I came out empty handed, their shop is
> not nearly so inviting as the Bean Shop and it wasn't clear they roasted
> their own. I'll give them a try the next time I'm in Dundee.
>
> I know the Bean Shop is pricey but it is somewhat offset by their loyalty
> scheme, buy 5 bags get one free. It works out about the same as Has Bean by
> the time you add on the postage.
>
> One to avoid is the coffee house in St Andrews, they don't roast their own.
> When I wasn't so clued up I used them but for making filter coffee and it
> was alright, however when I got an espresso machine it was hopeless, far to
> dry, it was like drinking dirty dishwater!
>
>
> "Steven C" <nospam@thanks.uk> wrote in message
> news:4516949a$0$14766$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
>> On Sat, 23 Sep 2006 20:54:12 +0100, Kev wrote:
>>
>>> I live in Fife therefore buy my beans from the Bean Shop in Perth if I'm
>>> there otherwise I order from Has Bean. Are these two of the better
>>> suppliers am I missing any others?
>>>
>>> Cheers
>>>
>>> Kevin
>>
>> I was pointed in the direction of Brathwaites on Castle Street in Dundee.
>> I recently had the opportunity to try them out and I can thoroughly
>> recommend them. Better price than the bean shop, although the don't seem
>> to
>> have a website currently so you may have to visit them in person. I like
>> the people in the bean shop, but I think Braithwaites are a better roaster
>> (just my humble opinion)
>>
>> I also use hasbean.co.uk, they've never let me down so far.

Well I came away with 500g of Monsooned Malabar, it was very fresh and I
had to wait a further 48hrs before it was ready for espresso. I believe
they also supply green beans.

I do like the bean shop, if he has the time I love chatting to John about
various beans and (as I home roast too) getting roasting tips. And as
they are more local to me, I like to give them my support as well. But
it's nice to have options!


 
Date: 24 Sep 2006 20:06:32
From: Ken Wilson
Subject: Re: UK - Where do you buy your beans?
I mostly use Smiths. Talk to the roaster and find out whats new - the girls
in the office even pronounce a ceratin Central american coffee to sound like
what you do down the toilet after an excessive consumption of alcohol.

Having said that - i seem to order the same stuff each most of the time - a
long way from my "gotta try them all" days - and smiths is cheap, convenient
and quality if you know what you like.

If you haven't tried Monmouth you haven't lived - and you ought to try that
double roasted stuff from matthew algie as he north of watford gap like you
and higgins creole and danny's malabar gold. All the phone nos on my site -
must update that when i work out how to access it.

ken
>




 
Date: 24 Sep 2006 14:22:18
From: Steven C
Subject: Re: UK - Where do you buy your beans?
On Sat, 23 Sep 2006 20:54:12 +0100, Kev wrote:

> I live in Fife therefore buy my beans from the Bean Shop in Perth if I'm
> there otherwise I order from Has Bean. Are these two of the better
> suppliers am I missing any others?
>
> Cheers
>
> Kevin

I was pointed in the direction of Brathwaites on Castle Street in Dundee.
I recently had the opportunity to try them out and I can thoroughly
recommend them. Better price than the bean shop, although the don't seem to
have a website currently so you may have to visit them in person. I like
the people in the bean shop, but I think Braithwaites are a better roaster
(just my humble opinion)

I also use hasbean.co.uk, they've never let me down so far.


  
Date: 24 Sep 2006 19:13:50
From: Kev
Subject: Re: UK - Where do you buy your beans?
I've been in the Braithwaites shop, I came out empty handed, their shop is
not nearly so inviting as the Bean Shop and it wasn't clear they roasted
their own. I'll give them a try the next time I'm in Dundee.

I know the Bean Shop is pricey but it is somewhat offset by their loyalty
scheme, buy 5 bags get one free. It works out about the same as Has Bean by
the time you add on the postage.

One to avoid is the coffee house in St Andrews, they don't roast their own.
When I wasn't so clued up I used them but for making filter coffee and it
was alright, however when I got an espresso machine it was hopeless, far to
dry, it was like drinking dirty dishwater!


"Steven C" <nospam@thanks.uk > wrote in message
news:4516949a$0$14766$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
> On Sat, 23 Sep 2006 20:54:12 +0100, Kev wrote:
>
>> I live in Fife therefore buy my beans from the Bean Shop in Perth if I'm
>> there otherwise I order from Has Bean. Are these two of the better
>> suppliers am I missing any others?
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> Kevin
>
> I was pointed in the direction of Brathwaites on Castle Street in Dundee.
> I recently had the opportunity to try them out and I can thoroughly
> recommend them. Better price than the bean shop, although the don't seem
> to
> have a website currently so you may have to visit them in person. I like
> the people in the bean shop, but I think Braithwaites are a better roaster
> (just my humble opinion)
>
> I also use hasbean.co.uk, they've never let me down so far.




 
Date: 24 Sep 2006 14:18:38
From: Steven C
Subject: Re: UK - Where do you buy your beans?
On Sat, 23 Sep 2006 20:30:55 +0000, Ian Smith wrote:

[snip]
> I've had two faulty orders:
>
> 1: The courier company wrecked an order of mine (looked like they
> threw the parcel on the road and drove the van back and forth over it
> a couple of times - bursting the bags of beans inside).
>
[snip]

FWIW Steve has recently changed the courier company due to the problems
experienced with the old one.


 
Date: 24 Sep 2006 00:34:06
From: Ian3193
Subject: Re: UK - Where do you buy your beans?
For what its worth, I have been using coffee from Coffee Select,
mainly there own espresso blends, in bean form. I use the online shop
& most times my order is here the next morning if i order before lunch
time. www.coffeeselect.santu.com They are a always very helpful, if
you have a problem. Hope this helps.
Ian


Ian Smith wrote:
> On Sat, 23 Sep 2006, Kev <kev1n.w00dc0ck@b1gf00t.c0m> wrote:
>
> > I live in Fife therefore buy my beans from the Bean Shop in Perth
> > if I'm there otherwise I order from Has Bean. Are these two of the
> > better suppliers am I missing any others?
>
> In the past, I've used three or four suppliers. Now I just use Has
> Bean. I don't know if anyone sells better beans, but I stick with
> Has Bean because of their customer service.
>
> I've had two faulty orders:
>
> 1: The courier company wrecked an order of mine (looked like they
> threw the parcel on the road and drove the van back and forth over it
> a couple of times - bursting the bags of beans inside).
>
> 2: Has Bean themselves omitted part of my order by mistake.
>
> Case 1 was clearly not their fault. Case 2 was their problem, but I
> tend to think that occasionally people make mistakes, and that if
> someone makes a mistake, what really matters is how they fix it. In
> both cases, the treatment I got from Has Bean was exemplary, and I was
> fully satisfied.
>
> (Compare with the nighte I've had from 'Boots Kitchen Appliances'
> who take two months to deliver a fridge promised within a matter of
> days, who failed to make 14 promised phone-calls to me, who repeatedly
> lied about what they could do, which when it eventually turns up
> (unannounced one day) was damaged, during delivery of which they
> damaged my floor and who as of now have not yet made the credit card
> compensatory 'good will' (paah) payment they promised in writing over
> a week ago.)
>
> regards, Ian SMith
> --
>


 
Date: 24 Sep 2006 08:12:41
From: Danny
Subject: Re: UK - Where do you buy your beans?
Kev wrote:
> I live in Fife therefore buy my beans from the Bean Shop in Perth if I'm
> there otherwise I order from Has Bean. Are these two of the better
> suppliers am I missing any others?
>
> Cheers
>
> Kevin
>
>

Hill & Valley?

--
Regards, Danny

http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site)
http://www.malabargold.co.uk (UK/EU ordering for Malabar Gold blend)



 
Date: 23 Sep 2006 20:30:55
From: Ian Smith
Subject: Re: UK - Where do you buy your beans?
On Sat, 23 Sep 2006, Kev <kev1n.w00dc0ck@b1gf00t.c0m > wrote:

> I live in Fife therefore buy my beans from the Bean Shop in Perth
> if I'm there otherwise I order from Has Bean. Are these two of the
> better suppliers am I missing any others?

In the past, I've used three or four suppliers. Now I just use Has
Bean. I don't know if anyone sells better beans, but I stick with
Has Bean because of their customer service.

I've had two faulty orders:

1: The courier company wrecked an order of mine (looked like they
threw the parcel on the road and drove the van back and forth over it
a couple of times - bursting the bags of beans inside).

2: Has Bean themselves omitted part of my order by mistake.

Case 1 was clearly not their fault. Case 2 was their problem, but I
tend to think that occasionally people make mistakes, and that if
someone makes a mistake, what really matters is how they fix it. In
both cases, the treatment I got from Has Bean was exemplary, and I was
fully satisfied.

(Compare with the nighte I've had from 'Boots Kitchen Appliances'
who take two months to deliver a fridge promised within a matter of
days, who failed to make 14 promised phone-calls to me, who repeatedly
lied about what they could do, which when it eventually turns up
(unannounced one day) was damaged, during delivery of which they
damaged my floor and who as of now have not yet made the credit card
compensatory 'good will' (paah) payment they promised in writing over
a week ago.)

regards, Ian SMith
--