Author Topic: Where do you buy proper coffee?  (Read 6381 times)

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #25 on: 22 April, 2009, 04:52:47 pm »
I usually buy Hill Tribe Coffee which comes from Northern Thailand.

Quite strong.

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You should try and seek out coffee from the Bolovens plateau in Laos, it's some of the best stuff.

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Interestingly, there was  a Coffee and Tea Exhibition recently in Bangkok. My wife and I sat down with a cup of coffee from Laos. It was lovely.

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #26 on: 22 April, 2009, 04:57:31 pm »
It is great stuff.  Not much that comes out of Vietnam is that good in my experience though, Chon is disgusting.  They flooded the market a few years back with cheap Robusta, and have little experience of decent grains.

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #27 on: 22 April, 2009, 05:28:26 pm »
The Hill Tribe Coffees are reasonably priced here and I like to support them.

I am no expert though.
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #28 on: 22 April, 2009, 05:43:27 pm »

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #29 on: 22 April, 2009, 10:11:00 pm »
Farrars in Kendal do mail order - my favourite is Maragogype.

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #30 on: 22 April, 2009, 10:19:02 pm »
Don't touch the stuff these days.

But when I did, it was either from Whittards or The Algerian Coffee Store - both of which I would highly endorse.

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #31 on: 23 April, 2009, 10:11:04 am »
Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions.   :thumbsup:
I'll pick one or two suppliers and place orders.
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #32 on: 28 October, 2020, 12:38:10 pm »
I get my coffee beans from Cafe Du Monde :)

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #33 on: 28 October, 2020, 12:42:13 pm »
I belatedly second Jurek's suggestion of the Algerian Coffee Store, who send me coffee beans by mail these days. Sadly, this doesn't capture the lovely smell of the store itself.
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #34 on: 28 October, 2020, 12:49:14 pm »
I have 2 current sources:

coffeecompass.co.uk  for the quality stuff

and...

TKmaxx for Italian bar coffee. Yes, mad isnt it. I dont know where or how they are getting this stuff but they are, in 1kg bags for about £10. Quality varies from shite to average, and it is the average I'm after. Artisan coffee is great, but I quite like bog standard ristretto per every bar in Italy, and you need a pretty bland central/south american bean and a bit of robusta to get it. Got 7kg the other day in Swindon.

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #35 on: 28 October, 2020, 03:03:36 pm »
From H R Higgins in Duke St (by post since lockdown) for over 30 years.

By royal appointment to Brenda too, but have never seen her in the shop.

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #36 on: 28 October, 2020, 03:12:36 pm »
I have a regular delivery of a couple of bags from a local caffeine pusher.   https://92degrees.coffee/collections/our-coffee       
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #37 on: 28 October, 2020, 04:24:37 pm »
I buy from a local roaster, https://www.smithstreetcoffeeroasters.co.uk/

1kg of beans for ~£20, nice as hot or cold brewed.

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #38 on: 28 October, 2020, 04:36:49 pm »
Freshly roasted I tend to get from Roost in Malton (they do mail order too).

https://www.roostcoffee.co.uk/

For interesting canned or vac packed I like Espresso International

https://www.espresso-international.co.uk/

Note that whist that's a UK website they ship from Germany. I don't think they actually have any physical presence in the UK.

Lidl also have 1Kg bags of OK 100% Italian arabica from time to time, really cheap. Their normal coffee offerings are meh.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #39 on: 28 October, 2020, 04:55:24 pm »

 Got 7kg the other day in Swindon.


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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #40 on: 28 October, 2020, 05:01:34 pm »
I use a local roaster for beans to go in my machine.

https://goldensheepcoffee.co.uk/barn/

He delivers for free in the local area, and offers to fill reusable tubs.

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #41 on: 28 October, 2020, 05:08:24 pm »
I belatedly second Jurek's suggestion of the Algerian Coffee Store, who send me coffee beans by mail these days. Sadly, this doesn't capture the lovely smell of the store itself.

I used to love going in there...

We have a couple of roasters in Cambridge, which is nice.  I find it easier than mail order, as I can 'sample'.
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #42 on: 27 April, 2022, 12:23:11 pm »
Excuse the thread necromancy...

I want to buy a small gift set of decent coffee for a birthday present. Any suggestions of good ones?

Aiming to keep the spend low, would rather a few small samplers of good coffee rather than a larger quantity of average coffee. This is the kind of thing I have in mind, but I don't know anything about this particular brand so no idea if they're any good:
Fountain Rock Mini Coffee Explorer Gift Set 4x 70g, £13
https://fountainrockcoffee.co.uk/products/mini-coffee-explorer-gift-set-plus
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #43 on: 27 April, 2022, 12:28:25 pm »
These 2 places both do tasting / gift packs , but a bit more expensive than the one you mentioned.


https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/tasting-packs


https://www.coffeecompass.co.uk/collections/gifts-trial-packs
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #44 on: 27 April, 2022, 12:37:09 pm »
Algerian Coffee Store in Monmouth Street in Covent Garden used to be my go to coffee shop (when I drank coffee).

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #45 on: 27 April, 2022, 12:57:32 pm »
Algerian Coffee Store in Monmouth Street in Covent Garden used to be my go to coffee shop (when I drank coffee).

Thanks. I remember you mentioning them before but I’ve never actually tried them. They say there’s a 72 hour delay on proceeding web orders at the moment which is annoying. However, I’m in London tomorrow so could maybe even call in.
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #46 on: 27 April, 2022, 01:03:41 pm »
These 2 places both do tasting / gift packs , but a bit more expensive than the one you mentioned.


https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/tasting-packs


https://www.coffeecompass.co.uk/collections/gifts-trial-packs

I thought about hasbean but the website has gone to shit, which puts me off.

Are coffee compass any good in your experience? I hear mixed reviews.
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #47 on: 27 April, 2022, 01:39:11 pm »
Their service is excellent & they are decent value for money.   I've not had anything from them that's been less than drinkable,  but I'm not the  sort of connoisseur who sips & goes on about mouthfeel or floral notes....  you'll have to wait for Flatus to log on for that....
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #48 on: 27 April, 2022, 01:57:03 pm »
Algerian Coffee Store in Monmouth Street in Covent Garden used to be my go to coffee shop (when I drank coffee).

Thanks. I remember you mentioning them before but I’ve never actually tried them. They say there’s a 72 hour delay on proceeding web orders at the moment which is annoying. However, I’m in London tomorrow so could maybe even call in.
I've just realised that its Old Compton Street rather than Monmouth Street.

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #49 on: 27 April, 2022, 02:43:49 pm »
I can't confess I'm a coffee aficionado either, but I drink a lot and – as said – I get all mine from the Algerian Coffee Store (mail order now, but it's a lovely place to visit in person). The staff will choose coffees for you, I just get them to send me a box with 12 bags of dark and dangerous coffee beans, mornings not being my thing.
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