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Thor

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Where do you buy proper coffee?
« on: April 21, 2009, 03:20:22 pm »
I know there are a few coffee addicts enthusiasts on here.  I prefer to buy coffee beans and grind them myself, but the selection in supermarkets is minimal.  When I've looked at online stores in the past, they've been expensive, want to sell coffee in units of a hundredweight and charge you P&P per item.

So where do you buy good coffee?  TIA
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009, 03:24:52 pm »
I have found coffeebeanshop.co.uk to be good value and will supply beans or ground, to your liking, and are fast (most orders I have placed before 12midday have arrived the next day)
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2009, 03:25:27 pm »
MacBeans, Aberdeen, by going to the shop, not mail order.

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2009, 03:27:19 pm »
Cardew's in Oxford covered market.
They have a branch in Cambridge as well.
They sell many different types of coffee (more than 20, I think) and you can buy either the roasted beans or they will grind it to your specification at no extra cost, which is typically £18.00 a kilo.  Smallest bag is 125g.
They get a big :thumbsup: from me, always friendly, can usually remember what you buy if you're a regular.

That might not help, depending on your location. :)

edit: They do mailorder!

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2009, 03:29:36 pm »
Whittard have a reasonable selection.
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2009, 03:36:16 pm »
Google

Seems to have a reasonable selection of suppliers and most sell in 250gm packages.   Unfortunately the price, and visibility, is what we all have to accept for letting high street shops die.

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2009, 03:45:09 pm »
Ask in local independent restaurants/cafes and find out who supplies them.

If we phone our coffee man on Wednesday he will roast the beans that evening and bring them round to us Thursday morning. We get one of his own blends, fairtrade beans, and pay £11 + VAT/kilo

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2009, 03:53:09 pm »
Mr Higgins in Duke St, off Oxford St opposite Selfridges:
www.hrhiggins.co.uk
Can order by mail, but if you buy more than 500gr of tea/coffee in the shop, you get a free cup of coffee with biscuits and (optional) cream!
Will sell from 125gr upwards, ground or beans.

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2009, 04:00:48 pm »
Cardew's in Oxford covered market.

Ah, memories!

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2009, 04:02:42 pm »
I thought Whittards were struggling.

Personally, I used to shop at Pollards, but I don't tend to bother now. :-\
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2009, 04:35:10 pm »
Sainsbury's Original Blend Coffee Beans 227g £1.39t
tastes OK for me, but I would drink anything

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2009, 04:41:47 pm »
Well, not here anyway: unless you want it well roasted?
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ONE OF Dundee’s oldest shops was hit by fire yesterday when a coffee roaster went up in smoke.

Firefighters were called to Braithwaite’s coffee shop in Castle Street around 3.30pm when the store owner got more than he bargained for while roasting a batch of coffee.

Allan Braithwaite said he was roasting some coffee beans at the store—which opened in 1868—when he noticed smoke belching from the equipment.

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2009/04/16/newsstory12961805t0.asp
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2009, 08:53:20 pm »
Try Nothing but Coffee. I haven't bought coffee from them but have bought a lot of tea from their other enterprise Nothing but Tea and it's all been good (well bar the smoky caravan but that's just my taste).
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.


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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2009, 09:23:54 pm »
These days I drink mostly Union Organic Natural Spirit, which has a marvellous farmyard aroma before it is brewed :)

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2009, 12:56:19 am »
I buy from Monmouth Coffee Company but mail order doesn't appear to be pushed on their website.  Not far away (physically) is the Algerian Coffee Store

Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2009, 03:27:20 am »
I usually buy Hill Tribe Coffee which comes from Northern Thailand.

Quite strong.
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2009, 09:43:22 am »
I buy from Monmouth Coffee Company but mail order doesn't appear to be pushed on their website.  Not far away (physically) is the Algerian Coffee Store

The Algerian Coffee Store is my London supplier.   :thumbsup:
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2009, 09:45:09 am »
These days I drink mostly Union Organic Natural Spirit, which has a marvellous farmyard aroma before it is brewed :)

You mean it smells like sheep shit?
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2009, 10:01:05 am »
Purists, look away now.  

since I got one of these for christmas, I get my coffee in Tesco.

It's lovely.



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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2009, 10:05:34 am »
These days I drink mostly Union Organic Natural Spirit, which has a marvellous farmyard aroma before it is brewed :)

You mean it smells like sheep shit?

More like semi-fermented cowshit  :thumbsup:

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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2009, 10:13:47 am »
Purists, look away now.  

since I got one of these for christmas, I get my coffee in Tesco.

It's lovely.

That's just heresy!!!!!!!!!!!

Burn the witch warlock........... :)
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2009, 02:26:58 pm »
Purists, look away now.  

since I got one of these for christmas, I get my coffee in Tesco.

It's lovely.




But that machine only uses capsules?
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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2009, 04:39:41 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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Re: Where do you buy proper coffee?
« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2009, 04:44:37 pm »