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Posted Thu Dec 26, 2013, 9:30am
Subject: Mail Order Beans
 

What's everyone's experience ordering beans online?  I've been buying beans lately from a roaster by my house, they're very tasty and it's very convenient.  But just to try and get some perspective and taste some different roasts, I've been thinking of trying some new stuff.  The next closest roaster to me is about a 30 minute drive into the city, and a bit of a pain.  But ordering online seems like I may end up with stale, or at best, less than fresh beans.  Is this true, or is it pretty safe to order beans from SCG.com or others?

Where do people order from and receive nice fresh, tasty coffee beans?
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Posted Thu Dec 26, 2013, 10:43am
Subject: Re: Mail Order Beans
 

This list is by no means complete but it is a list of known quality roasters. All will roast and ship normally on the same day.
Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

 
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Posted Thu Dec 26, 2013, 6:09pm
Subject: Re: Mail Order Beans
 

+1 for the HB "List o'favorites" there are so many on there...tried and true, that it's not worth the risk to me to go anywhere else. Shipping is great from all I've tried so far and the beans have all been high quality. The only exception I must mention is Chromatic Coffee...their beans are great, same great service...they're just not on the list.

 
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Posted Fri Dec 27, 2013, 1:40pm
Subject: Re: Mail Order Beans
 

+1 to all the above.  Stale beans won't be an issue from any of those on HB's list.  I just recently ordered 5lbs from PT's and received notifications when my order was roasted and when it was shipped.  There are a lot of good options on that list.

JerDGold Said:

But ordering online seems like I may end up with stale, or at best, less than fresh beans.  Is this true

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It's true if you order Lavazza, Illy, Starbucks, etc.  Again, stick to the HB list.
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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 11:23pm
Subject: Re: Mail Order Beans
 

There are lots of available roasted beans that can be ordered online. We canít say that all can be perfectly delivered to you that still fresh and good. There might be instances that your order may fail. You can return order or inform them about the condition of your coffee you receive. Just try one such as Daily Grindís online coffee store.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 3, 2014, 8:34am
Subject: Re: Mail Order Beans
 

Just stay with the list, they are tried and true.
There are many, many other places online to buy from but with them, you are on your own, even if they talk the talk, I have had ...... less than favorable results from some .. non list roasters.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 5:27pm
Subject: Re: Mail Order Beans
 

As long as the coffee is roast to order youll be fine. Beans need several days to properly degass. not all but most are at their prime 5 to 7 days post roast. by the time they reach your doorstep they are properly degassed and good to go.
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 9:00pm
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So it's best to wait after roasting your own beans? I usually use the shortly after roasting.
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 9:24pm
Subject: Re: Mail Order Beans
 

I remember Red Bird Espresso used to be popular here.  Does anyone still get it?
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 9:33pm
Subject: Re: Mail Order Beans
 

Xeno Said:

I remember Red Bird Espresso used to be popular here.  Does anyone still get it?

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Yes, it's still quite popular here!

 
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