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cdbob
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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 5:54pm
Subject: Best Places to Buy Fresh Roasted Beans/ Green Beans
 

I live in Edmonton and I've been looking around old threads for a while, and couldn't really find anything. I've only checked out transcend so far, but found their coffee to be mediocre in comparison to what I had in Toronto at Green Beanery. I've seen a few places mentioned, but some of them such as Java Jive are no longer in business.

This is for an Aeropress/ Semi-Auto Espresso. I don't roast at the moment, but I plan to at a later date.
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cdbob
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Posted Sun May 5, 2013, 8:14pm
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Well since there has been no replies to this topic I'll post my findings so far.

The first place I went to was Transcend, their roasting was somewhat fresh but still slightly stale. They were $16 for 375 grams. The roasting was around a Full City.

After that I looked into Java Jive, the company just recently went out of business.

Last weekend I went to the Italian Store on 51st and Calgary Trail and picked up some Green beans for $13/ kilo. I am terrible at roasting and cannot comment on the quality thus far.

This weekend I went to the Farmer's market to check out a roaster there called Catfish Coffee. I picked up two roasts an 'Espresso' and a Dark Roast which she said was better for espresso. Both these roasts are far too dark to be used in an Espresso machine (French Roasts.) I'll go back and see if she has anything Lighter than a Full City.

I still have to try a Small Place in the Southside that's run from a house, and Transcend Coffee Downtown.
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Posted Fri May 17, 2013, 7:35am
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If you're finding that Transcend's beans are on the stale side, why don't you try putting an order in with them instead of just grabbing whatever's on the shelf at the time?  I mail order Transcend every week or two to northern BC and usually get the beans about 4 days off the roast.  If you live in Edmonton, I'm sure you'd get them much earlier than that.  If you're into the mail order side of things, Fratello and Phil & Sebastien's in Calgary are quite good as well.

 
...and on that note, I need a coffee.
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Posted Fri May 31, 2013, 9:41pm
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+1

Transcend is importing top quality green.  They're definitely not skimping on quality.  I second the notion of placing an order - I'm sure all it would take is a phone call.  Tell them what you're looking for - and they'll do their best to help you.  Mention to them your findings on your previous order and chances are they'll set you right.

 
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Posted Sat Nov 30, 2013, 5:45pm
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Hi - I've just started buying beans from a roaster in BC called Cherry Hill Coffee ( cherryhillcoffee.com  )and this weekend - Black Friday/Red Monday they are offering coffees discounted and more importantly- free shipping.  They roast your beans after getting your order.  Might be worth checking out.
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