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Speciality coffee: which are your favorite roasters?


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During the past year, our coffee consumption at home has increased substantially. We have tried beans from different roasteries from the UK and Europe, but we are constantly in the search of new ones. The speciality coffee market has been rapidly increasing in past years and it is becoming easier to find high quality beans.


The best roasteries we have tried so far:

  • UK based: Round Hill Roastery, Square Mile, Monmouth,  Pharmacie, New Ground, Workshop, James Gourmet, Ozone.
  • Europe based: The Barn (Germany), Gardelli (Italy), Hard Beans (Poland), Calendar (Ireland), Roasted Brown (Ireland), Right Side (Spain), Coffee Collective (Denmark).


Have you had any exciting coffee beans lately? Do you have any other recommendations?

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Not easily available for you, @Objective Foodie, but for here, a favorite is George Howell. I did have a subscription to Tim Wendelboe out of Oslo, but international shipping, delays and customs all made for unmanageable inventory control (i.e. running out of coffee at inopportune times). Another subscription, which is on hold, is via Counter Culture in North Carolina. Good beans, also roasted the day before or day of shipment, but not absolute fave and variety sometimes lacking.


Ordered online, Howell ships within a day or two (some may even be roasted to order, otherwise within the past day or two). Coffee ordered Thursday and package arrived yesterday...




Free shipping at $50; 3 bags last about 10 - 12 days.  It's possible that a few 120 gram packages will get vacuum sealed, which depends on laziness factor.


The medium roasts can actually be played around with to use in the Silvia, which will shorten the lifespan of these 3 bags.

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I have no clue as to whether they ship internationally or not, but I've become very fond of Rozark Hills right here in Arkansas. Multiple varietals, light, medium and dark roasts. Any given time they'll have two or three African, some Sumatran, three or four Mexican/Central American, a couple of Columbian, a couple of Brazilian, and often another one or two from elsewhere in South America. They roast daily, so my coffee is always pretty fresh. And damn good.


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I prefer light roasts and my favorites are varietal roasts from Red Rooster, Blanchard's and Lexington.  All three are located in Virginia, so are local enough for me to pick up without using the mail.  I have a local coffee shop which sells beans by the pound, and carries selections from each of these roasters, as well as others. They curate very well, so that helps my selection process.

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My favorite coffee recently was from Blanchard's, Ethiopian Gedeb Worka.  Lots of strawberry.  Fairly aggressive in a pour-over (Kalita) but it balances very nicely in the Bunn 12-cup coffeemaker we use in the office.

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i roast my own; lately this week i've been drinking a medium-dark tanzanian peaberry, though next week the natural processed el salvadors will be re-entering the rotation until we finish them off.


with that said in ontario if you need to buy, pilot and detour are nice, and out in alberta, rogue wave is truly excellent

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I'm a huge fan of coffee, i live in France and take my coffee in Italy because they are professional roasters and i'm consuming only fresh coffee (freshly ground) with a bean-to-cup machine (https://machine-a-cafe-grain.fr/).
So i confirm you than Rubens Gardelli is the best for me 🤩 and so, the one I recommend 😀

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@jimb0   I also home roast with a Gene roaster currently.   Started out with the heat gun dog bowl method and moved through different methods including the stir crazy turbo oven method.   If you been home roasting long enough you know what I’m referring to. As far as coffee, I buy green beans.   Just got 3 different beans from Sweet Maria’s.  5 lbs of each 


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