There were roasters I used to see that encouraged retailers to consider their bulk roasted beans as having a three month or more "shelf life". There probably still are, though the one I'm mainly thinking about went out of business a long time ago (I wonder why).
Other roasters were happy to meet a retailer who was freshness oriented - if that described you, then you were their kind of customer. They would certainly try to educate you if you were open to it, but they wouldn't refuse your money just because you didn't order every week.
Intrepid510 wrote:Personally, I think they have something to lose because people are not going to think their coffee is any good or at least not wow'ing, I would say it hurts all roasters and undermines their reputation, at least in my book.
I can't agree with this emphasis on the roasters role - it doesn't align with my experience with specialty roasters. People who know coffee won't blame the roaster, and people who don't won't blame anybody because they don't know anythings wrong.
To bring about what you admire, there needs to be a conscious partnership that establishes the "chain of quality". See my last post here: Mountain Grown Beans, anyone used them before?
The specialty retailer is usually at fault far more often than the specialty roaster. I doubt if a "Coffee Nazi" approach is a workable business model for a specialty roaster. (You no sell beans fresh? No beans for you!)
Trust your taste. Don't trust your perception.