Top 5 Coffee Roasters - Page 3

Discuss flavors, brew temperatures, blending, and cupping notes.

#21: Post by Coastie44 » Oct 11, 2019, 11:13 pm

spressomon wrote:Typically my go to list of roasters:

Barrington (they'd move up a slot or two if they'd offer more than just 12oz packages)
Runner up for 5th: Sterling.
I just tried Northbound and really like them! I'll have to try the others. :-)

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#22: Post by Ben C » Oct 12, 2019, 1:14 am

PSA: If you live in SF/East Bay, Piedmont Grocery carries Northbound, although not the full selection. Bags have roast dates, not expiration dated, and are only a couple of days old when they get a fresh batch roughly every 2 weeks or so.


#23: Post by Marcelnl » Oct 12, 2019, 4:44 pm

yet what about average prices per kilo?

It's all nice to talk about your top roasters but I happened to glance at Tim Wendelboe's online shop and could not but notice he is at the very top of the price list too, 165 NK for 250 g makes a whopping 16 euro, translating to 65 euro/kg, close to Nespresso price ranges.

is it THAT good ?

so why not add a price range for your best roasters? I know rasted is more expensive than buying greens, sure, yet price does come into play at some point.
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#24: Post by Elliot » replying to Marcelnl » Oct 12, 2019, 5:44 pm

My understanding with Tim's business is that he's actually paying quite a bit for beans in pursuit of the highest quality and also being truly "Fair Trade." Is it worth it? Tough to say. I do assume many of us are people with some degree of disposable income, as this is a far from inexpensive hobby, so if it truly is paying more wage to the farmer, I am good with that price and feel good about it. I can't verify, of course, but I've only heard good things about the man and don't imagine it's simply marketing.

I have three bags on the way and will report back.


#25: Post by Marcelnl » Oct 13, 2019, 4:07 am

Thanks Elliot, I too try to buy at least direct trade in an attempt to improve the growers living conditions (which is difficult as there always is at least someone in between. I was definitly not suggesting it's a mere marketing ruse, so let's see.
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#26: Post by Elliot » replying to Marcelnl » Oct 13, 2019, 6:39 am

Definitely did not think you were suggesting that. I am just a sceptic at heart. And work in marketing :mrgreen:

But Tim seems to be the real deal.


#27: Post by Marcelnl » Oct 13, 2019, 2:23 pm

LOL, curious to hear the results though, I have been toying with the thought to order some of his coffee but held off assuming shipping would be cost prohibitive...Now I know his price range THAT is not an issue :wink:

My list of roasters is hardly relevant as local to Netherlands, and besides that ; so far I haven't found one I wanted to stick with over home roasted stuff, although I had some prettty good beans shipped to me. I definitely am not in the same league as top roasters and probably suffer from being biased, somehow it's either the fun of learning along the way together with a pretty decent end product that swings me towards home roasted beans.
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#28: Post by Elliot » Oct 17, 2019, 3:59 pm

Resurrecting this to add Square Mile in Jolly Old.
Personally, I haven't had issues with shipping speed and just got a new bag and it's seven days post roast. Probably right about time to get going with de-gassing anyway.

I have subscriptions with Square Mile and also Wendelboe, in addition to Cat & Cloud.

High on the list to try next is Howell and I keep hearing great things about Counter Culture.