Where to get cheap coffee beans to season burrs?

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Deephaven
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#1: Post by Deephaven »

I am in suburban Minneapolis and about to get new burrs and would love a source of cheap beans. Any thoughts on where I can find some?

Ben Z.
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#2: Post by Ben Z. »

There's usually something bogo at the grocery store. Just don't get a dark roast.

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#3: Post by flyingtoaster »

I'd buy bulk beans by the pound from the grocery store or order the cheapest green beans and roast them in a popcorn popper.

How bad do unseasoned burrs taste?

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#4: Post by gocanes »

Ben Z. wrote:There's usually something bogo at the grocery store. Just don't get a dark roast.
What's the reason to avoid dark roasts? I've always used dark just because it's cheap. 3lbs from my local Costco is like $17. Whether the definition of seasoning is to coat hot burrs with oil or deburr edges, what's wrong with dark? Because light roasts are harder so it deburrs better?



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#5: Post by Ben Z. »

My thought was that the dark roasts always seem to leave oily, burnt-tasting residue, and did have that same idea about being inefficient at seasoning since they are super fragile and easy to grind.

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#6: Post by rmongiovi »

If you roast you can buy seasoning beans. For instance, Theta Ridge sells 10 pounds of green for $12.50. They're "not fit for consumption" due to defects, etc., but the grinder won't care.

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#7: Post by heytchap »

If you have a local coffee shop or roaster, they will have old beans or bad roasts they'll probably just give you for free. Make sure to give them a small tip for the effort though

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#8: Post by Deephaven (original poster) »

rmongiovi wrote:If you roast you can buy seasoning beans. For instance, Theta Ridge sells 10 pounds of green for $12.50. They're "not fit for consumption" due to defects, etc., but the grinder won't care.
Awesome. Thanks. That is perfect. Curious if I can season with green beans? Even a simple run through the oven to slightly roast wouldn't be hard.
heytchap wrote:If you have a local coffee shop or roaster, they will have old beans or bad roasts they'll probably just give you for free. Make sure to give them a small tip for the effort though
Will try this first...although since I brew my own I don't frequent any so I am curious how the request will go.

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#9: Post by baldheadracing »

Deephaven wrote:Curious if I can season with green beans?
Do not season with green beans - or white coffee (extremely-light roasted coffee). Green beans and white coffee are much too hard.
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#10: Post by rmongiovi replying to baldheadracing »

Seasoning beans are for seasoning your roaster. You roast the seasoning beans and then run them through your grinder. I never suggested grinding green beans (hence the "if you roast" lead in).