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Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby triptogenetica » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:38 pm

Hi,

I've been enjoying HB's coffees immensely so far, but I'm considering whether to tempt fate by trying something new. Has anyone tried coffees from either of these two?


-Grumpy Mule (and, isn't that name taken, sort of?)

-Coffee-direct (their site suggests they roast to order / dispatch the day after roasting, but I also see some flavoured coffees, which is worrying)...


The more i think about it, the happier I am to stick with HB - they've been nothing but superb so far. Yet I'm mindful that it's probably sensible to try coffee from >1 roaster...

Any thoughts?
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RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby espressomattic » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:07 pm

Grumpy Mule has some really good blends. I have in the past tried some with Cakey and was mightily impressed. Cakey will give you a better heads up then myself,
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RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby Aadje » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:50 pm

has grumpy mule something to do with happy donkey?
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RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby kingseven » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:08 pm

No, I think Grumpy Mule are the Speciality coffee side of Bolling Coffee.
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RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby espressomattic » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:13 pm

Oh...in that case, Happy Donkey has some great blends I have tried with Cakey. I totally revoke my previous comment based on early morning stupidity! :?
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RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby Gouezeri » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:34 pm

:lol:
Completely misread Jim's post... could have sworn it said something about "boiling coffee" :lol:
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RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby BazBean » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:56 pm

it would be a crime to not try
James Gourmet Coffee ...... or Square mile.

they are the only 2 others apart from Hb that "service" my needs.
there are others but as i have never tryed, i cant comment.

BTW ... James Gormet Formula 6 is an absolute definate, must of a got too , if you dont your mental ... Coffee to experience.
in fact i am off to site now as its been a good 6 month since I had some myself.
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Postby lukas » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:20 pm

I second Baz here, as always :). Both highly highly recommended.
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RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby triptogenetica » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:33 pm

thankyou! Those do look intruiging..
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RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby CakeBoy » Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:50 am

Yes, they are Bolling using a name not disimilar to Scott's. And Mutty, just the morning? ;) :P
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RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby espressomattic » Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:32 am

Your morning, my morning... ;)
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Postby BigG » Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:32 pm

It's like most things in life there are good, bad and ok. In my opinion you have been lucky enough to stumbled across the best out there (controversial) this is based simply on, Expertise of roasting, Knowledge of coffee, Range and most important that price v quality thing.
Have fun looking at other sites and trying other coffee, but I bet you a lot of money you will return to HB.
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Re: RE: Couple of roasters - any good?

Postby Neo » Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:36 pm

Gouezeri wrote::lol:
Completely misread Jim's post... could have sworn it said something about "boiling coffee" :lol:

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Postby JulieJayne » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:18 pm

I have no experience of either of the roasters mentioned. But whilst cheking their sites, it occured to me that the maths doesn't work out.

Coffee-direct offer over 70 different coffees. They claim that they are roasted to order and sent out the next day before 12.

70 different coffees. If you ordered a trail pack (227g) of each, 15mins roasting time for each, 15 x 70 = 17.5 hours. then with grinding (all those aroma coffees) and packing. It simply can't be done. But maybe they have 70 different roasters, it must be a big roastery :wink:
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Postby CakeBoy » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:25 pm

A very good point indeed! :D
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