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Must try roasters of the world

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:19 pm
by RolandGlew
This is a call for opinions please!

I've been getting more and more obsessed.. urm, I mean enthusiastic ;) ... about coffee for a few years now. I found HasBean through a CoffeeGeek reference quite a while back now, and have been subscribing and hooked ever since.

That's done wanders in terms of expanding my palette, my coffee skills and my enjoyment... and has kept me extremely well stocked in great coffee. I'm currently pretty much the only person I know (locally) who is really into coffee, so I have to get through all the coffee myself, around my work (I work in a coffee shop - no time to stop and try my own beans :P ).

Drinking that much coffee is hard work (albeit enjoyable :D) and a backlog of beans was threatening, so I'm taking a short break from my HasBean subscription. I'm also really wanting to take this opportunity to try some other roasters. I don't feel I'll be a proper coffee geek until I've tried more of the international roasters everyone talks about ;) So I thought I'd ask the experts - suggestions please! I'm going to start with Scandinavia - probably Coffee Collective or Tim Wendleboe first - but what are the top international "must try" roasters? (keeping the roast styles as diverse as possible - this is all about getting as wide an experience as possible)

RE: Must try roasters of the world

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:25 pm
by kingseven
From the US:

Counter Culture Coffee
Four Barrel
Terroir/George Howell Coffee Company

49th Parallel
Phil & Sebastien

Tim Wendelboe (though they've stopped all export I think)
Solberg & Hansen
Supreme Roastworks

Da Matteo
Johan & Nystrom

Coffee Collective
Copenhagen Roaster

Seven Seeds
Market Lane

There are loads more, and I know I've missed some extremely obvious ones, but that should at least get you started....

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:20 pm
by Bombcup
Don't forget to seek out some of the UK's other speciality roasters too;

James' Gourmet Coffee, Climpson & Sons, Nude Espresso are getting their webshop soon, and Red Roaster of Brighton might do mail order. You should try that Kingseven's stuff too ;)

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:09 pm
by JulieJayne
Beans Coffee

or check out this thread Nederlandse koffiebranders from a the Dutch coffee forum.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:58 pm
by Gouezeri
Er, like Mr Bomb mentioned, you should certainly check out Squaremile, if you haven't already! Monmouth too for brewed.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:00 pm
by MW_SW19
I am a bit like you Rowland in that I haven't tried much beyond hasbean.

I have tried one of Monmouth's filters and wasn't 100% impressed but I will make the trip back into central London and try more from them.

But I have had the opportunity via theotherblackstuff blog to try coffee from 5 senses in Australia which was really good. The stuff on the site is mainly aimed at espresso drinkers though.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:57 pm
by RolandGlew
Thanks all! lots of great ideas to try :) I've tried sqm in london shops - including the incredible Penny University. I'm absolutely looking forward to trying the sqm beans at home :) I've checked and the Tim Wendelboe website mentions they aren't shipping abroad, which is a shame - thanks for mentioning James. Really looking forward to trying some of your suggestions - thanks again to everyone for your suggestions and particularly to Kingseven for a big list to get me started :D - looking forward to doing that.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:55 pm
by radish
I'll second James Gourmet Coffee - their Kenya Karamikui is wonderful.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:51 am
by tap
finland is a bit late with good coffee but

kaffa roastery

is doing good job in taking speciality coffee further here..

"Deliveries outside Finland are made only on special inquery because of..."

another place in turku works locally.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:59 am
by Steve
I'm watching you roland beady eye one you :)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:53 pm
by CakeBoy
Steve wrote:I'm watching you roland beady eye one you :)

Bloody hell, Dr Livingstone I presume? ;)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:28 pm
by Beanie
Adding to James' list, also for Canada:

Detour Coffee. Kaelin doesn't have an online store yet; however, if you can PayPal, I think he'll be pleased to send you stuff. I know that another TMC'er in UK phoned Kaelin last Xmas to order stuff. I'm sure an email will work just as well. Also, I only recently sent some beans to Cakey to try... so NUTCakes... review already! Personally, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Punch Buggy and it is Kaelin's 'baby'. And just today, I got the OK from the owners to test out the PB decaf @ the shop in a couple weeks' time :D Ever since Intelli's decaf (most undecaf decaf I've EVER tried), I've yet to encounter any that comes even close... so my search for decaf continues :( Currently, t just SUCKS to adjust decaf espresso every day :( I need to find something I actually WANT to taste.

Another one getting solid raves (but I've yet to try, although REALLY REALLY want to try) is Social Coffee Company.

Sam James uses coffee beans from Toi & Moi Cafe in Montreal. All I know is, Sam's shop always serves a kick-ass espresso. I had a double macc just this past Wednesday and it was glORious :D

PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:02 pm
by Edward
More from the UK:

Atkinson & Co - Lancaster -

PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:03 pm
by Aadje
The netherlands:

PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:18 am
by Jasonscheltus
Edward wrote:More from the UK:

Atkinson & Co - Lancaster -

These are the cats in this video with the sweet old Whitmee roasters:

Haven't tried their coffee though..