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One of the most common questions we see on Coffee Forums UK is 'where can I get freshly roasted beans in the UK?' Below is a list of UK Roasters who have a web presence / sell beans on their websites This list is in Alphabetical order and is a work in progress Please feel free to add to this list (suggestions will be pasted into this post) Adams and Russell Alchemy Coffee Allpress Espresso Angelucci Coffee Artisan Roast Baytown Coffee Roasters Bean Brothers Beanmachines Bean Smitten Bella Barista and The Roastery Butterworth & Son Campbell & Syme Capital Roasters Casa Espresso Cast Iron Coffee Roasters Climpson and Sons CoffeeBeanShop Coffee Compass Coffeelink Coffee Mango CoffeePlant Coffee Real Coleman Coffee Crafted Coffee Company Craft House Coffee Dear Green Django Coffee Co DJ Miles Drury Dusty Ape Extract Coffee Fazenda UK Ferraris Coffee Flaming Beans Footprint Coffee Fortitude Coffee Roasters Garraways Grumpy Mule Hands-On Coffee Roasters Happy Donkey Hasbean Hilltop Brews Home Ground Coffee Horsham Coffee Roasters HR Higgins Imperial Teas Ismail Coffee J. Atkinson & Co James Gourmet Little and Long Londinium Espresso (now in NZ) MacBeans Machina (Edinburgh) ManCoCo Markus Coffee Maude Coffee Roasters Mission Coffee Works Monsoon Estates Neighbourhood Coffee North Star Roasters Nude Espresso Ouseburn Coffee Company Origin Ozone Coffee Roasters Pact Coffee Pollards Pumphrey's Rave Coffee Reads Coffee Real Deal Roasters Redber Roberts Roundhill Roastery Rounton Coffee Roasters ScandinavianCoffeePod Silver Oak Coffee Small Batch Coffee Smith's Coffee Smith Street Coffee Roasters Smokey Barn Coffee Roasters Square Mile Steampunk Coffee Stokes Coffee Super Fine Coffee The Bean Shop The Blending Room The Coffee Bean Van and Roaster The Ethiopian Coffee Company The Steamie Thistledown Cottage Coffee Thomsons Coffee Two Day Coffee Roasters UE Coffee Roasters Union Hand Roasted Unorthodox Roasters Williams and Johnson Winchester Coffee Roasters W Martyn Wogan Coffee Workshop Coffee York Coffee Emporium Your Grind 80 Stone Coffee Roasters 92 Degrees
I know that there has been quite a lot of discussion about vacuum packing and freezing on this forum, but I thought I would start a new thread as I'm doing some experimentation vacuum packing and freezing immediately after roasting. There's very interesting research on roasted bean outgassing here: https://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10214/8152/Wang_Xiuju_201405-PhD.pdf?sequence=2#page68. What was particularly interesting to me was the effect that humidity has on outgassing: many times greater than temperature. However temperature also has a major effect. So I wondered what would happen if I vacuum packed and froze the beans immediately after roasting. My thinking was that the vacuum packing and freezing would reduce the oxygen significantly, cut down the humidity to zero and lower the temperature to -19 or so: all of which should have a big effect on outgassing. My hope is that outgassing is directly tied to staling ... So what I have done so far is to roast one lot of Colombia Supremo to just 2nd crack (Medium Dark) and one lot of Yirgachefe to about 30 second after end of 1st crack (Light Medium). I divided both lots in two and vacuum packed both straight after roasting (I cooled the beans down quickly with a fan). I've put one set of beans in the freezer and kept the second set in a cupboard at room temperature. After one day the Colombia at room temperature had outgassed a bit. The Yirgachefe at room temperature had not, and neither the frozen Colombia nor the Yirgachefe had outgassed at all. I'm now into day 6 and the Colombia has outgassed a bit more (total of 250ml of gas for a bean weight of 100gms). The Yirgachefe at room temperature hasn't outgassed at all and neither have the frozen beans. From the PhD thesis above, it's not unexpected that the dark roast would have degassed more. But it is a bit surprising that the light roast Yirgachefe has not outgassed at all. What is really good news, to my mind, is that the frozen beans haven't yet outgassed at all. Still, it's early days, and the tasting test is yet to come. If there's any interest in this experiment I'll keep this post updated. Cheers Robert
Hi, just joined the forum. I'm new to brewing "proper" coffee but have been doing some research over the last few days. I have ordered an MC2 auto grinder. I'm looking for a nearly new Gaggia classic from ebay to start with. I would love a Rancilio Silvia but £300 is my limit for a machine- unless anyone knows of a retailer doing them for £300. My main question is which coffee beans do I buy? I would like to start with espresso and then on to cappucinos etc. I take it I order roasted whole beans? Ollie
When buying coffee from a roaster, what do you consider to be freshly roasted? I bought what I thought would be freshly roasted beans yesterday but it turned out they were actually roasted 8 days before. For some reason I have it in my head that 3 days should be the maximum.