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 I'm from Northern California and am now getting settled in Somerset outside of Frome and love it. We just received our pallet of belongings which includes my La Pavoni and Huky roaster. Just pulled the first espresso and while drinkable it needs to be dialed in. I haven't set up my Huky yet as I think there'll be some sourcing issues like exhaust tubing, propane tank connections and, the big thing, green bean sources. I bought a few bags of roasted beans from a small local roaster and am thinking about trying out Foundry Coffee Roasters. Lots to do and learn.

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Hey thusband sounds great, I enjoyed my time in San Francisco a few years back. Saint Frank was super good! We have a great Kenyan PB at the roastery currently if you like fruity/complex coffee. How is it roasting on the Huky? I have a Gene Cafe that needs fixing currently. best, m

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Yeah we'll miss lots of things from California but not the excessive heat in the summer, wildfires, floods in the winter and national politics.

I love my Huky and will set it up in the garage. I have a laptop running Artisan to track the roasts which have never been bad. I can't wait to get it going. Where do you get your coffee, roasted or green? Thanks for the welcome.

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Welcome to the UK. A couple of nice coffee shops to be had in Frome, notably Frama. 

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56 minutes ago, johnbudding said:

Welcome to the UK. A couple of nice coffee shops to be had in Frome, notably Frama

Thanks, haven't been to Frama although we're up and down Cheap Street many times. We'll check it out. We've been going to River House.

Do you ever buy green beans here in the UK?

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I'm afraid I don't buy green beans. I'm sure there are plenty of recommendations in the Home Roasting and Beans subforums that can be found on the main forums page. 
I've enjoyed the breakfast options at the River House when I've visited friends in Frome, but I think there are better coffee options. I've heard Moo and Two is good too. 

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Always had nice beans from rave and spiller tait. 

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4 hours ago, Dc42 said:

Always had nice beans from rave and spiller tait

Rave looks interesting but I didn't see green beans at Spiller Tait. I'm just about ready to fire up the Huky so this is good timing.

Thanks!

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Try HasBean which is probably the biggest supplier of beans in the UK

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39 minutes ago, Bacms said:

Try HasBean which is probably the biggest supplier of beans in the UK
 

Thanks, they have a nice selection. 

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I was surprised of the cost of greens here in the UK to be honest. Compared, at least, to somewhere like coffeesnobs.com.au in Australia (~7£/kg)

 

Mind you, quality roasted beans are cheaper than in Oz so that justifies my laziness 😛

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I'd agree on pricing. I could buy 5lb of a nice Ethiopian for $30 (£25) from Sweet Maria's in California. Hasbean has 2kg for £48 ($58). Almost double. A lot more expensive!

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Presto coffee does a nice Italian. Free delivery and their website. 

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 I'm from Northern California and am now getting settled in Somerset outside of Frome and love it. We just received our pallet of belongings which includes my La Pavoni and Huky roaster. Just pulled the first espresso and while drinkable it needs to be dialed in. I haven't set up my Huky yet as I think there'll be some sourcing issues like exhaust tubing, propane tank connections and, the big thing, green bean sources. I bought a few bags of roasted beans from a small local roaster and am thinking about trying out Foundry Coffee Roasters. Lots to do and learn.


It’s a sticker in the Coffee Forums / Beans section:

https://coffeeforums.co.uk/topic/1305-uk-based-roasters/

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Yes and I checked many but I didn't see green beans on offer. Redber is listed and I've bought from them before. They have a nice selection.

Hmmm - quite a few of them will sell green beans. Coffee compass, Bella barista, has bean, Rave to quote a few.


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34 minutes ago, MediumRoastSteam said:


Hmmm - quite a few of them will sell green beans. Coffee compass, Bella barista, has bean, Rave to quote a few.


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Thanks, I'll look a little harder.

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There used to be a list of greens sellers in the home roasting subsection so a search in there might find it? Should have been made be a sticky.

I'll list a couple not quoted above case you have not heard of them:

Pennine tea and coffee have a good selection of 1kg bags or more with "free" delivery over a certain order value ( £60?).

https://www.pennineteaandcoffee.co.uk

https://www.smallbatchroasting.co.uk are good for 3kg + sizes

A lot depends on the quantities you are interested in. 

HasBean are not the cheapest but are very high quality. Other roasters that sell small quantities include Foundry, Rave, Two Day Coffee

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Yes I haven't heard of either. They both look interesting. Large selections and lots of information.

Many thanks.

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@Step21 @thusband

I did a list a while back in the home roasters section that with the exception of one link is still valid and might be closer to your expectation of cost per kilo.

As always the more you but in one go the cheaper per kilo it becomes. To be fair to HasBean they offer greens in small quantities (250g is average) following requests from customers a while back but this is not their main business and thus is costed as such as they set up to sell roasted beans, if that makes sense.

With a huky you probably would benefit from buying in larger quantities from somewhere like Small batch roasting https://www.smallbatchroasting.co.uk/ or as mentioned above Pennine. If needing more than these do then you really are into whole sack purchases etc.

Hope of help

John


Roasters: BB Dalian Amazon 1kg -Power contolled GeneCafe 101- 106Kg of greens - Tonino

Espresso: Londinium L2 - Gaggia G105 - Silvia v3 Mr.Shades PID'-d - Faema E92a2 (Project) - MyPressi Twist - VST baskets / Motta Europa (350/500/750ml) - Torr Ti 58.55 & Goldfinger flat 58.4 TiBlack, Pullman 51.4 - Acaia x2

Grinders: Flats: Compak R120 - NS Mythos plus Conics: Compak K10PB - Lido 3

Brewed: Behmor Brazen - Moccamaster KBGT471 - Aeropress - V60 - Cona model D - Clever - Mizudashi - 8-10 + 6 cup Chemex

Water: BWT Bestmax V Refrac: VST III

and a Puq Press not in a pear tree..

 

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@johnealey

Thanks John, very helpful indeed. I don't think finding good green beans in the UK will be a problem at all.

Regards,

Tom

 

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Welcome @thusband !

Though I am biased as I work there, I highly recommend Seven Districts Coffee - if you drop us an email with what green beans you're looking for, we'll be able to help. Otherwise Pennine Tea and Coffee have quite a good selection :) 

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