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Looking for a bean recommendation for a total beginner. Preferably something as forgiving as possible. I really enjoyed Bukeela ka ethopia which was a single origin nesspresso pod. Using either a Gaggia classic or Sage Duo temp for brewing. I generally take my coffee with a small amount of milk or condensed milk.

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Blends are a good way to go for a beginner. They're cheaper, and can be really delicious. They typically have a more developed roast profile making them easier to dial in (especially for less capable grinders), too. 

 

Rave blends are popular and very keenly priced:

https://ravecoffee.co.uk/collections/coffee-bean-blends

 

Best blend I've had recently is (also very keenly priced, £21 inc. p&p):

https://cartwheelcoffee.com/misspent-youth-v16.html

 

The blueberry from the ethiopian is quite pronounced in the finish/aftertaste when you've got it dialled in correctly. 


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I started on the Coffee Compass blends. Best piece of advice I got was pick one bean/blend & stick with it for a while. It's alot easier than having to dial in every 250g

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Laissez les bons temps rouler

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36 minutes ago, ashcroc said:

I started on the Coffee Compass blends. Best piece of advice I got was pick one bean/blend & stick with it for a while. It's alot easier than having to dial in every 250g

Second this - bonus points if you can get it all from the same batch! (ie 1kg bag and freeze)

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Second this - bonus points if you can get it all from the same batch! (ie 1kg bag and freeze)
Never frozen a bean in my life & suffered no detriment when I was getting the 3x500g packs.

Laissez les bons temps rouler

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14 minutes ago, ashcroc said:
29 minutes ago, Cooffe said:
Second this - bonus points if you can get it all from the same batch! (ie 1kg bag and freeze)

Never frozen a bean in my life & suffered no detriment when I was getting the 3x500g packs.

Really? Did you not find it degassed and went stale? I’m assuming the op doesn’t have an airscape or similar.

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Really? Did you not find it degassed and went stale? I’m assuming the op doesn’t have an airscape or similar.
Nope. It just sat in the bag in a cool dark cupboard until I opened it & transferred to an airtight container. Pretty much the only beans I've had that deteriorated was a part bag of CC Mystery #8 I forgot about in an airtight tin & found about 18 months later. It was still surprisingly fine to drink but needed a much finer grind.

Laissez les bons temps rouler

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1 hour ago, ashcroc said:
2 hours ago, Cooffe said:
Really? Did you not find it degassed and went stale? I’m assuming the op doesn’t have an airscape or similar.

Nope. It just sat in the bag in a cool dark cupboard until I opened it & transferred to an airtight container. Pretty much the only beans I've had that deteriorated was a part bag of CC Mystery #8 I forgot about in an airtight tin & found about 18 months later. It was still surprisingly fine to drink but needed a much finer grind.

Damn. I tend to freeze all of mine after a 4-7 day degas otherwise they end up going stale. Maybe you have a special touch 😂

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