The Great Goodjer Coffee Bean Exchange

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Are you a coffee snob? Hate Starbucks? Hate drip coffee? This is the thread for you! If you would like to send and receive a 12-16oz bag of coffee beans, post here. After 1 week or so, I'll collect all the names and pair people at random. There is no price limit, but I suggest that people focus more on freshness rather than price. The problem with very expensive coffee beans is that they tend to sit around for awhile because they are expensive. After the first few days of sitting around, they've already lost some of their pizzazz.

[size=8]It's okay if you like drip coffee and Starbucks. We all need a caffeine fix sometimes.[/size]

I dare anyone to send coffee beans better than Stumptown's. /gauntlet thrown

*image courtesy of stumptowncoffee.com*

Edit: I updated the thread title.

I'm in! There's a shop not far called Just Love coffee that sells free trade beans that are absolutely amazing.

I'm in. Some NC delights...

Counter Culture
Larry's Beans
Muddy Dog
Cup of Joe
Joe Van Gogh

Seeing as many roasters have seasonal releases, I think this could also be a year round thing if anyone is interested.

Oh man, this is gonna be awesome. 3 people on the list!

one bag at a time? my local shop carries quite a few good brands:

detour
stump town
phil & sebastian
49th parallel

I can't do the beer tread, but I can do this one.

Great idea! Tho' I'm in NC so my list of available local roasters is going to look like this too:

jonfentyler wrote:

I'm in. Some NC delights...

Counter Culture
Larry's Beans
Muddy Dog
Cup of Joe
Joe Van Gogh

Seeing as many roasters have seasonal releases, I think this could also be a year round thing if anyone is interested.

I've only tried Counter Culture and Larry's Beans, though, I'm not familiar with the others. I can't say I've been impressed with Larry's Beans, they seem to go the Starbucks route of burning everything. Counter Culture, on the other hand, is great. My favorite local roaster so far, though, is Bean Traders Coffee.

Ranger Rick wrote:

I can't say I've been impressed with Larry's Beans, they seem to go the Starbucks route of burning everything.

You and I, sir, are through, professionally. I don't like their espresso blend, but I dig the rest of their roasts.

ColdForged wrote:
Ranger Rick wrote:

I can't say I've been impressed with Larry's Beans, they seem to go the Starbucks route of burning everything.

You and I, sir, are through, professionally. I don't like their espresso blend, but I dig the rest of their roasts.

I've only tried a couple of blends, one of which I know was the espresso, so maybe that's just it.

I just know that conversely, everything I've tried at Counter Culture and Bean Traders, I've liked. So... Nyeah!

Ranger Rick wrote:
ColdForged wrote:
Ranger Rick wrote:

I can't say I've been impressed with Larry's Beans, they seem to go the Starbucks route of burning everything.

You and I, sir, are through, professionally. I don't like their espresso blend, but I dig the rest of their roasts.

I've only tried a couple of blends, one of which I know was the espresso, so maybe that's just it.

I just know that conversely, everything I've tried at Counter Culture and Bean Traders, I've liked. So... Nyeah!

I've been seeing Larry's Beans brewed at convenient stores lately too. I'm not a huge fan of them either but I know some people who prefer their beans well done.

When we end up doing the pairing and people exchange addresses through PM, people can put down what type of roast they want.

I'm not sending anyone French or Italian level roasts, though. You're getting Full City no matter what.

I don't think it's a huge deal if people end up disliking the beans they get because in the end, not-so-good coffee is still coffee. Just throw some milk in there, and it'll be drinkable. Also, the expense on this exchange will be significantly less than the beer exchange so it's not like you're gonna be out of pocket too much. Looks like we got 7 people already!

Let's stick with a 1 bag limit for freshness reasons and to keep cost down.

TB has already won, you guys just don't know it yet.

I will probably pair people up tomorrow. We'll make sure it's pretty random but without any same-state draws. Anyone else want to join in? Did you want to be involved Kraint, or where you just commenting?

So far, we have:

tuffalobuffalo (Oregon)
trichy (Tennessee)
jonfentyler (North Carolina)
Blotto The Clown (Manitoba? Ontario?)
SpacePPoliceman (?)
Ranger Rick (North Carolina)
ColdForged (North Carolina but not sure if you wanted to be involved or not - let me know)

Apparently people in North Carolina love their coffee.

So, I did a fairly random pairing. jonfentyler and I actually ended up being the first pair.

jonfentyler & tuffalobuffalo
SpacePPoliceman & Blotto The Clown
Ranger Rick & trichy

If there are issues with the second group shipping to and from Canada because of cost, let me know. I don't mind shipping to Canada, personally, so I could probably switch. Here in the US, we'd probably have to ship USPS International Flat Rate Priority which is $12.95. That takes about a week for delivery. If you guys decide to do it, you might actually do two bags as Blotto was asking. You'd probably be able to use them up in a month, so it's not like they're gonna go bad or anything.

If anyone else wants to join in, you can just pair up in the order joined (assuming different states).

I'm just commenting. Steam used up my fun-money for the foreseeable future.

I'm in Utah, by the by.

Count me in! Some local roasters just to name a few....

Coffee By Design
Wicked Joe
Matt's Coffee

If we end up with an odd amount I dont mind being paired twice. My wife fully supports this adventure in science!

I came in to the thread to offer to send some of Portland Stumptown out only to see it was the basis for the thread. I don't have a refined coffee palate but I'll happily add to your Stumptown pile as my wife will appreciate the rewards.

Sweet, Rahmen! You can pair up with brouhaha. It'll be a Portland to Portland exchange. That Matt's wood roasted coffee is intriguing!!!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Sweet, Rahmen! You can pair up with brouhaha. It'll be a Portland to Portland exchange. That Matt's wood roasted coffee is intriguing!!!

Yes, I've never had Matt's Wood Roasted. A co-worker lives near him and he swears by the stuff.

Just thinking about the shipping how much easier it'll be than the The Great Goodjer Beer Exchange. Wow, was that a pain; but worth it! I think I'm going to use UPS ground for this. I find their prices much better than USPS.

Rahmen, PM sent!

I'll just leave this here....

Sign me up twice i have a local shop I go to every day that does it all themselves. If anything I want others to experience the joy that is Arcedium coffee.

I am in the real Chicago (burbs)

brouhaha wrote:

Just thinking about the shipping how much easier it'll be than the The Great Goodjer Beer Exchange. Wow, was that a pain; but worth it! I think I'm going to use UPS ground for this. I find their prices much better than USPS. [/youtube]

It probably won't end up being cheaper going with UPS for how light the item is. Especially if you ship across the country. Totally fine if you go that way. My suggestion to everyone, though, is going with a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope. It costs about $4.95 and the shipping time is 2-3 days anywhere in the US. Coffee Beans are pretty resilient, so it's not like you need a box to protect them. Might put them in a sealed bag, though. If you don't want to go to the post office to get the envelope, you could do it online, but anything over a pound is going to cost about $9.62. If you are shipping just a 12 oz bag, across country will end up being about $6.20 in your own box and via USPS Priority Mail.

Totally fine to go UPS, though. That could end up being way easier because dealing with the post office isn't always fun.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

My suggestion to everyone, though, is going with a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope. It costs about $4.95 and the shipping time is 2-3 days anywhere in the US.

Oh good, I'm glad you posted this. I forget those bags will fit in the USPS Flat Rate Envelope; rather than a clunky box! Thanks!

brouhaha wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

My suggestion to everyone, though, is going with a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope. It costs about $4.95 and the shipping time is 2-3 days anywhere in the US.

Oh good, I'm glad you posted this. I forget those bags will fit in the USPS Flat Rate Envelope; rather than a clunky box! Thanks!

I probably would have boxed them, thanks for the protip.

Much thanks to tuffalo for the Extracto! Really on his game to get it here that fast! I will post pics and comments when I get home from work.

The pics as promised, because it happened.

The beans
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The wait
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The coffee
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The coffee itself is very smooth, with almost no bitterness to it. And not that I am a professional taster, but I picked up a strong toffee essence. It should noted, however, that I enjoyed this cup with a chocolate chip cookie, which may have made my palate seek out that flavor.

Thanks again to tuffalo for the outstanding coffee.

Yay! Glad ya like it. Nice pictures, and I want that timer! I took a picture of the little card which shows what they thought it tasted like. I've always thought that tasting notes are kind of a crapshoot. I generally don't pick up on whatever they say it tastes like. My tasting notes are generally: like/dislike. Anyways, here's that and a couple pictures of the place for some context. It's just about the most hipster coffee shop imaginable.

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I'm pretty much a like or dislike person too. I do notice that I can pick up on more flavors when I drink cold brewed coffee. I don't brew it myself, but we have a new place in NC that does it, Slingshot Coffee. It's pretty good too.

I don't drink coffee but since no one has volunteered from Seattle, I can grab you guys anything you want from here. I also have access to some Cuban, Puerto Rican, or Caribbean coffee. Do people prefer whole bean or pre-ground stuff? I'll wrangle up a list of the good local ones I know about in my next post if anyone wants it.

brouhaha in case you see this and haven't checked your PM inbox, check your PM inbox otherwise sender's choice is on the way

Edwin - I'm guessing most of the folks would prefer the beans but since I wasn't sure that was one of the things I included in the PM while working out the logistics with the person I was paired up with.

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