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    Best green coffee beans

    Now there's a chance that this should be going in the coffee roasting board, but since my question is about coffee beans, this seems to be a bit more fitting.

    Anywho, I'm going to be ordering about a pound of five different kind of green coffee beans. I'm mostly unfamiliar with different beans, where the best come from, etc. so I figured it would be better to ask the experts instead of just diving in randomly.

    Here are the available beans:

    Brazil Serra Negra
    Sulawesi Torajaland
    Colombian Excelso
    Colombian Supremo
    Costa Rica La Flora
    Tanzanian Peaberry
    Certified Organic Mexican Chiapas
    Mexican Chiapas
    Guatemala Antigua
    Indian Mysore Plantation A
    Papau New Guinea
    Nicaragua La Bastilla


    From what I've heard about and also tasted myself, though please correct me if I'm wrong, Costa Rica La Flora and Tanzanian Peaberry are very good. However I'm a little clueless on what the last three should be.

    Any suggestions would be great.

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    why are you buying both supremo and excelso? I would suggest using the supremo and that opens a spot for Sumatra lintong or mandheling, Peruvian or a nice Panamanian..just a thought.
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    Sorry, I guess I wasn't very clear. I'm supposed to be choosing five beans out of that list, I'm not buying all of those. :P

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    Hey, will you be roasting these beans yourself? For yourself?

    What type of roaster do you have?

    I may be wrong, but some of the above listed beans may work better than others, depending on your preference to roast level.

    Sorry to pry, but the "green" beans part makes me curious...
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    I'd add the Guatemalan and Colombia Supremo to the list for sure.

    Good luck! Let us know what happens and what you choose...

    EW

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    Quote Originally Posted by caffe biscotto
    Hey, will you be roasting these beans yourself? For yourself?

    What type of roaster do you have?

    I may be wrong, but some of the above listed beans may work better than others, depending on your preference to roast level.

    Sorry to pry, but the "green" beans part makes me curious...
    I will indeed be roasting them myself, for myself. Maybe for some friends or family who have a piqued interest.

    I use a trusty popcorn maker.

    Eh, it's no problem. Correct me if I'm wrong, but "green" bean is the term I've been hearing people use themselves. :P Also, I prefer a medium to dark roast.

    Quote Originally Posted by omegapd
    I'd add the Guatemalan and Colombia Supremo to the list for sure.

    Good luck! Let us know what happens and what you choose...

    EW
    What's so ew?

    Also, thanks for the suggestions. I'll see how it turns out and be sure to post the results on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SocialSandwich

    What's so ew?

    Also, thanks for the suggestions. I'll see how it turns out and be sure to post the results on here.
    My initials are E.W.

    I've yet to try my luck with my home roasting, so am interested to hear how it turns out. I've been pricing some inexpensive (relative term, I guess) home roasters and may take the plunge one of these days too.

    EW

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    I also prefer medium to dark roasts, not too dark though, heh.

    Home roasting seems to be catching on these days....

    I can't recommend anything on your list. I'm not a roaster, but I do look forward to reading and learning from your posts.

    Wishin' you the best with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by omegapd
    Quote Originally Posted by SocialSandwich

    What's so ew?

    Also, thanks for the suggestions. I'll see how it turns out and be sure to post the results on here.
    My initials are E.W.

    I've yet to try my luck with my home roasting, so am interested to hear how it turns out. I've been pricing some inexpensive (relative term, I guess) home roasters and may take the plunge one of these days too.

    EW
    Oh, okay. My mistake. :P

    I hear that using a popcorn popper for coffee beans works just as well as one of those fancy, expensive machines.

    Quote Originally Posted by caffe biscotto
    I also prefer medium to dark roasts, not too dark though, heh.

    Home roasting seems to be catching on these days....

    I can't recommend anything on your list. I'm not a roaster, but I do look forward to reading and learning from your posts.

    Wishin' you the best with it.
    Thanks.

    I went ahead and purchased a small bag of Columbian Supremo today. I have to say, it's a very potent kind of bean. Certainly not the kind you want to use with a French press, but would probably be great with an espresso machine.

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    Home roasting

    If you are new to roasting, I would suggest the Costa Rica and Nicaragua both are realitively hard so it is pretty hard to burn them. Home Roasting is a blast. I'm spoiled. I won't drink any thing else.
    Jim Lyon
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    relax and roast some beans

 

 
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