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    I live in Birmingham, Mi and would like to know where local roasters near me live.

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    To find a local roaster... start with the www.transfairusa.org. They have a listing of companies that serve Fair trade certified coffees. I don't know if they are a roaster, but here is one in your town from the transfairusa site.

    Java Hutt
    207 S. Old Woodward Ave.
    Birmingham, MI ¬*48009
    248-642-7569

    Try coffeegeek, too.
    http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/worldr ... tral/14673

    Digital city has a list of best coffee houses by city:
    http://www.digitalcity.com/bestcoffeeho ... nge_city=1

    Also, try a yahoo yellow pages look up. http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypResults.py?stx ... mit=Search

    There are 2 roasters the came up on the search.

    Try the yahoo yellow pages search on Pontiac, Dearborn and some of the other larger towns around. There is bound to be a roaster. There is one in Frankenmuth. I think I met them at the SCAA conference a few years ago. Nice folks.

    And as far as supermarket coffee goes - beware the deception masked in incomplete truths. Just like the devil - instead of telling a lie, some folks tell a lesser truth. Stale coffee is stale coffee - no lie there. However, a can of (stale) Maxwell House sitting on the same shelf as a bag of (fresh, nitrogen flushed, well packaged) Peets does not make the Peets coffee stale. The same goes for Newmans's Own Organics, Gavina Bros and dozens of other roasters who have grown and become successful because of their commitment to bringing quality coffee to market. If you don't have great coffee on the supermarket shelf, drop a card with the store manager asking for it.

    Is Beaners still in business in Michigan?
    Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water. ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674

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    Any idea of ways to locate roasters like what you provided, but for Canada?

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    If by "supermarket brands" yu mean thgins along the lines of Chock Full 'O Nuts, Maxwell House, Folger's etc. I'd say that the "8 O'Clock French Roast" whole bean is the best of the bunch. It was originally an A&P grocery store brand but was available widely in chain grocery stores other than A&P's.

    I agree that Starbucks roasts too dark and I'll reaffirm that there's no cachet for me in that brand name but I've A/B compared whole bean Starbucks that was fresh ground and brewed in the office in a Bunn coffee maker to pre-ground Maxell House and Folger's. The Starbucks totally blew away those two even though it wasn't all that great.

    When I first tried Millstone many years ago it wasn't bad but when I tried it again in a pinch it was middle of the road at best.
    Owen O'Neill
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    coffee in canada-Fratello coffee co. Great guys!! www.fratellocoffee.com
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    I mainly mix flavored coffee with espresso, Colombian Supremo or French Roast. As far as the flavored coffee goes, I've been enjoying Seattle's Best ground coffee. They have a nice Hazelnut, also a Vanilla and a Creme Brulee. I mix the espresso in to give it more bite.

    For the longest time I bought Don Francisco ground coffee, as they make a number of flavored coffees, but lately the ones I got haven't tasted as good...maybe I got some cans that had stale coffee in them or something. I've been thinking maybe I need to get whole bean and grind it myself.

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    Eight O'Clock

    For years we used Eight O'clock Whole bean roast and it beats the other supermarket coffees hands down. I like it better than Starbucks also. Now I am going to start roasting my own (i-roaster) but anything I roast will ultimately have to be compared to the Eight O'Clock. I know that that sounds blasphemous but it is the best standard I have until a better one comes along. By the way does anyone know a good full bodied green bean that I can roast. I am pretty excited about this and have really learned alot from this forum. Thanks everyone.

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    If you go to www.coffeereview.com and search for 8 O'Clock reviews, you will see that it was reviewed 2x and it has the two lowest scores on the entire site since it started in 1997. The threshold for specialty coffee is 80 points on a 100 point scale. 8 O'Clock garnered a 60 and a 63.

    It is better than the crap in a can from Folgers and Maxwell House, but there is soooooo much better coffee out there.
    Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water. ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674

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    Good to see you back James. Been a while since you posted.
    Merdeka Coffee (Indonesian Coffee Roasters and relationship coffee specialists) - Antipodean (Coffee - Cafe - Culture)

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    It is nice to be back. I've been busy selling coffee. Actually, mostly busy creating a new performance measurement system for the company that engages everyone from the CEO to the front line to play the same game. Pretty cool. Three major components:

    1. Know the rules - what are we all trying to do? Get everyone playing the same game so we work together.

    2. Follow the action - build scorecards, get everyone together once a week to talk about performance - and here is one of the brilliant pieces - about what the numbers are going to be. So the financials are in the hands of everyone, not just Finance and we're looking into the future to create it, not in to the past to explain variances.

    3. Stake in the outcome - for the one game, everybody is in the same bonus pool from CEO to the cleaners in the factory.

    Good stuff. More particiation, visibility and accountability cause the organization to behave with more integrity and intelligence. [/b]
    Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water. ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674

 

 
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