Coffee?

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Good morning! Just wondering what coffee brands or service you use? I might be looking to switch things up!
Thanks everyone!

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 We use Maxwell House and we get good comments about it.  I used to be a coffee snob - grinding my own beans every morning - for many years.  Then, when it became one of those perks I had to cut back on, I realized that I could make Maxwell House taste good once I figuered out the right coffee-water ratio.  I'd love to roast my own beans.  I just know that I'd get SO into it!!!  But, alas, I'm not the boss & can't justify the expense other than to tickle my own fancy.

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 We use Eight O'Clock Coffee, original whole bean. Our coffee maker grinds it for us. Lots of compliments! Best place to get it tends to be Wal-Mart.

White and red bag.

https://www.google.com/search?q=eight+o'clock+coffee&hl=en&rlz=1C1AFAB_enUS440&biw=1440&bih=767&prmd=imvns&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&ei=a0PGT-adHefq2QWG0LXFAQ&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=image&resnum=6&sqi=2&ved=0CNEBEMwDMAU

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That is the brand I used before I started roasting coffee. It is good coffee.

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remnjava wrote:

 We use Eight O'Clock Coffee, original whole bean. Our coffee maker grinds it for us. Lots of compliments! Best place to get it tends to be Wal-Mart.

I get Eight O'Clock through Amazon with a repeating order. They send it automatically and give a discount for doing it!

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 Thank you! I haven't been to Amazon, but WMT charges about $14 for a 2+ lb bag. Will check it out, thanks!

 

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I get my coffee from Cafe Britt.

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We use an excellent  local roaster who is a big supporter of local arts.  We then grind the beans before brewing.

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DH roasts our coffee. It's a big deal around here. Some people have told us they booked because of the coffee, and a lot of people when they check in say they ready about our coffee and are really looking forward to having it. We offer both drip and French press. Our French presses are stainless steel thermo pots and I offer it to those who I get the impression they like really strong coffee.

We also sell DHs coffee in our gift area.

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Thanks for all your help everyone! How did you get started with roasting your own? How do I get started? That sounds kinda fun.

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My friend was selling tea at parties a la Tupperware only tea. I had a huge variety of tea and felt I was cheating the coffee drinkers. So I went online and found this: http://www.burmancoffee.com/equipment/NescoPro.html and it comes with a sample of green coffee beans.

I go to: http://www.u-roast-em.com/coffee-beans.html or

http://www.burmancoffee.com/coffeelist/#origin  or

http://www.ccmcoffee.com/index.php?cPath=21&gclid=CNqHy-PswaUCFUbf4AodW3txWw

To buy my coffee beans. Burman has the nicest packaging - HEAVY plastic zip-loc bags. With both Burman and U-Roast-em if you order on Monday, you will have them on Thursday at regular shipping charge. IF you order, mention Gillum House as the referer and I will get $2 of my next order.

The roaster has a recall of the minutes it was set for last time. You can incerase or decrease the time. If set for 25 min - it roasts for 20 and has a 5 min cool down cycle. It does not smoke - there is a sort of catalytic converter - the smoke goes up into the lid and back down into the roaster. You clean the parts with a mix of 50/50 amonia and water. Very east to use. I broke my roasting chamber once - for less than $59 with shipping I got another chamber and it came in less than a week.

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It was something DH found interesting. Check out sweetmaria.com  They have a lot of information about roasting. We started with a small roaster and now we have a large one with a fancy burr grinder. DH buys his green beans in big 60 lb burlap sacks from a supplier on ebay. We don't offer all different kinds here like Kathleen does because it would take way too much time for the quantities we need. He typically stays with the South American kinds (Bolivian, Guatamalan, etc.).

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I have a coffee roaster and order gree coffee beans online. I have a large variety of countries and let the guests choose which one they want. Prices of beans varies. I do NOT serve Kona nor Blue Mountain - Kona Blend has shot up to $18 per pound and Blue Mountain was $26 per pound BEFORE coffee prices went up. My coffees are in the $4.50 to $9 per pound range. Even when they have do clue and will not choose one, they like the freshness and the fact they HAD the choice. I roast the coffee when either DH or me would be in the kitchen anyway - I "roasted" my first roaster when a bean got stuck under the auger and the new roaster came with a warning to not use Tanzania Peaberry beans with this roaster. Guess what was in the "roasted roaster"!

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We serve Community Coffee in the rooms and at the breakfast table and have received rave comments on it. 

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Dark Sumatra is our bean of choice. Coffeebeandirect.com you can look and compare the scales of each bean or blend, ie acidity, roast, body. and description...

Example: Costa Riccan Tarrazu is a light roast but has a very high acidity (youknow heartburn in your shoulder acidity) Don't assume the darker the roast the higher the acidity, it ain't true.

No matter what anyone says, people will enjoy a cup of coffee since someone else is serving them and the atmosphere outweighs coffee that is just so-so. Sit on my porch with these mockingbirds and sunny skies today and I can serve you generic store brand coffee and it will taste like a million bucks! (That's my theory and I am stickin' to it!)

But I serve what I enjoy. So I don't skimp, coffee is the other half of the B in the other B of B&B. A good brew is a requirement (for our place). And as I say "JUST SAY NO TO SERVICE STATION COFFEE!" that is what many of the hotels serve, blech.

http://www.coffeebeandirect.com

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How much do you buy at a time?  And how long does it last you?  As much as I would love to serve a better coffee I don't know that I can justify it when most people are just fine with Foldgers.  At the same time I want to "Wow" people and be more than "just fine".  So what is the return on investment?  Are people more likely to come back, more likely to give you a good review, etc? 

 

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Miss O'Hara wrote:

How much do you buy at a time?  And how long does it last you?  As much as I would love to serve a better coffee I don't know that I can justify it when most people are just fine with Foldgers.  At the same time I want to "Wow" people and be more than "just fine".  So what is the return on investment?  Are people more likely to come back, more likely to give you a good review, etc? 

 

 It depends on how many guests we have over a given period.   Since we only have two rooms,  a 32 oz. bag last us a long time.   We usually order our little 4-cup mini-pods every three to four months.   Since this stuff does have a short shelf life,  we limit our stock to what is required and don't try to have a lot in reserve.  We can always make a midnight run to Walmart if we have to.

I know that this is probably a regional bias,  but our guests really do like the Community Coffee Breakfast Blend (formerly called "between roast")  It's a very robust coffee that full flavored without being bitter.  Most importantly,  it's affordable.  We buy ours directly from the company online most of the time, usually with free shipping.

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Are people more likely to come back, more likely to give you a good review, etc? 

Not really, but IF they mention the coffee, it does add to the likelihood of someone else choosing us.

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I have never heard anyone say they came back for the coffee! We go thru about 3 lbs/week in the summer. Reg & decaf, altho the decaf lasts a little longer, maybe 3 weeks.

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Green coffee beans last and I roast enough for 2 pots of coffee at a time. Of course I only have 3 rooms. When I have a full-house of possible coffee hounds, I perk the entire roast in my 24-cup coffee maker.

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Middle of the road pricing. Not the highest not the lowest. A lot of the coffee flavor depends on your machine and your water so you have to adjust the grind and the roast to suit what you're using to make the coffee.

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 We use Cock ful O Nuts, French Roast, with a dash of cinnamon added to the grinds at brewing, bottled water and a Bruan coffee maker.  We do not skimp on the amount of  coffee, always adding  and extra "one for the pot",  since most folks like a full bodied taste.  Nothing worse than coffee that tasts like colored water!  

As soon as the coffee is brewed we transfer it to a heated, insulted carafe to keep it hot.  Most guests comment on the great coffee without ever realizing that the dash of cinnamon was added.  

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Silverspoon wrote:

 We use Cock ful O Nuts, French Roast,

That's on of the better malapropisms we've had in awhile...

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I figured that would wake some of you up!   

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Madeleine wrote:

Silverspoon wrote:

 We use Cock ful O Nuts, French Roast,

That's on of the better malapropisms we've had in awhile...

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 I have tried every brand along the way and I just use Folgers and I always get comment how good it is. One person even said her brother is a coffee snob and she was going to tell him it doesn't have to cost a lot to be good. Just what I do. Smiling

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