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I am in need of a new coffee supply. I did a search on here and didn't really find what I was looking for. I would like a really good coffee. I do know sometimes you can have a really bad cup of coffee. But the atmosphere you are drinking it in can help that. Funny how that works. But this next year, I want people to go "WOW" Thats a great cup of coffee.
 

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What constitutes a great cup of coffee has a lot to do with what region of country you're in and what you're used to. You might want to keep that in mind, especially if your customer base generally comes from a specific area.
For example, when we travel in New England, there's literally a Dunkin Donuts on every corner and that lighter, smoother style of coffee is extremely popular. On the west cost, stronger and more bitter coffees like Peets are more popular.
 

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Bob I guess the real question is how do you make, and serve your coffee?
There are different qualities of beans and roasting that make a good coffee.
My quote is "Just say no to service station coffee!" that is what you find at most hotels. Bitter back of the throat, heartburn in the shoulder, high in acid, low in flavor, poor quality beans. I will add if you sugar it up and cream it to the max, then you really don't care for the flavor of coffee. Like latte's, (cafe latte's) which translate to "milk coffee" in Italian, is hot milk with some coffee thrown in! haha
 

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Java Estate Roasters in NC is a good one- the inn where I worked have used them for YEARS.
In the 5 years I worked there, we never had a bad batch of beans or a bad cup of coffee...
 

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Bob you have such high occupancy you could turn this into a contest with your guests. Have some fun with it.
 

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We buy the cash & carry's own brand and we get many positive comments about it. I like a decent cup of coffee and I wouldn't give guests anything less.
So as JB says, maybe it's not so much what you buy as what you do with it.
it's Colombian and "Fair Trade"
 

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Thanks for all your help! Coffee is a funny drink. It's very true about where your from. It's not like "where do you buy your Coke products from"? We are using a company called Standard now. I'm not getting the results I want. I think it's the same coffee Sonic uses. So JB you are correct. This is not what we should be serving. It's not bad. Just not great. I do have a really nice brewer. I would also like to get into specialty coffees and cappachinos. I think thi would be a nice addition. But the equipment is so much.
 

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This is my roaster
http://www.burmancoffee.com/equipment/NescoPro.html
In order of preference of vendor for beans"
http://www.burmancoffee.com/coffeelist/#origin
http://www.u-roast-em.com/coffee-beans.html
I enjoy the different countries and so do guests.
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This is my roaster
http://www.burmancoffee.com/equipment/NescoPro.html
In order of preference of vendor for beans"
http://www.burmancoffee.com/coffeelist/#origin
http://www.u-roast-em.com/coffee-beans.html
I enjoy the different countries and so do guests
WOW! That a lot to choose from. Do you have some favs? Any you do not recommended?
 

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Thanks for all your help! Coffee is a funny drink. It's very true about where your from. It's not like "where do you buy your Coke products from"? We are using a company called Standard now. I'm not getting the results I want. I think it's the same coffee Sonic uses. So JB you are correct. This is not what we should be serving. It's not bad. Just not great. I do have a really nice brewer. I would also like to get into specialty coffees and cappachinos. I think thi would be a nice addition. But the equipment is so much..
Irony: With 18 to 20 choices of countries, I find it amazing how many say - Columbian. BORRRRR-Rrinngggg! Ehtiopia, Sumatra, Kenya are among the stronger varieties for those who like the Five Buck coffee.
 

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Bob you have such high occupancy you could turn this into a contest with your guests. Have some fun with it..
Not a bad idea! This could be a way to bring some people in during the slow season. Advertise a coffee roast extravaganza weekend. Come try coffees from all over the world. Then ask what their fav was.
 

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Bob you have such high occupancy you could turn this into a contest with your guests. Have some fun with it..
Not a bad idea! This could be a way to bring some people in during the slow season. Advertise a coffee roast extravaganza weekend. Come try coffees from all over the world. Then ask what their fav was.
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Another way I use it is as donations instead of room nights. I have been told my basket of 4 roasts from around the world are sought after at the Silent Auction at the Tourism Conference.
 

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This is my roaster
http://www.burmancoffee.com/equipment/NescoPro.html
In order of preference of vendor for beans"
http://www.burmancoffee.com/coffeelist/#origin
http://www.u-roast-em.com/coffee-beans.html
I enjoy the different countries and so do guests.
gillumhouse said:
This is my roaster
http://www.burmancoffee.com/equipment/NescoPro.html
In order of preference of vendor for beans"
http://www.burmancoffee.com/coffeelist/#origin
http://www.u-roast-em.com/coffee-beans.html
I enjoy the different countries and so do guests
WOW! That a lot to choose from. Do you have some favs? Any you do not recommended?
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I am sorry, I just realized you asked about favorites. I like the milder coffees. Panama, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Peru, the Hawaiians - there are a lot of really nice ones. I do not use any of the peaberry varieties - that is how I roasted roaster #1, a bean got stuck under the auger and the rest is toast! I now have 2 roasters and it will be nice next season when I have requests for a couple countries. I like to wait at least 30 minutes between roasts. 1 roast makes a 24-cup pot. I usually just make the 10-12 cup pots so get 2 pots per roast. (I have 4 regular pots and 1 24-cup in case I have some coffee hounds in-house.)
 

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Community Coffee. Louisiana coffee, can be ordered from them on line. Offers free shipping most of the rime.
 

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Thanks for all your help! Coffee is a funny drink. It's very true about where your from. It's not like "where do you buy your Coke products from"? We are using a company called Standard now. I'm not getting the results I want. I think it's the same coffee Sonic uses. So JB you are correct. This is not what we should be serving. It's not bad. Just not great. I do have a really nice brewer. I would also like to get into specialty coffees and cappachinos. I think thi would be a nice addition. But the equipment is so much..
Bob said:
Thanks for all your help! Coffee is a funny drink.
You got THAT right! I've only had about 10 cups of coffee in my life that really "wowed" me (talking about plain coffee, with no flavoring added). In every case but one, it was at a hotel or "plain food" restaurant that used a commercial Bunn coffee maker. The lone exception was from an old fashioned percolator.
Other than those 10 cups, all the rest I've ever had was just coffee. Just average. I've never had any I'd really call bad. And I've had plenty of cups from the same Bunn machines that did NOT wow me. So I just don't know. Don't know if it was because of the weather that day, or what I had eaten earlier in the day or what.
I currently buy Eight O'Clock beans, grind them, and brew them in a drip coffee maker that was the top Consumer Reports pick because it gets the water to the ideal temperature (they say most machines don't). And the result: just coffee, nothing special.
Come to think of it, I haven't had a cup of wow in several years now. I'm fearing I've worn out my taste buds (really sense of smell)!
 

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i only buy fair trade coffee, i would suggest you look into that.
a coffee tasting is a great idea, ask your guests for coffee favorites, turn it into a promotion, a facebook contest .... it's all good.
whatever kind of coffee i brew, if i grind the beans myself, it makes a HUGE difference.
if you could hook up with a local roaster, that would be awesome.
i am one of those who has a little coffee with my light and sweet ... but i have friends/family/guests who are serious coffee drinkers.
 

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Do you have a local roaster? Or do you have someone within a reasonable distance that is known locally for their coffee?
We have a local coffee house that roasts their own coffee. They will do a roast to your taste. (They serve a variety of coffees every day - current new one is The Blend of the World, a word play...haha, including a really high caffeine variety). I would go with them if I was still in business. I used to use whole bean free trade coffee bought from different sources, fresh ground and brewed every day. I did keep some of that Dunkin Donuts coffee for the folks that liked a wimpier brew. ;-)
Our new bakery buys their coffee from a place in our State that only uses free trade coffee in their roaster. That is their sales pitch.
I think that if you provide high quality coffee, your guests will usually notice the difference. Unless, they're used to the mini market burnt stuff.
And, if you want, you could add it as a retail item for folks to take home with them.
 

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We buy the cash & carry's own brand and we get many positive comments about it. I like a decent cup of coffee and I wouldn't give guests anything less.
So as JB says, maybe it's not so much what you buy as what you do with it.
it's Colombian and "Fair Trade".
we are a bit spoilt here as the Head Quarters for Bettys & Taylors coffee is here and we get it direct from the factory with free delivery over £50 if you are local (fair trade and rainforest alliance and if you send in the tokens on the packs for every 4 they plant a tree) as we also get our room tea bags from them (yorkshire tea) and breakfast tea bags (and are 12 rooms) it isn't difficult to spend enough to get it free delivery! They are also now behind all the special coffee in Asda so its a good way to buy it anywhere.
 

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Thanks for all the great ideas!! This was a big help!
 
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