playing the devil's advocate:
adelaidecoffee, I wish you had
a) tried the coffee and / or
b) taken the coffee back to the supplier
You would have first hand experience of the coffee as well as the supplier's reaction, there would have been more facts and meaning in this topic
Without you having tried them or taken them back, my own opinion is all the rest of this has no significance and is all subject to a lot of guesswork about who is or isnt doing something correctly. And therefore it is fortuitous you decided not to name the roaster, because we dont really know if he did anything to be ashamed or accused of.
Also the fact that you know someone that will (my words) take whatever you don't like off your hands is proof that the market is made up of individuals that have different likes and dislikes.
Quite a few other posts in the discussion exemplify that the business of coffee isnt an exact science, different individuals demand (yes DEMAND) and / or EXPECT different levels of service and quality from their suppliers, and many dont fully understand a lot of the information they obviously read on the internet that they consequently want to impose
on their suppliers...
Pat you've annunciated this opinion in other posts and other places and I am afraid that roasting your own simply because you didnt get what you wanted/expected from one supplier is a little on the extreme side. If that line of argument was extrapolated throughout, I personally would be doing all my own gardening, working on the cars, doing all my own computer network stuff, baking my own bread, keeping chickens for the eggs, doing all the ironing and washing, painting the house, doing all the fencing, growing all the veges etc etc etc etc etc. I wouldnt have the time to go to work for all the things I have to do myself because I have sometimes not been entirely satisfied with the standard of something someone once did for me. Not at all condoning a roaster selling a packet of coffee apparently 9 months old, but I would like to believe you roast your own because you like to do it and have a special interest, rather than because someone once "sold you a pup"
Incidentally did you tell them they sold you coffee packed that long ago?
dR and Bruce.......CoE is.....Church of England?
Better not assume everyone knows what you are writing about or know first up that you mean "Cup of Excellence"
In so far as being impressed that someone is selling cup of excellence coffee, there are only two questions: You were prepared to pay the price? and What was it like in the cup? If it wasnt hellishly expensive ie sold for way above the price of regular coffee then it wasnt cup of excellence. Some roasters do this with "blue mountain" coffees, and clients think it is best quality Jamaica Blue....they only need look at the price. And for the other you only need to look at the old charbucks philosophy of buying the best grades, "ethical quality" coffees they can find then burning them to an oily black mass before telling you how good it is.... it has to be good in the cup otherwise its totally irrelevant what it started out as.
In closing and with specific regard to this topic.....you cant please all of the people all of the time.
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