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Topic: Fresh roasted coffee at costco (9 msgs / 181 lines)
1) From: Richard Schwaninger
It seems that the "fresh roasted" coffee interest continues. After seeing a 
small batch roaster (1 or 2 pounds) at a local [up-scale] supermarket about a 
year ago, today I found that the local Costco has a roaster installed now. 
Pretty big. The roaster is a Java Systems Roaster. I think it does 10 lb 
batches. I've never heard of it before. It was installed for, and is to be 
used only to roast "Sierra Pacific" brand coffee. 
I asked if they would sell green beans, the response was "why would you want 
those, you can't use them to make coffee. You need one of these (pointing to 
the roaster).
The person operating the roaster obviously didn't know much about coffee. The 
whole installation is computerized. You push the button for, let's say 
"french roast", and the bins automatically dispense the correct amount of 
each of the coffee bean types into a hopper. From there it get dumped onto a 
conveyor belt and dumped into the roaster. Sit back wait 20 minutes or so and 
it's all packaged in nice 2 lb bags.
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2) From: Anthony
That must be a trend.  At least one of the Costcos here in Seattle has
a big roaster, but it's bigger than 10 lb.  Also in a local supermarket
(Larry's in Redmond) there's a fairly large automated air roaster in
the store.  I think someone local invented the machine and is trying
to get these in several of the local groceries.  
Of course, I doubt that their bean quality rivals ours.
Anthony
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3) From: Gloria Hoover
Here in the Seattle area a few of the Costco's have had the roasters for several
years and will sell the green beans at the same price as the roasted coffee. Ask
the store manager not the person doing the roasting.
Gloria
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4) From: Richard Schwaninger
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That's why I don't hesitate to post this. There's no doubt, even if green 
beans were available from costco, that I'd not there. I can't see anyone 
who's been here for a while and enjoys the blending/roasting/brewing 
combination buying beans from Costco. Costco may be good for some  things, 
but remember, they do sell end of run and close-outs. Makes me wonder if the 
coffee is the same...
Can't go wrong with buying from Tom. His selection, advice, service and 
integrity is second to no one else.
On Wednesday 19 September 2001 11:46, Anthony wrote:
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5) From: Richard Schwaninger
Not really an issue for me. Other than perhaps out of curiosity to see what 
they may be selling.  I'll stick with my current [most excellent] source.
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6) From: Gary Zimmerman
 
Richard Schwaninger wrote:
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No, but it's a good development to see a popular store like Costco singing 
the praises of "fresh roast" to the masses.  Undoubtedly, some of the more 
inspired shoppers will eventually take it upon themselves to investigate 
this noble hobby, and ultimately end up as new customers for Tom!
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7) From: Timothy A Reed
On Wed, 19 Sep 2001 11:43:16 -0700 Richard Schwaninger
 writes:
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In the NW (or at least in Salem), it's refered to as "Seattle Mountain"
coffee.
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I tried the same thing, and they told me not to even ask.
-Tim
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8) From: Richard Schwaninger
Oh, I wasn't complaining. It's really the same debate as with Starbucks. 
Regardless of the quality of their coffe, did they do somthing good by 
raising the bar. Costco may be the next, by raising the bar of fresh coffe 
for the masses.
On Wednesday 19 September 2001 14:13, Gary Zimmerman wrote:
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9) From: Tony
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I have written in before to say that I had gotten 
green beans at Costco. I also noted that I can do a better job roast THEIR beans 
than they can.
 
I believe that's what happens when you "roast by 
the numbers". You take the chance on putting out an inferior product, no matter 
how good the raw material is that comes in.
 
BTW, I just ask the guy roasting the beans, if he's 
not busy at the time. They have never minded and seemed surprised that anyone 
would bother to roast coffee at home.
 
Tony Reynolds
Seattle
 
PS:
 
I have been enjoying the Nicaraguan and Mexican 
coffees that Tom has. I even ordered som Brazilian Caramelo this last time as 
well. Can't wait to get it...


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