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Any coffee fiends on here?

I'm finding it surprisingly hard to get coffee beans here, and so far impossible to get good ones suitable for espresso. I have found one local coffee merchant on Road 9 in Maddi (Hadayek end), but his beans weren't great and look as if they've been lying around in the sack for about a year. I gather there are coffee roasters downtown, but my guess is they'll be mainly oriented towards beans for Turkish coffee and it could be a long process of experimentation until I find one who has what I want. Anyone found a supplier who understands espresso and roasts beans to suit?

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Any coffee fiends on here?

I'm finding it surprisingly hard to get coffee beans here, and so far impossible to get good ones suitable for espresso. I have found one local coffee merchant on Road 9 in Maddi (Hadayek end), but his beans weren't great and look as if they've been lying around in the sack for about a year. I gather there are coffee roasters downtown, but my guess is they'll be mainly oriented towards beans for Turkish coffee and it could be a long process of experimentation until I find one who has what I want. Anyone found a supplier who understands espresso and roasts beans to suit?
I'm not exactlly a coffee expert instant does me fine! but why don't you get them from starbucks or costa coffee prob more expensive but at least you know they are good quality! I've also seen in spinneys a selection of coffee beans

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why don't you get them from starbucks or costa coffee prob more expensive but at least you know they are good quality! I've also seen in spinneys a selection of coffee beans
Yep, that's the fall-back option. Three downsides though:

Stuff that's been roasted overseas, shipped, sat around in customs and then in the shop (and I presume that's how it works for the chains) is never going to be as good as fresh roasted beans.

I feel I should be buying local where it's possible.

As you say, cost. I know my coffee bill isn't going to break the bank, but I don't like feeling I'm paying the 'sucker price.

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Yep, that's the fall-back option. Three downsides though:

Stuff that's been roasted overseas, shipped, sat around in customs and then in the shop (and I presume that's how it works for the chains) is never going to be as good as fresh roasted beans.

I feel I should be buying local where it's possible.

As you say, cost. I know my coffee bill isn't going to break the bank, but I don't like feeling I'm paying the 'sucker price.
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Thanks Izzie. Good link, though I may now waste too much time drooling over food porn. They do indeed to beans, though it's of the expensive (and not fresh) import variety.

Maiden - Thanks also for the Starbucks info.

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Hi, Try greco !

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Well I finally found / visited Greco (Road 9). Spot on, thank you. They have a good selection of coffee beans. Not fresh roasted - they're imported from a US roaster, and not cheap (45LE for 225gm - roughly twice the cost of good beans in the UK, but until I can find fresher/cheaper, Greco will do nicely.

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OK, this one again.

Greco have been unable to supply beans since the revolution.

I did get some beans in a can from Costa, at a price I would have thought more appropriate to crack cocaine than coffee beans (produced a good crema, though I would have preferred a sharper taste).

Given that half of Arabia sits around sipping coffee though, it continues to bug me that I have to pay hugely inflated prices for an expensive, un-fresh imported product. I strongly suspect there must be an Egyptian business freshly roasing beans suitable for a decent espresso.

Any ideas?

Maybe I should try the Italian embassy

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If you find the fresh stuff let us know, I have been looking as well for ages with no luck!

Good idea with the Italian embassy, they must have a fresh stash!

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