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Green coffee????

captainzap Apr 30, 2009 04:04 AM

Hey all,

Does anyone know of a place to buy green coffee in town? bonus points if it's fair trade organic green coffee.

There are a bunch of places online but it would mean I would have to be patient.... and when you need a fix, you need a fix.


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  1. SnackHappy RE: captainzap Apr 30, 2009 04:35 AM

    I'm sure that if you got in touch with some of the roasters in town, you could find one that will sell you a bag of unroasted beans.

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      captainzap RE: SnackHappy Apr 30, 2009 07:02 AM

      I talked to Toi, Moi, et cafe: no go. Santropol will not either. Being relatively new to Montreal can anyone make some suggestions of places that roast their own FTO coffee that might sell me some greenies?

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        lorie RE: captainzap Apr 30, 2009 07:41 AM

        I wonder if Wild Beans on Monkland (corner Beaconsfield) will sell you some?

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          cherylmtl RE: captainzap Apr 30, 2009 02:56 PM

          Don't know if they have FTO (I think some of their beans may be), but try Brulerie St. Denis on St. Denis just south of Duluth - they roast all their beans. Another would be Les Trois Maries, about a block north of Brulerie (I believe they also roast their own, but again not sure if they have FTO)>

      2. carswell RE: captainzap Apr 30, 2009 07:33 AM

        Terra has "responsible" (UTZ certified) green beans. www.terracaf.ca

        There are several purveyors in Toronto, most of whom do mail order. Don't know why green-beaning hasn't taken off here.

        That said, Okland-based Sweet Maria's would be my first choice if I were home-roasting. Huge selection of superb beans from small producers. Excellent cupping notes and roasting advice. Quick service (about one week to Montreal). No GST/QST or customs duties. www.sweetmarias.com

        Also, bear in mind that green beans will keep for months without deteriorating, years if vacuum packed and stored in the freezer.

        1. mainsqueeze RE: captainzap Apr 30, 2009 11:00 AM

          What do you do with the green coffee?

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            Anth RE: mainsqueeze Apr 30, 2009 02:59 PM

            roast it :)

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              mainsqueeze RE: Anth Apr 30, 2009 05:30 PM

              Ha, gotcha. I didn't realize people did that at home. Is it worth all the trouble?

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                captainzap RE: mainsqueeze Apr 30, 2009 06:11 PM

                In my opinion, getting into roasting your own coffee is a lot like brewing your own beer (I.e. it;s only worthwhile if you want to end up with something better than is readily commercially available for a fraction of the cost). I do it because I am extremely particular about certain aspects of my 'food'.

                I roast in my small apartment size convection oven (really a toaster oven on steroids) and regularly have people happen to 'drop by' for a coffee....

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            JadeMyst RE: captainzap May 1, 2009 11:50 AM

            The little Iranian market 1 blk west of Akhavan's at Sherbrooke St. W at Madison sells a green Ethiopian coffe by the plastic bag full for around $8-10. I understand from them that they get a shipment in once a week from a wholesaler-roaster in Verdun so if you live in the area of NDG then you could ask at that market. The market may still be known as Zam Zam. I live down the street from it & shop there but can never remember if the name changed when the ownership changed.

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              Chocolatine RE: JadeMyst Aug 27, 2009 09:41 AM

              I saw similar bags of Ethiopian green beans at la Branche d'Olivier in Verdun on Wellington, about 10$ I think. They're very close to the de L'Eglise metro station. Great little place for spices, bulk grains / flours, and more.

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              Cybelius RE: captainzap Aug 18, 2009 06:56 PM

              There is an online Green coffee vendor situated in Montreal. They deliver free on the Island for any purchase over 30$. Search for Mon Café Vert on Google.

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