I am getting into the festive season early, and want to give you a gift. Up for grabs is one kilo of coffee, any variety you like, delivered to your door - all completely free. You will love the Premium Reserve, and what better time to treat yourself?
To get this free kilo of Bay Beans coffee
delivered to your home free, all you need to do is leave a comment below, with your answer to the following;In the spirit of the old fashioned Jelly Bean Guessing competition, how many coffee beans are in 1kg of Bay Beans Premium Reserve coffee?
(Leave your answer below, in the comments).Clue
: a 250g bag contains on average 1700-1900 coffee beans.
The winner, with the first correct answer, will be announced December 10th. One entry per person, but family members and friends can enter as well, so forward the email on if you want to share the love!
International Coffee Day (also known as Coffee Day or National Coffee Day) is an annual event observed on September 29 in a handful of countries for the celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage coffee. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers. On this day, many businesses around the world offer free or discounted cups of coffee. Some businesses share coupons and special deals with their loyal followers via social networking. Some greeting card companies sell National Coffee Day greeting cards, as well as free e-cards to help celebrate the occasion.
I love questions from customers about coffee, and here is one that I would like to share with you from Steve.
Steve asked the question about the impact of a pressurised coffee basket in his new coffee machine, and if he should change it to a after-market non-pressurised basket, improve his coffee.
Here is my reply.
Thanks for your email.
You have nailed it - the point that is letting you down is the pressurised basket. Let me first explain why some coffee machine manufacturers use presurised baskets in the first place, and the difference between non-pressurised coffee baskets.
A pressurised basket is different to a non pressurised basket by having only one single hole in the bottom of the basket, vs many holes in a normal basket. The idea is to force the coffee through the one tiny hole, and in the process, creating a fake crema. Thats perfect for the machine manufacturer, becasue even with stale supermarket beans, they can say "look how good the crema is from our machine", but it will lack taste - its just micro-foamed coffee.
Using fresh roasted beans will improve the flavour of your coffee, but the basket being pressurised means that you dont get any good feedback on what is really happening with your coffee extraction.
Breville make non pressurised baskets for their Cafe Roma boiler machine - the machine retails for about $80, but the spare bpart can be ordered seerately for under $10. if it fits your machine, thats what I reccomend as a solution.
When you pay more for a machine, really all you are getting other than facy looks, is a more stable and consistent tempreture and pressure, and better heatup times, which while important, is not absolutely necessary. You will get a much better benefit by changing your basket to a non pressurised basket, and using a coffee tamp. then you can experiment with technique to perfect your coffee.
your aiming for 30ml of coffee in the cup, over 25seconds. If you get more than 30ml, your grind is too coarse, or your tamp too light. I like to try and keep as many things consistent, ie;
30 ml of coffee (per shot)
7grams of coffee (per shot)
25 seconds extraction
15kg of tamp pressure (try using bathroom scales to get an idea of what 15kg of pressure feels like.
I also like to always use a double basket, per coffee extraction, into one cup (so 14g of coffee and 60ml).
Let me know how you get on.
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Buy coffee beans online
When you buy coffee beans online at Bay Beans, you have made the decision to use fresh roasted coffee beans delivered to your door. Buying coffee beans online is a vast improvement over supermarket coffee beans - your coffee beans online are roasted and delivered within 72hours, where as supermarket coffee is six or twelve months old before you add it to your shopping trolley.
When you place your order for Bay Beans fresh roasted coffee beans, I will usually respond to you directly withing 2-6 hours. Your coffee is then roasted fresh, and packed in zip lock foil lined bags for ultimate freshness. Quite often, your coffee beans can arrive the very next morning at
Carbon Pricing Fair Trade coffee beans.
Even if you wanted to contribute to the Carbon Tax, as a business, you would need to front up the the Federal Government seeking a big green elephant stamp, having being audited on your credentials right down to if you stock fair trade sourced coffee beans in your cafeteria. The introduction of a carbon price in Australia is not about saving the planet - it is about introducing a carbon price. I can agree that we *may* need a mechanism that the Government of the day can ramp up, should the rest of the world want to get serious on taxing (some) polluters, but the tax alone wont do anything to save our planet. If you want to learn about a solution that just might work, for only a few billion dollars, read 'Super Freakonomics', by Steven Levit, a Universitiy of Chicago economist.
If you have the unpleasurable experience of hearing my incesant whining about the cost of delivery in Australia, either in person, or through my Twitter stream, you will know how passionate a topic it is to me. I frequently purchase goods online, usually from overseas and find myself laughing nervously at two points in the transaction. The first is when I track my item from the East Cost of USA, taking three days to, having traveled 7000kms to arrive at Alexandria for distribution domestically - only to then wait a further 7 days for the item to travel the final 200kms. The second laugh is when I purchase something from Asia, the total cost of the item, INCLUDING international delivery costs less than sending that same parcel to my next door neighbour. Its a fact - delivery efficiency and cost in Australia is out of whack. I beleive the future of online retail includes Free Delivery. Its a tough call, and I am happy to be proven wrong again, but for the simplicity and benefit of Bay Beans customers, I am going to give it my best shot.
If you are lucky enough to be enjoying Bay Beans coffee at office or cafe, you will be pleased to see the introduction of bulk discounts for the entire product range. Now you can purchase 10kg or more of coffee beans and recieve a generous 40% discount, plus of course, no charge for delivery. There is no messy application process.
Baristas spill the beans on making the perfect cup
Nothing goes better with a good book than a freshly brewed cup of coffee. For starters, coffee — as with wine — varies greatly in flavors, acidity and even texture. Roasting plays a role in the final flavor of the coffee, but so does the region in which the coffee was grown. One of the most significant factors on flavor involves the area in which coffee beans are grown. Latin American coffees are “familiar", with a clean finish and flavors of nuts and cocoa. Beans grown in African and Arabian regions are crisp and citrusy. Often coffees grown in this region contain floral aromas and hints of berries. Asia/Pacific coffees tend to be most robust in flavor and contain..... (Click through to the Bay Beans blog to read the full story)
Bay Beans congratulates the Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide winners
Congratulations to the winners named in the 2011 Good Cafe Guide. Best cafe is awarded to Mecca Espresso in Ultimo with best coffee being awarded to Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville. The Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide 2011 costs $14.95. On Saturday, it will be sold for $5 at selected newsagents with The Sydney Morning Herald. For a list of participating newsagents, see smhshop.com.au/cafeguide. (For the full story, click through to the Bay Beans Blog)
Nothing goes better with a good book than a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
For starters, coffee — as with wine — varies greatly in flavors, acidity and even texture. Roasting plays a role in the final flavor of the coffee, but so does the region in which the coffee was grown.
One of the most significant factors on flavor involves the area in which coffee beans are grown.
Latin American coffees are “familiar", with a clean finish and flavors of nuts and cocoa.
Beans grown in African and Arabian regions are crisp and citrusy. Often coffees grown in this region contain floral aromas and hints of berries.
Asia/Pacific coffees tend to be most robust in flavor and contain earthy and herbal notes.
Determining which foods and desserts best pair with your coffee is as simple as knowing what flavors are packed into your coffee grounds. African coffees, for instance, would pair well with a lemon square or strawberry short cake, while a blend of coffee from the Latin American region would go well with a brownie or a slice of pecan pie.
Brewing your best cup of coffee at home starts with the water you use. Filtered or bottled water makes for the best coffee.
And, as if you needed any more excuses to go ahead and grab a cup of coffee, there may be some health benefits to enjoying a cup of coffee.
When coffee is enjoyed in moderation, it can, as some studies have shown, reduce type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and dementia. According to WebMD.com, those who drink coffee in moderation also may have fewer cases of cancers, heart rhythm problems and strokes.
Despite much earlier studies that linked coffee to cancers and heart disease, more recent studies have found no correlation between coffee and risks of cancer or heart disease. Earlier studies showing the correlation failed to take into account behaviors such as smoking and inactivity.
Keeping your cup of coffee as healthy as possible means using common sense. Heavy creams, sugary syrups and lots of sugar can make coffee unhealthy, but chances are you won’t need any of that once you learn to savor the flavors of the beans themselves.
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A number of Australian news sources have today reported that Australian cafes will be raising the price of a cup of coffee by around 70c.
James from online coffee bean retailer baybeans.com.au
says "Yeah, sure, coffee beans prices have been going up for the last few years, but that doesn't really make much of a difference per cup price, but of course its a good excuse [for cafe's] to raise their prices.
He says "As an indication, 1kg of coffee beans will make 144 shots of coffee, at $3.80 per cup, thats $550 income per KG of coffee. Sure there are other expenses [for cafe's], but some cafes have made savings in other areas, like milk at $1/litre, which FAR outweighs the increase of $3 per KG they pay for coffee beans". James goes on to say "So they used to pay 22/kg, and now they will could be paying $25/kg if they want the same quality - that exercise will earn them an extra $100.80c/kg.
Think about it, someone is having a laugh.
Confession: I must admit, there are a number of quality cafes that will get only 50 cups of coffee from a KG of beans. That could be from wastage and/or updosing, and there are also a fair share that stick by their preferred milk supply, but the reality remains, even with only 50 coffees per KG, and the best quality milk, the bean cost per cup is 44c maximum an increase of 70c is a 250% increase for what is a increase of 20% on the base product.
Who wouldn't want a free coffee machine? You may be part of a trend, a trend to save money while retaining, or improving on the quality you enjoy. If you are like a lot of people, you may be buying your coffee as take-aways. Think about this for a moment - if you are in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, each flat white or cappuccino you buy costs around $3.80. You probably enjoy a flat white coffee in the morning on the way to work, a couple to get you into the flow of things and maybe one in the afternoon. Thats over $70 in just one work week, and it doesn't include evenings or weekends. In one month, you could have quite easily spent $280. Did you know that 1kg of coffee beans
or preground coffee
will make 140 coffees? Thats the equivalent of $530 at your cafe as take-out coffees. At Bay Beans, you can purchase 1kg of coffee beans for $23
. Are you following where I am going with this?
If you had a coffee machine at your home or office, you would have saved $507 in just one month. Sure, you might say "I don't drink that much coffee" - four cups of coffee? So, if you were to spend $500 on a coffee machine today, you would be saving money in just 30 days. Add to that, your coffees will be convenient, and delicious.
To make things even better, you dont need to spend $500 on a coffee machine - they are available from $199, and Bay Beans sells coffee in smaller 250g and 500g
packs from just $8.
A great addition to the home coffee machine, although not mandatory, is a coffee grinder. If you don't have a coffee grinder, Bay Beans offers complimentary grinding
, but as you will read here
, there are benefits to grinding on demand.
A suitable conical burr grinder, offering consistent grind like the Sunbeam EM0480 can be purchased for $150, well within your $500 budget.
It takes a little bit of skill to master the art of making coffee - thats why Bay Beans provides online videos
to help you out with making espresso
or frothing milk into velvet smooth goodness
, or you can call or email
anytime for free advice.
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Announcing Super-Awesome Stuff
I have to be honest - I have tested my fair share of gimmicks and sales tools to promote Bay Beans coffee beans. The gimmicks have now officially been thrown out the window!
My focus is on (and always should have been on) delicious freshly roasted premium coffee beans
, and to get them into your hands at the best possible price - I hope that will encourage you to spread the word and have you enjoying Bay Beans coffee beans at home and at work.
Your coffee beans are carefully packed in foil-lined bags with one-way valves to seal in the freshness, and then lodged with Australia Post or Courier for free delivery
to your door. Opening a Bay Beans coffee package is caffeinated aromatherapy!
- Case study #1: Bay Beans Forte 1kg $39.70 -vs- Toby's Estate Woolloomooloo 1kg $56.00
- Case study #2: Bay Beans Super Crema 1kg $42.70 -vs- Campos Monsoon 1kg $56.00
- Case study #3: Bay Beans Decaf 1kg $48.70 -vs- Toby's Estate Cascadia Decaf 1kg $60.00
Where can I buy the best coffee beans online? Sure I am biased, Bay Beans coffee beans are
the best coffee beans online, but let me explain why I feel so strongly about that.
There are lots of places that sell coffee beans online, but the difference is that Bay Beans coffee are exclusive to online coffee bean sales
. When you place an order, your order is delivered directly to my iPhone for me to reply to you personally, so you know your order is confirmed, and by a real person
. All coffee bean orders are roasted fresh, so you are guaranteed that your beans are roasted only after your order is placed. Your coffee beans are then packed in foil lined bags with one way valves for freshness and lodged with Australia Post or our courier company for immediate delivery to your door.
From the time you place your order, to the time your coffee is lodged for delivery is generally less than 24 hours. This means that you will receive your coffee within around 2-3 days - thats fast (remember this is coffee beans roasted fresh, not picked off a shelf).
There are lots of places Bay Beans customers have purchased their coffee beans from in the past, including Toby's Estate, Gloria Geans, Campos Coffee, Di Bella Coffee, Coffee Hit, Coffee Company, Calima Coffee, but Bay Beans customers feedback to me is that they really like the customer service and great fresh coffee that bay beans coffee supplies. When it comes to value, Bay Beans is a standout; some coffee houses retail coffee beans for $44-$48/kg and higher - Bay Beans has coffee beans for sale online at $22.80. You are also guaranteed that delivery is at discounted cost price - we definitely do not profit from delivery or handling fees. We pass on our discounted Australia Post rates for delivery of our coffee beans.
If you have any questions on how to perfect your coffee making skills, please call or email
James, Bay Beans coffee beans.