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Northern Coffee - 10% bonus

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Northern Coffee - 10% bonus

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Northern Coffee
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Posting because Northern Coffee has come up a few times in other coffee threads. They offer freshly roasted (to order) coffees significantly cheaper than Pilot, Detour, Monogram, et al. Starting at $12.50/lb for their cheapest blend to about $15.50/lb for single origins.

To make the price even better, they have a Christmas promo on where you get 10% more beans (eg. you get 500g when you order a 454g bag).

They are a bit more of a traditional roast than say Monogram, so their "Light" would be closer to a Medium at hipster places, but a lot of people prefer that over a brighter more acidic cup.

Free shipping requires you to buy an unreasonable amount of coffee, but the shipping cost is really not bad (strangely cheaper for 4-9lbs of coffee at $5 than 1-3lbs for $9 to Alberta).
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Before I buy, can you tell us where they are based, how long they have been around? Looking for good espresso beans, have you tried theirs, what would you recommend? Thx!
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cdnmember wrote: Before I buy, can you tell us where they are based, how long they have been around? Looking for good espresso beans, have you tried theirs, what would you recommend? Thx!
They’re from Sherbrooke Quebec but I’ve never tried them before
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cdnmember wrote: Before I buy, can you tell us where they are based, how long they have been around? Looking for good espresso beans, have you tried theirs, what would you recommend? Thx!
Not sure how long they've been around, you can probably find that on their website.

I bought from them regularly for about a year and a half from 2019-2020 before I got a subscription from Monogram because I find I like the lighter roasts and single farm single origins. I don't like dark roasts, so I typically ordered a combination of the Ethiopia yigacheffe (under fair trade), Costa Rica terrazu, and Tanzania peaberry and used it for both espresso and pourover. Never really tried their blends, and really didn't care for the Monsoon Malabar (must be an acquired taste).
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Strider wrote: Not sure how long they've been around, you can probably find that on their website.

I bought from them regularly for about a year and a half from 2019-2020 before I got a subscription from Monogram because I find I like the lighter roasts and single farm single origins. I don't like dark roasts, so I typically ordered a combination of the Ethiopia yigacheffe (under fair trade), Costa Rica terrazu, and Tanzania peaberry and used it for both espresso and pourover. Never really tried their blends, and really didn't care for the Monsoon Malabar (must be an acquired taste).
How is it compared to monogram? I wanted to try them but jumped on a sub recently May buy some to freeze
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Does anyone else think it's strange that their coffee is taxed?
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I was wondering why there was tax, ignoring a $9 shipping fee.
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Ruciz wrote: Does anyone else think it's strange that their coffee is taxed?
I am guessing that’s how they make their money back after the discount. Still cheaper than most
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Not that big of a discount I'd rather still buy from my local beanery.
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Ruciz wrote: Does anyone else think it's strange that their coffee is taxed?
What province are you in? I only see tax on the shipping.
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I'll have to give this roaster a try. So far I definitely feel like there are two to three tiers of fresh coffee Roaster's and the quality and flavour usually go up as the price goes up. For me it goes

Top tier: Monogram, De Mello, Road Co,

Mid tier: Pilot, Equator Coffee, The Ministry of Coffee and Social Affairs.

Low tier: ByCoffeeCanada, International kafia coffee ltd.

Some of this is flavour dependant as well. I like lighter, citrus and fruity flavours so that informs my rating. In general I'd happily drink any coffee from top and mid tier. The lower tier can be a hit or miss. Of course all three tiers above are far better than Tim's, Starbucks, Kicking horse etc.
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DealCanuck wrote: How is it compared to monogram? I wanted to try them but jumped on a sub recently May buy some to freeze
Would definitely be closer to the "warmth" series at Monogram.
A bit hard for me to compare, as I have a Monogram "wonder" subscription. This gives a lot more variety and diverse coffees / flavor notes, which is great because you get more interesting flavors but also sometimes end up with ones that just aren't up your alley. Northern still has some diversity, but a bit roastier and less adventurous, more average coffee notes, but still a great cup.
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rohit91 wrote: Not that big of a discount I'd rather still buy from my local beanery.
Any beanery's in the GTA?
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KnobHillFarms wrote: Any beanery's in the GTA?
Pilot, Detour, Balzac’s (freshness depends on location), Rufino
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fatestkid wrote: I'll have to give this roaster a try. So far I definitely feel like there are two to three tiers of fresh coffee Roaster's and the quality and flavour usually go up as the price goes up. For me it goes

Top tier: Monogram, Detour, Road Co,

Mid tier: Pilot, Equator Coffee, The Ministry of Coffee and Social Affairs.

Low tier: ByCoffeeCanada, International kafia coffee ltd.

Some of this is flavour dependant as well. I like lighter, citrus and fruity flavours so that informs my rating. In general I'd happily drink any coffee from top and mid tier. The lower tier can be a hit or miss. Of course all three tiers above are far better than Tim's, Starbucks, Kicking horse etc.
Detour is just way overpriced though, most roasters do 340g or 12oz while their packs are of 300g. No doubt their coffee is good
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Doesn’t seem to indicate processing method. Washed natural etc.

Anyone know?
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DealCanuck wrote: Detour is just way overpriced though, most roasters do 340g or 12oz while their packs are of 300g. No doubt their coffee is good
Woops, I meant to say De Mello and not Detour. Still have to try Detour.
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fatestkid wrote: Woops, I meant to say De Mello and not Detour. Still have to try Detour.
Detour is pretty similar to Pilot in terms of quality in my opinion. Slightly different product mix, but same 'tier' of coffee. I like their half-caf, hard to find a decent pre-blended one and it helps moderate my caffeine intake.
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Oct 26, 2010
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I used to buy my beans regularly from Green Beanery but the shipping was quite high. I switched over to Northern Coffee over a year ago. Their coffee is fantastic, I really like their Tanzania Peaberry coffee. I have tried a lot of different beans and they were all fresh. The shipping is great as well, I usually buy 5lbs at a time and shipping is 5$.
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Tmem wrote: I used to buy my beans regularly from Green Beanery but the shipping was quite high. I switched over to Northern Coffee over a year ago. Their coffee is fantastic, I really like their Tanzania Peaberry coffee. I have tried a lot of different beans and they were all fresh. The shipping is great as well, I usually buy 5lbs at a time and shipping is 5$.
How long do they take to roast & deliver?

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