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Testimonials

I’m a fairly obsessed home coffee brewer. I drink small quantities one or two cups a day and, as my wife also loves coffee, I make and test taste around four cups per day. I grind on an Anfim Super Caimano Barista Edition and use a Bezzera Strega Lever for espressos/capuchino’s or make French press or Hario V60. I struggle to find consistently good coffee beans in Johannesburg and I have a list of issues with bean supply that bug me. But here is what you’ve gotten right and why I’m writing this mail to encourage you to keep up the excellent work.

  1. Your brand authenticity: I know you genuinely love coffee and care about roasting it, because a few years ago I bought black coffee at the Pirates Sat Market and it was always good. I’ve also been to the Casalinga Restaurant and seen your set-up a few years ago.
  2. Your Packaging: Top class! I’ve just been back from Berlin where I bought coffee from Café CK (beans fromSolberg & Hansen Norway) and The Barn(on site roasting) . Both excellent spots recommended by Tim Wendelboe. Both places uses foil lined bags with resealable ziploks. You are world class, and can’t do better!!
  3. Date of Roast: I bought three bags of your coffee from the Dischem in Victory Park. The bags are clearly marked with a date. It is not clear exactly what the date refers to but I’m guessing it refers to date of Roast. World Class, like Solberg & Hansen, is to show a reference number such as roast batch number, along with Roast Date. You are not world class, but you are better than 100% of roasters in Johannesburg. (Bean there show a date that is one year from roast date, their stickers are not always legible, they do not always sticker their bags, or maybe the date stickers fall off. Most other roasters in JHHB do not even bother to date their bags)
  4. Roast level, freshness and Bean Quality: Its early days. I’ve only just made three double espressos and one cappuchino with the Ugandan beans, but so far so good. The taste is good, the beans grind and espress as if they were roasted within the last week which confirms the date on the packet of 30.10.2016 is probably roast date. There were no defective beans that I’ve seen so far. Good Stuff!!

Damon Symondson

 

well i'm impressed... my coffee just arrived too... excellent service!

Thank you Lee :-)

Vriendelike Groete,

Chanèl Bezuidenhout

 

Hi Sharon
My boyfriend LOVES the coffee!!!!
Thanks so much,
Tandi

 

Thank you very much Lee,
received the awesome coffee today!
Excellent service thank you!
Kind Regards
Chanèl Bezuidenhout

 

Hi Lee,

I'm happy to share that after sampling many coffees from a variety of sources (i.e. I hosted a full fledged Coffee Tasting with a group of friends and we systematically rated and commented on each coffee sample I had): we have decided to source our coffee beans from Green Bean! Your coffees scored the highest! :)

Soureh

 
Yay, proper coffee again!
I tried House of Coffees recently and Lavazza (or whatever it is called) YUK! Both taste over roasted – bitter with an ash after taste.

Thanks a mill!
Regards from Groot Marico,
Jeanne

 

Carry on with Roasting good coffee

Jan Fourie

 
Morning Lee

The guys love it .

KIND REGARDS

Elrika

 
Lee

We were just talking about the coffee tasting this morning and it seems like a couple of people already had some of your coffee over the weekend and enjoyed it!

Will remember that you are able to assist with an in-house bean to cup facility.

Have a great day

Sarie Wessels

 

Hi Lee and Iris
We had the most pleasant morning with you at Green Bean Coffee! Thank you for having us over for coffee tasting. We appreciate your hospitality and found your coffee and muffins divine. With all your years of experience and story telling about coffee, we have been richly enlightened about coffee and how it is produced. We laugh at how we've been deceived all these years about something in a tin / glass bottle, we always thought was coffee.
Thank you both for sharing your knowledge and your lovely coffee shop with us this morning; we hope to visit again soon and to bring along other coffee-lovers.
Take care
Warm Regards,
Celehte Wymers

 

I am sending this email because I was drinking House Of Coffee this morning & yesterday (finishing our last batch of this we have in stock).

After testing the good Green Bean coffee, I definitely can not drink House Of Coffee any longer.

Anelda

 
Hi Lee
Thank you for ALL yoiur divine coffees. I love them
Have a great week
Kind regards
Zoë
Hello Lee
Many thanks for the prompt delivery and also for the descaling service, much appreciated.
Have a good week!
Kind regards
Debbie
 

Hi Lee and Iris
We had the most pleasant morning with you at Green Bean Coffee! Thank you for having us over for coffee tasting. We appreciate your hospitality and found your coffee and muffins divine. With all your years of experience and story telling about coffee, we have been richly enlightened about coffee and how it is produced. We laugh at how we've been deceived all these years about something in a tin / glass bottle, we always thought was coffee.
Thank you both for sharing your knowledge and your lovely coffee shop with us this morning; we hope to visit again soon and to bring along other coffee-lovers.
Take care
Warm Regards,
Celehte Wymers

 

Afternoon,

I love coffee and after having had the privilege of tasting your brand I must admid that I’m hooked. How, where and what is the cost of getting my hands on the beans please?

Regards,
Leon Williams

 

Dear Lee and team

I would just like to thank you for your great service and swift assistance! My package was delivered yesterday and my friend was very happy to receive a fresh supply of the best coffee in the country!
Regards,
Tanja

 

Hi Lee

Happy new year. I hope all is well.
Hope you like the review below

Green Bean Coffee Review - http://www.aquaspresso.co.za/coffee-machines/best-coffee-companies/

Feel free to share it and gain some well earned street cred :-)

 

All good wishes to the staff at my favourite roastery – I will definitely be in to restock my shelves later in January – the
Ethopian Yirgacheffe is my favourite.....

Angela Vann

 

:) We visited your stall at the coffee & chocolate expo, bought some coffee and beans, loved it. We've been looking for green beans for  quite some time, so when we saw that you sold them, we were thrilled!
Rolyn

 

Hi Lee

Thanks for your mail.  I will be ordering shortly – we are moving offices at the end of the month and don’t want to carry excess stock.

The coffee tasting was most informative and very enjoyable.

Kind Regards

Deidre

 

Hi Lee,
Thanks for your call and message. I'll definitely be ordering more coffee, it's delicious and so rich.
Thanks
Dee-Ann

 

Hi Lee

That will be fantastic.

The coffee has been a big hit at the conference since 2011!

Thanks again

Simon
Broken Keyboards

 

Thx for your great service.
You know I love your coffee...

Maryna

 

Hallo Lee,

My daughter recently moved to Randburg and we went to visit her, went to the farmers market, bought coffee beans and loved it.

Regards
Neels

 

Hi Lee

I bought some beans from you on Saturday and am loving them.

Thanks and regards,
Jaco

 

Hi Lee

Yeah our number did change

Please find my number herewith.

Yeah we did and office consensus was that we love it.

I will be placing an order in this week.

How long does delivery genrally take after the order is placed.


Aiden Whittaker | Operations

 

Dear Lee

Thanks for checking up on me! We bought some of your delicious coffee at the Superspar on the cnr of Hendrik Potgieter and Peter rd on Wednesday!

Will definitely contact you again soon.

Kind regards,
Mignionette Fair

 

Hi Lee,

Hope you are doing well and hoping that you had a good Easter weekend.

I just wanted to let you know that over this past weekend, at the Pick n Pay in Morningside, I came across the Green Bean Kenyan Kamunyaka and Kiamabara that you bought from Bespoke and roasted. I was quite excited and bought both!!! Opened the Kamunyaka and it's really great! Loving the flavours that are coming through, I've had it in a Chemex and with a plunger, I must admit that I much prefer it in a Chemex. It's so exciting to see the coffee in roasted form tasting so good, all I've tasted are samples of both, so I was quite excited about it! Thanks for doing a great job with roasting the coffees. Can't wait to taste the Kiamabara!

Will definitely keep you updated about the arrival of the new Bespoke Kenyan coffees.

Have a great rest of your week.

Regards,

Abby Berman

 

Hi Lee,
The one girl particular about her coffee insisted on "Bean There". She left last month and I suggested this for a change.
They all LOVED IT!!!
I am sooo glad that this is the least I can do.Your service was fantastic, please thank Sharon.
Heather

 

Hi Lee,
Just to compliment you on your coffee I bought this weekend at Monte Casino.
Enjoying a very nice Ethiopia – Sidamo presently.
Thanks
Sharmraj

 

Good evening,
We spent some time at the Bryanston Organic Market last week, looking for organic vendors..
We would really like to have your range of Coffees represented at our market, we were very impressed with the quality and variety of your Coffees.. .
Looking forward to hearing from you..
Have a great weekend
Regards
Nola and Tarry Jowett

 

Thanks so much Lee – we have received.  I won’t see you till next year – hope you and Iris have a wonderful Christmas and that there is much joy and happiness in 2014 for you both.  Thanks so much for all the fantastic coffee.

Love
Val

 

Hi Lee,
You actually do not know me, but yes we do buy your coffee. The boys went through the cupboards and looked for products that we actually use. We usually buy your coffee at Spar Broadacres and a little shop next to the Broadacres Woolies shop. We also buy it at any fairs we see you at - to mind comes the Oyster Festival. We really prefer your coffee to all the other ones out there and only buy others when we can't get to a shop that stocks it but they just don't match up. Do you have a shop that we can get it at directly?
Best Regards,
Jennifer


Hi Sharon,

I love the website. Green Bean is the first South African coffee company that I have found, that has the sort of international feel to it that I was used to when I was in the US.

Kind Regards
Sarah Yeoman

 

Hello Lee.

Thank you for the lovely experience, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Kind regards
Lelané

 
Hi Lee
Thanks for your mail.  I will be ordering shortly – we are moving offices at the end of the month and don’t want to carry excess stock.
The coffee tasting was most informative and very enjoyable.
Kind Regards
Dierdre Baillie
 
Hi Lee
Coffee is great! Found you guys at the Fourways Farmers market. We initially bought Rwandan and Kenyan coffee which I prefer to the Alison’s Alchamy blend. Can you recommend something with a bit more body (expresso and cappuccino)  for next time?
Regards
Leslie
 
Hi, Lee.
Again many thanks for your kindness and excellent service . We will have to postpone the coffee tasting until April, as I would like as many of the staff present as possible. I will also have to alert them to the tasting. I will let you know a week in advance . it is a great idea. Will keep in touch.
Have a happy afternoon!
Kind regards.
Jayson
 

Hi,

Loving my coffee as always – we  found you at the Jozi Market @ Pirates.

Regards
Kim

 

Hi Lee

Wonderful to  know that your coffee is going to be at the retail stores!
No doubt a lot of hard work but well deserved and CONGRATULATIONS!

Cheers

Helen

 

Hi Lee

We had a lovely morning and found the tasting to be very informative and interesting. It definitely gave us a better understanding of Coffee and which is the best way to buy and drink it. Not only that but we have really enjoyed the coffee we bought to take home!

Have a great day!

Regards,
Glenda

 

It was great, thank you Lee.
The people was very impressed..
I believe it was a good thing to do…now they know a lot more than before.

Kind Regards
Annetjie du Plessis