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snooopcat
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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 2:10pm
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I have been drinking SB Verona dark roast for years because I love it. I grind the beans medium, use a coffee maker that heats the water above 192 degrees, & everybody loves my coffee. I just purchased 3 pounds of Starbucks Verona dark whole bean last week & have been brewing from the first bag for several days. This coffee has a very unpleasant taste, almost like it has an industrial contaminant.
I don't think it is my brewing equipment or technique, although I will gladly accept suggestions. My purpose for posting is to find out if anyone else has seen this problem before. For the record, I had the same problem a few years ago with a bag of Verona coffee. I returned it & I think I will do the same thing now.
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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 5:10pm
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snooopcat Said:

This coffee has a very unpleasant taste

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Perhaps it is just that you're developing a more discriminating palate. Seriously, yes, take the Verona back. Life's too short to drink coffee that tastes bad.

:)

 
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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 5:40pm
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I completely agree with you that life's too short to drink bad coffee & I sincerely appreciate your sentiment. There's a sequel to this story however. I opened #2 of the 3 bags full & after completely cleaning out the grinder, I ground & brewed some of it. Guess what: it's excellent. No unpleasant taste. Which leaves me wondering what was I drinking?  As I recall, this is what happened to me a few years ago-the next bag was ok. I guess this is one of life's mysteries. Again, thanks for your kindly reply.
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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 6:21pm
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You should get some fresh roasted beans, you'll never use Charbucks beans again lol. They burn all their beans so only thing left is cigarette charcoal flavor, and when you buy the bags their 6+ months old and stale. If you try a real roaster that can do a darker roast correctly you'll be blown away. Plenty to order from online.
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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 8:22pm
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Back in the early days of better beans to replace nasty supermarket ground coffee, I began with Gevalia on their free coffeemaker with a scheduled quarterly shipment offer.  Then, a couple years into their single roast blend, they came out with varietals for the schedule offer.  Of those, I really liked them all, but one, Meru, really was my favorite, just a real unique taste.  They stopped offering it since they said they were having supply problems due to weather conditions or something like that.  One variety, Popayan, was usually good, but one shipment was just absolutely horrible, having a strong chemical taste. That got sent back quickly for a replacement.
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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 8:37pm
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You guys have motivated me to look into roasting my own beans. I have no ideas as to cost or labor but there is enough info on this site that i could at least get a good idea.
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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 10:30pm
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snooopcat Said:

You guys have motivated me to look into roasting my own beans. I have no ideas as to cost or labor but there is enough info on this site that i could at least get a good idea.
Thanks

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You are where I was back in 2008.  I would highly recommend home roasting since it gives you a chance to always have fresh coffee, and you can go as light or as dark into the roast as you find most to your liking.  Your selection of beans is highly variable too. and being that your coffee will be fresh, the flavors that develop from roasting will be more distinct and flavorful than those coming out of months old bean stock at Char$$$$$ or a supermarket shelf or bin.  Lots of ways to start into home roasting, either with a dedicated roaster, or just utilizing inexpensive tools you may already have, or could find cheap at a thrift store.  

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