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Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:09pm
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mkeller234 Said:

I realize this is a pretty fundamental question, but I am really new to all of this.  

I'd like to know if there is a source for fresh, quality beans at low - moderate prices.  For example, I bought a small bag of Eight o'clock brand coffee for 6.99 at the grocery store.  The coffee had very little bloom, which I assume it indicates the coffee is not very fresh.  It does not seem like a good value for a small bag of coffee.  I can buy a similar sized bag at a local coffee shop that roasts, and the beans are obviously fresher and the prices are similar.

But, is there a decent, everyday option.  Maybe not the best bean, but perfectly serviceable and affordable?  Should I be looking online, are there other sources?

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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 2:53am
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CMIN Said:

Best bet is just to pickup fresh roasted coffee once a week or every two weeks from a local roaster, won't be much more then stores but way better quality. And if you can swing by you don't have to pay for shipping. Place in Miami that charges around $12-14 for 2lbs roasted to order, but I have it shipped to the house so usually about 20 bucks. Their volume roasting for restaurants and other places let's them offer lower prices, coffee is as good as any I've had (i.e. Klatch etc).

I don't know where in Ohio you live but Googled Ohio Coffee Roasters and quite a few popped up, one in Cleveland called Rising Star that got great reviews.

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That is a good idea, i'll search for additional roasters.  There is one coffee roaster that is a short bike ride down the street from me.  Either way, it would be nice to find another source for comparison.
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 3:10am
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calblacksmith Said:

When ordering for the first time, order small lots. We had to remove a roaster from our list that we send people to. I took a visit to them and I don't know if they had changed their roasting or the person who vouched for them had bad taste buds! I walked into the shop where they roast and my stomach was turned by the stench of burnt coffee, the roast "master" said that they roasted dark because that is what all the restaurants wanted and they were his prime customers. He served me a double shot from a over temp thermoblock espresso machine. I choked it down to be pleasent, thanked him for his time and left, then I sent a letter to Jason and the vendor was removed.

Short story again, order small lots from a roaster for the first order.

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Yes, i'm still training my taste buds, so I might not have even noticed the situation that you describe.  I suppose that is a good case for trying multiple roasters to find what I do and don't like.  I did notice that the roaster down the street had some Jamaican Blue Mountain beans..... 70 dollars!  I'm not quite ready for that one!
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