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TLW
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 8:57am
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Smiths/Kroger has Pete's coffee beans. I have had good luck with them. I have even made espresso with them from time to time with very good results. I find that Pete's are roasted very well for my taste. The roast date is on the bag. I almost always use beans from a local roaster here in Las Vegas that has wonderful beans. Colorado River Coffee Roasters.
Good luck and Happy Brewing.
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Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 9:01am
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nolken Said:

... So, would i be better off with the press and the baratza (neither of which i have used yet. i don't know if i should return it, hence the question) or should i just continuing on the cheap pre-ground coffee with a drip maker. basically am i wasting my money now since i can't afford the really good coffee, and it'll be a while before i can afford it. (keeping in mind i'm on a student's budget).

Posted January 23, 2013 link

You will get better flavor from a fresh-ground whole bean, than from a pre-ground pack.  Especially if you use a hotter water temp as would be common for french press.  The only way to know if it's worth it to you is to try it :-)  I'd recommend comparing a bag of whole-bean against your pre-ground and see if one is better-- even if it means you might return the Baratza very slightly used.  

I am hoping you find fun in the exploration.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:40am
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nolken,
have you tried this roaster online, click here www.coffeeAM.com?
They are located in Georgia, and their pricing is $.75 per oz on average plus shippng; 1lb bags.
Check them out.
I've been purchasing whole beans for drip (use a Bonavita and Clever Coffee Dripper) from them for approx 6 months; no complaints.
For espresso, I use Red Bird... can't be beat IMHO!
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:41pm
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I have been using red bird as espresso and drip in the winter when it is too cold to properly roast my own.
My record indicate three successive 5 lb purchases in Jan Feb and Mar of 2012. Obviously I liked it.

When it became to difficult to roast I went back to another order this month. I know you are considering a press method and the coffee is fine for that.  I regret that you cannot try it as a properly ground and extracted espresso. The blend, to my taste, is far superior to my memory of last winters coffee to the point that I would consider it to be the best straight shot that I have ever had anywhere. Period. Of course that is a very personal opinion.

I encourage you to glom some space in a friendly freezer, order a five pounder and enjoy.
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Posted Fri Jan 25, 2013, 8:36pm
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One place that actually does decent even on coffeereview sometimes is Archer Farms from Target. It's not roaster fresh, but they do sell two tiers and are cup of excellence sponsors even though even that coffee isn't as fresh as it should be.

They have several things available in whole bean, not just their fancy line which comes in a tin not a bag. Look for the single origin not the blend.

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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013, 8:17pm
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I noticed that *$ is selling what they call blond coffee. I think the reality is that it isn't blond but at least it isn't charcoal brickets.  I have had some of that stuff out of a Keurig and it is drinkable.  I think Peet's is also offering a lighter roast to compete. If you have no really good roasters within your budget nearby you might try one of the lighter roasted offerings from *$ or Peet's.

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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013, 9:24pm
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PJK Said:

I noticed that *$ is selling what they call blond coffee. I think the reality is that it isn't blond but at least it isn't charcoal brickets.  I have had some of that stuff out of a Keurig and it is drinkable.  I think Peet's is also offering a lighter roast to compete. If you have no really good roasters within your budget nearby you might try one of the lighter roasted offerings from *$ or Peet's.

Phil

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That Charbucks Blonde is gross, fiance grabbed it one day. Def one of the worst coffee's I've had.
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 8:54am
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CMIN Said:

That Charbucks Blonde is gross, fiance grabbed it one day. Def one of the worst coffee's I've had.

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That's my experience with it too.  There's a good reason they usually roast their beans so dark...
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