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Torrentula81
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Posted Sun Jun 12, 2011, 10:03pm
Subject: Kivu brand from Fred Meyer, your take?
 

Had my delonghi bar32 for a week now. I just finished off my only blend I've tried so far wich was Petes coffee Major Dickason's Blend. Wasn't impressed. So I went to Fred Meyers struggling to find any whole beans and bought a bag of kivu espresso blend for $7. Tastes alot better then Petes I had tried. Im quite pleased. Anyone else enjoy this brand at all and how does it stack for the price? Also bought their kona blend but will hold off till this bag is gone.

Before I even opened the bag I did an online search to find out about this brand. I found no reviews, very little of anything at all. I did learn it's Fred Meyer brand of an attempt to deliver freshly roasted coffee vs getting shipments stored in wherehouses with current brands.

My ultimet goal is to roast my own coffee. But after just buying my machine and a grinder that will have to wait for another month or two. I'm very green but this appears to be a nice alternative to ordering online until I get my feet wet alittle more. Been looking at Redbird. Good reviews and nicely priced. If I can hold out on spending cash I'd rather try roasting my own. Anyways, sorry to ramble. Just wanted to hear from others about this product line. I guess Costco has their own version as well. Might have to stop by.
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Posted Sun Jun 12, 2011, 11:01pm
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Just noticed it posted thread 4 times! Never gave a confirmation it was posted. Acted like nothing happened until I previewed the post, then hit submit, it said posted. How do I delete those other ones. Didn't mean for it to do this. Forum should detect these sort of things.

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Posted Mon Jun 13, 2011, 2:55am
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Torrentula81 Said:

Just noticed it posted thread 4 times!

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I'll get it.

Torrentula81 Said:

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Look here : "CoffeeGeek Site Info and News"
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Posted Sat Aug 20, 2011, 7:41am
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We LOVE this brand (though we have only tried one blend)!  We had been buying Tully's Italian Roast for a long time and though it makes a good cup of coffee it was out on one of my trips to the store (Fred Meyer).  I stood and stared at all the coffee's with my husband and we just happened to buy a bag of KIVU Costa Rican Ground Coffee.  We have not gone back since (months now).  As we were sitting here this morning enjoying yet another wonderful cup of this deliciousness I wondered about the brand.  I then did a google search and somehow found this post.

We stock up when it goes on sale.  I notice it is only sold at our local Fred Meyer as I do not see it in any other grocery retailer in our area.  I hope they never stop selling it! :) YUM!!
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Posted Sat Aug 20, 2011, 9:31am
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Ive gone through 7 or so bags. I suggest stay away from sumatra man*** something rather. Tasted like compost grass. Awful awful stuff. French roastwas alright. Never cared for that flavor with other brands so its probly decent for others. Espresso is my favorite. The biggest thing I like about kivu brand is consistancy. I always know what im getting. Well, outside of that sumatra blend. Did I mention awful? Glad your enjoying it as well. Considering its theirstore name brand it should be here to stay. Its roasted in store.
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Posted Sat Aug 20, 2011, 9:58am
Subject: I say, it depends.
 

Obviously Kivu, as a brand, has no cachet. However, due to the ubiquitous nature of Fred Meyer, it has its advantages. Here's why -
  1. In some Fred Meyer stores they go through their bins of beans very quickly. So you're actually far more likely to get a fresh bean via Kivu than via Peets or some of the other prepackaged brands.

I think the Sumatra Mandheling (sp?) is great as a drip coffee.

I've not found any Kivu variety yet that I was satisfied with for use with my espresso machine. I've found more satisfying results via Cafe D'Arte.
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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:02am
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Hmmm, I was at Freddy's the other day and was looking for the Peet's Italian Roast that had been on sale the week before but alas, it was not, so I started looking at other coffees. Now that I'm retired I can't pay as much for the coffee I  know that I like. I decided to try a Kivu French Roast and an Espresso Roast. I've had the FR yesterday and today and I certainly will not be buying this anymore. I'll try the Espresso Roast in a few days...
I have a roaster but I live in Oregon and the weather is cold and damp now, not good roasting weather but if I can't find a good tasting, inexpensive bean I'll go ahead and do some roasting in the garage.
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 8:01pm
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Hi, I'm interested in the nutritional value of the flavorerd KIVU coffees at Fred Meyer. I can't seem to find any manufacturer information online, and I emailed Fred Meyer, they say they don't know because they don't develop it. Does anyone know where I can find this? Other coffee manufactures have a nutrition label. All I can find on the KIVU bag is "coffee beans, artificial flavor" - I need to find out what's in the artificial flavoring. I'm diabetic and can't have sugar/carbs so I need to know if they add sugar/carbs to their flavored coffees. If anyone knows anything, I would really appreciate any info!

Thanks!
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