Yeh that's crazy, and I don't care for Black Cat either, very hard to pull shots with, and even a "good" shot is just an odd sour taste, plenty on here have said the same thing, shop by me carries them in fresh shipments all the time, and same thing, they prefer other beans they carry but lots of people come in and want the "beans in the cool looking bag" (they display all their bean companies). I went through a couple bags and doses/grinding and temps and gave up after hearing all the past rave reviews, thats the only beans I've tried where I could not get a good shot.
^^^ Don't they offer USPS Priority anymore? That would be much cheaper and effectively 2-day (3 max. in my experience).
Always wondered by so many coffee places don't do Priority, generally much cheaper and about as fast as FedEx/UPS. Heck I've had Priority packages come faster then FedEx or UPS, and worst case maybe 3 days. Hell, my CC1 came from Canada, to NY customs, to my house in South FL in like 3-4 days by Priority, same delivery through other carriers would have been ridiculous $$ for no better time and pry longer.
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:14am Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic, Precisio, and Red Bird
When I travel I am always on the look out for places that carry beans and pick up a pound or 2. You can pick up a lot of good beans if you look for them in the larger cities. Whole foods in Portland, OR has small bags of good roaster's beans in it. Also, look for 5lb deals if you can freeze them. I will probably get metropolis 5 lbs one day as well. It is a bit more than redbird.
Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.
Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:11pm Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic, Precisio, and Red Bird
No USPS option, apparently because of entirely predictable delays during the holiday period. I don't want to buy more than 1lb because I've never had it before.
Compare to $15 a lb + $5 shipping from Redbird.
Although also very oddly, it's cheaper for me to buy a bag of Barismo Clockwork Espresso (roasted 3 blocks from my house) in a local coffee shop than it is to buy it direct from the roastery - $14 for 12 oz in roastery/Barismo shop vs. $13.95 for a 1 lb bag in the coffee shop. Both roasted the day before purchase.
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