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Posted Sun May 4, 2014, 3:20pm
Subject: Costco Espresso/Dark Roast Beans - NJ/East Coast - Reviews?
 

Hello all!

I was in costco and they have many different kinds of beans.  Anybody try any dark roast beans for espresso shots?  If so, any good or bad reviews?  I was googling around and  it seems there are only reviews from 2005/6, which I found odd.  Since costco pushes so much product and also has good bean prices, I was surprised there weren't already a lot of posts.

Please give as much feedback as possible, as I run non-pressurized portafilters so your feedback counts.  Thank yoU!
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Posted Sun May 4, 2014, 3:45pm
Subject: Re: Costco Espresso/Dark Roast Beans - NJ/East Coast - Reviews?
 

Well they should be dated, so only the fresh beans should be looked at. Buy and try is the best way. if you don't like them grind them for friends.
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Posted Thu May 8, 2014, 6:33am
Subject: Re: Costco Espresso/Dark Roast Beans - NJ/East Coast - Reviews?
 

There have been a few who have had luck finding fresh beans at costco but those people have shopped at costcos that roast beans.

Fresh by definition is less than two weeks from the day they were roasted. Quality roasters print the roast date on the bags. Beans that have a BEST BY or a USE BEFORE date nearly always are long stale before you buy them. There is no standard as to the BEST BY date either, one roaster may use 10 months another may be 24 but in either case unless you know the exact date system used by the roaster,  you very very very likely will be buying stale beans. Not good for espresso OR brewed coffee.

 
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Posted Thu May 8, 2014, 7:36am
Subject: Re: Costco Espresso/Dark Roast Beans - NJ/East Coast - Reviews?
 

Modernly, few enthusiasts use a "dark roast" (Vienna or darker) to pull espresso.  One way you could look at it is that tastes are becoming "more sophisticated," but it's probably as much trend as anything else.  

In any case, it's a "third wave" thing.  The darker the roast the more you taste the roast and the less you taste the bean.  Dark roasts are the "70/30 hamburger" of coffee; a way for a roaster to use inexpensive and unexceptional (and sometimes stale) beans.  It's hard to put your finger on the third wave, but to the extent you can define it at all, it's foundation is bringing out the very best flavors from the very best beans.  

Although they'd have you believe it, Costco coffee is not just cheap because... y'know... "volume."  It's cheap because they use cheap beans to begin with.  

Compared to any other brewing method espresso gets the most flavor and nuance from the beans; assuming, that is, they're there in the first place.  Unless drinking $7/lb coffee is a point of pride, consider switching from sources like Costco and Trader Joe's to well regarded, artisanal roasters.

If you enjoy drinking espresso brewed with Viennas from the likes of Costco, TJ's, Peets, etc., then you enjoy them and good for you.  Although it sounds like it, I'm not actually proselytizing here... just suggesting you give some other sources and roasts a try.  

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Posted Sun May 11, 2014, 7:54am
Subject: Re: Costco Espresso/Dark Roast Beans - NJ/East Coast - Reviews?
 

The costco I go to does roast their own beans, as does some whole foods. I never took the time to see the dates or origins. I just walk by. Knowing who is roasting and when is good and maybe see how much the person knows. I know at whole foods, they put the beans in and push a button, fluid bed roasting, which I am not fond of, but the do mark the roast dates.
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Posted Sun May 11, 2014, 10:31am
Subject: Re: Costco Espresso/Dark Roast Beans - NJ/East Coast - Reviews?
 

steamer Said:

The costco I go to does roast their own beans, as does some whole foods. I never took the time to see the dates or origins. I just walk by. Knowing who is roasting and when is good and maybe see how much the person knows. I know at whole foods, they put the beans in and push a button, fluid bed roasting, which I am not fond of, but the do mark the roast dates.

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Sadly, "fresh" is just one thing.  It's an important thing, but just one thing among many.  

More sadly still, freshly roasted, bad coffee is bad coffee.

If you're buying from Costco, bear in mind that you don't get what you don't pay for.

If you're buying from Whole Foods, bear in mind that there's one born every minute and don't they know it.

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