SampleSize Senior Member Joined: 25 Oct 2005 Posts: 6 Location: Fort Lee, NJ Expertise: I like coffee
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Posted Tue Dec 20, 2011, 7:48pm Subject: Like Peet's Major Dickason's but cheaper?
I've been hooked on Peet's Major Dickason's blend (in the French press) for a while now, but I'm currently poor and $9/bag is kinda hurting. I'll keep doing it if I have to (I do have priorities), but does anyone have a suggestion for something similar for less money? Thanks!
TonyVan Senior Member Joined: 24 May 2010 Posts: 269 Location: Pacific Northwest Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Tue Dec 20, 2011, 11:58pm Subject: Re: Like Peet's Major Dickason's but cheaper?
If I remember correctly, Major Dickason's is currently $14.95 per pound, so depending upon how you're figuring shipping it looks like you are talking about $9 for a half pound with maybe $1.50 in shipping? Or maybe this is a supermarket pack you're buying locally, in which case you're probably getting something like a 12oz pack. The supermarket packs aren't usually quite as good as what you'd get from Peets in the mail or at their retail locations, but that would work out to $12 per pound.
Anyway, this is the range we're talking about, and while this wouldn't be considered a high price in the artisan blend business, there are some ways you can get very good coffees for less, especially if you buy in quantity to reduce or eliminate shipping.
One you might check out is the Red Bird offerings, since in quantity, including shipping, it comes out at just a little over $10 per pound. You break down the shipment and freeze until needed. Check out the Redbirdcoffee.com website and see which SO or blend matches up closest to the style you're trying to replicate. Jeff's coffees are considered "way up there" by everyone who tries them, and if you go this direction you'll be getting an absolutely outstanding product for at least some savings compared to what you're spending today.
Another option is if you have Costco in your area, and their three-pound packs at about $6-$7 per pound are considered by some to be the best bargain in coffee these days. Some of the blends seem to work better than others, so try and Google some recent reviews - maybe you'll get lucky and find one you like, and save a few bucks every week without giving up too much.
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