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poopooegg
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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013, 5:11pm
Subject: Everyday Drinking
 

Hi everyone,

I've been an avid coffee drinker for the past 4 months, it really started to become a serious hobby when my wife and I have our first child. We figured having the extra caffine will keep us going throughout the day. And that's when we started to venture into different types of coffee. I happen to work next door to Social Coffee & Co in Richmond Hill and I've been a frequent customer, at least once a week, to pick up a bag of freshly roasted beans. I make about 2 cups of coffee each day and after a week that's 17 cups and with the occasional friends and family visiting that could go up to about 25 cups of coffee every week.  

Anyways, to make the story short, if I continue this trend I could wrack up a good amount of money on coffee beans, each month I will spend at least 60 bucks on beans.  Is there other alternative to this hobby? I don't like supermarket beans as they seem over-roasted at times and lack of taste. If you are in similar situation, please share with me what you use for your everyday coffee beans.

Cheers,
Rick
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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013, 5:43pm
Subject: Re: Everyday Drinking
 

Your location limits my knowledge of good beans in bulk. You make drip? press? vac pot? Honestly, in the cold months when I can't roast my own I get five pound bags of Redbird espresso $51.00 including shipping, divide the beans into several separate bags and freeze. Don't know if you can find a similar deal where you are.

Of course, the reason I roast is that green beans are about 1/2 the price of roasted. Of course you have to commit your time and set up a roasting method. I use the cheapest which is pan roasting (iron frying pan with wooden spoon over a heat source) but that is not for everybody, to say the least.
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poopooegg
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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013, 5:52pm
Subject: Re: Everyday Drinking
 

I mainly drink espresso (latte or caps) and press coffee.  But it really depends on the mood. I prefer to buy roasted beans in bulk locally as I don't think I'm ready to roast my own yet... :)
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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 4:13am
Subject: Re: Everyday Drinking
 

I'd like to try some of their coffee, I live in Cambridge so I am not too far away.  There prices look alright for specialty coffee.  

Option 1:  Buy wholesale and freeze what you aren't using
           2: Buy green and roast yourself, wholesale green is even cheaper (close to 1/4 the price compared to roasted and can be stored for over 1 yr)
           3:  Order from another supplier that offers co-operative coffee which tends to be cheaper. Home roasting isn't hard but if your willing to dish out money on a home roaster it's pretty fool proof.
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poopooegg
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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 3:59pm
Subject: Re: Everyday Drinking
 

Looks like if I really want to save the expense I would have to learn to roast my own beans it seems.

Thanks!
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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 4:14am
Subject: Re: Everyday Drinking
 

You figure out the money you spend each month of the coffee beans. IT means you want to make a saving for 60 bucks of beans. I think if you really want to save money from your expenses in coffee, there is nothing I can suggest but roast your own. You can buy coffee in bulk if possible and roast at home.

You can also grind your coffee very fine and it will go much further. Use only half of your normal amount of scoops to get same or even darker pot of coffee. Just make sure you use double filter in your drip coffee maker to avoid the grounds to get through.

 
Did you know...? Dark roast coffees actually have less caffeine than lighter roasts due to the fact that the process of roasting burns off caffeine.
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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 4:31am
Subject: Re: Everyday Drinking
 

If you wanna go cheap a popper will roast 1/4 lb nicely.  For a home roaster the Behmor 1600 is a great buy with up to 1 lb capacity.
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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 4:43am
Subject: Re: Everyday Drinking
 

Don't give your friends the good stuff. I keep a jar of instant for visitors, with the exception of my brother who actually likes coffee.

At least in the UK, instant is all that people expect unless you can rustle up a Caramel Mocha Latte with sprinkles.
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