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Old 12-08-2015, 08:58 PM   #21
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I wrote out a whole reply and was about to post it, when I realized the subject of the thread was "Best Whole Bean Coffee". Being the contemptible individual that I am, I have settled on a cheap brand that comes pre-ground, so I will not be posting my reply in this thread.

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My SBUX coffee gets ground while I am there. If stored carefully, I can not notice a degradation in taste. I used to grind my coffee each morning, but got over that.
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I came across something called "Bulletproof Coffee" today. Need to research more, but has anyone tried it?


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Do you have a 'Cost Plus World Market' near you? I just picked up a Moka (Yemen)-Java(nese) blend. 12 Oz bag, ~ $6-$8 I think. Costco had some I'd like to try, but I don't want to buy that much, not knowing. I like that World Market had 12 oz sizes at reasonable prices. Trader Joes has some whole bean, but they seem high $.

World Market had a decent selection of regular whole bean, I just had to skip over all the flavored ones (I like my coffee black, no flavoring, no sugar).

I'm not very knowledgeable with coffee, but I do appreciate a good cup, medium roast mostly, and I thought this was pretty good. I plan to try some of their others.

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I do not drink coffee.... but DW does... she loves the coffee from Kuai...

You can buy online and have it shipped... I have to buy her about 15 lbs a year...

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I think her favorite is Blue Mountain..... but I know we buy others...
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I do not drink coffee.... but DW does... she loves the coffee from Kuai...

You can buy online and have it shipped... I have to buy her about 15 lbs a year...

100% Hawaiian Coffee | Kauai Coffee Company | Buy Coffee Online

I think her favorite is Blue Mountain..... but I know we buy others...
wow... you can even buy green beans from them and roast them yourself !
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We buy SBUX whole bead French Roast at Costco. Grind at home and prepare single servings in our 2.0 Kuerig set at 8 oz. / strong. Add a hefty squirt of Land o Lakes whipped cream.

Haven't found anything better and have looked long and hard.
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I wrote out a whole reply and was about to post it, when I realized the subject of the thread was "Best Whole Bean Coffee". Being the contemptible individual that I am, I have settled on a cheap brand that comes pre-ground, so I will not be posting my reply in this thread.

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We always went for the Costco brand, Kirkland, and that was pre-ground. For an everyday coffee, it was the best. It's no longer convenient to go there, so we went for a grinder and try different beans and mixes.

What cheap brand?
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I saw this piece from Chris Kimball today on The Rachel Ray Show that was a new one to me. He says that hot brewing coffee extracts too many of the more bitter compounds in coffee. He was advocating a cold brew approach where you steep coffee in water overnight to create a liquid concentrate that will store in the fridge for up to a week. You then dilute the concentrate 3:1 with water.

I may give it a try but not with the gadget. I'll just steep it in a container and then filter and then mix 1 part concentrate: 3 parts hot water.

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I mixed up a batch this cold brew concentrate last night, let it steep overnight and filtered it to concentrate and made a cup of hot coffee this morning (1 part concentrate to 3 parts hot water. It's good, but quite different from what I am used to... the jury is out.

But for those who are more extreme about LBYM than I am, it allegedly uses 30% less coffee than conventional how brewing.
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I do think grinding whole beans before brewing makes a big difference. However, although the consensus is that expensive burr grinders are far superior to the cheaper blade ones, I can detect no difference in the result.
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I mixed up a batch this cold brew concentrate last night, let it steep overnight and filtered it to concentrate and made a cup of hot coffee this morning (1 part concentrate to 3 parts hot water. It's good, but quite different from what I am used to... the jury is out.

But for those who are more extreme about LBYM than I am, it allegedly uses 30% less coffee than conventional how brewing.
This is how they always made coffee in Peru, at least where I worked. Definitely an acquired taste.
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The cold brew is less acidic, I believe, but I only make it in the summer when I drink iced coffee. MFK Fisher recommended it.

My twelve year old Capresso burr grinder cost $79 and I use it daily. I gave my parents one for Christmas last year and spent a whopping $89 on it.

Has anyone used Dean's Beans or another on-line source?
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I do Starbuck's French Roast. But I do remember the days when I could get 8-OClock (don't remember the blend) and I agree. It is amazingly good.
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Having consumed instant coffee, vending machine coffee, warmed-over coffee, etc., just about anything is palatable...

But I get whole bean coffee from Costco.
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I mixed up a batch this cold brew concentrate last night, let it steep overnight and filtered it to concentrate and made a cup of hot coffee this morning (1 part concentrate to 3 parts hot water. It's good, but quite different from what I am used to... the jury is out....
I had a few cups this morning. Jury is still out, but it is growing on me. Seems smoother and less bitter.
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I had a few cups this morning. Jury is still out, but it is growing on me. Seems smoother and less bitter.
I've done cold brew before, from what I recall it was 'smoother'. But maybe too smooth? I should try again.

I also thought it used more coffee, not less? Will need to check some recent recipes. DD (nurse) is on night shifts now (7PM-7AM 3x a wekk) , so maybe having some cold brew available for her to heat up when she wakes up late afternoon would be good. I always empty the pot, no matter how large, by then.

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I'm not a fan of the flavored coffees and have been know to claim that there is a special place in Heck for people who make them. But, I do admit that I enjoy a cup of the New Mexico Piņon coffee. For some reason the roasted pine nuts augment the flavors of the coffee instead of masking it. As they say "Great coffee is a matter of oPiņon".

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We tried many kinds of pre-roasted whole beans and usually liked them when we first opened the bag, then noticed that the flavor degraded over time. After learning about home roasting from a friend, we now roast about 3 different kinds of coffee every week, so we always have fresh beans. We grind them just before brewing.
For my birthday I got a Lido2 grinder which has greatly improved the flavor profile of the grind.
I know this is not what you are looking for but it's our experience.
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This is question that is similar to "what kind of car should I buy?" Coffee tastes are one of the most subjective things in the consumer world to have ever existed. My personal favorite is plain old Chock Full O' Nuts. We do have a local roaster here that I will frequent when he has a certain bean that is in. But even then, there are variations from batch to batch so it's never the same.
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I do think grinding whole beans before brewing makes a big difference. However, although the consensus is that expensive burr grinders are far superior to the cheaper blade ones, I can detect no difference in the result.
I agree the cheaper blade grinders can do a decent job, the problem with the blade grinder I had was that I could only grind a small quantity of beans at one time. Also with most burr grinders you can control how fine/course you want the coffee grounds, with the blade there's only one grind.
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With burr grinder I can get very different grinds, especially coarser for French press, and medium for filter drip.
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