What are your favorite "bargain coffees"?

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Nonprophet
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Postby Nonprophet » Dec 08, 2015, 1:23 am

I've experimented quite a bit, having bought from most of the major online vendors and local roasters. Clearly, fresh is a must, but I must admit that lately some of the coffees that have really been impressing me have been on the bargain side of the coffee aisle--and I couldn't be happier!

Most, it not all of the beans that I've bought in bulk at grocery stores have been stale. But a friend of mine urged me to try Winco's Cascade Pride Specialty coffee beans, and I must say "WOW" they have some really nice single origin and blends at a great price!

Their Kona Blend, Tanzanian Peaberry, and Organic Dark Sumatra are really quite good--definitely in my top 10 of all the beans I've tried so far, with their Kona Blend easily in the top 5. Chocolatey, creamy, hint of apricot, not lemony at all--really, really nice! And best of all is the price: only $7.95lb!! I've been buying beans from our local Winco stores for 2 months now, and have yet to get any stale beans at all. I've been using their coffees exclusively with my lever espresso machine, and I get wonderful thick crema each and every time. I must admit that I was quite skeptical when my friend suggested I try their beans, but so far I've been super impressed!

So if you live in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Utah, or California, definitely check out the Cascade Pride http://wincofoods.com/departments/bulk-foods/coffee-101/ offerings, really can't be beat for the price and truthfully the 3 beans I mention above are better than most of the $20lb beans I've tried.
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Postby MariaCoffeeLover » Dec 17, 2015, 8:30 am

looks like a real bargain, mate. any amazon link for the product you mentioned? in case you need to learn more comparison of espresso vs coffee espresso vs coffee

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Postby thepilgrimsdream » Dec 17, 2015, 9:42 am

Red Bird is a bargain to me....

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Postby Marshall » Dec 17, 2015, 5:40 pm

Beware of "Kona blends." There are exceptions, but most are about 10% Kona (of indeterminate quality) and 90% cheaper coffees of various origins. Especially beware of packages that don't tell you the Kona percentage.

http://www.konacoffeefarmers.org/kona-labeling/the-kona-blend-issue/
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Postby NoBurnCoffeeTristan » Dec 17, 2015, 7:21 pm

A friend told me that Folgers Gourmet Selections taste WAY better than their original blends. Anyone else tried those?

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Postby rittem1 » Dec 17, 2015, 7:36 pm

NoBurnCoffeeTristan wrote:A friend told me that Folgers Gourmet Selections taste WAY better than their original blends. Anyone else tried those?


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Postby rittem1 » Dec 17, 2015, 7:38 pm

thepilgrimsdream wrote:Red Bird is a bargain to me....


+1 but only when you jump up to 5 lb bags. The 1 lb bags with shipping are still reasonable, just no longer a 'bargain'.
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Postby Cafesp » Dec 27, 2015, 3:33 pm

Starbucks Reserve Aged Sumatra when discount offered :) Image
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Postby Cafesp » Dec 27, 2015, 3:46 pm

Hi Brett, Thanks for the info. Will try Kona blend and Dark Sumatra :D :D
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Postby CoffeeMac » Dec 27, 2015, 4:30 pm

thepilgrimsdream wrote:Red Bird is a bargain to me....


+1

$0.67 per ounce when you buy 5lb bags (including shipping )vs. $1.03 - $1.75 per ounce for my local subscription / mail order (Ritual, 4 Barrel, Blue Bottle, etc.) vendors. I get beans 2 days after roast, then vacuum seal and freeze in 0.5 lb bags. Their Redbird Espresso blend is great in milk-based drinks; I really love their various Ethiopia Yirgacheffe single-origins for pour-over / siphon.