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m962b
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 8:24pm
Subject: Hawaiian Ka'u form Starbucks reserve vs Paradise Roasters or any other roaster
 

Sorry to be a Noob on the topic, but I know i like the Starbuck reserve Ka'u and am hoping to avoid buying from Starbucks, so i was looking into other roasters.  

I am a pour over guy, burr grinder sort, but still new to  the whole world (6 months or so) of correct brewing and grinding.  

So what is the difference here?  Starbucks is about 25 bucks or so, which is not an issue, but I would like the best version of this coffee regardless of price.  

Where do I go, what do I do?  I am Melitta pour over type bloke, but trying chemex for this run.  I have FP too if that will help get the taste.


Thanks for your help in advance.  Sorry to be new.  I guess everyone has to start somewhere!


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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 10:30pm
Subject: Hawaiian Ka'u form Starbucks reserve vs Paradise Roasters or any other roaster
 

Really any number of roasters that offers it, Paradise is a good roaster, any of them will be far better then Starbucks. Their reserve line may come from certain lots/estates but then they do their normal crap roasting process of over roasting/not roasting correctly and since its not roasted to order the beans are usually stale sometimes months old when you buy them, and their charging people out the ass for that lol (charging all that money for good good beans from these lots that they then ruin in their roasting process). I had their Jamaican Blue which was priced higher then many true roasters, but was awful lol.

Hula Daddy is a good known HA roaster, not sure if they do KA'u though, doesn't seem like many do... online I can only see Charbucks and Paradise. Plenty of real Kona roasters though (not the fake blended ones) but real Kona (100% fancy etc)
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Posted Thu Nov 14, 2013, 9:57pm
Subject: Hawaiian Ka'u form Starbucks reserve vs Paradise Roasters or any other roaster
 

I got this bean (or something very, very similar) from Klatch last...?????...I want to say January. It was fantastic...very heavily dominated by milk chocolate notes in the cup. I made it exclusively in my Espro press, and only shared one cup (hoarded the rest for myself). I think at the time they were roasting it twice a month.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 14, 2013, 10:03pm
Subject: Hawaiian Ka'u form Starbucks reserve vs Paradise Roasters or any other roaster
 

Yeah, I just checked their site..."Hawaiian Ka'u Typica". Roasting on Mondays, have to order by Sunday night. $34.95 for a 12oz bag.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 20, 2013, 10:31am
Subject: Its a big wide open coffee world
 

There is a coffee world out there that is ripe for exploring. I dont like roasts, where the roast profile over takes the
varietal profile but thats just me. Your tastes are that...your own,so go exploring is my advice. I am not a Starbuck fan at all.

http://www.coffeereview.com/

http://www.gocoffeego.com/

My all time favorites are

http://www.klatchroasting.com/

http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/

http://www.bluemountaincoffee.com

http://costaricacoffeeshop.com/

I simply love this Galapagos from Tree Frog

http://www.treefrogcoffees.com/
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