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kmsutra
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 1:48pm
Subject: Daily Drinking Coffee
 

Guys,
Noob here so forgive me. I have been experimenting with various types of coffee but keep going back to what I currently drink. Peet's Garuda Blend. I am not geek,connoisseur or even an expert. Just like to have a nice cup of coffee which is not too acidic or bitter. I absolutely cannot stand Starbucks but can honestly say I have not tried all of their beans or blends. I just generally like Peet's blends better. The Garuda Blend sells for about $15 a lb. I use a cuisine art coffee machine and a cuisine art grinder (separate). I drink my coffee with a spoon of sugar and non-dairy creamer (gasp). Any pointers?
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 3:14pm
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Welcome to CG!

I personally found the Garuda to be rather bitter...but it's been literally years since I've tried it.  There are a lot of great roasters in the PNW from No Cal up to Wa.  In fact, I order beans from several of them routinely and they arrive to my house in Houston on either the second or third day after roasting...so you should be able to get them at least within that time.  For $15/lb, there are definitely far better alternatives to Peet's.  Check out the List of Favorite Roasters on Home Barista (www.home-barista.com).

Now, regarding your question...what kind of pointers are you looking for exactly?

(Oh, and I can't stand *$$ either.)

 
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 3:22pm
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Well, I am kind of tired drinking the same coffee (Garuda) and would like to try something in the same genre. I am not into espresso's or dark roasts. I like character in my coffee similar to Garuda but want to expand my palette. Full body, nutty, earthy but not acidic. I have tried some BlueBottle Coffee but their good stuff is $15 for 150 grams. Yikes.
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 3:32pm
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Try some Red Bird Daterra Sweet Blue ($12.90/lb) or Blue Jaguar (a blend based on the Sweet Blue and slightly cheaper). Both are a medium roast with chocolate notes predominating. Red Bird is located in Bozemon, MT and will get it to your quickly via USPS Priority.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 3:45pm
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Thank You emradguy!! Just ordered some Daterra Sweet Blue. I also appreciate roasters who buy sustainable grown coffee beans. Thanks Again. I will post my review of Daterra soon.
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 3:47pm
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you're welcome.  Please do post back and let us know how you like it!

 
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Posted Tue Dec 10, 2013, 3:17am
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Garuda is different from other alternatives because most coffee drinkers go back to Garuda after tasting other coffee alternatives. It is best for homemade late or cappuccino which is extremely balance and smooth.  And besides, it is delicious all way through even aftertaste.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 10, 2013, 10:57am
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Agree with you regarding Garuda. No wonder I have had this coffee for over 10 years. It's time to expand the good ol palette like I stated in my previous post. I have tried some blue bottle coffee and liked it, however the finish is pretty overpowering with Chocolate and Cocoa. I love Indian Chicory as well. It's been hard to find it in the US though. Any pointers for good Indian Chicory single origin that is well roasted?
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Posted Wed Dec 11, 2013, 7:05am
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There is an interesting site I got from CoffeeGeek but have never tried - https://www.craftcoffee.com/products/gift-coffee-subscription

They send you 3 4 ounce packages of coffee each month from different places, instead of all from one or 12 ounces or a pound from one. I've bookmarked it to use as a gift sometime for someone.

I think it would give you a chance to try how different rosters roast. It's pretty expensive. about 25 a month for a 3 month trial, but might set you in a particular direction of wanting to try something very new.

 
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