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dougiedd
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Posted Sun Mar 30, 2014, 1:42pm
Subject: As good and as good a value of Redbird Espresso?
 

I have been going to Jeff for years as his Coffee is not just tasty but a great value: 5 lbs for 50$ and free shipping!
Any other suggestions of those that can compete on taste and value?
I should say I am a cappuccino drinker almost exclusively with only about 15% french press
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TheRealScubaSteve
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Posted Tue Apr 1, 2014, 5:41pm
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Check out Fair Mountain Coffee. I did not care for their espresso blend as much as Redbird, but it's still pretty good. I quite enjoy their Ethiopia Yirgacheffe as well, but it is too bright for espresso for my tastes. Makes a fine cup in an aeropress. Low-cost shipping or free with 2+ pounds. Fast service and my order even came with a sample of Costa Rican.

 
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Posted Tue Apr 1, 2014, 7:28pm
Subject: Re: As good and as good a value of Redbird Espresso?
 

Yeh Fair Mountain is great on the low end, 2lbs ships free. Espresso is a bit darker than most but you can request it more medium etc, their single origins are so good. Metropolis does free shipping over $50 as does Paradise I think? But 5lbs of either will cost more. Not sure of anyone that has 5lb pricing and shipping Jeff does at around $50.
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TheRealScubaSteve
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Posted Tue Apr 1, 2014, 8:20pm
Subject: Re: As good and as good a value of Redbird Espresso?
 

CMIN Said:

Espresso is a bit darker than most but you can request it more medium.

Posted April 1, 2014 link

I'll have to try that out, I'm almost ready to re-order. A medium-dark roast like Redbird would probably taste much better (for me). Metropolis is on my shortlist of roasts to try, too.

 
"But it is not a perfect world and none of us are god-shots.  As for me, I am a little over extracted and therefore slightly bitter and my crema is thin..." -Buckley
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 1:20pm
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Recently I have been getting my coffee from Bodka Coffee. Excellent prices and well roasted.

http://www.bodkacoffee.com/

 
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“Coffee - the favorite drink of the civilized world.”
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 1:57pm
Subject: Re: As good and as good a value of Redbird Espresso?
 

sweaner Said:

Recently I have been getting my coffee from Bodka Coffee. Excellent prices and well roasted.

http://www.bodkacoffee.com/

Posted April 3, 2014 link

I would like to second that recommendation.  This morning on the NS Oscar for the wife I pulled a Main Squeeze espresso, and for me it was the Guatemalan SO espresso.  Medium roasts.  Lots of hazelnut in the nose.  Easy to dial in, especially the Main Squeeze.  Prices are affordable too.  The beans from Bodka also work beautifully with milk drinks - just thought I'd throw that in too.  $5 flat rate shipping.

I really like today's Guatemalan SO.  If I pull it at about 91c and a tight ristretto on my La Pavoni it comes out amazingly sweet.  Rich notes, lots of crema, all around one of the nicest ristrettos I've pulled in a while.

Unfortunately for Redbird I've shifted to Bodka Coffee recently for most of my orders, but I'll be back to Redbird for an order soon enough.
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