dougiedd Senior Member Joined: 17 Oct 2003 Posts: 39 Location: honolulu Expertise: Just starting
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
TheRealScubaSteve Senior Member Joined: 22 Feb 2014 Posts: 97 Location: Massachusetts Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Delonghi EC155 Grinder: Baratza Encore
Posted Tue Apr 1, 2014, 5:41pm Subject: Re: As good and as good a value of Redbird Espresso?
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.
"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
CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,627 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: CC1 Grinder: Baratza
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.
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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