caffefresco Senior Member Joined: 22 Nov 2004 Posts: 98 Location: USA
Posted Wed Dec 7, 2005, 5:58am Subject: Re: Costco Coffee
Hi ... I have never been to a Costco so I do not know what beans they offer. When shopping there look for a recent roast date and of course a low-acidic coffee offering. Try a Brazilian, PNG or Sumatra for starts. If they offer other Indos try them too. Hope this helps.
Chocolate_Dog_Kona Senior Member Joined: 21 Jun 2005 Posts: 143 Location: Over a mile high, CO Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2005, 2:12pm Subject: Re: Costco Coffee
Costco fresh-roast is a great option (and a great deal!) for practicing or when you have guests. I mean come on, $9 for 2.5 lbs of fresh roasted coffee? I ocasionally use the fresh-roasted stuff from Costco. I think their "brand" is called Seattle Mountain. My store in Fort Worth gets their greens in 50-lb burlap bags, and if I want to buy it green, they'll let me as long as I'm paying the same amount as I would for a full bag of roasted beans.
They usually roast their beans fresh 4-5 days a week (M-Th here), and most of that does sell during the following week. You are at least guaranteed to get fresh coffee when buying there (especially if the bag is still warm). It is still far from the best coffee though, but it beats charbucks. My Sweet Maria's home-roasts are a night and day difference better in the cup from the Costco roasts; howerer, the cup of Costco roast is still far superior to what I can get at any shop around here.
My all-time favorite from Costco was the Kenya AA "special purchase" in the black bag they had the last couple of years. However, I am typically a Kenya fan anyway, which could explain why I liked it.
The current black bag special purchase here is a Honduran. I haven't tried it though. I really didn't like the last black bag special they had as a SO espresso. It was roasted too dark, and had a terrible motor oil flavor to it. I can't remember where it was from, but I think it was Guatemalan. We took the bag back and got a refund after trying it.
BTW, SO means Single Origin. In other words, it all comes from one place (Kenya, Honduras, etc.). Most espresso roasts are blends. This is done for many reasons, but rather than explain it myself, I'll refer you to Sweet Maria's excellent blending page as it's a very informative read: Blending Also check out their other articles, listed here. Their site has a wealth of information buried in it.
As far as the coffee that Costco usually carries, their in-house blend isn't too bad for espresso. In my opinion, it beats their French roast which is far too dark unless you like the ashy flavor. I would say their French roast is more of a Vienna, kinda like charbucks does most of theirs. Their Costa Rican is so-so, also roasted a bit too dark IMO.
Compared to my home roasts, everything I've tried from Costco seems a bit thinner and doesn't have nearly as much body. But that is also due, in part, to being SO. Their blend is a bit better in this respect.
That's all I've tried, so I hope that helps you out! Have fun, and enjoy!
I'm talking about coffee that was roasted inside the store. the COSTCO I visited had a big roaster in there and they were roasting coffee and filling up the bags for sale right there. I tried some blend they had and it made decent espresso (but like Chocoalte Dog said, I also get better results from my home roasts).
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