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Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009, 3:33pm
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What are the best espresso beans/roast that I can find in virtually any grocery store?
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Posted Wed Aug 12, 2009, 6:39pm
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Nothing!  You will not find fresh coffee for espresso in a grocer.

 
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Posted Sat Aug 15, 2009, 6:13am
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Coffee and wine are a lot alike in that peoples tastes vary.  What one person might consider nirvana, one might call swill.  So what you need to do is find some beans that you like but as with most things in life, you'll find your taste changes and/or you want to try something different.  As to finding good beans in virtually any grocery store; most of us will tell you that you can't.

So, what you do need to do is try and find a local roaster, so you can purchase some really freshly roasted beans, and hopefully you find some that you like.  If none are available locally, you need to find an online roaster, hopefully close to your location.

FYI, I buy my beans from

http://www.muddydogcoffee.com/coffee/welcome.php

It normally takes two days for my order to reach Omaha, NE, which is pretty quick.

I'm in love with his

Click Here (www.muddydogcoffee.com)
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Posted Sat Aug 15, 2009, 11:58am
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Dodge1 Said:

FYI, I buy my beans from

http://www.muddydogcoffee.com/coffee/welcome.php

It normally takes two days for my order to reach Omaha, NE, which is pretty quick.

I'm in love with his

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Posted August 15, 2009 link

I buy beans from Jim at Muddy Dog as well. but I haven't tried this Brazil. Well maybe I have. I went in there the other day (I live in the area) and he pulled a shot for me, said it was probably Brazil that was in the hopper. I was nice. Thanks for the post. I'll buy that next time.
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Posted Sun Aug 16, 2009, 3:07am
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What are your favorite beans from Muddy Dog?

BTW, your user name was ringing a bell but then I remembered that you're the poster who was asking questions on the International LaSpaziale board, regarding the 2 year old Vivaldi; which you ended up purchasing.

I bought my Vivaldi, a Mini II, about 3 months ago, after a couple of long discussions with Mary and a short final chat with Chris.  Mary has to be one of the nicest people I've run across and she's as honest as they come.

Small world, eh :)
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Posted Sun Aug 16, 2009, 4:23pm
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I agree that it is hard to find decent coffee beans in the grocery store. If you are going to buy from the grocery store find out if they stock any local coffee roasters. Local coffee roasters will tend to be fresher and come with the added bonus of supporting the local economy. If you want to find out more about finding a coffee roaster I wrote an article about it here Click Here (eruditecoffee.blogspot.com)

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Posted Wed Aug 19, 2009, 6:37am
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GeekyGirl Said:

I buy beans from Jim at Muddy Dog as well. but I haven't tried this Brazil. Well maybe I have. I went in there the other day (I live in the area) and he pulled a shot for me, said it was probably Brazil that was in the hopper. I was nice. Thanks for the post. I'll buy that next time.

Posted August 15, 2009 link

Jim's out of the Brazil already :(
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Posted Tue Sep 1, 2009, 4:36pm
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Hi Kieth, new member here in your neighborhood. Sounds like you have found a good source of beans that you enjoy, but I wondered if you know of any roasters you liked close to home (Omaha or Lincoln)? I have been buying from a small roaster in Omaha for coffee, but interested in trying some new beans for espresso.

Vince
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Posted Tue Sep 1, 2009, 11:33pm
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The roaster doesnt need to be close to home..

I line in NY.. Yet i very often order beans from California, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas.. Doesnt matter.  Most places ship USPS priority, garunteeing your receive them in 3 days or less.  If they only offer UPS ground.. Put your order in sunday night.. it SHOULD get there by friday.. but not garunteed.

One of my absolute favorite roasters is in California.. I order from them at least once a month.

There is a roaster about 4-5 hrs away from me.. right upstate.  Sadly.. Im not too fond of thier blends.. They ARE very good.. but im looking for something different then they offer.

I highly suggest Counter Culture Coffee, one of my absolute faves.  4 main blends, a decaf, and usually one or two single origin offerings.
I also suggest intelligentsia.. Awesome awesome coffee, both single origin and espresso AND SO espresso.
Ritual Roasters is a roaster whom i really love.. but they are a TAD pricey.. but I still order from them often.. Usually a pound a month, maybe more.. but thier offerings are fantatic.
Ecco Cafe, another great roaster..

I could go on and on.. Point is.. dont be afraid to try new roasters because they are far away.  Most blends dont peak until day 5 or 6 anyway.. so even if it takes a little time, its still very high quality fresh coffee.

 
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Coffee makes your constantly overcome your prejudices and re-evaluate your own "received wisdoms" when it comes to judging cup flavors. -Tom Owen, SweetMarias
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Posted Wed Sep 2, 2009, 7:51am
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Hi Vince,

The only local roaster I've tried was the one at 144th and Center, which sadly left a lot to be desired.

I'll echo Jman suggestions that a roaster doesn't need to be close to home.  Actually buying online isn't going to affect anything because most freshly roasted beans benefit from resting 4-7 days after roasting, as explained @ this link:

Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

The other advantage of buying online is the absolutely stunning variety of beans that are available.  Shipping costs can sometimes be a tad on the high side but if it's all relative and I, for one, am willing to pay a slight tariff for great beans.

From firsthand experience, I can highly recommend the following beans:

Coffee Klatch Belle Espresso.  For the money, I don't think you can find a better bean.
 
Click Here (klatchroasting.zoovy.com)

Any of Vivace's beans are outstanding.  If you drink decaf, their vita decaf is the best I've ever brewed.
 
http://www.espressovivace.com/blends.html

A couple more from Klatch

Click Here (klatchroasting.zoovy.com)
Click Here (klatchroasting.zoovy.com)

Here are three from Muddydog

Click Here (www.muddydogcoffee.com)
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