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naimnut
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Posted Sat Feb 4, 2012, 7:16pm
Subject: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

Since I got my Vario I must admit that my expenditures for coffee have been increasing. And my wife finally noticed. I'm going through about a pound a week. At an average of $15/pound my wife has done the math and figured out a rough estimate of the annual cost. SO...

Does anyone have any recommendations for "good", low-cost espresso? I read about the Costco Don Pedro, and I'm going to try to track some down.

Any other options out there?

And oh, BTW, I also need a good, reasonably priced, reliable decaf.
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Posted Sat Feb 4, 2012, 7:30pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

Redbird.
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brianmch
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Posted Sat Feb 4, 2012, 9:25pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

MARIOBARBA Said:

Redbird.

Posted February 4, 2012 link

5lb @ a time. Read the threads about deep freezing for storage.

Most Costco coffee is pretty much dated although some roast in-house.
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Posted Sun Feb 5, 2012, 3:46pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

Machine:  $1149
Grinder:  $459

And $15/lb. is a problem????

 
A morning without coffee is sleep . . .
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Dodge1
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Posted Mon Feb 6, 2012, 6:16am
Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

18 grams of coffee is .04 of a pound.  

So if you’re using $15 a pound beans, a single 18 gram shot would cost you 60 cents.  If you order the 5 pound bag from Redbird, it will cost you just over $10 a pound, or 40 cents for that 18 gram shot.  However, for the most part there is a world of difference between “cheap” beans and good beans and the old dictate of you get what you pay for holds pretty true for beans.  

One other point, it would be pretty boring to use the same beans, day after day after day.
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naimnut
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Posted Mon Feb 6, 2012, 1:48pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

SWMBO is really pretty understanding about most of these things. After all, it was her idea for me to get an espresso machine for Father's Day last year!

And her comment was more in a broader context that, when it comes to my hobbies I tend to not really question the cost. And, maybe, I should sometimes. [;>)

And I guess I should, sometimes.

The experience makes me realize what a good deal I've been getting by picking up my Middle Fork directly from the roaster.
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TrailRunR
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Posted Wed Feb 8, 2012, 6:53pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

Try Dean's Beans. Most of his coffee is under $10 a pound, it's fresh, and he deals directly with most of the growers. He doesn't market a "espresso blend" but try the MoKa Java and such. A lot of it is pretty good.

Good luck,
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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2012, 5:55pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

You may try Deep Cello's Nostromo for two 12oz bags was under 25.00 that included shipping from Oregon to North Carolina, or two 12oz bags of Tuscano from Counter Culture for about the same price. I was looking at some of Intelligentsia Black Cat but it's 15.00 for one 12oz bag that's not including the shipping. But how fresh is the coffee from Costco the fresher and closer to the roast date the better the coffee with taste

 
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Posted Thu Apr 19, 2012, 12:48pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

I agree with the Redbird suggestion. It is a perfect compromise for price and taste. It IS a bit expensive than other budget espresso but at least you won't have to sacrifice the taste of your coffee. I mean, Redbird does taste really good and it is also very easy to find.
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Sashas
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Posted Thu Apr 19, 2012, 11:10pm
Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
 

I would recommend Caffe D'Arte from Seattle and their Firenze blend. At 13$/lb (in Vancouver, probably cheaper in Seattle) it's  a good value.
Still I don't mind paying 3$/lb more for Epic espresso or Black Cat ;-)
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