naimnut Senior Member Joined: 13 Jul 2011 Posts: 68 Location: Seattle area Expertise: I live coffee
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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.
Dodge1 Senior Member Joined: 21 Dec 2002 Posts: 208 Location: Omaha Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: GS/3 Grinder: K30 Vario WBC & K10 WBC
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.
TrailRunR Senior Member Joined: 7 Feb 2007 Posts: 76 Location: Western Massachusetts, USA Expertise: I love coffee
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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 $10 a pound, it's fresh, and he deals directly with most of the growers. He doesn't market a "espresso blend" but try the MoKa Java and such. A lot of it is pretty good.
Posted Thu Feb 9, 2012, 5:55pm Subject: Re: Recommendations for "Budget" Espresso?
You may try Deep Cello's Nostromo for two 12oz bags was under 25.00 that included shipping from Oregon to North Carolina, or two 12oz bags of Tuscano from Counter Culture for about the same price. I was looking at some of Intelligentsia Black Cat but it's 15.00 for one 12oz bag that's not including the shipping. But how fresh is the coffee from Costco the fresher and closer to the roast date the better the coffee with taste
I agree with the Redbird suggestion. It is a perfect compromise for price and taste. It IS a bit expensive than other budget espresso but at least you won't have to sacrifice the taste of your coffee. I mean, Redbird does taste really good and it is also very easy to find.
I would recommend Caffe D'Arte from Seattle and their Firenze blend. At 13$/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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