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MARIOBARBA
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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2012, 6:27am
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My only complaint about places like Gamba and other 3rd wave shops is the price of the coffee.  I've paid up to 18$ for 12oz of coffee from out of town micro roasters.  If I order from Social I can pay 12-13$ shipped to my door.  I recently paid 4$ for 1/2 lb of coffee from Prima Goccia in Montreal- North on a whim.  For the price, it was very good.
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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2012, 6:49am
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MARIOBARBA Said:

My only complaint about places like Gamba and other 3rd wave shops is the price of the coffee.  I've paid up to 18$ for 12oz of coffee from out of town micro roasters.  If I order from Social I can pay 12-13$ shipped to my door.  I recently paid 4$ for 1/2 lb of coffee from Prima Goccia in Montreal- North on a whim.  For the price, it was very good.

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Have you tried commonly liked blends like Red Bird, Redline and 49th Parallel  ? Cause if the coffee is really good, I don't mind paying few dollars more, but it have to be worth the extra money...

From Prima Goccia, which blend did you ordered ?

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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2012, 10:22am
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Bought the Goccia d’Oro blend from Terra Café during lunch time. Will try it tonight :)

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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2012, 1:47pm
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dzitt Said:

Any suggestion ?

dzitt

Posted March 21, 2012 link

why don't you ask whoever sold you your espresso machine ???
ciao, Pietro
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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2012, 5:52pm
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cappuccinoboy Said:

why don't you ask whoever sold you your espresso machine ???
ciao, Pietro

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I did and I tried one (Terra Cafe) today and will try more...

Is that bad to ask others too to have different views and suggestions ? What if I don't have the same taste as my seller ?

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Posted Wed Apr 18, 2012, 2:02pm
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dzitt Said:

I did and I tried one (Terra Cafe) today and will try more...

Is that bad to ask others too to have different views and suggestions ? What if I don't have the same taste as my seller ?

dzitt

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it is perfectly normal, but the palate is yours and you are the sole person to decide what you like best...and although any professional seller will offer a range of different blends, my advice is to concentrate on one type coffee and really get the best out of it, every time..., when you gain this type of consistency you could responsibly explore the world of different blends, and again one at a time.
but that is my opinion, YMMV and you could always blame the blend instead of your poor Mano or lousy grinder, or you could even start doubting that you need to upgrade your machine (that is perfectly capable of giving you a very good shot..)
Good journey (to the espresso heaven..) ciao, Pietro
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Posted Wed Apr 18, 2012, 6:38pm
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Pietro, I do undertand your opinion and the way you express it and you are probably right ! What I needed after having bought a better machine than I had before, is to have something to rely on. I had poor quality to bad at home. I needed to have at least a base to work on (beans), then to learn the machine and the adjustments that would help me to reach a satisfying result.

Will continue to improve as time goes by...

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Posted Wed Apr 18, 2012, 7:55pm
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MARIOBARBA Said:

My only complaint about places like Gamba is the price of the coffee. 18$ for 12oz of coffee from out of town micro roasters.  If I order from Social I can pay 12-13$ shipped to my door.

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I don't know when was the last time you order from Social, but their cheapest coffee is 13$ and the charge 7$/lb shipping + tax.....no saving there. When I want to spend less then 20$/lb from Gamba i buy from cafe st-henri ~ 13$ or from cafe union 10-12$.

I've read in another posting that you've tried some italian imported coffee. I would like to try some did you get it from cafe mali or a place like milano on st-laurence, any recommendation for someone into northern italian style coffee?

Thanks
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Posted Thu Apr 26, 2012, 7:01am
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The Goccia d’Oro blend bought from Terra Café is good. Have I have tried it with different grind size, longest and shorter shots to find witch way I prefer it. Will buy again...

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Posted Thu Apr 26, 2012, 8:05am
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People' Daily from Social is 12$ for 12oz.  They offer free shipping for orders over 25$ and you shouldn't pay tax on coffee in Quebec.  Generally I get two bags of coffee shipped for free which I receive on average 2-3 days post roast.  One goes into the chest freezer the other gets used.  St-Henri has their godshot listed at 15.50$/12 oz on their website before shipping, do they have lower prices in store?

As for the italian import stuff, I usually go to Mayrand in St-Leonard or the Inter Marché near my place in Laval.  Just get the bags with the farthest best before date.  1kg bags in my experience are better than 250g bags or cans.  The Italian companies seem to make better blends for bars/cafes than they do for home use.  The fact is most italians don't make real espresso at home, they go to the bar and use a moka pot at home.
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