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magwa999
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Posted Wed Aug 15, 2012, 1:12am
Subject: Looking for a replacement for Starbucks Espresso Roast
 

I know you all may be upset that I like Starbucks Espresso Roast but I just like it in my La Pavoni. I have tried others and can't seem to find a roast that seems as fresh and clean tasting and good creama. I now live in Canada and hard to find and costly to ship so I beg friends to bring me some when they come to visit.
I am willing to try new roasters but would like to find something close to SER.
Thanks for all and any info........
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Posted Wed Aug 15, 2012, 11:54pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a replacement for Starbucks Espresso Roast
 

A great dark-roasted coffee that's extremely reasonable (including shipping) is the Nostromo from Deep Cello.  (I just recommended this also on another thread for another reason, so I hope I'm not coming across as a fan-boy shill!)

But this is superb stuff and the best I've found in this kind of Italian style. I've been using it in my La Pavoni as well as my other machine and love the results. It works well across a pretty wide temperature range, and is very forgiving of high temperatures - which never hurts with the LP if you're pulling several shots and have friends over. also, regarding the mail, Deep Cello ships within an hour or two of the roast, and I find that Nostromo is still excellent 10 days after roast, so it's a good mail-order choice.

The beans in the Deep Cello blends are many classes up from what Starbucks uses, so even at a lot lower cost, I'm pretty sure from my own experience that you won't be missing your old favorite after a bag or two of this. It has the weight, crema and fresh life that you mention you're looking for, but if you pay attention you'll also find layers of other flavors and sophistication in the balance.   Good luck!
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012, 12:44am
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Thanks for the info but they don't ship to Canada. Sounds good though.............
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012, 5:52am
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I wouldn't associate fresh and clean tasting with Starbucks burnt stale espresso roast ;) lol. You have some known roasters in Canada if you search, 49th Parallel comes to mind.
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012, 1:03am
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I am not an espresso snob so don't confuse the issue. Your palette is different than mine and everyone else. I have found the espresso blends in Canada to be stale and burnt tasting with no flavour. Like 49th for instance.
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012, 7:29am
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Try these guys.
http://www.downeastcoffee.ca/Dec2/Contact3.aspx
I am pretty sure I saw starbucks beans in the stores.

 
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012, 7:43am
Subject: Re: Looking for a replacement for Starbucks Espresso Roast
 

magwa999 Said:

I am not an espresso snob so don't confuse the issue. Your palette is different than mine and everyone else. I have found the espresso blends in Canada to be stale and burnt tasting with no flavour. Like 49th for instance.

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If that's your experience with the blends in Canada, then you should have no problem at all finding a substitute for *$$.

 
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012, 8:24am
Subject: Re: Looking for a replacement for Starbucks Espresso Roast
 

I work downtown Montreal, grocery stores i.e. Sobeys do sell Starbuck coffee. I am quite sure your neighbourhood Sobeys store do or could carry it if asked.

I buy my coffee from Social Coffee & Tea Company web site; they are in Richmond Hill Ontario. I loved their People Daily Espresso blend, they ship for free for 25$ and above.

I used to like Starbuck, than I discovered the 3rd wave coffees in Montreal, I think I am lucky because I can walk to those places during my lunch hour and taste different kind of roasters before buying.

Myriade; 49th Parallel from BC
Cafe Art Java; Social Coffee & Tea from Richmond Hill Ont
Pikolo Espresso Bar; Phil and Sebastian from Calgary

Have you tried Java Blend Coffee in Halifax?
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Posted Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:01am
Subject: Re: Looking for a replacement for Starbucks Espresso Roast
 

FWIW . . .

magwa999 Said:

Looking for a replacement for Starbucks Espresso Roast

Posted August 17, 2012 link

Who can blame you?

magwa999 Said:

I am not an espresso snob . . .

Posted August 17, 2012 link

Sorry, I don't know what that means.  Is that someone who enjoys great espresso?

magwa999 Said:

. . . so don't confuse the issue.

Posted August 17, 2012 link

It's already confusing.

magwa999 Said:

Your palette is different than mine and everyone else.

Posted August 17, 2012 link

Very true, which is precisely why it's so confusing.  All you will get is replies that say -- in effect -- well I like _______, but of course it doesn't mean that will like it, too.

magwa999 Said:

I have found the espresso blends in Canada to be stale and burnt tasting with no flavour. Like 49th for instance.

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See?  Now I've only had beans from 49th a couple of times, and in that extremely limited experience, I found the coffee to be neither stale or burnt-tasting.  OTOH, I cannot recall a single time when *$ wasn't "stale and burnt tasting."

Ergo, since my first thought was to recommend 49th Parallel, and since you have found them to be characterized by words that seem completely opposite to my own experience . . . I'm not sure what I can recommend to you.

How about these roasters?

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, Burnaby, British Columbia (OK, maybe not.)
Detour Coffee Roasters, Dundas, Ontario
Discovery Coffee Roasters, Victoria, British Columbia
Fratello Coffee Roasters, Calgary, Alberta
Origins Coffee, Vancouver, BC
Rocanini Coffee Roasters, Vancouver, BC
Social Coffee Company, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Transcend Coffee, Edmonton, Alberta

 
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Posted Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:10am
Subject: Re: Looking for a replacement for Starbucks Espresso Roast
 

Have you tried Costco? Some years back I noted that at least in the UK the sold beans in bulk, labelled as having been roasted by Starbucks. It was a few years ago mind you.
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