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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 5:44pm
Subject: Affordable Quality Beans in ~1lb quantities: Suggestions?
 

I like to switch beans a lot and try out the various recommended blends out there, which also keeps me from purchasing beans in quantities of over 1lb.

With that in mind, does anyone have recommendations?

Beans I've tried:
  1. Redbird - 16.99 for 1lb
  2. CCC Toscano - 18.75 for 12oz
  3. Metropolis Redline - 21.38 for 1lb
    *prices include shipping to CA*

Thanks! :D

 
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2012, 6:24pm
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What did you think of redline compared to the other 2?  I have had the first 2.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012, 5:30am
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(my untrained palatte found redline to be brighter and fruitier.  it's also roasted a bit lighter than redbird and toscano.  i personally found it excellent in milk (more-so than the other beans)!  I was surprised how much its flavor changed when used in milk drinks.

one other thing i like is that they provide very specific brewing parameters to achieve various different flavors (Click Here (www.metropoliscoffee.com)).  it makes me want to buy a triple basket

 
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012, 9:24am
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have you looked over the [list of our favorite roasters] on HB?  There are many recommendations there.

If you can describe flavor profiles you prefer, some of us might be more able to help you narrow it down.

Also, your thread title begins with the word "affordable" What's your top price?  You've spent $18.75 for 12 oz already, many people would say that's expensive, even for top quality roasts.  Heck, I know at least two people who say spending $18/lb for Klatch's WBC is too much.

Espresso blends I've loved: Klatch's WBC, Red Bird Espresso, Red Bird Blue Jaguar, Sweet Maria's Liquid Amber, Espresso Vivace Dolce Vita, Deep Cello Black Tie, the list goes on.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012, 2:07pm
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As much as I enjoyed ccc's toscano, I probably won't be revisiting it anytime soon due to its price.  I guess I'm looking for something along the lines of redbird in regards to value.  I'll probably go through the entire list to see which roasters offer the most value, but I was just curious if there were any unknown roasters known for their value without sacrificing on quality.  

As for flavors/taste, I'm not looking for anything specific.  I'd love to try it all.

atm, I can't justify $20 for 12oz.  I'd prefer something around $1/oz

 
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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2012, 6:31pm
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Red Bird has the best prices, 11.99 per lb or 51.00 for 5 lbs and that includes shipping and you get a piece of chocolate for every pound you order. I like CCC's Toscano but the last time I got some was when it was 11.95/ 12 oz not it's 14.95 / 12 oz.

 
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:34am
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I think you need to look more local so you don't have to pay shipping.  I would think there are tons of shops near you in S. Cali.  What about blue bottle?

 
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012, 1:34pm
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There's a place south of me in Miami, Cafe Don Pablo, I get 2lbs shipped fresh roasted to my house for like $20 or slightly under depending on the bean. The Brazil and Espresso blend were really good. I too don't mind trying others, but I just can't get over paying 15-20 bucks for 12oz + shipping, or 16oz for that matter. Their Espresso blend was as good as any $$$ bean from others I've had.

You should also try to find a roaster local to you for pickup as well
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012, 2:04pm
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I've had many of the roasts from Cafe Don Pablo too, and they are all good.  Lately I've been getting all my coffee from Panther Coffee and there hasn't been anything there that I've tried that hasn't been exceptional!!

Of course, living down here, I don't have to pay shipping....  but their coffees are amazing.  I'm especially enjoying the El Salvador, Columbia, and Ethiopian S.O.'s as well as the espresso blend. All are $19.00 - $20.00 per pound.

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Rick is the one that turned me on to Cafe Don Pablo lol
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