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Chanty
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 2:20pm
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I found one of my favorite blends of all (thus far)---Barrington Gold.  Very smooth, but yet robust & chocolately, caramelly.   Holds up wonderfully as a cappuccino.  Shipping has gone up $2 more now to $8.75.   This puts a crimp in how often I will be able to have that one shipped.  The shipping is more than 1/2 of what a pound costs.   They say this is the best deal they have found, yet FedEx has always been a pricier option when people ship to me that way.  USPS has its downfalls, but most of the beans I get (or shall I say all, except Barrington) ship USPS.  It is normally $5-6 for shipping (acceptable), and I still get it within 3-4 days.  That's fine with me because I never break open a bag of beans until it is at least 4-5 days from roast date.  Oh well......
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 2:27pm
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Buy five lb from redbird, shipping charge, nada.
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Chanty
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 3:16pm
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Thanks, but freezing doesn't work in our very, very old fridge/freezer.  So, most I can order at one time is maybe (BIG maybe) 2 lbs.
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 3:31pm
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If you can, you can look into getting a small deep freeze chest for pretty cheap. Yeh older freezers won't work well, my fridge freezer works perfect I've gone two months out from freezing. But a friend has an older fridge/freezer and even after having a tech come out to check same beans I use do not seem to freeze well in his, pry something to do with temp stability and defrost cycles on older units.
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013, 5:59am
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I never really liked the freezing option.  I think if you can find a place that sells by the LB or will sell you a Kilo (2.2) for under $40 shipping included your better off. I find that that amount lasts me 10-12 days, so just when the coffee is fading I'm at the end or maybe have a shot or 2 worth left to flush the machine. Paying shipping for a lessor amount just doesn't make sense to me.
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 2:09pm
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I'm way out in California, but have you tried here?

The Stone Creek Coffee Factory
422 N. 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Tel: 414-270-1008
Fax: 414-273-1251

I'm sure there might be local roaster around you like this place, they have like 9 stores in the area.
I pay about $7 for a half pound of coffee from a place close to me, if I miss my roasting for the week.
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 3:26pm
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Verve has free shipping and has NEVER disappointed me.

-Dave-
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 4:46pm
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I do on and off get Stone Creek.  It's good, not the best--but in between waiting for my favorite mail order roasts, I use them.
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Posted Tue May 21, 2013, 4:48pm
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Verve is very good also.  I really like their Sermon.  Very blueberrish.  Not my favorite, but one I will go to on and off.  My favorites are Barrington Gold and Caffe Fresco's Ambrosia.  I really enjoy Redline by Metropolis.  They have a sale right now that I took advantage of.
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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 2:39am
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Dear Chanty,

First, let me commiserate with you.  Shipping has gotten ridiculous.  Buying drinkable amounts of freshly roasted artisan coffee across the country may become a indulgent luxury.

Suggesting second-best roasters (with respect to your preferences) based upon shipping costs is hardly a reassuring option.

Freezing is okay but does take the highest quality roasts down a small amount and, as you observed, refrigerator freezers may not perform up to standards.

Buying a chest freezer is an expensive option.  You still pay high shipping - albeit less frequently on a more efficient cost-per-weight basis.  The freezer costs only pennies per day to run - but it runs every day.

My solution was a coffee-lifestyle change.  I now buy green beans in bulk; no problem with storage.  I roast my own and I am learning a lot about varietal character and roast character.  I will even claim that my jaded palate is being trained to be more accepting of the immense variety of notes that are present in coffee.  The trade-off is that I no longer taste the unique results that highly trained and experienced roasters can pull out of a crop of SO beans that they have cupped and bought for that very purpose.  The consolation is that I can regularly appreciate the very fleeting and short-lived flavor notes that can only be tasted from freshly-roasted beans for the first or second day after degassing.  A hot air popper is not so expensive and works surprisingly well with careful attention.

"As we live our lives, we find that there are no true options - only accommodations."

Buckley
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