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espressonewb1
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Posted Thu Mar 27, 2014, 12:42pm
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CMIN Said:

Honestly Verves "free shipping" is just a gimmick, that's not to talk them down as the coffee is good but all their doing imo is including the shipping in the price of the pound. Look at what others charge for a pound + shipping for the most part and that'll tell ya. I mean does anyone think their going to eat shipping cost on every single bag lol.

Posted March 27, 2014 link

Agreed and good point which is why I made the comparison to Red Bird ($12.95/pound + $5.0 USPS)=$17.95 versus $20/lb for Verve which includes shipping. Verve is still a bit higher as compared to Red Bird. Verve bakes it in as you pointed out.  Also Intelly's Black Cat if  shipping is not included is more expensive than Verve.
I'm going to stick to Red Bird $57.95 for a 5 pound bag of Blue Jaguar + shipping
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Posted Thu Mar 27, 2014, 12:55pm
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Yeh Red Bird is a good value,  few others on 5lb orders too. On the lower end I found Fair Mountain Coffee to be the best as 2lbs ships for around 27 or so depending on what you buy, and their offerings are damn good. Though there is a local place near me that sells 2lbs for 12-14 bucks or so, they do a ton of roasting for restaurants and other places down here and Costco so their volume allows steep pricing. Usually shipped to my house for like 19,but last few times the beans have just been ok, think I got a bad batch or two.
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Posted Thu Mar 27, 2014, 3:11pm
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In addition to RedBird Espresso I've been very happy with Bodka Coffee (bodkacoffee.com) lately.  Prices are usually $12/pound and $5 flat rate shipping.  I order usually 5+ pounds at a time, picking up a few SO along with espresso blend.

Unfortunately many of the places that have the best deals on espresso beans don't seem to have great espresso clubs.  Seems there's a premium being charged for the subscription, but maybe that's extra shipping, scheduling and everything else mixed in.  So I just order 5 pounds, throwing 4 in the freezer upon receipt and consolidating 5-6 weeks of coffee into one shipment.  The 1 pound bags don't take up too much space in the freezer either, so it works.

FYI: Bodka also has deals on 5 pound orders now too.
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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2014, 7:40am
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Well, I went ahead and ordered four pounds of coffee from Metropolis: 2 lbs of Red line, one of ...Schweik's... and one of La Cordillera.
All roasted on the 24-th (today is the 28-th).
Tried them all today; looking for that perfect dial for my Electra MCAL.
No joy: no matter what I do all come out very sour.
Went back to Redbird's Blue jag (as a control), and that one still pulls as usual.
Metropolis roast does seem a lot lighter, but apart from that I am not sure what causes the sour taste.
I tried to vary fineness and weight (13 gm - 16 gm), and even temp.
Even when I let the MCAL overheat, the shot is sour (as opposed to the usual bitter).
Totally stumped.
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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2014, 7:47am
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Pendel Said:

Well, I went ahead and ordered four pounds of coffee from Metropolis: 2 lbs of Red line, one of ...Schweik's... and one of La Cordillera.
All roasted on the 24-th (today is the 28-th).
Tried them all today; looking for that perfect dial for my Electra MCAL.
No joy: no matter what I do all come out very sour.
Went back to Redbird's Blue jag (as a control), and that one still pulls as usual.
Metropolis roast does seem a lot lighter, but apart from that I am not sure what causes the sour taste.
I tried to vary fineness and weight (13 gm - 16 gm), and even temp.
Even when I let the MCAL overheat, the shot is sour (as opposed to the usual bitter).
Totally stumped.

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Not sure, I had La Cordillera and liked it, and Redline was pry the best coffee I've had in a long time, friends ordered it too after being at the house and having it and loved it. Neither was close to sour, generally that would point to temps being low but if you let the Mcal run at higher temps and still had that issue no idea there. I was dosing 16-17G. Yeh Redline was pry the lightest "espresso" blend I've had, yet oddly especially in milk was so chocolately/caramel like, didn't have the brightness I thought it would be like just looking at the beans.
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Posted Wed Apr 2, 2014, 6:58am
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Pendel Said:

Totally stumped.

Posted March 28, 2014 link

When a roaster does not publish suggested brew parameters for their roast, I usualy contact them by email or phone and ask what they suggest.  For instance, the roaster of the SO that I am enjoying right now got back to me and suggested a specific dose weight, output weight, temperature and infusion duration.  Call Metropolis and see if that does not help, for starters.
Incidentally, I dislike Red Line.  Never had any good cups from it.  Other peoples' experiences seem more pleasing to them.
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Posted Tue Jun 24, 2014, 7:13am
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Well, next I tried Fairmountain and Paradise.

Paradise (January): Espresso Classico, Espresso Nuevo, S.O. Espresso Mexico Santa Teresa.

These are OK but none blew my socks off. No problem dialing them in, but none were outstanding.

Moved on to Fairmountain: Bali (Feb), House Blend (March), Greg's Blend (March, May), House Blend FMCR (April), Java (April), Full Moon (April), Dos Locos (May).

Again, mostly OK, with one outstanding performer: House Blend (March). This was a medium-dark roast and it was wonderful! Alas, when I ordered House Blend again, I got the FMCR version, which is a medium roast and is nothing special IMHO. I was told by the folks at Fairmountain that due to customer's requests they had switched their HB to medium roast, and made the original medium-dark roast HB their new Greg's Blend. I tried the latter and did not find it to be the same as the original HB.

So I am back to looking for the next roaster to try. I do think that I tend to like medium-dark roasts now, the more caramel - the better; with no dominant chocolate overtones.
Still looking for 1 lb bags with reasonable shipping.

All suggestions are welcome.

:-)
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Posted Thu Jul 10, 2014, 9:17am
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Mtn Air Roasting, the 4 pack is 30 dollars shipped. Pick 4 of their coffees, most sized at 250 gram. So a Kilo, which meets your 15 dollar a pound criteria, but not on an ongoing basis...

I think for an ongoing basis Counter Culture or Verve is probably a good bet for you, but it's more money than you wanted to spend. Otherwise you can look at sites like Mistobox, Coffeekind or goCoffeego and take advantage of their deals.

Many others out there that will get you a pound a week of coffee, but most are more than you want to spend.

Since you are on the East Coast, look at George Howell, Barismo and Atomic Cafe.

Oh I think Bad Beards would be a good place to look too. Damn I miss me Deep Cello... :'(

 
Less water, more grounds.
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Posted Mon Jul 14, 2014, 2:29pm
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I get some very good, fresh, organic coffee from Mayagora - through Costco.com.  It costs 37 dollars for 2, 2lb bags, free shipping. That's 9.25/lb. Consistently makes rich, tasty espresso!
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Posted Fri Aug 15, 2014, 6:13pm
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I am thinking of setting up a club for coffeegeekers if there's enough interest.  

I have a coffee import business in Hong Kong.  We mostly deal with premium retailers in China but I have the scope (and interest) to develop the Internet business.  So, if people want, I can set up a pick & choose interface on the website where you select the coffees you want from a roster of hyper-premiums mixed in with "daily drivers".  

I can set things up online so the packet sizes range from multiples of 4oz right up to 10lb on the coffees so people can mix and match to hit their taste profiles (and budgets - the hyper-hyper premium coffees like Jamaica Blue Mountain, Indonesian Kopi Luwak, Hawaii Kona, Panama Esmaralda, Mindanao Gold, Kenya AA can get pretty expensive).  

The "daily driver" coffee would be a House Blend, or I can put together a roster of high-grade single origin coffees if people are interested in keeping things pure.  I'll be going to a coffee trade fair in Hong Kong today, where pretty much all of the Asian growers are represented, to pick up more contacts and discuss a couple of buys in the ton range.  I have full blending, grinding, processing and bagging capabilities.

There's only one wrinkle I can think of.  The cost of shipping from HK to the rest of the world starts at USD10.00, so I'm thinking of offering larger, quarterly shipments to try to get around that, or just programming a UPS weight calculation in to the website to let people know how much shipping around 10lbs of coffee would cost.

Coffeegeekers, please let me know if you find this (preliminary) idea interesting.  If I get enough positive feedback, I'll start to develop the ordering interface and become a paid advertiser on this site to keep things above board.

Thanks,

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