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Buckley
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Posted Wed Apr 2, 2014, 7:09am
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I am on my third bag of Daterra Sweet Collection: Minas Gerais, Brasil by Greenway coffee of Houston, TX.  http://www.greenwaycoffee.com  David and Ecky roast and know what they are doing.  The specific suggestion for this roast is: an 18 gr. dose with an output of 28-30 gr.  Pull the shot between 26-39 seconds.  David suggests to enjoy daterra at a lower temp, try 198-199f.
The cons: many geeks are turned off by beans sold in grams and by 12 oz bags.  Greenway sells this for $16 for a 300 gr. bag.
The pros: taste!, pretty forgiving of parameters and $1 charge for priority shipping.
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Posted Wed Apr 2, 2014, 7:26am
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Buckley Said:

The cons: many geeks are turned off by beans sold in grams and by 12 oz bags.  Greenway sells this for $16 for a 300 gr. bag.

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Though I understand the need for many people to try to get the best value they can for their hard earned money, I also find it odd that geeks are turned off by having to pay a premium for high quality. To me, that's part of being a geek about insert hobby here.

On topic, I agree with Buckley.  The coffees at Greenway are very good and worth buy. I have tried a couple of their Daterra blends (and others) and they've both been really good, each in their own way.

 
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Posted Wed Apr 2, 2014, 7:49am
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Thanks, Ron.  David and Ecky deserve increased recognition among geeks for the quality of their roasts.  I would sure like to see other people try them and, at best, appreciate them.
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Posted Wed Apr 2, 2014, 8:42am
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yeah, ya know...we should have submitted them to the poll for the HB "list of favorites"!  Next year, I guess...

 
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 4:33pm
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emradguy Said:

I also find it odd that geeks are turned off by having to pay a premium for high quality. To me, that's part of being a geek about insert hobby here.

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While I understand what you're saying, $16/300g works out to be just over $1.51 per ounce -- or $24.19 per pound; if you include the extra $1 for shipping, it's $1.606 per ouch, or $25.70 per pound.  

That IS a lot . . . or at least it seems like it to me.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 7:23pm
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Yeah, maybe part of it is just me. I don't really look at the price of food (including coffee). For example, I would never have bothered with that math you just presented. There was a thread a while back discussing the price of a gallon of milk...and to this day I couldn't tell you how much I pay for one. In my house I do all the cooking and grocery shopping and we go through prolly 10 gallons a week.

Now, having said that. I do have my limits. Like...paying the premium for the Panama Geishas is ridiculous to me.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 8:25pm
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I do get it, but let me apologize in advance for the thread drift . . .

When I first got into the wine trade, I could buy the current vintage of Chateaux Lafite Rothschild, Margaux, Mouton, Latour -- and all the First Growths -- for $19.99 or less.  Grands Crus Burgundies?  $24.95 and under.  The very finest Napa Cabernets?  $20 and less . . .

Today, we're talking upwards of $1,000 for the current vintages of the very same wines, in some cases . . . do I pay it?  HELL NO!

The wines I generally buy these days (retail; not in restaurants) still cost $20-40, maybe $50, per bottle.  Were I to spend $100 for a bottle in a retail store, it had better be a damned good bottle!  (A friend of mine had a rather more explicit, graphic description.)

OK, when it comes to coffee, most of what I buy is from Red Bird.  I'm spending $12-14 a pound delivered.  For me to spend TWICE that amount, well, it had better be a darned good cup!

 
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 6:12pm
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I gotta try this. I love Redbird daterra sweet blue for espresso. This sounds bangin'
300 gram bags? Jeez, I thought 12 oz sucked.

Anyone else find that as soon as you hit your stride, the 12 ounce bags is nearly crushed?

They should sell it as a kilo. thats the right amount.

Anyhow, they seem to be sold out, so that solves that.
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Buckley
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 7:08pm
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Dear Coffeeshone,
Two suggestions.  One is to email Dave through the website and beg to see if there isn't any behind the counter that he could scrape together for you - but maybe getting a little old by the time you get it.
The better idea is that sometime before June the Daterra farm releases their reserve pickings and Greeenway is allowed to buy some of it as a sort of loyalty reward program and then they roast it up nicely and it is some lovely stuff.  So, as a consolation, I would start checking Greenway around the end of May and see if they start offering their Daterra Reserve at that time.

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Posted Tue May 27, 2014, 3:13pm
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These sound great and I was thinking of pulling the trigger on an order, but the 12oz bags and pricing did make me question if it was worth it.  Your review pushed me over.  Will order tonight.
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