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cs137
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Posted Thu Jul 11, 2013, 10:04pm
Subject: buying coffee - is this expensive?
 

I've been looking at coffee roasters in the Boston area. I'm sure the coffee is excellent, but the average price is around $17 per 12 oz. Is this generally how much people pay for their coffee? It seems like this might get rather expensive. I've also looked around online, but shipping can add a lot of money (generally $5-$7).

I'm guessing that a cappuccino uses 14g of coffee? If so, then 12oz of coffee should make 24 cappuccinos? This means a 12 oz bag would last me ~1 month - but if I only order once per month, the beans will go stale. Is there something I'm missing?

Where does everyone buy their coffee (and how much does it cost)? Do these estimates seem correct? I wish I could roast my own coffee, but unfortunately, I don't have a yard where I can do it. Thanks for the help!
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Posted Thu Jul 11, 2013, 10:14pm
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Roasted coffee prices are highly variable, depending on quality and reputation of the roaster. $17 for 12 oz is not outrageous for high-quality coffee (e.g., Terroir in Boston). I just orderes some Salvadorean beans from PT's for $18.20 in a 12-oz bag. $5.50 for shipping. It's just the price of quality.

If you're in to mood to freeze coffee, ordering by 5 lb quantities can save money on both the beans and shipping.

(edit) If you're paying $17 for 12 oz, and it makes 24 espressos, you're only paying $0.70 per shot. Not bad. Of course, that does not count waste from dialing in, etc.

 
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Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013, 6:10am
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Hi,
That price is in the ball park. As Dana said, the more you buy in a lot, the less the over all price. I have a local coffee shop that I help maintain the equipment at, I do it for free as we have so few good coffee shops local. In return, they sell me coffee at just over cost, I pay $55 for a 5 pound bag of freshly roasted coffee and as they use the coffee in the shop, no shipping. From the roaster, the price would be in the ball park of $70 or so plus shipping.

I break the bag into 1 week size lots, remove as much air as possible from a zip lock bag then deep freeze. Only freeze once and thaw in the bag before opening to prevent condensation on the cold beans.

I find this to be acceptable to me and my taste, a fair trade off. Some do not like to freeze and that is fine too.Do whatever works for you and meets your needs.

The most I have ever paid for coffee is $75 for a small lot run of some great coffee from a quality roaster (sorry I don't remember what coffee it was), it was a few years ago, the bag size was 12 oz. There are those who have paid more for sure.

Good quality is like any other food. You can buy McDonnalds or you can eat at a 5 star establishment. Both places fill your stomach  but one is much better tasting. Supermarket coffee is stale McDonnalds.

 
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Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013, 6:26am
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There is, of course, the avenue of home roasting.  Many fine, world-class coffees can be had for ~$5-$8 per pound when purchased "green."
Small batches (guaranteeing freshness) can be roasted in a cheap, air popcorn popper.  I know this approach is not for everyone, but just sayin'...
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Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013, 7:35am
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There is nothing wrong with home roasting. It is however a whole new hobby to add to brewing coffee, one that has as many tips and tricks as brewing great espresso and coffee. There is nothing wrong with that at all, my personal life does not have the time to invest, I have too many hobbies at the moment and my time is worth more than the small increase in price that a roaster charges.

As you said though, it isn't that hard and the price IS lower per pound.... not counting your time LOL!

 
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Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013, 7:40am
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I only go for places that offer 1lb bags, 12oz bags annoy me for at home with two people and sometimes people over lol. Plus for whatever reason every place I've bought 12oz bags from was way higher in price and for shipping, I was spending like 17-20 a bag + shipping, then finding others offering 1lb bags of same/similar blends or beans for cheaper, usually shipped less then buying a 12oz bag w/o shipping lol. Like Cal I freeze too, batches in zip lock bags w/ air squeezed out and then into ball canning jars. Like him too, no real difference in taste, I can pull a jar out a month later and use the same grind setting as fresh or slightly tighter, shots look the same, taste the same etc.... way better then leaving a bag in the cupboard and going stale fast or sticking the whole bag like some do w/ tape over the valve in the freezer and then wondering why the results weren't good.
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Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013, 9:25am
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Well, it matters to the kind of coffee you want to roast. It doesn't mean that excellent quality coffee is expensive. There are cheaper ones if you are not lazy to look around. However, the price matter to where it came from.

Don't worry if your beans turn stale, then donít roast your own. You can still have coffee in some good shops that will satisfy your taste. Just have coffee at your convenience; you can even do it at home at lesser cost.

 
Did you know...? Dark roast coffees actually have less caffeine than lighter roasts due to the fact that the process of roasting burns off caffeine.
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Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013, 1:47pm
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I have some very good coffee shops nearby! Maybe I'll just keep going to those :D
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 3:47pm
Subject: Re: buying coffee - is this expensive?
 

cs137 Said:

I've been looking at coffee roasters in the Boston area. I'm sure the coffee is excellent, but the average price is around $17 per 12 oz. Is this generally how much people pay for their coffee?

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No idea.  People pay varying amounts.  That amount sounds like it's in the ballpark of what I'm paying per pound.  Keep in mind that "expensive" is always highly subjective, regardless of topic.  Only you can determine if it's too expensive for you or not.  Back when I lived across the street from a local roaster I got my beans for free.

cs137 Said:

I'm guessing that a cappuccino uses 14g of coffee?

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14g is typical for a double but some use baskets that hold more.  Some may dose less.  Depends on the machine, portafilter basket and individual's preference.

cs137 Said:

Where does everyone buy their coffee

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Varies.  I use a local roaster (owner owns my preferred coffee shop).

cs137 Said:

I'm guessing that a cappuccino uses 14g of coffee? If so, then 12oz of coffee should make 24 cappuccinos? This means a 12 oz bag would last me ~1 month - but if I only order once per month, the beans will go stale. Is there something I'm missing?

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Not sure what you mean.  I only only say that you're missing that usage varies.  A pound lasts me 2 weeks.
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Posted Mon Jul 15, 2013, 12:46am
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have you considered buying in a lot rather than your suggested amount. the more your purchase as they say, would be much more cheaper.

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