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- 12-19-2012 02:22 AM #1
I have never enjoyed coffee, so recommend me some cheap & easy coffee beans to try...
I recently purchased a cheap French Coffee Press to enjoy "real" coffee, because I've apparently never experienced the real thing. Never enjoyed the taste of it, so just never really drank it. But I'm sure there's something out there for me to love. I sure enjoy iced coffee with tons of creamer & sugar, but I feel like that's cheating.
My experience is limited to el cheapo brands that is already ground. But I know that the best coffee comes in beans and should only be ground when used immediately. I've got an electric grinder I picked up for $2 at a garage sale, and I'll be using a "Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning w/ Built-In Grinder" jar for portable use [after I empty out the seasoning].
Soo.... I've got everything to experience REAL coffee, ok?? Everything... that is, except the coffee beans.
Tried looking at the local grocery store, and the only thing that comes in whole beans is Community. Are there any Community whole beans that are worth a hoot?? I saw around 5-7 flavors they had, maybe. Maybe WalMart will have a better selection??
I would prefer to find something easily and cheaply accessible. I really don't want to pay shipping for something that has a rather large chance of me not enjoying. Perhaps I could order something from Amazon, however, when I need a filler to get free shipping with a $25 order??
- 12-19-2012 06:58 AM #2
Maybe you have never enjoyed coffee because you have been too cheap to buy decent beans.
Find a local roaster and buy something that's freshly roasted.
- 12-19-2012 07:27 AM #3
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You will never find good coffee beans if you keep on looking for something that's cheap.
Do you have a local roaster in your area? You could always just go and buy a half pound of beans and try them out. Even Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts beans would be better than the ones on Amazon or Walmart. Keep in mind that you probably won't find "good" coffee beans for less than $10 a pound.
- 12-19-2012 08:11 AM #4
I think we need to define what is good coffee first before you can get to your amazing cup of coffee you crave or want.
90 percent of people in this world think Starbucks coffee is the greatest coffee or very good coffee. However, in coffee industry, most of the people know that is not true or disagree.
So how do you introduce good coffee to average coffee drinker about this secret(?) truth.....lol
To most of the people, coffee is simple morning drink. Some people would go out of their way to have better experiences but most of them just simply keep Folgers and other cheap and bitter brand at home for their "Morning Wake Up Call"...
So to answer your question, what is your expectation of great coffee?
Simply, we all can direct you to the great coffee of our idea... or ... industry standard but that might not be the answer you are looking for......Like when i was looking for that great bottle of wine that didn't exist until I defined my idea of "Great".
- 12-19-2012 02:39 PM #5
Going to that one link provides me a way to whittle down my number of potential choices to around 50. Regular -- Whole Bean -- 1 lbs Bag or Less. Anyway I can easily whittle it down some more, or should I just stick with the most popular choice -- "All Day Gourmet Coffee - Fresh Roased - Celebes Kalossi"??
For now, I will definitely follow your advice and stick to the whole beans at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Just did a quick Google search for a local roaster and found one about 15 miles away, so I will check them out next time I'm in that direction.
No matter who you are...
- Sierra Nevada WHEAT (not the Pale Ale, which I do enjoy from time to time) is a great beer that anyone can enjoy.
- Abita Restoration is a great beer.
- Abita Jockamo is best served with seafood, like crab legs.
- Magic Hat #9 is good.
- SweetWater 420 is good.
- Sam Adams Boston Lager is OK, but there is a huge variation in its flavor from batch to batch for a number of reasons, so not the first I'd recommend.
If you wanna be cheap...
- Pabst Blue Ribbon is certainly better than most other "American" beers that are no longer headquartered in America.
If you wanna be REALLY cheap...
- Steel Reserve will get the job done as well. But it's best to pour directly into a glass to let the excess carbonation fizz out. Definitely worth 99c for a 24 oz.
Or perhaps you want the BEST beer that money can buy??? For me it's....
- Rogue Brutal IPA (around $6 for a 22 oz. bottle, which really ain't that expensive for its awesome flavor)
These are what I would call recommendations. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts would seem to be more like recommendations of coffee outlets. But perhaps coffee beans are not quite as moldable to designer names and such? The choices will be limited to light, medium, and dark.... of which I will more than likely ignore the dark roast choices.
Guess I just need to do a bit more researching...
Last edited by grndslm; 12-19-2012 at 02:42 PM.
- 12-19-2012 02:59 PM #6
Finding "cheap" coffee that will taste good is challenging...what have you already tried that you didn't like?
- 12-19-2012 03:36 PM #7
Lets compare apple to apple
Ok you want those kinda generic answers?
1. You want cheap coffee bean that taste pretty decent?
Try the Kroger brand coffee that cost around 7-8 dollars a pound
2. You want something little better?
try Dunkin Donut morning blend That should cost around 10 buck a pound
3. You want little better?
Try Kona bean for around 14-16 dollars
4 You want little more exotic?
Try Blue mountain blend for around 18 dollars a pound
5 You want to go all out?
Try the Blue Mountain coffee... Whole bean... It should cost anywhere from 30-150 dollar a pound or you can try Kopi Luwak coffee and pay around 150 dollar a pound
This is the generic answer..
The coffee is really different from the beer. There are many different way to roasting, blending and even ground. So if you want to try something really good? You should try different bean and find your taste rather then just asking what is the best bean. Because my taste is different from everyone else......
- 12-19-2012 09:12 PM #8
I picked up some Dunkin Donut "original blend" from Walgreens for less than $6 after tax (for a 12 oz bag that was on sale, plus a 50c coupon). So it's a good trial purchase, I guess. I've heard from someone else that the breakfast/morning blend was better.... wonder if I got the wrong one.
Last edited by grndslm; 12-19-2012 at 09:15 PM.
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