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Which of these coffee brands is the best?

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    Which of these coffee brands is the best?

    Hello. I love coffee, however I'm having a hard time picking out the good brand. I've also a limited variety of choices, unless I'd be rich and could ship it to my country (but in that case, I'd probably would emigrate in the first place). So my question is, which coffee out of these is the best in terms of quality, and if you don't mind typing a bit more - why? I'm particularly interested in coffee that leaves a nice aftertaste and is strong (wake-up wise, as I'm sleepy all the time, and I need my brains to jump-start). Here are the brands:

    Lavazza
    Java dore de luxe
    Brasil genuine cerrado
    Colombia supremo espinosa
    Ethiopia sidamo
    Zimbabwe la lucie royale
    Marago Guatemala
    Kenya AA top superstar
    Mocca van Arabie

    P.S. I'm not even sure if I can choose every single brand (money-wise), so it'd be nice if you'd choose an "optional" option.
    P.P.S. Ask if you have to ask something, as I need good answers.

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    I guess these coffees aren't really known, are they...

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    Hi "DudeCoffee"

    Welcome to the Coffee Forum website.

    Most of the coffees that you listed aren't considered "brands." They're actually coffees from regions throughout the world. A "brand" would be something such as Lavazza (which you listed) or Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Folgers, Peet's, etc.

    You didn't mention what kind of coffee you've been drinking, which makes it difficult to offer a suggestion. Do you prefer coffee from a particular region? What kind of roast do you prefer?

    I always enjoyed Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, but it's very expensive and I needed to find an alternative. Someone on this forum recommended that I replace it with Papua New Guinea, and it has been my favorite for several years. Recently, I received a gift of Brazil-Moreninha Formosa beans and I really enjoy the coffee. (It's very close to becomming my new favorite) I also received a pound of Sumata Mandheling, and I wasn't pleased with it at all.

    Do you live near a local roaster, or did you find the coffees that you listed on the Internet?

    If you do a search on this Forum (up at the top of the screen on the right) you will find some very interesting posts where people tell about their favorite coffees. You need to try different kinds in order to find what you like and don't like. If you have a local coffee shop where they sell fresh roasted coffee, you're best bet would be to go in and ask questions and try different coffees (and roasts).

    Again, welcome to the Coffee Forum. We hope you will visit us often as you explore the world of coffee.

    Rose

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkRose View Post
    Hi "DudeCoffee"

    Welcome to the Coffee Forum website.

    Most of the coffees that you listed aren't considered "brands." They're actually coffees from regions throughout the world. A "brand" would be something such as Lavazza (which you listed) or Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Folgers, Peet's, etc.

    You didn't mention what kind of coffee you've been drinking, which makes it difficult to offer a suggestion. Do you prefer coffee from a particular region? What kind of roast do you prefer?

    I always enjoyed Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, but it's very expensive and I needed to find an alternative. Someone on this forum recommended that I replace it with Papua New Guinea, and it has been my favorite for several years. Recently, I received a gift of Brazil-Moreninha Formosa beans and I really enjoy the coffee. (It's very close to becomming my new favorite) I also received a pound of Sumata Mandheling, and I wasn't pleased with it at all.

    Do you live near a local roaster, or did you find the coffees that you listed on the Internet?

    If you do a search on this Forum (up at the top of the screen on the right) you will find some very interesting posts where people tell about their favorite coffees. You need to try different kinds in order to find what you like and don't like. If you have a local coffee shop where they sell fresh roasted coffee, you're best bet would be to go in and ask questions and try different coffees (and roasts).

    Again, welcome to the Coffee Forum. We hope you will visit us often as you explore the world of coffee.

    Rose
    Oh, I guess that makes sense why I didn't get any answers then.

    I haven't tasted many coffees as well, it costs money which I don't have. I've been drinking all kinds of brand coffees that my mom buys for herself, most of them taste horrible. The one that I liked the most is Lavazza Expresso (only tasted that and Ozo, didn't like the latter much either). I've got some money recently and bought myself 100g of Colombia Supremo Espinosa, but I'm not liking it much either. It's kind of... Bland. I think I even like Lavazza Expresso more.

    Simply said, I don't have much experience with regional coffee. I also have no idea about the kinds of roasts... However I do love coffee, it's just money issues.

    I live near a local roaster, and he's got the brands I named in the first topic. Shipping to Eastern Europe costs a lot, so I'm not looking for anything on the internet, however if there would be a <30usd/kg (including shipping) coffee available, I wouldn't mind buying it for myself.

    Well, regarding the trials of different coffees, I'd love to do that. Could I get some advices on which coffee with the (money) criteria I've mentioned should I try to see the 'main' differences? I don't get money often, so I can't try all of these coffees...

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    Hello again,

    It would be great if your local roaster would sell you samples of the different coffees that he has.

    Try to buy just enough to make one or two pots of coffee. That way your money will last longer. When I was exploring different kinds of coffee, I would only buy 1/2 pound at a time. (sometimes two or three different kinds at a time). The coffees from Ethiopia are good starter coffees. You have Ethiopian Sidamo on your list, and it is a very popular choice. Kenya AA is another good one to explore.

    What kind of coffee maker are you using? Are you getting your coffee beans ground for you or do you have a grinder?

    Try to buy a small quantity at first. If you like the coffee, you can always go back for more. Your local roaster may also have some suggestions for you.


    Rose

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkRose View Post
    Hello again,

    It would be great if your local roaster would sell you samples of the different coffees that he has.

    Try to buy just enough to make one or two pots of coffee. That way your money will last longer. When I was exploring different kinds of coffee, I would only buy 1/2 pound at a time. (sometimes two or three different kinds at a time). The coffees from Ethiopia are good starter coffees. You have Ethiopian Sidamo on your list, and it is a very popular choice. Kenya AA is another good one to explore.

    What kind of coffee maker are you using? Are you getting your coffee beans ground for you or do you have a grinder?

    Try to buy a small quantity at first. If you like the coffee, you can always go back for more. Your local roaster may also have some suggestions for you.


    Rose
    That is a good idea, just enough coffee for two cups would be perfect. I think I'm going to do that when I finish this coffee that I have bought now.

    Actually I don't have a coffee maker. I just make coffee into my cup, but I use a certain... tool (no idea how it's called), so there's no actual coffee bean parts (again, not sure how it's called, I'm not a native speaker... Sorry) in my cup. I have a grinder, but it's very old one. Maybe from 1960s or so (electrical), so I ask to grind the coffee at the store instead. Is there a big difference on how coffee is gridded (please do explain if you don't mind)?

    The local roaster actually is a young seller, he doesn't know much when I asked him. Even told me that he doesn't drink coffee himself, so not much help from there...

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