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Old 01-17-2019, 02:25 PM
 
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Which can be quite expensive, unless you are buying the dirt-cheap stuff. If you drink coffee, how do you balance quality against cost?
Consider home roasting. In the US (where you are not), I buy microlots of unroasted coffee beans originating in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Yemen, and the like. I'll buy perhaps 30 pounds at a time, which lasts me about 6 months. Price per pound will be roughly $6.50 or so. One pound of unroasted "greens" yields about 12-13 oz. of roasted coffee beans (moisture is driven out during the roasting process). And "coffee bean" is a misnomer; it is technically a seed.

To get started, pretty much all you need is a thrift-store quality hot air popcorn popper. Go on YouTube and search for roasting coffee, and you'll find lots of demonstrations. It is quite simple, and the end result is very good quality roasted coffee. Then, all you need is a coffee grinder and your favorite preparation method.

For example,

https://youtu.be/OTsC6JWM0qU
https://youtu.be/d3ZA5Eg9wfg
https://youtu.be/O-iw4Dy9-s8

And finally for background info on quality of coffee beans

https://youtu.be/CoCmAtk4lCI

I prefer the "Clever Coffee Dripper," which is sort of a cross between a French Press (where you "steep" the coffee for several minutes) and a Melita (where you use a paper filter). See:
https://youtu.be/m_-wyjaCPj8

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Old 01-17-2019, 02:35 PM
 
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Plenty of ways to save money but for me, I love really good coffee.

I’m not going to Starbucks each morning to pay their prices,however I’m not opposed to paying for coffee beans that produce an excellent tasting coffee that I enjoy.

Just one of life little pleasures for those with a palette for good coffees!
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:37 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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It's threads like this that get SBUX holdings sold off.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:52 PM
 
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... in a sealed container at room temp

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What do you use?

Here's what I typically use:


https://www.sweetmarias.com/matte-wh...valve-bag.html


Others just use a baggy inside a baggy inside a baggy.
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Old 01-17-2019, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I had to give it up for a couple of years because of gastrointestinal problems. Oh, that was sad. I've never been a morning person, have always been a slow starter, but that was miserable. I not only missed drinking coffee, but dozed off at the table in the morning.

I'll always be able to afford coffee because I like it.
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Old 01-17-2019, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Twenty open burlap sacks with 30lbs or more of recently roasted beans in each along with a paper sign, the scale, some plain paper bags and a big shiny grinder.
But it's so authentically Euro!

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What do you use?
Big screw-top Tupperware jar. I have to, since I blend the beans and don't want to do it one pot at a time.

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After a nice dinner with friends? Yeah I can see that. 5:30am? Not so much
Oh, it's definitely a special-times thing. But worth it.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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It's threads like this that get SBUX holdings sold off.
With a rebel yell, I cry, More More More!
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:53 PM
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Location: Jollyville, TX
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We buy the 3 lb bags of beans at Costco for about $15. They have different varieties - so far we've tried Guatemalan, Rwandan (my favorite) and Costa Rican. The Costa Rican is a little too dark for us so we blend it with a lighter roast. Overall it's a great deal for decent beans.

When visiting friends recently, they had a subscription to Peet's coffee which was quite good, but runs around $15 a pound - too expensive for us.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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We buy the 3 lb bags of beans at Costco for about $15. They have different varieties - so far we've tried Guatemalan, Rwandan (my favorite) and Costa Rican.
Most people who try the African varieties never think much of South American beans again. Despite all the hype from Folgers et al., an awful lot of low-grade coffee is grown in SA and even supposedly superior stuff is cut and blended a bit. (Something like the tankers of cheap wine that disappear into the named regions of France and are supposed to go unnoticed...)

Tanzanian Peaberry, Kenya AA... now those are coffee.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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I've had to cut back on my coffee drinking too. My body is telling me 'no'. I did try a new coffee shop today with my son, but I only have a treat like that a few times a year.

We aren't snobs. We have several bags of coffee. I bought house blend at Costco yesterday at my husband's request. My kids all took/are taking German in school. They like to go to Aldi and try the German foods including coffee. A 1 lb brick of German coffee at Aldi is $5.
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