Cheap Coffee

Thermionics

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It's a bit more expensive, but Trader Joe's has several different coffee varieties that are good (at least I enjoy them).
 

JohnVF

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I finally got through my 3lb bag of “Kona” from Costco. Whatever it was it wasn’t bad. In the middle of it I went through a can of Illy medium roast and it wasn’t dramatically different. I think paying attention to brewing details is half the battle. Burr grinder especially. And water quality. My tap water unfiltered can make the best beans pointless.
 

DC

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What does it mean that I like fancy coffee but I feel I should finally admit in public that I hate most pour-overs? I mean, I really can't stand what it does to coffee. Yet I still am a pretty fancy person. I think this really questions my fanciness.
What is it about pour-over that you don’t like? What does it do to the coffee? I’m wondering what I’m missing.
 

adaug

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my main issue with pour over is that, with spending a lot of time on room temp equipment surfaces, the coffee serves a bit cooler than i like.
 

JohnVF

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What is it about pour-over that you don’t like? What does it do to the coffee? I’m wondering what I’m missing.
I find that it tends to emphasize all the flavors in the coffee that aren’t coffee. All those floral notes, etc, that they talk about actually detract from the coffee flavor for me. I don’t mind it when I make it myself but I find even then it’s just not what I prefer coffee to taste like. I think the Aeropress is actually my favorite prep method followed by regular Franch Press.
 

DC

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I find that it tends to emphasize all the flavors in the coffee that aren’t coffee. All those floral notes, etc, that they talk about actually detract from the coffee flavor for me. I don’t mind it when I make it myself but I find even then it’s just not what I prefer coffee to taste like. I think the Aeropress is actually my favorite prep method followed by regular Franch Press.
Ah. (I apparently forgot I asked and forgot or missed that you answered.)

I was just curious, as I usually drink decaf (blasphemy... I know) and I often have to get a pour-over as it's typically not brewed and ready when I'm there.
 

MikeO

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For the OP's cheap coffee experiment.

Though, at $5 a brick, it is pushing hard against the boundaries of what defines cheap.View attachment 13046

But it does make twice as many cups.
Finally got around to trying this one and have to say it is not bad. Tastes similar to the Cafe Du Monde which makes sense but once again, I don't think this is available in Canada unfortunately.
 

JohnVF

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I just can't do the chicory. It must be something you had to have grown up with... not my cup of tea. Or, well, you know :)
 

MikeO

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So just an update how my experimenting with abandoning fancy coffee beans to see if I could live with store bought preground coffee. After over six months I am still going strong. No desire to go back to buying beans, grinding each time and fancy brewing methods. Have been using only my drip machine (mind you it is a good drip machine) and cheap store brand coffee. I have settled on a few that I really like but unfortunately only found one that I can easily acquire for cheap in Canada.

So I am finally running low on my Cafe Bustelo after having a few people bring me back some from the US. Overall, I think this is what I would drink daily if it was readily available. A bit strong but I have grown to really like it.

I also do really like the Chicory blends like Cafe du Monde and Luzianne but not as an everyday coffee. Mixed in for a week or two at a time it is a great break.

The one coffee that I can easily get in Canada for cheap and really like is Medaglia D'Oro Italian Roast Espresso Coffee. Interestingly enough it seems to come from the same roaster as Cafe Bustelo. At about five dollars Canadian per can I think I have found my daily coffee.
 

Celt

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Curiosity made me buy this...at $10 a bag, it wasn't cheap IMO.... I found this out....the 30 ounce can of McCafe will only hold two 12 ounce bags of the McCafe coffee....the Hugh Jackman coffee shown below, while stating is 12 ounces....appears to be only 10 ounces! :-/
Oh, well...

 

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JohnVF

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I just bought 2lbs of Kirkland Organic Guatemalan coffee for about $13.00 at Costco, one of their more expensive varieties but at $6.50 a lb pretty cheap relative to what I'm usually buying. It's pretty good stuff. Its a medium roast, no overt flavors that take it away from a great cup of coffee. Very much a central American taste like a good Colombian. (Don't tell my Colombian wife I just called her country 'central' American..."North-South American"?)

I think a lot of their Signature blends are roasted by Starbucks? I've had actually decent luck with the Starbucks Reserve batches when I brew them at home and they're not one of their horrid dark roasts. A friend used to manage a Starbucks and would always bring me batches of it to try to allay my bias against the 'bucks. "The beans can be fine its the way they brew it!"
 
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adaug

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I just bought 2lbs of Kirkland Organic Guatemalan coffee for about $13.00 at Costco, one of their more expensive varieties but at $6.50 a lb pretty cheap relative to what I'm usually buying. It's pretty good stuff. Its a medium roast, no overt flavors that take it away from a great cup of coffee. Very much a central American taste like a good Colombian.
thanks for the report john. its good to know about good $6.50/lb beans. the two random bags of beans ive grabbed at aldi for about $7/lb have both been very good.
 

JohnVF

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For a minute I thought it was $54 for 12oz but then I saw it was for 3. That's about what my favorite roast here costs, but I use a LOT of coffee when I prepare it. So I only get it every so often.
 
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