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Gevalia coffee. Any opinions?

westy Jun 17, 2004 09:04 AM

Hello -

I was thinking about trying Gevalia coffee (the mail order coffee company). Has anyone had any experience with their products?


  1. Motosport Feb 8, 2012 12:02 PM

    I fell for the "Free Coffeemaker" promotion years ago. The coffee was good but not great. I never re-ordered.
    Porto Rico coffee in NYC is great. I stock up regularly. The will ship too.

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      ventura gal Feb 8, 2012 11:54 AM

      this company sucks big time although the coffee itself is very good. I have had CONTUNUING and WORSENING problems and it hasnt improved at all over the past 2-3 years - if my husband didnt like the coffee so much i 'd terminate and find someplace else to buy. I mean, this is a bad economy you'd THINK they'd do what they could to keep loyal customers who have been customers for 10+ years. The problems are mostly in three areas: just recently they couldnt get some coffee so they didnt fill two orders but didnt tell us - we kept wondering when the package would show up - how can you be out of coffee??????. Then, the website is incomprehensible - it is just not intuitive. Third, the shipping is very very slow - they use UPS ground and it was taking 2 wks to get the coffee. Finally they keep screwing up the credit card charges - i get a credit card set up and they only apply it for one area - if you order two diff things the credit card doesnt port over - then once you set it up in the multiple places it drops out and they start charging you directly when you thought you set up auto pay - Then, their system recently screwed up in sending me a bill to be paid and then when i got on the website it said the credit card WAS charged - o h yes and it takes FOREVER to get a real person on the line to help ..............i am going to try some other place and if my husband likes it i am dropping Gevalia like a hot potato.

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        somervilleoldtimer Jan 4, 2012 05:29 PM

        Gevalia is terrible, IMHO. I buy Cafe Feminino from Grounds for Change, so I'm supporting female coffee farmers in Peru who make a great, tasty, rich and sweet cofee.

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          bitchincook Jan 4, 2012 01:29 PM

          My husband really likes Gevalia espresso made from pods in a Tassimo machine.

          1. Tripeler Jan 4, 2012 02:14 AM

            Gevalia is pretty good coffee, but it is sadly overpriced.

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              noid999 Jan 2, 2012 05:28 PM

              Wow...I would think some people here had another agenda....I LOVE their coffee. I think it is the best I've ever had. My whole family has been receiving shipments for years. We are very fond of the flavored coffees.

              We are on auto shipments but over the years we have decreased the frequency of our shipments since our family is now a bit smaller.

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                pdxgastro Jan 3, 2012 11:33 PM

                I see it in the supermarket now. I don't know if it's the same quality as the mail order variety but what a conveniece, eh?

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                somervilleoldtimer Oct 18, 2010 02:35 PM

                I just ordered for the free coffeemaker, haven't yet tried the maker but tried the French Vanilla coffee in my french press, and it was undrinkable -- fake flavoring and greasy!

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                  TiaHeckstall Nov 30, 2009 12:19 PM

                  I prefer Camano Island Coffee Roasters - basically you get 3 WHOLE pound bags of UNBEATABLE organic/gourmet beans for the same price. I think the shipping is free too.

                  I urge you to just take a look...

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                    Tha Groovin' Gourmet Jun 17, 2004 09:37 PM

                    Some roasts were OK, overall it is a very expensive deal.

                    Best to get the coffeemaker and cancel immediately.

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                      byrd Jun 17, 2004 03:57 PM

                      try La Colombe if you search on this site there are plenty of past postings, peets is a good second

                      Link: http://www.lacolombe.com

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                        jackie Jun 17, 2004 02:35 PM

                        Matt,I've had Gevalia coffee at my neighbors home many times, and thought she just couldn't make a decent cup of coffee. Now from what I read in these posts, it was the coffee, which I kind-of suspected anyway. I really like the Island Blend from Trader Joe's. Also, if you really want a great cup of Joe, try the Jamican Blue beans from CostPlus or anywhere that sells a jamican blue. You'll pay dearly for it, but what a great cup of coffee. I agree with the other posters, why pay all that shipping for coffee when you can go to almost any little local coffee house, buy a few beans and keep trying until you find exactly what you like. Many local shops will also blend diff. beans, so you can create your own blend as well.

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                          DK Jun 17, 2004 02:25 PM

                          It's overpriced and AWFUL!

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                            2chez mike Jun 17, 2004 12:51 PM

                            Every couple of years I send in just to get the coffeemaker. I find their coffees to be very acidic and stale tasting, sometimes undrinkable. Why mail order coffee when there's a coffee house on every other corner selling fresh roasted beans these days?

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                              rkn Jun 17, 2004 11:40 AM

                              Try NY based Porto Rico


                              They have great coffee and good prices.

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                                Val Jun 17, 2004 10:54 AM

                                I only buy "fair-trade" coffees anymore...where ALL the workers are guaranteed a livable wage. Most health food stores sell such coffees and our church does now too.

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                                  Sallie Jun 17, 2004 09:59 AM

                                  My mom joined and got so much coffee in the mail that we all had coffee in our stockings last Christmas. My experience with it was sort of "eh" flavorwise. But I think the main thing was the volume. She has one cup a day at home, and it was just too much.

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                                    Shaebones Jun 17, 2004 09:55 AM

                                    Kept the coffeemaker.Tossed the coffee....hated it.

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                                      Aaron D Jun 17, 2004 10:28 AM


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                                        Murrmaid Jun 17, 2004 10:38 AM

                                        Me too. The coffee maker is pretty nice, with its thermal carafe. I thought the coffee was pretty bad, but didn't explore very many of the roasts.

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                                          steakman55 Nov 30, 2009 03:35 PM

                                          Same here. If they want to send me a new coffee maker every year or so, God bless 'em.

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                                            coney with everything Dec 1, 2009 04:18 AM

                                            Me too. Bought one shipment of the coffee out of guilt, then canceled.

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                                              somervilleoldtimer Jan 4, 2012 05:27 PM

                                              Me three. I actually gave away the coffee, it was so bad, and I'm not a coffee snob.

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                                            EMDB Jun 17, 2004 09:36 AM

                                            I actually think it's alright, especially their Stockholm roast, a medium-dark roast, and they used to carry a Costa Rican Peaberry that was quite good, but I found the pricing and shipping costs to be too high for what you're getting (even the free coffeemaker), and I only drink a large cup of coffee a day, so I had a hard time drinking enough to keep up with their shipment schedule, even after I adjusted it to the minimum number of shipments. I drank it during college when I was in the middle of nowhere and before the internet had advanced to where it is now. Their regular house blend is pretty bland, and the teas aren't worth it. After college, I found that the local gourmet store and local coffee roasters had everything I'd ever wanted to try, and quit. I've attached the link to my local shop below-- they do mail order.

                                            If you don't live someplace chow-centric, though, it could be an alright, steady-source of supply option, although there are lots of other mail order sources for good coffee that I'm sure others can suggest. Dean and Deluca is hideously expensive, but they have a really good Sumatra.

                                            Link: http://www.cooksshophere.com/

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                                              Sven Jun 17, 2004 10:18 AM

                                              The coffee maker is great but the coffee is average.

                                              I mail order mine from Orleans Coffee Exchange. Great prices and great coffee.

                                              Link: http://www.orleanscoffee.com/

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                                                rien Jun 17, 2004 10:19 AM

                                                I don't know what the prices are for Gevalia but I have to agree, it's pretty mediocre. A number of Starbucks blends/roasts are far superior and you should be able to get those locally unless your in Djibouti.

                                                For high quality mail-order coffee, I'd try Peet's (link below). They have some spectacular blends and limited editions. Their site also does a nice job of breaking down the geography (terroir?) and other aspects of the coffees to help you make your selection ... and educate you in general.

                                                Torrefazione Italia has nice variety of (obviously) Italian roasts and blends (www.titalia.com).



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                                                  mrbarolo Jun 17, 2004 11:20 AM

                                                  I tried it for a while before the fresh-roasted coffee explosion made it unnecessary. Here (Chicago) there are local businesses I'm happy to support that are roasting daily.

                                                  The Gevalia was fine when the only real alternative was supermarket brands.

                                                  Meanwhile, I agree about Torrefazione. I enjoy their roasts/blends when I can get there.

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