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Best online source for great coffee?

tanktop Aug 25, 2006 03:10 PM

I'd love to have a monthly delivery of delicious coffee -- I've grown weary of the over-priced and/or untasty options in the grocery store and am too lazy to visit the same coffee shops frequently to get a pound or two. Anyone have a great resource online for delivery? Many thanks!

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    Kilgore RE: tanktop Aug 25, 2006 04:23 PM

    I recently ordered from www.damicofoods.com and thought the service and coffee were excellent. However, they're on vacation next week, so you'll probably wait until they return to place an order.

    1. StriperGuy RE: tanktop Aug 25, 2006 05:05 PM

      Minimum order of 5 pounds, but great coffee at excellent prices.


      1. Pei RE: tanktop Aug 25, 2006 08:26 PM

        Your friend is $5 Sumatra roast from Trader Joe's. I'm going to try the French roast next.

        1. Allstonian RE: tanktop Aug 25, 2006 10:28 PM

          I get two pounds of Celebes a month from Armenos: http://www.armeno.com . I don't care for the dark roasts that have become so standard and it can be hard to find a good range of coffees in a medium roast.

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            SL28ave RE: tanktop Aug 26, 2006 12:01 AM


            1. Robert Lauriston RE: tanktop Aug 26, 2006 12:19 AM

              Try Peet's Sulawesi-Kalossi.


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                ostudio RE: tanktop Aug 26, 2006 12:43 AM

                great beans, informative website (including good humor), and prompt service.

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                  MyNextMeal RE: tanktop Aug 26, 2006 12:55 AM

                  Many small roasters sell online

                  My favorite coffee:

                  Their e-commerce site:

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                    barlev RE: tanktop Aug 27, 2006 01:02 PM

                    I second Kilgore on D'Amico. But I've been alternating it with Porto Rico Importing Co.
                    (www.portorico.com) also out of NYC. D'Amico's "house blend espresso roast" is excellent as it Porto Rico's "french italian espresso roast."

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                      foggy RE: tanktop Aug 27, 2006 01:28 PM

                      "Not just a cup but a just cup". Okay that's the tag line for Thanksgiving Coffee in Fort Bragg, CA. I got hooked on their coffee on a trip to NoCal. Their on-line site is very easy to navigate where you can sign up for monthly service OR just order it when you need it. They offer efficient, easy no-hassle service. I usually order their French Roast.


                      1. Karl Gerstenberger RE: tanktop Aug 27, 2006 01:30 PM

                        You did say "great" and while there's plenty of "good" you have to go extra distance to achieve greatness. There's a company and barista corp in the Bay Area which delivers the goods at Berkeley and Ferry Plaza Farmer's markets (with a cue sometimes 15 deep). They are quite skilled at milk handling, but equally skilled at roasting. They roast the day before the markets and emphasize freshness. Fresh is better none would argue. Their blends are carefully thought out to deliver coffee which makes sense in terms of source and style - unusually well thought out. Give them a call and they will describe the blends with careful details not found on the website. They ship the day after roasting. Only optimally fresh.


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                          Robert Lauriston RE: Karl Gerstenberger Aug 27, 2006 04:35 PM

                          I want to like Blue Bottle, but their coffee's a bit light for my taste.

                        2. Becca Porter RE: tanktop Aug 28, 2006 01:15 PM


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                            jujuthomas RE: Becca Porter Jan 24, 2013 11:36 AM

                            we love Peets also. I got my DH their year long world coffee tour. a freshly roasted pound arrives every month. he loves it.

                          2. pikawicca RE: tanktop Aug 28, 2006 07:28 PM

                            I love Peets!

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                              tanktop RE: tanktop Aug 29, 2006 02:24 PM

                              This is all REALLY helpful! I am going to check out several on this list. By the way, I just saw that you can get a coffee subscription from Dunkin' Donuts! I'm not going to do it, but I know people who SWEAR by that coffee.

                              Thanks so much!

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                                Tom Hall RE: tanktop Aug 29, 2006 04:32 PM

                                Another is Batdorf and Bronson:


                                1. LindaWhit RE: tanktop Aug 29, 2006 04:46 PM

                                  I've been ordering from CoffeeAM for several years. They often give free half pounds of "special coffees" with your order.


                                  I like that they have the roast selector - you can choose from light to medium to dark roasts, as well as the taste points. So if you don't know the beans, this will at least give you an idea of what you're going to get.

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                                    mcf RE: LindaWhit Jun 23, 2012 04:23 PM

                                    Linda, are you still ordering from here? I just got my first order from them, and it doesn't seem to be fresh roasted at all, though it's not terrible, either.

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                                      LindaWhit RE: mcf Jun 23, 2012 07:07 PM

                                      No, I haven't ordered from them in several years, mcf.

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                                        mcf RE: LindaWhit Jun 24, 2012 05:36 AM

                                        Have you found a better supplier? Fresher coffee (Coffee a.m. not only has no bloom, it just collapses in the filter).

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                                          LindaWhit RE: mcf Jun 24, 2012 06:59 AM

                                          Due to financial reasons, I've had to go back to getting beans at local stores to me.

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                                            mcf RE: LindaWhit Jun 24, 2012 07:00 AM

                                            Financial reasons are why I'm working on finding a lower cost alternative, too. I think I may have to start roasting green beans to save enough, not dying to, though.

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                                              LindaWhit RE: mcf Jun 24, 2012 07:08 AM

                                              Well, I'm definitely not the coffee aficionado that you are, mcf - I mostly bought from Coffee A.M. because they had the varying roast levels (where most often all I can find is dark roast, which is too bitter for me). So the store-bought Kona blend has done all right by me. Good luck with your home roasting, should you go that route!

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                                                mcf RE: LindaWhit Jun 24, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                I'm a coffee nut, though not as fanatic as most folks on coffeegeek.com... will go over there to check supplier reviews. I used to get great organic coffee at Costco for about $5 lb... but they dc'ed it and replaced with World Blend, which we just don't like the taste of, despite the good price. I want my gold bag organic Kirkland back.

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                                                  LindaWhit RE: mcf Jun 24, 2012 08:05 AM

                                                  I get my Kona blend @ BJ's Wholesale Club. They recently replaced it with their store brand version (Berkley and Jensen) and it's just not as good. But for my uneducated coffee palate, it'll do.

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                                                    mcf RE: LindaWhit Jun 24, 2012 08:11 AM

                                                    It's not about educated palate, it's just taste. I dislike kona at any price, for example.
                                                    ;-) I like full bodied, robust but not bitter or over roasted coffees. I like blends with light and dark roasts a lot, DH, too. It's more pure subjective preference than anything bordering on coffee knowledge. But I am coffee obsessive; sometimes I find myself wishing I could fall asleep because I can't wait to wake up and have the first fresh, hot sip of coffee. Maybe I just need a 12 step program for that?

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                                                      EM23 RE: mcf Jun 24, 2012 10:01 AM

                                                      Hi MCF - Have you tried the Benny's Blend at Fairway? It is a dark roast, not bitter - I really enjoy it.

                                                      Edited to add link: http://www.fairwaymarket.com/fairway-...

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                                                        mcf RE: EM23 Jun 24, 2012 10:05 AM

                                                        Yes, I've almost tried them all, and they mostly disappoint, thought that one wasn't awful. Too much of their coffee is stale and has little taste no matter how strong you make it. They are very vague or variable in their claims of freshness, but one guy told me that stuff sits out for a month uncovered and I can believe it. They're as expensive as others and unless you see them roast the beans or get an honest guy who'll look up the roast date in the notebook, there's no QC. Maybe your store turns it over faster?

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                                                          EM23 RE: mcf Jun 24, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                          I agree with you. I have tried many of their coffees and the BB is the only one that I like. Mind you, I add ½ & ½ so that makes everything a little tastier.

                                                          I was trying to remember the name of a coffee that I have seen mentioned several time on here and just found it – Major Dickason’s by Peets. I have not had it but it seems to be a CH favorite, expensive though. http://www.peets.com/shop/coffee_topsellers.asp?cm_re=coffee-_-feature3-_-Image

                                                          Some more coffee threads:

                                                          Let us know if you find the holy grail, er, bean:-)

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                                                            mcf RE: EM23 Jun 24, 2012 11:55 AM

                                                            Not really cheaper than the Jim's Organic I'm buying now. But the Major sounds very good.

                                                            I buy Organic Valley 1/2 and 1/2 by the half gallon at Fairway, and I always have a spare one in back of the fridge. :-)

                                                            BTW, for the money, the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from Coffee a.m. is quite good, though clearly not fresh roasted.

                                                            Thanks for the links. I cannot believe there are folks who think DD has good beans or coffee.

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                                                              EM23 RE: mcf Jun 24, 2012 01:42 PM

                                                              Hah! I keep a spare in the back of the fridge too. Good to know that you have your priorities in order:-)

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                                                                mcf RE: EM23 Jun 24, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                And same to you!

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                                                                EM23 RE: mcf May 1, 2014 08:21 PM

                                                                Just found the Peet's Major Dickasons at S&S today. I think it was $7.99 for a lb. Taste test to follow...

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                                                                  mcf RE: EM23 May 2, 2014 05:07 AM

                                                                  Awaiting report! We actually are liking the Cuban Mayorga from Costco. Not as good as Jim's Ethiopian (we blend 50/50 with Jim's fabulous Together decaf so I can drink a whole pot) but MUCH cheaper and decent. Haven't liked any Costco coffee enough to drink it since they stopped having the gold bag organic house brand.

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                                                          LindaWhit RE: mcf Jun 24, 2012 01:55 PM

                                                          Agree on the overroasting. It's why I won't drink Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. I'm more of a medium-body person. Others I liked from Coffee A.M. were Moca Java with the slight hint of chocolate at the end, Indian Mysore with its light floral notes, and Guatemalan Antigua - again, a lighter roast with a slight chocolatey end to it.

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                                                            mcf RE: LindaWhit Jun 24, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                            I love mocha java when it's good beans roasted right! I drink anything from light roast Ethiopian yirgacheffe, which tastes robust and earthy like a darker one, to vienna or French roast as long as they're not burnt the way Starbucks does it. The bean quality and the roast quality make a big diff. I really like blends of roasts, too.

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                                                    grampart RE: mcf Jan 23, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                    Roasting your own isn't the money-saver you may think. I've been doing it for the last 4 years and, while I plan to continue, I've learned a lot about the economics. Equipment, shipping cost, and the fact that you lose between 15%-20% of the pre-roast weight are a few things to consider.

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                                                      mcf RE: grampart Jan 23, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                      How much per lb do you estimate your home roasted coffee is costing you?

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                                                        grampart RE: mcf Jan 24, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                        My last order was for 5 pounds of 5 different varieties that ranged from $5.60-$7.05 each. With shipping ($8.99) it came to just under $42.00. Assuming a 15% weight loss after roasting, that would be a little over $9 per pound. I've been buying from Sweet Maria's in CA for the past year. They also offer an 8 pound sampler (8 different varieties) for a bit more than $50. A very good deal and I got to experiment for a few months until I narrowed it down to those I liked. My investment in equipment is around $900, but can definitely be done for less.

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                                                          mcf RE: grampart Jan 24, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                          Thanks for the info. The folks at Sweet Maria's are the best to deal with, aren't they? Have you tried purchasing beans for less, elsewhere, ever?

                                                          What roaster did you end up investing in, if you don't mind my asking?

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                                                            grampart RE: mcf Jan 24, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                            I started out buying my beans from coffeebeandirect.com about 5 years ago. 25 pound bags of Colombian Supremo with free shipping were under $100. I got bored drinking the same thing all the time and the beans started to lose something after the 5 months it took to use them up. Plus, the price rose to over $140 so I went back to Sweet Maria's. I like them a lot! I bought my first roaster from them (an iRoast2) and, when it went south a few months ago, upgraded to a Behmor 1600 drum roaster which a BIG improvement. My grinder is a Breville Smart Grinder and It all comes together in my Technivorm Moccamaster. I bought it all from Sweet Maria's.

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                                                              mcf RE: grampart Jan 25, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                              Thanks for all the info. I've been considering trying home roasting off and on, and the introduction of the Behmor at that price point makes it a lot more attractive to me. I love my Technivorm, even more since going back to my original Cater Profi carafe, which, when warmed with hot water, keeps coffee hot for an incredibly long time.

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                                                            StriperGuy RE: grampart Jan 30, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                            Heck, I roast in a cast iron pan.

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                                                              grampart RE: StriperGuy Jan 30, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                              How do you handle the smoke?

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                                                                StriperGuy RE: grampart Jan 30, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                Open the window...

                                                                I do have a very nice older Kitchen Aid Burr grinder. Great machine.

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                                            zin1953 RE: tanktop Jan 30, 2013 08:08 AM


                                            1. Chowbird RE: tanktop May 3, 2013 06:52 AM

                                              Try Coffee Fool (http://www.coffeefool.com). They don't roast until you order. :)

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                                                zin1953 RE: Chowbird May 7, 2013 09:52 PM

                                                True of every roaster on this list -- http://www.home-barista.com/coffees/l...

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                                                scotts33919 RE: tanktop Jul 21, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                I have subscribed to Tonx coffee after much research. They find the freshest and highest quality coffee from different parts of the world depending on what coffee is in season. They send out a different coffee every two weeks. It is the best I've ever tried.


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                                                  ospreycove RE: tanktop Jul 22, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                  buy 4 lbs, free shipping, consistantly good, Zabar's, NYC roasts every day. Great variety of beans, I zeroed in on the "French/Italian" roast for my everyday espresso.

                                                  1. Becca Porter RE: tanktop Oct 7, 2013 03:50 AM

                                                    Redbird. I order from him once a month. He roasts it the day it ships, and shipping is built into the price of the 5 pound bags.


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