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

      http://www.kaldi.com/index.htm

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

        1. 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.

          1. www.coffeereview.com

            1. Try Peet's Sulawesi-Kalossi.

              http://www.peets.com/shop/coffee_deta...

              1. http://www.lamillcoffee.com/
                great beans, informative website (including good humor), and prompt service.

                1. Many small roasters sell online

                  My favorite coffee:
                  http://stumptowncoffee.com/

                  Their e-commerce site:
                  http://www.buyolympia.com/stumptownco...

                  1. 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."

                    1. "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.

                      http://store.thanksgivingcoffee.com/

                      1. 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.

                        http://www.bluebottlecoffee.net/

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                        1. re: Karl Gerstenberger

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

                        2. Peets!!!!

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                          1. re: Becca Porter

                            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. I love Peets!

                            1. 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!

                              1. Another is Batdorf and Bronson:

                                http://www.batdorf.com/

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

                                  http://www.coffeeam.com

                                  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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                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    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.

                                    1. re: mcf

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

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                        1. re: mcf

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

                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                            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.

                                            1. re: mcf

                                              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!

                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                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.

                                                1. re: mcf

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                    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?

                                                    1. re: mcf

                                                      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-...

                                                      1. re: EM23

                                                        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?

                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                          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_tops...

                                                          Some more coffee threads:
                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/626595
                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/301756
                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/392443

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

                                                          1. re: EM23

                                                            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.

                                                            1. re: mcf

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

                                                              1. re: EM23

                                                                And same to you!

                                                              2. re: mcf

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

                                                                1. re: EM23

                                                                  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.

                                                        2. re: mcf

                                                          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.

                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                            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.

                                                  2. re: mcf

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: grampart

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

                                                      1. re: mcf

                                                        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.

                                                        1. re: grampart

                                                          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?

                                                          1. re: mcf

                                                            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.

                                                            1. re: grampart

                                                              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.

                                                          2. re: grampart

                                                            Heck, I roast in a cast iron pan.

                                                            1. re: StriperGuy

                                                              How do you handle the smoke?

                                                              1. re: grampart

                                                                Open the window...

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

                                          2. http://www.home-barista.com/coffees/l...

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

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                                              1. re: Chowbird

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

                                              2. 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.

                                                http://tonx.org

                                                1. Zabars.com
                                                  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. 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.

                                                    http://redbirdcoffee.com