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What's the best store-bought decaf to brew at home in NYC?

Prefer a strong, French roast/Expresso type in the morning. ..which one fits the bill and is still reasonably priced? Would like supermarket recommendations as well as specialty stores.

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  1. My favorite coffee is La Semeuse, and I think they make an excellent decaf. Available at Citarella (cheaper than at Dean & Deluca).


    1. Try the decaf french roast from Oren's (european brew)-- you'll almost forget its low octate!

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      1. re: hallrs

        I second Oren's. Every type of swiss water decaffeinited I have tried there is very good. Citarella also has very good blends and the prices are very reasonable.

      2. I love Illy. I use it in my moka pot (the traditional pot that Italians use on the stove) fayefood.com

        1. Garden of Eden French roast decaf or their house blend decaf, which includes some French roast beans in the mix. It's $6 or $7 per pound. There are several branches in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn.

          1. Zabars decaf colombian is always fragrant and flavorful.

            1. Porto Rico Beans on Bleeker or 8th Street, just below 2nd Ave. They have a huge selection of beans, bird friendly and organic as well.

              1. If you want to cross the bridge, Gorillaz on 5th Ave. in Brooklyn has excellent coffee/beans. yummmm...

                1. I quite like the decaf Bay Blend from Trader Joe's in Union Square. They also sell a fair trade French Roast that I haven't tried (F.R. is usually too sour for my tastes), and probably some others, but the Bay Blend is a very dark roast: full-bodied and strong, but not acidic.

                  1. Not sure where you're coming from, but M. Rohr's on the UES (E. 86th st. and 2ndish) is where I get my coffee for home-brewing. They always take care to ask about brewing method before you buy so they grind the beans correctly for a french press, drip pot, etc.

                    Plus, it's within walking distance of Oren's, so you could always try both!