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

hopegoode Jan 26, 2008 04:02 PM

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. MMRuth RE: hopegoode Jan 26, 2008 04:14 PM

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


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      hallrs RE: hopegoode Jan 26, 2008 06:08 PM

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

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        offthebeatenpath1 RE: hallrs Jan 30, 2008 11:35 AM

        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. fayehess RE: hopegoode Jan 26, 2008 06:17 PM

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

        1. meatme RE: hopegoode Jan 26, 2008 08:59 PM

          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. bigappleamy RE: hopegoode Jan 26, 2008 11:23 PM

            Zabars decaf colombian is always fragrant and flavorful.

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              roux42 RE: hopegoode Jan 27, 2008 02:47 PM

              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.

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                chowgirls RE: hopegoode Jan 30, 2008 01:56 PM

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

                1. Travels4Food RE: hopegoode Feb 4, 2008 07:59 AM

                  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.

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                    bookmonger RE: hopegoode Mar 31, 2008 07:49 PM

                    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!

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