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chocolate covered espresso beans

I'm thinking of using chocolate covered espresso beans for my wedding favors. Does anyone know where I can get a relatively large quantity of good ones?


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  1. Try Confetti chocolate. I did truffle favors with them for my wedding.

    1. We did this for my sister's wedding and used them from Trader Joes because they were far cheaper. Good too, unfortunately, cause now I am tempted to get some everytime I go in there.

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      1. re: cas2410

        I agree, the Trader Joes ones are pretty good. I think Whole Foods may have them as well.

      2. Try calling Pac Gourmet in SF (415) 641 - 8400 . They used to let people order from their catalog..don't know if they still do. They sell 5 lb. bags of those beans. I'd have to look up the price.
        Also beware of eating too many of those at one sitting..they will turn your teeth a lovely shade of deep yellow.

        1. The ones at Berkeley Bowl next to the bulk food weighing station are good. I believe they have chocolate and dark chocolate covered espresso beans.

          1. I had some from Charles Chocolates last week. They were the best chocolate-covered espresso beans I've had--the chocolate was not too sweet and the bean was still oily. You might be able to get a discount if you order directly from the factory store in Emeryville.

              1. Btw, sorry to be a stickler, but an "espresso" bean is a misnomer. Espresso is a method of preparation -- what happens to the coffee after it's been modified and prepared. Like what an omelet is to an egg. So calling something an "espresso bean" is analogous to calling something an "omelet egg".

                You can find decent chocolate-covered coffee beans at many confectioners and even some good coffee chains (e.g., Peet's). If I were in your shoes, it depended on how big of a wedding. I might start with a place like Bittersweet.

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                1. re: swag

                  I agree with you except that I think they mean espresso roast, which is not a misnomer.

                  1. re: chemchef

                    It's highly debatable. There are some places that insist there is such a thing as an "espresso" roast. But an espresso can be produced with any roast level. Some of the better ones come closer to the lighter levels of City and Full City rather than Italian or French.

                    Most roasters, and the coffee roasting industry as a whole itself, does not recognize "espresso" as a legitimate name for a roasting style. That's the root of the misnomer, as you just captured. "Espresso" is more universally considered just a preparation method, and not also a roasting style per se.

                    1. re: swag

                      As you said, "its highly debatable". Espresso is a way of life around my household, and my husband and I learned all that we know from my full-blooded Italian step-father.

                      While I like to drink light-roasted coffee, I think that espresso tastes much fuller with a darker roasted bean, which is typically called "espresso roast" simply designated that it is ideal for making espresso.

                      1. re: chemchef

                        You have to see my profile to understand my way of life about it!

                        Darkly roasted beans give you body but no brightness or acidity in the cup. Which makes a pretty one-dimensional espresso rather than an ideal one. (That roundedness is why espressos are typically best made from blends: each adds different elements to the cup in the way a blended scotch or wine is made.) Which is why I respectfully beg to differ. :)

                        1. re: swag

                          I did see your profile. I think we're saying the same thing, its just a matter of semantics on calling a coffee bean an espresso bean, that's all.

                2. I love the ones from Peet's but little black specks get stuck in your teeth; I have to be careful how many and when I eat them; they can prevent me from falling asleep even if I'm dead tired.

                  1. Smart & Final (between 6th & 7th Avenues and Geary Blvd. & Clement Street) has 14 oz. of Ambiance Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans $5.79 - they're big round balls - the size of malted milk balls - not just beans dipped in chocolate.

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                    1. re: Cynsa

                      I've always had an irrational fear of Smart & Final -- perhaps because it sounds too much like discount mortuary services.

                      Speaking of irrational fears regarding "espresso beans" [sic]: Harry & David just announced a recall of theirs today due to mislabeling about their possible milk content (AP News: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gQ...).

                      1. re: swag

                        well, these S&F chocolate-covered beans are probably too proletariat - ok for munchies or a picnic; not elegant enough for wedding favors...