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robocho23 Dec 7, 2008 01:07 AM

hey,

anyone know where i could purchase flavoured coffee beans in toronto? I'm looking for peanut butter flavoured coffee beans.

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  1. Wahooty RE: robocho23 Dec 8, 2008 09:28 AM

    I have no idea if they have peanut butter (I don't think I even knew that peanut butter flavored coffee beans existed - but I rarely buy flavored ones anymore anyway), but there are two places that come to mind in St. Lawrence Market. Luba's (upstairs by the main Front St. entrance) and Everyday Gourmet (downstairs, near Rube's Rice) both sell a variety of flavored and unflavored beans.

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      Googs RE: Wahooty Dec 13, 2008 09:05 AM

      The difference between Luba and Everyday Gourmet is immense. Everyday Gourmet's flavoured coffees are well-balanced enough that the coffee bean doesn't get overwhelmed. Luba's are more like getting a sock in the kisser from Crabtree and Evelyn. Everyday's on-site roaster and selection of organic and fair-trade coffees tips the balance further.
      http://www.everydaycoffee.com/

      I hate to wade in where I know not a thing, but shouldn't it be as simple as introducing peanuts to the coffee beans? In Everyday's Amaretto, there are almonds in the batch. You know, I think I'll have to try it and report.

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        Wahooty RE: Googs Dec 14, 2008 08:17 AM

        Thanks for the info, Googs. I've never actually bought beans from Luba, but I always walk past it on my way down to EG and wonder if I should be saving myself the extra distance.

    2. Shorttyred RE: robocho23 Dec 8, 2008 09:51 AM

      Hi,

      I've never seen peanut butter flavored ones, but never looked to see if they have them. I enjoy The Roastery's flavoured beans. You can get them at their shop in Liberty Village or they sell them in the Beaches at Meat on the Beach.

      good luck

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        corinaci RE: robocho23 Dec 9, 2008 05:10 AM

        Costco had hazelnut vanilla flavored beans that I bought last year (mom loves them), not sure if they have it now.

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          embee RE: robocho23 Dec 9, 2008 06:00 AM

          I don't buy flavoured coffee beans but, if you were looking for something more conventional, such as almond, or hazelnut, or Baileys, I'd explain how to do it yourself. Anyone can easily make better flavoured coffee than can be bought.

          If your request for peanut butter flavoured beans isn't a gag (frankly, I suspect it is), I'm stumped. Brazilian Canadian Coffee has many kinds of flavoured beans, so you could check with them. But peanut butter??

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            Wahooty RE: embee Dec 9, 2008 08:00 AM

            I suspected that too, but you CAN find them online, so somebody must buy 'em...

            http://www.naturesflavors.com/product...

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              embee RE: Wahooty Dec 9, 2008 08:11 AM

              Yikes....

              And they even ship to Canada.

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                foodyDudey RE: embee Dec 9, 2008 08:17 AM

                They even have bubble gum flavoured beans. I'd have to think that's even worse than peanut butter flavoured.

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                  Wahooty RE: foodyDudey Dec 9, 2008 08:23 AM

                  I find the name of the outfit the most offensive part....something tells me bubble gum flavored coffee beans are not, in fact, found anywhere in nature. At least, I sure hope not.

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                    robocho23 RE: Wahooty Dec 12, 2008 08:55 PM

                    I had it once when I was in the U.S. visiting relatives, and as weird as it sounds, it was surprisingly delicious! Kind of like a peanut butter and cream cheese sandwich combo haha.

                    I'll check those locations out. Thanks.

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              robocho23 RE: embee Dec 12, 2008 08:56 PM

              How would you make something more conventional embee? Would you be using flavour extracts?

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                embee RE: robocho23 Dec 13, 2008 01:04 PM

                That's one way. For example, you can make a lovely almond coffee by putting a small handful of toasted almond slices into your grinder with the beans. Then give the ground coffee a tiny squirt of almond extract from a spritz bottle before brewing. The coffee will have a background hint of almond but will still taste like coffee.

                You can use natural extracts, citrus zests, bits of spice, chocolate, etc. The key is extreme moderation. Most commercial flavoured coffee hits you in the face (and taste buds) with artificial flavours and aromas.

                When we have dinner guests, we might add a spritz of almond extract, a pinch of cinnamon, a few crushed cardamom pods, and a pinch of chocolate to the ground beans. People invariably love this, and nobody has actually figured out the "secret" because it still tastes and smells like good coffee.

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                Jolinda RE: embee Jul 17, 2012 09:32 AM

                Do you have a recipe for making amaretto cofee? That's without adding the liquor....virgin please.

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                escoffier RE: robocho23 Dec 13, 2008 08:36 AM

                You could try Kensington Market. House of Spice or Casa Acoreana might have them. Or be able to get the supplies to make your own.

                It would make for an interesting sauce reduced and drizzled over vanilla ice cream...or on toast...just sayin'

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