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Jan 5, 2009 09:58 AM

Roasted decaf coffee by the pound in the East Bay?

Sweet Maria's in Oakland is no longer offering monthly roasted coffee subscriptions, and they have dialed back their roasting of coffee to concentrate on green coffee sales (as they should!)

But this means that I no longer get several pounds of super high quality, freshly roasted single-origin decaf coffee in the mail every month.

So help a fellow decaf drinker out and tell me where YOU get your coffee from. East Bay is preferred, but I go into SOMA/Financial District twice a week as well.

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    1. Catahoula in Richmond

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      Catahoula Coffee Co
      12472 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805

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      1. re: rworange

        Cole Coffee # 1 in the Eastbay.

        College and Claremont, Oakland.

      2. I'll second Cole Coffee. They are truly wonderful. Blue Bottle hasn't floated my boat. I'm sure it is awesome when they brew it in the glass thingie at their store, but for home brew it's not so great IMO.

        Mr. Espresso will send you coffee. It's what Caffe 817 uses for brewed coffee.

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        1. re: essvee

          Depends what kind of BB beans you use and what type of method you use for a particular bean. Their website gives bean recommendations for all types of brewing methods.

        2. Sounds like you mail ordered it before - if you're willing to go that route again, I highly recommend Equator Estate Coffees in San Rafael. We get their fair trade organic decaf and it is amazing. They will roast it the day you order if you send /call in your order by 10am.

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          1. re: Husky

            Equator is outstanding coffee. A couple of my fave cafes brew it. Good choice.

          2. why don't you like PEET's I have been drinking the decaf for yrs - UC Berkeley Grad

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            1. re: mflynn

              I grew up drinking Peets in the 70's and 80's and thought it was great!
              (before they offered Expresso drinks)

              Only 25ยข if you brought your own cup.

              Then I had Cole coffee....and saw the light.

              Roasted locally and costs less too!

              1. re: Mission

                I don't like Peet's much any more. I will buy their French Roast for home brewage if I have to, but I increasingly dislike their coffee shop coffee. Muddy, overbrewed, it all takes the same to me now. Used to love it, when I first got to town. Now not so much.

              2. re: mflynn

                In general, Peets over-roasts their beans (that's why they are so dark and shiny/oily). It's OK for drip, but not so much for espresso. Plus, even though they say they roast daily in small batches, it's pretty hard to roast in small batches when you're supplying beans for hundreds of your own stores plus other retail. Never trust trust a roaster that doesn't put the "roasted on" date on the bag of beans.

                1. re: Husky

                  Actually, Peet's does put the roasted on date on every bag of beans they ship to the stores - ask the barista to show you sometime. They also put the roast done on every bin of coffee as they fill it (they keep coffee for 10 days from the roast date). Would you be more comfortable with a pre-bagged pound of coffee than a fresh scooped one just because it had a date on it?

                  1. re: Deeg67

                    I've never thought of asking the barista to show me the date on the bag...especially since the beans are usually stored in bins and while they may have a bag stored elsewhere with the date on it, who knows how long the beans in the bins have been there. If I'm buying beans on day 9 or 10, they're already on the downhill. I'd rather order my beans in the morning (as I do from Equator) and pick them up six hours later...I'd be finishing my one pound bag by day 9 or 10 rather than just purchasing them. Of course, if i happen to get lucky and get beans at Peet's early in their 10 day cycle, I'd be lucky, but is the crapshoot really worth it?

                    Besides, as I said, they over-roast their beans and since I make espresso at home, even their Espresso Forte roast is not well suited for proper espresso. Don't get me wrong, if I'm in an unfamiliar area and there is a Peet's and a Starbucks nearby, Peet's is a no brainer. No doubt it is the best of the big chains, but for me, it cannot compare with an small batch roaster (whether it be Stumptown in Portland/Seattle, Blue Bottle in the Bay Area, Ritual in SF or a host of others around the country).

                    1. re: Deeg67

                      It's one thing keeping beans for ten days from roast, that is borderline OK. It's a whole other issue storing the beans in an open air bin. That in my opinion is a huge no no.

                      1. re: chipman

                        Your point about the bins at Peet's is well taken. I actually find the airtight bags for sale in the grocery store are fresher than beans from the store for this very reason. I buy the whole-bean French roast all the time.

                    2. re: Husky

                      Peet's overroasts, Blue Bottle underroasts -- you pick your poison either way. Personally, I prefer Peet's for the reason you mention -- I drink drip. If I were using a Clover, however, I would want a coffee like Blue Bottle where the taste is determined more by brewing method than roast.