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Dec 8, 2010 03:56 AM

Best Whole Bean Coffee available in supermarkets?

I can't always make it to Balzac's or Roasters in Toronto and I'd love to hear your suggestions for a really good coffee available in the supermarket.

So far Kicking Horse Three Sisters blend seems to be the best I've found.

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  1. Actually Balzacs will deliver. They have an online website to buy and the coffee is fresh roasted and mailed. We were very impressed. Worth the cost of mail for us as we live north of the city, love their espresso beans and wont drive all the way to The Distillery just to get the beans.

    Having said that the Kicking Horse has been great (be sure to check the dates though on the package) and if you can find it (Pusateris sells it) Muskoka Roastery is available in a couple of places.

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    1. re: breezey

      Agree Kicking Horse is good. Moonbeam Coffee also seems to distribute to some speciality shops, such as Cabbagtown butcher.

    2. I really enjoy Kicking Horse coffee, too; I love their HoodooJo blend.

      1. I really enjoy Illy coffee. Around 14.99 per can from Longos. Costco used to have it for 12.99 but haven't seen it for a while.

        1. I'd go with Kicking Horse's Kick Ass. Great flavour. You can also buy it at Tango Palace on Queen Street. Sometimes goes on sale at Shopper's.

          Tango Palace
          1156 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1L2, CA

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          1. re: sandflies

            I second Kick Ass,
            It is the best we have found that is easy access.
            It is widely available.
            If you want 3 sisters you can buy it at any large Shoppers Drug Mart
            They no longer stock Kick Ass

            1. re: erly

              Agreed, great flavour in a dark roast. I enjoy all offerings with the exception of the 454 Horsepower which was too acidic for me day after day (the flavour was still great though)

          2. If you prefer fair trade coffee, Kicking Horse is the way to go, but flavour wise I don't think its any better than the big bags of PC beans at 1/2 the price.

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            1. re: haggisdragon

              If you consider Whole Foods a supermarket, I have to say their in-store roasted beans are amazing. I always go for the dark French roast.

                1. re: lyndak

                  I've bought west coast dark PC this what you guys buy?

                  1. re: LUV_TO_EAT

                    For me the PC bean is comparable to the Eight o'clock brand sold at Dominion/Food Basics.