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May 31, 2011 10:12 AM

bulk coffee?

A chow-ish query:

As I've settled into cold-brewing iced coffee and drinking a good sized cup on my way into work in the morning, I've realized that we need a better source for coffee beans than the grocery store. We have been getting Equal Exchange beans at something like $10-12/lb, which is ok, but I'm sure we could be doing better.

What are some good options for bags larger than 12oz. at a time, preferably from a good (local?) roaster? It doesn't have to be world class, (it will be poured into a plastic cup with ice, after all), but it'd be nice to be better than DD or 'bucks...

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  1. Marty's liquors (Newtonville) used to have 2 lbs of good french roast beans for about half that cost. Haven;t been in years though.

    1. Redbird Coffee, not local, sells 5 lbs bags for $50 delivered.

      1. If you are going to stray to teh internets, these are both great options:

        And less then $50 for 5 pounds including delivery.

        1. I buy my beans for iced coffee -- which sounds excellent and I believe I'll go make myself one right now -- at Russo's. The dark French roast is excellent when sent through a Brikka and then poured over ice with a shot of half and half, and they're $6.99 a pound. I forget the name of the roaster.

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          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

            I think Russo's has very good beans at decent prices. Prefer a slightly lighter roast myself...

            1. re: StriperGuy

              The breakfast roast is a good light roast. I only use the dark roast for iced.

          2. nice. thanks, all! we're due for a trip to russo's anyway, i'll make sure to have a look at their beans.

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            1. re: hungry_ghost

              Next to the mushrooms, in front of the cheese counter. Kind of awkward to get to on a busy day, but worth the effort.

              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                Wow, never thought to look at the coffee at Russo's. Do they have some medium to dark roast? That's what we usually drink. $6.99/lb sounds amazing.