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Buying decaf whole bean coffee in bulk

karykat Oct 10, 2011 10:22 AM

To grind in the store and put in bags.

I've been buying decaf coffee along with caf coffee (which I then mix to brew) at the coop.

But now the one I go to is stocking only a dark roast decaf. I don't like the dark roast (think they roast the flavor out of it and may also start with beans that are not as good for that kind of roast.)

I like the Peace Coffee or something like it. Preferably fairly traded and grown with environmental care.

And, oh yeah, I don't want to pay too much!

So where should I be going? I like things like the decaf Full CIty or decaf Birchwood. That I blend with some caf Sumatran or something like that.


Birchwood Cafe
3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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    KTFoley RE: karykat Oct 10, 2011 11:06 AM

    You can buy the beans directly from Peace Coffee online. The decaf Full City is $12.99/lb.

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      karykat RE: KTFoley Oct 11, 2011 12:29 PM

      Thanks Kevin. I googled Peace Coffee and discovered they have a coffee shop now and I can buy the beans I like right there. So that's a really good option.

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        KTFoley RE: karykat Oct 11, 2011 02:13 PM

        Good deal. I looked up the website for their shop on Minnehaha (Peace Coffee Wonderland) but couldn't see a clear statement that beans were available.

        Kevin is some other poster, though

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      sandylc RE: karykat Oct 11, 2011 06:13 PM

      Any Co-op.

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        karykat RE: sandylc Oct 12, 2011 09:53 AM

        I thought so too but my coop where I've been buying beans is changing its selections because the decaf beans that aren't ultra-dark roast are being phased out. That's what's causing me to look elsewhere.

        Maybe other coops have a better selection. (I go to MM.)

        I think Kowalskis may have a good selection. But I'm looking for good selection, freshness (from turnover) and moderate cost.

        Ideas? Maybe I should be looking at other coops.

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          soupkitten RE: karykat Oct 12, 2011 10:23 AM

          i don't know about cost, but i believe the wedge carries pretty much all the peace coffee varieties/flavors. i'm really just saying this for the search/posterity, because i would think that the brick and mortar peace coffee shop would beat all for both price and selection.

          for a fair trade/sustainable alternative to peace coffee, i also like the B&W company which is a local coffee roaster. they supply to many local coffee shops that don't roast in-house. if you can't find your beans from peace coffee i would give B&W a try, their coffees are also excellent.

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