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best decaf coffee?

seattle coffee drinkers, i need you advice! i need to swtich to decaf coffee. just about any decaf i've had in friends homes have been weak and tasteless. what should i buy to use at home? even when ordering at a coffee shop, i drink my coffee black, fairly strong, but not as bitter as starbucks, and regular drip. i prefer to grind the beans.
thanks for any recommendations.

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  1. Blue Star Supernova

    Blue Star is over in Twisp, but you can order their freshly roasted beans online.

    http://bluestarcoffeeroasters.com/

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    1. re: Gizmo56

      got it. thank you. will check into this.

      1. re: ritabwh

        You can buy Blue Star coffee beans at the Pike Place Market - I think at Pike & Western Wines.

        Beans and coffee drinks in Ballard at the Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery.

        My decaf loving friends say they really like the Blue Star decaf. I go for the high test myself.

    2. The problem with decaf is that in order to make it similar in price to regular coffee they must start with vastly inferior beans, because the decafinating process is expensive. If you can, I would recommend drinking less coffee (1/2 cup as opposed to 1 cup for instance) rather then drinking decaf.

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      1. re: Charles

        thanks, i am not concerned about price. are there any recommendations at all?

      2. I agree with Charles. There is no such thing as "good" decaf. Cut back on the amount of the real stuff you drink or abandon coffee all together.

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        1. re: firecracker

          thanks. i would still like to drink something akin to coffee. would appreciate any recommendations.

        2. I haven't tried their decaf, but my favorite roaster in Seattle is Herkimer, and they do sell a decaf blend on their website. Knowing the quality of their other products, I very much doubt that their decaf would be tasteless. I've also overheard decaf-drinkers at their retail shop comment positively about it. I'd drop in and try a decaf Americano, and determine whether it's to your liking. (I don't think they offer decaf drip.)

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          1. re: Scrofula

            thank you. i'd never heard of herkimer. glad to hear it's not just starbucks out there. :-)

            1. re: ritabwh

              There's plenty more out there. These threads have a few:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753257
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888848

              My guess is most of those roasters will have at least one decaf option.

              1. re: Scrofula

                thank you. i guess i will start a decaf crawl. :-)

          2. I like Victorola's decaf. Some of you may criticize decaf, but some of us have no choice.

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            1. re: PAO

              thanks pao. because i have no choice, i asked. :-)