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Kirkland coffee- any good?

trolley Oct 23, 2013 06:51 AM

I'm going to Costco and want to get a big bag of coffee. I got the Starbucks dark roast last time and wasn't too happy with it. it tasted meh to me. I know Costco is different regionally but I think they sell the Kirkland brand everywhere. Is it any good? Any other one's that are better?

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  1. Tripeler RE: trolley Oct 23, 2013 07:09 AM

    Probably better than average. About 13 years ago I got some and it was not bad. But if you know the kind of coffee you like, then you are likely to get something better than Kirkland. But chances are you may like it.

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      trolley RE: Tripeler Oct 23, 2013 07:20 AM

      well, I enjoy Peets and Tully's but they don't come in the big old size. Price wise those bags make sense for my family. I just don't want to be stuck with a big ol' bag of meh again.

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      Cathy RE: trolley Oct 23, 2013 07:27 AM

      Used to take the Kirkland can to work when it was my turn to supply the coffee machine. People liked it better than Folgers. But I liked the canned Yuban too.

      I buy beans for home use- There's an espresso roast by Starbucks (in a red bag) at Costco that I like better than the Meridian by Starbucks (green bag). Both are good and measuring correct ratio of grounds to water is essential.

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        treb RE: trolley Oct 23, 2013 07:39 AM

        Try the whole bean Kirkland roasted by Starbucks in the green bag.

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          tcamp RE: treb Oct 24, 2013 09:15 AM

          That is what I use. Special occasions I treat myself to my favorite beans roasted at a local place but the Kirkland whole bean is far more affordable and tastes just fine, IMO.

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          gourmanda RE: trolley Oct 23, 2013 08:03 AM

          The Kirkland ground is okay. Certainly not on par with freshly ground beans (we get the ones in silver package with, I think, a jaguar on the front), but decent for ground coffee at a really low price.

          1. Beach Chick RE: trolley Oct 23, 2013 08:05 AM

            It's been awhile that I bought the whole bean Kirkland coffee roasted by Starbucks but I am not a fan of SB and find their coffee taste burnt to me.
            I like the Guatemalan Coffee in the 3 pound blue bag for around $14+.
            Organic Peruvian for a 2.5 pound whole bean is about $11 and its mellow.

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              trolley RE: Beach Chick Oct 23, 2013 08:09 AM

              is the Guatemalan coffee in the blue bag "Kirkland" brand or some other brand? I don't care if it's Kirkland but just curious so I know what to look for.

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                Beach Chick RE: trolley Oct 23, 2013 08:12 AM

                I can't remember..it's the only one in a bright blue bag with Guatemalan Coffee..can't miss it.

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                  trolley RE: Beach Chick Oct 23, 2013 08:38 AM

                  yeah, I figured I won't be able to miss it. After all, it's Costco and not needle in a haystack ;) thank you. I'll give that a whirl.

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                    biondanonima RE: trolley Oct 24, 2013 11:56 AM

                    Yes, the Guatemalan in the bright blue bag is Kirkland - it's our house coffee, when we can find it (our local Costco stopped carrying it for a while, but they had it on our most recent trip). Very good for a basic dark roast. We are working on a bag of the Costa Rican whole bean right now (red bag) - it's pretty good as well, but not as good as the Guatemalan. We also bought a bag of the Rwandan (brown bag) once but had to return it - it was truly awful.

            2. mcf RE: trolley Oct 23, 2013 09:02 AM

              It's up to individual taste. We used to enjoy the gold bagged organic that's discontinued and replaced with that insipid World Blend, I think.

              Haven't liked any of the others, tried them all.

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                rasputina RE: trolley Oct 24, 2013 10:02 AM

                My husband likes it. I'm not a coffee drinker.

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                  susan1353 RE: trolley Oct 24, 2013 12:28 PM

                  The Kirkland whole beans (2 lb in the green bag) is my go-to coffee (I'm in New York). I buy many bags at a time and keep them in the freezer. I think it's better than Starbuck's and a lot less expensive.

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                    Expat1234 RE: susan1353 Oct 24, 2013 07:41 PM

                    That is all I use. I especially like when a new shipment comes in and it is fresh. Makes a real difference. Can't beat it any time.

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