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Need recommendations for good coffee - whole bean
Free Republic ^ | 10/21/12 | Self

Posted on 10/21/2012 7:26:51 PM PDT by randita

Eight O'Clock whole bean coffee has been my mainstay for years. Lately, it has been horrible. I can hardly drink it any more. Wonder why it's gotten so awful. Other family members have concurred.

I'm looking for recommendations on some other brands to try that would be similar to what Eight O'Clock used to be in a similar price range.

I'm not extremely picky but since I usually only have one cup of coffee per day, I would like it to be very good.

I live in a rural area so don't have the luxury of bopping into a gourmet coffee shop on a regular basis, unfortunately.

Thanks for your input.


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KEYWORDS: 8oclock; coffee; coffeewholebean; eightoclock; wholebeancoffee
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To: randita

Saw some BEAN-BAG CHAIRS at Target a while back. Buy one, cut it open and try the beans. If they’re not too good, go to the back-up plan -——> cut the bag in strips and fry it up for bacon.


51 posted on 10/21/2012 8:16:30 PM PDT by jmax (Full mag inserted, round in chamber, hammer is back...safety is OFF.)
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To: randita

House roast Colombian Huila, but it may be an acquired taste. Still one of the consistently fine coffees I enjoy regularly. Then again, I roast my own.


52 posted on 10/21/2012 8:17:21 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Abigail Adams
Also, have you cleaned your coffee maker lately? That can affect taste.

What do you use to clean your coffee maker?

53 posted on 10/21/2012 8:19:00 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: randita

Oh heck, Randita - use a French press! They make the best coffee you’ve ever tasted no matter what the brand. It’s a minimal investment and deeply satisfying.


54 posted on 10/21/2012 8:19:12 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: randita
Green Mountain Breakfast Blend.
55 posted on 10/21/2012 8:19:19 PM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: Irish Eyes
What do you use to clean your coffee maker?

Vinegar should do fine. If you are worried about smell and taste, mix it half and half with water. I'd use full strength and then run hot water through the machine a couple of cycles.

56 posted on 10/21/2012 8:20:33 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: randita; All

Seattle’s Best is the best major brand, imho. It’s available at Target (lowest price) and every grocery chain in Arizona.


57 posted on 10/21/2012 8:26:44 PM PDT by Havisham
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To: randita; All

Seattle’s Best is the best major brand, imho. It’s available at Target (lowest price) and every grocery chain in Arizona.


58 posted on 10/21/2012 8:26:54 PM PDT by Havisham
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To: randita

Starbucks “Blonde” whole beans is actually very good; at Costco.


59 posted on 10/21/2012 8:30:52 PM PDT by bubbacluck (I'll pay more for tomatoes...or lettuce.)
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To: randita

http://rangercoffee.com/
I can recommend everything there.


60 posted on 10/21/2012 8:30:55 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....MiE (Mainer in Exile))
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To: randita

http://rangercoffee.com/
I can recommend everything there.


61 posted on 10/21/2012 8:31:04 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....MiE (Mainer in Exile))
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To: randita

http://rangercoffee.com/
I can recommend everything there.


62 posted on 10/21/2012 8:31:04 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....MiE (Mainer in Exile))
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To: randita

http://rangercoffee.com/
I can recommend everything there.


63 posted on 10/21/2012 8:31:15 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....MiE (Mainer in Exile))
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To: randita

http://rangercoffee.com/
I can recommend everything there.


64 posted on 10/21/2012 8:31:30 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....MiE (Mainer in Exile))
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To: Uriah_lost

Oops


65 posted on 10/21/2012 8:32:08 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....MiE (Mainer in Exile))
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To: randita
I have not been unhappy with Eight O' Clock Colombian or French Roast, although lately I've been drinking Folger's Black Silk. (For as much as I'm allowed caffeinated coffee.)

I second what a lot of others said. Use filtered water. A lot of municipalities tinker with their tap water formulation, and even your own well water can change its taste depending on what's going on in the aquifer.

66 posted on 10/21/2012 8:42:09 PM PDT by Flatus I. Maximus (OVERTHROW OBAMA!)
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To: bcsco

I second that. The eight-o-clock italian roast is delicious. I’ve been making my coffee single cup for the last few years,keeping it to generally one cup a day. I use
the mellita filters/plastic cone and just pour the kettle
water through. No more waste and i’ve come to enjoy the
ritual of making it.


67 posted on 10/21/2012 8:49:43 PM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: randita

Dark roast Sumatra.


68 posted on 10/21/2012 8:52:20 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral)
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To: randita

Go here: http://stores.lakotacoffee.com/-strse-Top-Sellers/Categories.bok

order mocha java. I’ve been drinking it since 1998.


69 posted on 10/21/2012 8:56:30 PM PDT by Controlling Legal Authority
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To: randita

Go here: http://stores.lakotacoffee.com/-strse-Top-Sellers/Categories.bok

order mocha java. I’ve been drinking it since 1998.


70 posted on 10/21/2012 8:56:31 PM PDT by Controlling Legal Authority
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To: randita

Go here: http://stores.lakotacoffee.com/-strse-Top-Sellers/Categories.bok

order mocha java. I’ve been drinking it since 1998.


71 posted on 10/21/2012 8:56:34 PM PDT by Controlling Legal Authority
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To: randita

Go here: http://stores.lakotacoffee.com/-strse-Top-Sellers/Categories.bok

order mocha java. I’ve been drinking it since 1998.


72 posted on 10/21/2012 8:56:40 PM PDT by Controlling Legal Authority
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To: americas.best.days...

We make a 10 cup pot every day (we can do 12 cups, but don’t drink that much...). Enough for my wife to have with breakfast and take some to work,and a double cup for me. We don’t have more than that on any day.


73 posted on 10/21/2012 8:56:41 PM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: SkyDancer; randita

I second that. Dark roast Sumatra. Costco sells a good version of it for a relatively low price (considering the quality of the brew). Mixing it with Arabian beans is pure perfection, although Arabian beans are rather expensive.


74 posted on 10/21/2012 8:56:44 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: randita
Carrabassett Coffee Company

I'm assuming b/c of your rural location you'll look at mail order. Roasted in Maine . They know what they are doing. Consistently superior whole beans.

75 posted on 10/21/2012 8:58:19 PM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Hoodat

I love the flexibility and ease of the Keurig K-Cups. Mostly a Starbucks person myself, so I like their French Roasy and Cafe Verona. Sumatra is pretty good, but clogs up the Keurig machine.

San Franciso brand (I get mine on Amazon) is very good.

Good thread everyone. lets keep it going. (nice break from the politics)


76 posted on 10/21/2012 9:02:26 PM PDT by gswilder
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To: randita

“Wonder why it’s gotten so awful. “

Could be your coffee maker. I assume it is a drip maker? Sometimes they get clogged with calcium deposits or the heating elements change and it doesn’t brew at the correct temperature.

The best drip maker I’ve ever owned in the past 45 years is a Zojirushi.


77 posted on 10/21/2012 9:02:30 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: randita

Peet’s Coffee

I also drink only one cup a day and really like the Peet’s. It’s in the Safeway/Randall’s/Tom Thumb chains, also available online.


78 posted on 10/21/2012 9:11:34 PM PDT by tpmintx (Problem: The people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living.)
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To: randita

I’ll second and third other posters who recommend coffeebeandirect.com. Have used them for a long time. Good prices, good service, good coffee beans. I buy roasted, whole beans in 5 pound bags, usually 5 bags of various kinds to get free shipping. I go for lighter roasts and low-acid coffees. Sumartra, Kenya AA, Columbian, etc. Lately I’ve been buying their half-caf/haf-decaf mixes to save me the effort of doing that myself. I have not liked their own blends, like Morning Blend for example, at all! Tastes to me like their special blends were crap they swept up off the floor. Also, avoid buying coffeebeandirect coffees from amazon. They are stale, stale, stale from sitting around at Amazon.

I order from coffeebeandirect.com over the weekend so they ship on Monday, to give them a full five days for shipment without having the coffee beans sit in some unheated/uncooled UPS warehouse or truck over the weekend.


79 posted on 10/21/2012 9:13:16 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: randita

Dunkin Donuts. Brew it up strong, and it’s addictive. I haven’t found a coffee that comes close.

Grocery stores have the regular sized bag; Sam’s Club has the 40 oz. size.


80 posted on 10/21/2012 9:25:59 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: rabidralph
Seattle’s Best is very good but they got bought by Star Bucks and I only see them at Subway sandwich shops.

Here in the Portland, Oregon area, Safeway grocery stores carry Seattle's Best coffee.

81 posted on 10/21/2012 9:31:23 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: randita

Trader Joes has a lot of very good whole bean coffees, if you have them in your area.

For a ground coffee I recently tried some Folgers Gormet Supreme dark blend and I was really surpised. It was very good, medium dark with lots of flavor, but not bitter. Shortly after I saw where it won a blind taste competition, so it’s not just me.


82 posted on 10/21/2012 10:08:51 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

“Depending on your location I might suggest “Community Coffee”. My preference is the Breakfast Blend.”

My active, 86 year-old mother attributes much of her longevity and health to it ;-). In her later years she’s switched from the regular blend to Breakfast Blend and periodically sends it to us here in Phoenix.


83 posted on 10/21/2012 10:14:23 PM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: freemama

Caribou Coffee is terrorist coffee.

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/070810-539764-tea-with-terrorists-.htm

I buy green beans from sweet Maria’s and roast my own. Easy peasy.


84 posted on 10/21/2012 10:23:17 PM PDT by bluetick (If you're going to err, err on the side of liberty.)
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To: rwh; Magnatron

How ? What do you do ? I must admit I’ve never heard of this before.


85 posted on 10/21/2012 10:30:03 PM PDT by onona (If it is to be, it begins with me.)
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To: randita

I’m not a coffee drinker, but hubby is. He loves Britt. Everyone he makes it for loves it too. Buys it online.


86 posted on 10/21/2012 11:12:57 PM PDT by June2
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To: randita

http://www.vervecoffeeroasters.com/

http://store.bluebottlecoffee.com/

IMO a couple of the best, at this point in time.


87 posted on 10/21/2012 11:15:27 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: martin_fierro

You haven’t tried Verve?

They aren’t all the way there, but they are certainly trying!


88 posted on 10/21/2012 11:17:46 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: randita

I know them all and the best whole bean coffee today is Costco’s whole bean Columbian. It costs about ten dollars for a big bag and is superior to all of the Starbuck’s whole beans coffee’s which cost more for a smaller bag. I keep my bag in the freezer between brews.


89 posted on 10/22/2012 2:58:32 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: randita

I got some Eight O’Clock regular whole bean recently and it was bad, but I think their French Roast is still surprisingly good. And vacuum-sealed whole beans like that is the way to go unless you’re willing to invest in craft beans.


90 posted on 10/22/2012 3:22:19 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: randita

http://www.coffeebeandirect.com/

We’ve been brewing their coffee for years.

There are quite a few choices.

Enjoy!


91 posted on 10/22/2012 3:34:33 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: ladyjane

I highly prefer the metal filters vs the paper ones. Paper absorbs the flavor and also breaks down, so you have little pieces of paper in your coffee.


92 posted on 10/22/2012 3:35:28 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: randita
Before you change coffees (assuming you still have some Eight O'Clock coffee lying around) watch Alton Brown's "Good Eats" episode on coffee. It's on YouTube in parts. I'd tweek your preparation methods first and see if that improves the taste of your coffee.

If it indeed turns out to be the coffee, I'd find a shop that sells whole beans and buy a variety until you find one you really like.

93 posted on 10/22/2012 3:59:28 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: randita
I would like it to be very good.

There are many excellent brands, blends, roast, and grinds of coffee available.

I suggest that you carefully consider your brewing method. One cup a day presents a serious brewing problem. I would suggest you look into cold brewing as well as finding a new brand. An inexpensive French press would work well for cold brewing. For my taste, a French press is the finest way to brew coffee but I've never tried it for one cup.

94 posted on 10/22/2012 6:42:12 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: bluetick

Aww. Now I have to switch coffee! Dang.


95 posted on 10/22/2012 7:01:03 AM PDT by freemama
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To: driftdiver

I put the paper filter in a gold filter. I know some people use only the gold filter but I find little bits of the coffee grounds come through and settle on the bottom. Agree about the taste of paper from some filters, especially the brown ones. Terrible. I get no paper taste from the ones I use.

I’m currently eyeing a hand grinder made with a ceramic burrs. Expensive though. It would be handy if the power goes out. I don’t want to have to take a hammer to beans just to get a coffee fix.


96 posted on 10/22/2012 7:40:06 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: onona
Roasting your own is quick and incredibly easy. You'll generally only take about 15 minutes to roast a batch. I roast about once a week, but I have a larger capacity roaster:

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My roaster costs some bucks, but you can roast coffee with as little as a hand popcorn popper. A small air roaster will run you about $120.00. You can see one at:

http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmarias/coffee-roasters/air-roasters/sr300.html

Roasting your own allows you to roast the beans to the level YOU want. Most store and coffee shop stuff (especially Starbucks) has the life roasted out of the beans. Coffee also is very volatile. After initial off-gassing, coffee begins to stale within a couple of days.

I like Sweet Marias because they have small lot coffee that you can't generally find elsewhere. You'll find coffee from just about any coffee region in the world there. Also, the prices are VERY good. You can roast some pretty exotic stuff for about the same price you'll buy Maxwell House at from your local grocery store.

A good place to start would be to take a look at a basic tutorial. You'll find a good one at:

http://www.sweetmarias.com/instructions.php

Good luck! You'll find this a great hobby!

97 posted on 10/22/2012 7:40:12 AM PDT by Magnatron
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To: Salgak

Cafe Duran is our main coffee in Panama. I love it. (They also produce other things…teas, etc.)

As an aside, our families were great friends from my mother’s early days. In my generation, their families sent their children to the Canal Zone schools where we continued our friendships. What a wonderful unpretencious family.

I remember going to their factory, a block away from where I live, to purchase Duran Coffee right from the oven so to speak. And there was Paul Duran, our generation who now ran the factory, in his jeans in the middle of his workers helping out. But that is the Duran family.

(Unfortunately, we lost Paul in a plane crash sometime back. What a lose to all of us.)


98 posted on 10/22/2012 8:42:22 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Salgak

lose = loss.

Sorry.

By the way, the Duran factory is not 1 but 4 blocks away from where I live. It just seems like 1 block away.


99 posted on 10/22/2012 8:58:34 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: MosesKnows

Actually, I brew 4 cups, but only drink one myself. Rest of the family also has a cup each.

My drip pot is clean and our water is pristine - filtered lake water in a rural area.

I’m going to start trying a new brand. Some of those recommended here.

I also may try a Cremex or just use the French press all the time. Maybe it’s the drip method that’s just not cutting it for me.


100 posted on 10/22/2012 9:31:52 AM PDT by randita
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