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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.


TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: 8oclock; coffee; coffeewholebean; eightoclock; wholebeancoffee
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1 posted on 10/21/2012 7:26:56 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita
Filipino Baraco, either from Batangas Province or Laguna Province. Very nice.
2 posted on 10/21/2012 7:32:48 PM PDT by John Leland 1789
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To: randita

Start roasting your own. I did, and never looked back. Try:

www.sweetmarias.com


3 posted on 10/21/2012 7:33:02 PM PDT by Magnatron
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To: randita

If you only drink one cup I’d recommend a Keurig. It lets you get a variety of coffees, is easy and less wasteful.

8 O’clock has become a cut rate brand of coffee so I’ve quit buying it.


4 posted on 10/21/2012 7:33:28 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: randita
One of my favorites is Millstone. Been drinking it for years.

If you can get to a Sam's store and buy the big bag (about $18), it's very reasonable in cost.

I tried 8 O'Clock one time years ago and did not like it. Never bought it since.
5 posted on 10/21/2012 7:35:03 PM PDT by Dan in Wichita
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To: randita

Depending on your location I might suggest “Community Coffee”. My preference is the Breakfast Blend. You can order it online also. http://www.communitycoffee.com/


6 posted on 10/21/2012 7:35:40 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: randita

We are into Caribou Coffee here, but I don’t know if you can get it where you are. It’s in our local grocery stores.


7 posted on 10/21/2012 7:35:40 PM PDT by freemama
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To: randita

http://www.wickedjoe.com/java/

Sells locally here, not sure how far their reach is so you may have to order online. Looks like their 2lb bags are where the best deal is, around $14.


8 posted on 10/21/2012 7:35:44 PM PDT by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: randita

http://www.thunderbirdfoundation.com/index.cfm/shop/product.cfm?product=46


9 posted on 10/21/2012 7:35:55 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: randita

Cafe Duran from Panama. . .

http://www.durancoffee.com/index.html

One problem: seasonal availability. When it’s sold for the year, that’s it. . .


10 posted on 10/21/2012 7:38:06 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: Magnatron

So did I! Home roasting is far better than anything you could ever buy.


11 posted on 10/21/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT by rwh
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To: randita

I, too, would recommend buying Green Coffee Beans, roasting them, grinding them, and brewing your cup of coffee within the same hour. Best cup of coffee I’ve ever had in my life.


12 posted on 10/21/2012 7:40:18 PM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: All

Anybody use Kicking Horse?

http://www.amazon.com/Kicking-Horse-Coffee-Power-12-3-Ounce/dp/B001SJR4XS/ref=sr_1_14?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1350873226&sr=1-14&keywords=coffee


13 posted on 10/21/2012 7:41:24 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita

Anything you can get at Jean’s Beans. Seattle’s Best is very good but they got bought by Star Bucks and I only see them at Subway sandwich shops. Maybe they sell the bean bags.


14 posted on 10/21/2012 7:41:30 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: randita

One additional note about “Community Coffee”. Purchase 4 bags of their coffee and they will match your purchase by sending 4 bags to any APO or FPO address... http://www.communitycoffee.com/AboutUs/MilitaryMatch.aspx


15 posted on 10/21/2012 7:41:44 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: randita

I order a great Sumatra dark bean from Agapao Coffee and Tea out of Santa Fe, NM. It comes fresh from the roaster and has a balanced flavor with very little or no bitterness. (I brew a strong pot). Best dark roast I’ve every had.

If you ever eat at Zia’s (by the rail yard/REI)this is the coffee they use and it’s how a friend and I found it. We stayed an extra hour just drinking the coffee.

I should be getting in 24 bags anytime now to replenish my (and others)supply.

Enjoy


16 posted on 10/21/2012 7:41:50 PM PDT by Texaspeptoman (Even cannibals get fed-up with people sometimes...!)
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To: Magnatron
I hear you. I roast, and buy green Costa Rican Tres Rios Magnolia every year when the price drops at harvest-time. I had to buy early this year, so I bought 10 lbs, and I'll buy more as the season progresses.

/johnny

17 posted on 10/21/2012 7:41:55 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: randita

Costco coffee beans. I like the French Roast. They roast these themselves.


18 posted on 10/21/2012 7:44:15 PM PDT by alamogal
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To: randita
Seattle's Best is available online.
19 posted on 10/21/2012 7:44:45 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: randita; driftdiver

If you only drink a cup a day, I’ll go along with driftdiver and say get a Keurig. Very good cup of coffee & very convenient, plus you get the option of variety if you choose.


20 posted on 10/21/2012 7:45:15 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: randita

Walmart’s Free Trade Sumatra!


21 posted on 10/21/2012 7:46:01 PM PDT by Madam Theophilus
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To: randita
Walmart brand premium 100% Arabica medium roast. Almost as good as DIY but less expensive and without the work!

Believe it or not, it's one of the best coffees you can buy... :)


22 posted on 10/21/2012 7:47:50 PM PDT by Errant
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To: randita
I can't recommend any particular type of bean beyond the "San Francisco Brand" beans that I get at Costco.

But once you find/grind your beans, give this cold-brew coffee method a try. Those who have tried it (not me, yet) swear that it's so much less bitter than hot-brew coffee.

23 posted on 10/21/2012 7:48:22 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: rabidralph

They sell it at Safeway & Kroeger. I switch off between the #4 and Starbucks espresso. Just bought a bad for $6.99 this morning.


24 posted on 10/21/2012 7:48:51 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: randita

I have to chuckle at all those posting about specialty coffee bought from whatever specialty store or online. My wife and I live good, strong coffee, and have been drinking Eight-0-Clock Italian Roast for years. If you want a good, strong, well-blended coffee, there you are. And it’s available in most decent grocery chains.


25 posted on 10/21/2012 7:49:05 PM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: randita
There's also this coffee club-type thing.
26 posted on 10/21/2012 7:49:12 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: nuconvert

Agree heartily with Keurig recommenders. I’ve tried almost all kcups available. You won’t find many cups of coffee better than Prima Barista Italian Roast.


27 posted on 10/21/2012 7:49:20 PM PDT by Harley (Those that don't engage in politics are destined to be governed by inferiors. -Plato)
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To: randita

I switched to Trader Joe”s own coffee from Costco’s Columbian coffee.


28 posted on 10/21/2012 7:49:20 PM PDT by topspinr
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To: randita

Try Dunkin’ Donuts whole bean coffeee. You can buy it online.

https://shop.dunkindonuts.com/shoponline/Category.aspx?CategoryId=COFF


29 posted on 10/21/2012 7:50:02 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: randita
Dunkin Donuts “Original Blend”

or

Gevalia “Traditional”

Both are medium roast coffees...very good!

30 posted on 10/21/2012 7:52:20 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: randita

Folgers 100% Columbian my favorite. Compare brands but stick with Columbian!!


31 posted on 10/21/2012 7:52:27 PM PDT by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: randita

Cafe DuMonde.

http://www.cafedumonde.com/coffee

Friends told me I HAD to try this stuff when we were down there and I’ve been hooked ever since.


32 posted on 10/21/2012 7:52:32 PM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: randita

Kivu is not bad. Can be found at Fred Meyers and possibly some other places. Out here in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene corridor, there are several excellent local roasters - Thomas Hammer, Craven’s and Doma. I’d check your nearest burg and see who does roasting. There’s your source.

But.. how do you make your coffee? When I drank drip coffee, I was a dedicated Chemex fan.

Nowadays, I use a Barrista - no longer made, unfortunately - from Starbucks. Delivers a decent shot and is definitely not wasteful of your bean.


33 posted on 10/21/2012 7:52:52 PM PDT by Noumenon (“...the other side wants everything in America to be free, except us.” -- Paul Ryan)
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To: Harley

I have to make a 12 cup pot every morning, so, Kcups are way too expensive. But I certainly enjoy them when I’m somewhere they’re available.


34 posted on 10/21/2012 7:53:43 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: freemama
FYI Caribou, I believe, is owned by Muslims. sorry
35 posted on 10/21/2012 7:54:05 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: randita
Look up small roaster, Distant Lands. Prefer their Guatemalan Antigua. Nice semi-dark roast without too much crank you up caffeine.
36 posted on 10/21/2012 7:54:21 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Noumenon

I make drip in a 4 cup pot. Sometimes I use a French press which I actually like better, but it’s more of a mess to clean up.


37 posted on 10/21/2012 7:56:31 PM PDT by randita
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To: Don@VB
“Folgers 100% Columbian my favorite. Compare brands but stick with Columbian!!”
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+1 to that!

There's a miss conception that Colombian coffee is very strong, like say french roast. It is not. It has a richer, brighter flavor, but not strong (depending on how you make it of course) Colombian blends rock!

BTW, I had mentioned Gevalia in my previous post. Both their “Traditional” and “Colombian” blends are outstanding! Although new to retail, Gevalia can be purchased at most grocery stores (Yellow bags).

38 posted on 10/21/2012 7:58:51 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: driftdiver; randita
If you only drink one cup I’d recommend a Keurig. It lets you get a variety of coffees, is easy and less wasteful.

I'll second the Keurig, with the single brew
filter cup ( e.g. ecobrew) & what ever brand
coffee you prefer.

39 posted on 10/21/2012 8:03:29 PM PDT by Uriel-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: randita

I recently bought a 40 oz bag of wonderful whole bean Sumatra coffee at BJ’s. I don’t remember what I paid but it was very very affordable. Normally I buy a can of ground walmart arabica and 1 can of something better like 8 oclock or chock full nuts and mix them. For espresso I buy whole bean but it’s hard to find Sumatra which I love (low acid, wonderful flavor).


40 posted on 10/21/2012 8:03:34 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: randita

You can order beans online. Just do a search for what you want (ie dark roast or organic or flavored, etc.). Here’s one site: http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/


41 posted on 10/21/2012 8:03:43 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: randita

Believe it or not, Dunkin Donuts isn’t bad. However...

If you want a GREAT cup of coffee check out Terroir. I think it is

www.Terroircoffee.com

The company is owned by George Howell. He started Coffee Connection and now has the most phenomenal coffee beans. They are not cheap but if you are a coffee addict they are the best. I get their fairly ‘low end’ Costa Rican La Minita peabeans.

It is really important to have a burr grinder and really good water with no chlorine. Also important - non-chlorine filters. The brown ones taste like paper bags (do a taste test, you’ll see) but the non-chlorine ones are good. I get them from Green Mountain Coffee. They used to have good coffee but their customer service was poor. Their coffee filters are good though.

If you like coffee but don’t want to spend a lot of money, at the very least get a burr grinder. It makes all the difference in the world.


42 posted on 10/21/2012 8:05:06 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: randita

We used to do mail order Dunkin Donuts, five pounds at a time. Best coffee on the planet, IMHO. We quit that when the shipping cost more than the beans. Now we use Member’s Mark from Sam’s Club. Pretty good stuff, and with a burr grinder we got at Bed Bath & Beyond we can make it the way we like (I like to use a percolator and make it strong, my wife uses a drip type machine and I can see through hers).


43 posted on 10/21/2012 8:05:25 PM PDT by FordNotChevy
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To: randita

Try brewing a pot of Eight O’Clock using a good bottled water and see if the old flavor is still there. Your water quality/taste may have recently changed. Also check for your current package of beans to see if they are old or the package has been compromised and the beans have absorbed an oder or simply gotten stale.

I second the recommendation of Community if it is the Eight O’Clock that has changed, .


44 posted on 10/21/2012 8:06:55 PM PDT by rw4site (Little men want Big Government!)
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To: randita

Well, you’re probably going to be deluged with information, but do look into a Chemex if you’re a drip fan. Best drip coffee I ever made and it is simplicity itself.


45 posted on 10/21/2012 8:07:52 PM PDT by Noumenon (“...the other side wants everything in America to be free, except us.” -- Paul Ryan)
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To: randita

Also, have you cleaned your coffee maker lately? That can affect taste.


46 posted on 10/21/2012 8:09:03 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: randita

Hills Brothers

another good choice is MLB


47 posted on 10/21/2012 8:09:58 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: randita
I drink coffee upon rising, though it's about 32 ounces of the stuff. That's it for the day. Keep it in a smallish teapot over a candle warmer and it goes down over the next couple of hours. Wife does the same.

Our choice: Italian Espresso Roast from coffeebeandirect.com It's the best value we've found and it's excellent. Also their best seller.

WE get the best price by purchasing 25 pound bag of roasted beans. At that quantity, they pay for the shipping.

When the bag arrives, we transfer beans into one-gallon zip-lock bags and pop 'em into the freezer, taking them out to replenish the coffee cannister in the kitchen as needed. Each morning, two coffee scoops of beans goes into the grinder, and then into the drip coffee maker. I've also used a french press to good results. Would still use it, but I broke it and haven't replaced it yet.

48 posted on 10/21/2012 8:12:44 PM PDT by Brandybux (Oportet ministros manus lavare antequam latrinam relinquent.)
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To: nuconvert

I didn’t realize you made that much. My fallback coffee is Dunkin Donuts whole bean. Reasonable, in most grocery stores and tasty.


49 posted on 10/21/2012 8:14:19 PM PDT by Harley (Those that don't engage in politics are destined to be governed by inferiors. -Plato)
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To: randita

My Food Lion carries “Discoveries” whole bean coffee. I like the Rainforest.
It’s a little more than 8 O’Clock but less than most ‘specialty’ coffees.

I Used to be very happy with 8 O’Clock too.


50 posted on 10/21/2012 8:15:01 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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