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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Coffee beans ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 4/7/07 9:20 AM

Our favorite coffee blend was recently "reformulated" and we're disappointed; we liked the old one much better. Anyone have a recommendation for us to try? We prefer the roasts that aren't too terribly dark and bitter. I just ordered a sampler from Peet's but would also like to hear about other options!

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Date: 4/7/07 9:30 AM

I like the Newman's Choice, although I've only tried the decaf.

Ooops, that should be Newman's Own - you know, with Paul Newman.
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Date: 4/7/07 12:34 PM

I prefer Community Coffee from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have been using their coffee for almost 22 years. I went to BR to visit my first grandchild and my DDIL gave me a package of CC that she had received in a free promotional gift package from local merchants. She doesn't drink coffee. I loved that coffee and still do! I bought it mail order for several years until my local Tom Thumb market (I lived in Texas then) started selling it. When I moved back to Ohio I once again bought it mail order, online. Then, in an attempt to economize, I stopped ordering it and started buying locally. One of my DS's came to visit me last November and brought me five pounds. I am now using the last package and, when I go to Austin next month to visit, I will buy CC again and bring it home with me. Probably will go back to buying online because I so much prefer it over anything else, of reasonable price, that I have ever used. If you would like to check them out, here is their website: http//:www.communitycoffee.com. Hope you find something you like!

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Date: 4/7/07 2:01 PM

We have been enjoying Solar Roast coffee for about a year now. They have a few roasts to chose from and I think the flavor is excellent.

When the sun wasn't shining for Solar Roast we had to find a substitute and got some organic, fair traded coffee at a good price at Sams Club. It was surprisingly good and very reasonably priced.

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Date: 4/7/07 2:53 PM

I get the fair trade one done by Starbucks for Costco or the organic one at Costco. Heck of alot cheaper.
Illy is supposed to be the best of best.

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Date: 4/7/07 3:07 PM

DH and I grew up with Community Coffee dark roast. My mom always reserved a back burner on the stove for her little vintage drip coffee pot that sat on a jar lid in a pie plate full of water. She and my DF drank their coffee strong and black from little demitasse cups every morning. She would make us coffee milk sometimes. The drip pot's handle broke and DM threw it away in favor of a new electric drip pot. I still love Community Coffee dark roast; they have a newer blend called Between Roast, which many people prefer.

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Date: 4/7/07 4:08 PM

Peets tends to roast its beans darker than most other brands. You might want to try a medium-roast coffee, like Green Mountain or Eight o'Clock (they're two brands that Cooks Illustrated recommends that are not as dark roasted as Starbucks or Peets).

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Date: 4/7/07 4:17 PM

I buy Colombian CO2 Decaf beans from Equal Exchange. All of their coffees are delicious. I've had many guests comment on how good my coffee is, including one self-described "coffee snob." They have organic items, chocolate and tea as well. Farmers are paid a fair price for their products rather than being exploited by large corporations. I get to enjoy a great cup of coffee while knowing I'm helping hardworking coffee farmers earn a living wage.

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Date: 4/7/07 4:35 PM

Lots of great ideas here! Thanks so much. Anyone have a specific favorite from the places they've recommended? Most places sell several different blends...the number of choices is overwhelming! I definitely like the idea of buying coffee that is protected by fair trade agreements.

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Date: 4/7/07 4:35 PM

MIL gave me some green tea from Equal Exchange. If their coffee is as good as that tea it is excellent.

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