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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
My go to is Kicking Horse - Kick Ass made in a french press. Today it's grocery store brand west coast dark roast in a french press.

If the store brand is president's choice, I would agree it is an excellent coffee for something from the grocery store.

Thanks to Basecadet's reco, I am drinking espresso roasted by Ritual in California a week prior to it being flown in to Montreal. It is 22$ per 500grams but well worth it.
Originally posted by billhike:
Starbucks Pike Place is my standard at home. I buy whole beans and grind fresh each time I make a pot.

That is the only coffee at Starbucks I do not like, and I really just can not drink it.

I stop at Starbucks Monday - Friday heading to the office and order their bold. On the weekends, we often enjoy coffee we have read about and ordered. We also enjoy espresso and cappuccino more on the weekends.

We have three different coffeemakers in our kitchen, and we get a few odd looks from time to time. Smile

A burr grinder is a must in my opinion for excellent coffee.
That is the only coffee at Starbucks I do not like, and I really just can not drink it.

Interesting, as Pikes Place was assumed by many to be response by Starbucks to frequent criticism that they over-roast many of their coffees. I don't mind a dark roast, but do find some burnt flavors in some Starbucks coffees.

A good burr grinder is a must in my opinion for excellent coffee.

Fixed. And TOTALLY agree.

This morning, Peets Major Dickason's Blend, fresh ground and French Pressed. Delish.

The trends in specialty coffee the last 10 years have been a gradual move towards

- single origin coffees rather than blends
- traceability (to encourage higher quality and a better price for those willing to increase the effort
- a lighter roast
- freshly roasted by local roasters
- a focus on drip coffee more than espresso

Freshly roasted, quality coffee is a great treat. A number of micro roasteries are selling their coffee online. You can order excellent coffee and receive it just a couple of days out of the roaster at minimal cost and effort. Check out this list to find one near you:
Ummm, Guatemalan Roll Eyes

Frankly, the options here boggle my mind. I've seen coffee from perhaps 10 different places, never mind the blends. I'm tempted to buy a little bit of each and taste them one by one to see if I like one better than another - just in time for me to go home and be unable to get any of them!

I literally just bought a Capresso Conical Burr Grinder online from CutleryandMore for $75 no tax, no shipping. It seems to be working very well. I did not want to try any of the $45 versions that are out there. I think the Capresso model might be 560? Anyway, it is the Black version, not stainless steel.

I have moved away from Starbucks the last year or so. I buy east african coffee's (yirgacheffe/kenya, other Ethiopian) single origins from Johnson Brothers, Counterculture, and Terroir.
Originally posted by khmark7:
Picked up a coffee maker with a built-in burr grinder and love the new brew! Been buying coffee from some local shops that roast their own beans and trying some Central American beans (other than Colombia).

Not to nitpick, but I am in Central America, while Colombia is not Smile

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