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Budget Coffee

Post by ThankYouJack » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm

I tend to like light roasts and spend ~$16 / lb whole beans but got some New England Coffee the other day at about $6 / lb and didn't think it was all that bad. I'll probably stick with the local higher end stuff but am curious to try more of the cheap stuff.

What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by dm200 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:29 pm

I buy the store brand, ground coffee.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by vineviz » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:33 pm

I'm a big fan of Equal Exchange Organic Whole Bean Coffee's Mind Body Soul blend.

It's $14 or $15 per pound on Amazon, which is above your range, but it's a good value IMHO.
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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by jebmke » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:37 pm

We buy online from a roaster in Milwaukee in the $13-15 range. If I were going to dial it down to your $10 price point I'd probably look at loose beans in a local grocer or Dunkin Donuts beans.
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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Dottie57 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:42 pm

I buy from Carbou Coffee (Minnesota). My favorite Coffee beans are Starlight at $12 per pound.

Here is the website

https://shop.cariboucoffee.com/asp/shop ... p?c=1&s=13

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by yatesd » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:50 pm

I buy 5lbs at a time and keep in the freezer. Usually spend less than $60 and the coffee is roasted the day it ships. Most of these bags are resealable.

https://redbirdcoffee.com/

https://paradiseroasters.com/

https://www.mtnairroasting.com/

https://dragonflycoffeeroasters.com/

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Grasshopper » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:52 pm

WalMart has Seattle's Best organic dark roast 12 oz $5.50 +-.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by GerryL » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:04 pm

Ha ha ha. I buy store brand INSTANT coffee to mix with milk and brown sugar, which I nuke. Sometimes add chocolate.
The jar of coffee, which lasts several months, costs about $6. It's the milk and sugar that bring up the cost.
Yeah, I know, that's not really coffee.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Pete12 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:07 pm

Aldi donut shop blend whole bean coffee- $5 per pound and outstanding for the price!
If you want to splurge and spend $6-7 per pound they have some excellent single origin fairtrade coffees.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by oldcomputerguy » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:11 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
I tend to like light roasts and spend ~$16 / lb whole beans but got some New England Coffee the other day at about $6 / lb and didn't think it was all that bad. I'll probably stick with the local higher end stuff but am curious to try more of the cheap stuff.

What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?
Costco has a whole bean Jamaican Blue Mountain blend that I like pretty well, it comes in a 2-pound bag for $15.
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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Jazzysoon » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:17 pm

Peets Major Dickasons - Target usually has it on sale for 7.99/12 oz. Roasted date printed on front of bag.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by sunny_socal » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:29 pm

I don't know how much it costs ($8?), but I get the big bag of 'red' Jose's Coffee @ Costco and grind it myself.

If buying brewed coffee I usually try to go with McDonald's. I try to avoid Starbucks.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Nissanzx1 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:43 pm

I have a closeout store that I get a pound of whole bean for $5. I've been enjoying it...

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by InvisibleAerobar » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:51 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
I tend to like light roasts and spend ~$16 / lb whole beans but got some New England Coffee the other day at about $6 / lb and didn't think it was all that bad. I'll probably stick with the local higher end stuff but am curious to try more of the cheap stuff.

What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?
if you have a Whole Food with a roaster on-site, that'd be the best bet. They roast pretty frequently (once/week to once/10 days), and many beans are $10/lb.

Fairway Market (if you live in NYC and surrounding area) is also a good bet

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Lindyhopper » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:15 pm

Costco carries a lot of good coffee that is also a good value.
I use their Colombian and some others.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Nicolas » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:16 pm

I roast my own and pay $4 to $5 a pound. I haven’t bought roasted coffee since early 2003, only green. I'm currently drinking the Monsooned Malabar (from India) beans that I roasted the day before yesterday. Always fresh and delicious!
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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by tommy85 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:24 pm

+1 for Costco Columbian. It ranked high in consumer report ranking.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by dm200 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:28 pm

as long as it is wet and has caffeine - I am very happy.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by dgm » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:48 pm

admittedly i am no connoisseur but i really like this one in an aeropress

https://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/j ... und-coffee
3.99 i think for almost 1 lb

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by drg02b » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:56 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
I tend to like light roasts and spend ~$16 / lb whole beans but got some New England Coffee the other day at about $6 / lb and didn't think it was all that bad. I'll probably stick with the local higher end stuff but am curious to try more of the cheap stuff.

What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?
If you're willing to buy in 10-20 pounds increments and roast it yourself, you can pay less than $6... and your friends will think you're amazing when you give them some and tell them you're a home roaster who can rival the local high-end roasters. Unlike beer, roasting coffee is not complicated.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by adamthesmythe » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:05 pm

Jazzysoon wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:17 pm
Peets Major Dickasons - Target usually has it on sale for 7.99/12 oz. Roasted date printed on front of bag.
Where I live Peets and Starbucks regularly go on sale for 7-8$ (even less sometimes). I find that I can stock up and have enough to use until the next time they go on sale.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by KlangFool » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:07 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
I tend to like light roasts and spend ~$16 / lb whole beans but got some New England Coffee the other day at about $6 / lb and didn't think it was all that bad. I'll probably stick with the local higher end stuff but am curious to try more of the cheap stuff.

What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?
ThankYouJack,

Come on. If you are willing to buy 5 pounds at a time, you can get freshly roasted gourmet coffee at a very good price. $42 for 5 pounds. Shipping is $6. So, $48 for 5 pounds of great coffee.

https://www.coffeeam.com/india-mysore-g ... offee.html

India Mysore coffee is one of the best light roasted sweet coffee.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by oldcomputerguy » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:13 pm

dm200 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:28 pm
as long as it is wet and has caffeine - I am very happy.
For what it is worth, DW just seconded this opinion.
:D
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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by megabad » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:16 pm

Pete12 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:07 pm
Aldi donut shop blend whole bean coffee- $5 per pound and outstanding for the price!
I would buy Aldi coffee but they don't sell this in ground and I am too lazy to grind my own coffee. I switched to Simple Truth now. I can buy it on sale for maybe $6. I actually prefer it over some of the "hipster" local stuff.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by wdnnikl » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:44 pm

Previously, KlangFool recommended Costco Mother Earth Coffee. I've ordered a couple times and agree it's a very good coffee for $8.75/lb. Received a 91-point score from Coffee Review in 2016.

https://www.costco.com/Mother-Earth-Org ... 20592.html

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by bargainhuntingking » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:47 pm

Cafe Bustelo pre-ground in tins. I make it in a French press.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by yukonjack » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:53 pm

tommy85 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:24 pm
+1 for Costco Columbian. It ranked high in consumer report ranking.
Another vote for the 3 pound can of Kirkland 100% Colombian coffee. I find it be consistently good and it’s under your price point.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by alter » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:00 pm

Pete12 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:07 pm
Aldi donut shop blend whole bean coffee- $5 per pound and outstanding for the price!
If you want to splurge and spend $6-7 per pound they have some excellent single origin fairtrade coffees.
I'll second this. Aldi's is great at mimicking products taste but keeping price low. It is a great Dunkin' Donut's whole bean clone for much cheaper. I drink it every day.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by sillysaver » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:47 pm

You know what's surprisingly good? Community Coffee from Baton Rouge. There's a local Mediterranean restaurant that serves one of their blends. Their Chicory coffee blend is my favorite.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by petulant » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:51 pm

Target’s Archer Farms brand has good single origin etc. brands for 5.99/12oz.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by 2015 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:14 pm

Years ago I used to be so much fun, replete with bushels-full of vices and joie de vivre. Now my only vice is coffee. Coffee is the only exception to my annoyance at having to drink and eat in order to live. As such, I drink the best I can find. You wouldn't catch me on the same block with budget coffee.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by cheese_breath » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:23 pm

Whatever's on sale at Krogers.
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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by chw » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:27 pm

tommy85 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:24 pm
+1 for Costco Columbian. It ranked high in consumer report ranking.
+2

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by quantAndHold » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:03 pm

The local fancy market has a rack of beans from several different local roasters, usually for several dollars less than what the roasters charge in their own shops. I read the date stamps on the bags and get whatever is freshest. Most of them are $13.

Life is too short to drink bad coffee. Or eat bad ice cream, but that’s a topic for a different discussion.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by AlohaJoe » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:08 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?
I buy from this place for $1.50/pound: http://www.cafenguyenchatgiare.com/robusta

If I'm feeling fancy I'll splurge on this for $2.70/pound: http://thegioicafesach.com/san-pham/147 ... n-1kg.html

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by z3r0c00l » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:10 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
I tend to like light roasts and spend ~$16 / lb whole beans but got some New England Coffee the other day at about $6 / lb and didn't think it was all that bad. I'll probably stick with the local higher end stuff but am curious to try more of the cheap stuff.

What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?
Absolutely no reason to go beyond $12 a pound here in NYC, unless you want to try something really special. (And therefore, I expect in lower COL areas.) Typically I spend between $7 and $10 per pound at Fairway. They have dozens of options in that price range. Trader Joe's also has some very cheap prices. Starbucks charges $12 or more so I generally avoid it unless I am too lazy to walk.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by dccboone » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:49 pm

Jazzysoon wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:17 pm
Peets Major Dickasons - Target usually has it on sale for 7.99/12 oz. Roasted date printed on front of bag.
+1
Love this coffee! One of the few things I splurge on. Pay $12.58 for 20 oz. bag from Amazon.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Slacker » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:50 pm

megabad wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:16 pm
Pete12 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:07 pm
Aldi donut shop blend whole bean coffee- $5 per pound and outstanding for the price!
I would buy Aldi coffee but they don't sell this in ground and I am too lazy to grind my own coffee. I switched to Simple Truth now. I can buy it on sale for maybe $6. I actually prefer it over some of the "hipster" local stuff.
I drink cheap coffee, but Aldi's coffee (forget which two I tried) was not to my liking. I think their medium roast had kind of a sour note on the after taste and I always drink my coffee black (no sugar, no cream) so it stands out to me.

I like the "Eight O'Clock" brand carried at most Kroger stores. About the same price as Aldi's coffee normally and you can often find sales that make it cheaper than Aldi's. I picked up 12oz bags 2 for $5.50 on sale not too long ago.

I also like the Kirkland signature whole beans, but it is a lot of coffee for me to go through before it starts to have the flavor quality change. A little darker roast than the Eight O'clock.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Nicolas » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:09 pm

AlohaJoe wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:08 pm
ThankYouJack wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?
I buy from this place for $1.50/pound: http://www.cafenguyenchatgiare.com/robusta

If I'm feeling fancy I'll splurge on this for $2.70/pound: http://thegioicafesach.com/san-pham/147 ... n-1kg.html
But isn’t this robusta coffee from Vietnam? Is it that good or is it just cheap? Arabica (usually) tastes so much better. Of course I know that taste is something that can’t be disputed.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by AlohaJoe » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:38 pm

Nicolas wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:09 pm
AlohaJoe wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:08 pm
ThankYouJack wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?
I buy from this place for $1.50/pound: http://www.cafenguyenchatgiare.com/robusta

If I'm feeling fancy I'll splurge on this for $2.70/pound: http://thegioicafesach.com/san-pham/147 ... n-1kg.html
But isn’t this robusta coffee from Vietnam? Is it that good or is it just cheap? Arabica (usually) tastes so much better. Of course I know that taste is something that can’t be disputed.
I live in Vietnam, so, yes, I buy coffee grown in Vietnam. I imagine the same beans would cost more in the US. The local crop is primarily robusta, though others exist as well. The "expensive" blend uses arabica, moka, and robusta. I have no problems drinking robusta so it works for me. I generally drink Vietnamese style coffee anyway, which would be mediocre with 100% arabica beans.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by nalor511 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:54 pm

I like the Bustelo espresso ground coffee that comes in 10oz vacuum-sealed bricks preground for espresso, and it's only about $2.88-3.50 per brick, depending where you buy it. That's as low as $4.60/lb, can't beat that, and the quality is really good (IMO). I use it for drip, but I've done espresso with good results too. I've tried the other varieties by the same manufacturer (e.g. Pilon), and they weren't as good. The decaf is good though. The Bustelo bricks compare favorably to Peet's, but I do store them in the freezer (I know coffee snobs say don't do this, but it does something to preserve the flavor, I've tried it both ways).

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by jlawrence01 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:40 am

I alternate between Community Coffee from Baton Rouge and the San Francisco Bay Coffee Co. coffees. I like both brands' versions of dark roast coffee.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by jlawrence01 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:44 am

AlohaJoe wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:38 pm

I live in Vietnam, so, yes, I buy coffee grown in Vietnam. I imagine the same beans would cost more in the US. The local crop is primarily robusta, though others exist as well. The "expensive" blend uses arabica, moka, and robusta. I have no problems drinking robusta so it works for me. I generally drink Vietnamese style coffee anyway, which would be mediocre with 100% arabica beans.
What brand of Vietnamese coffee do you drink? I see a lot of Vietnamese coffees at my favorite international store in Phoenix but I hate to buy a large bag without knowing if is any good.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by AlohaJoe » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:14 am

jlawrence01 wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:44 am
AlohaJoe wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:38 pm

I live in Vietnam, so, yes, I buy coffee grown in Vietnam. I imagine the same beans would cost more in the US. The local crop is primarily robusta, though others exist as well. The "expensive" blend uses arabica, moka, and robusta. I have no problems drinking robusta so it works for me. I generally drink Vietnamese style coffee anyway, which would be mediocre with 100% arabica beans.
What brand of Vietnamese coffee do you drink? I see a lot of Vietnamese coffees at my favorite international store in Phoenix but I hate to buy a large bag without knowing if is any good.
I'm not sure most of the brands I've used are available outside of Vietnam. Trung Nguyen and Phuc Long, I think, have international distribution and are fine for me. They tend to have a bit of "name brand markup", at least here in Vietnam, so I don't actually buy their beans very often. But tastes vary dramatically, especially with coffee, so it is hard to know what you'd like.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Momus » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:51 am

I buy equate caffeine pills from Walmart $4 for 80 pills.

Crush one (or half depending how much adrenaline kick I need) and mix with water/whatever drink I want. 2.5-5 cents/drink. I don't drink coffee for taste.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Trism » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:55 pm

Boxed.com's store brand ("Prince & Spring") organic French roast is $8.99 for two 10-ounce bags.

I stock up when there's a "$25 back on $75" Amex offer for boxed.com. 20 ounces x 10 pkgs = 200 ounces (12.5#) for $89.90 - $25 = $64.90 with free shipping. That's $5.19/pound.

It freezes well.

This is ground coffee. I know. Horrors. I refuse to grind coffee because it's too messy.

If you want whole bean it's $13.99 for a 2# bag, before the Amex offer.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by duckcalldan » Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:19 pm

drg02b wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:56 pm
ThankYouJack wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:27 pm
I tend to like light roasts and spend ~$16 / lb whole beans but got some New England Coffee the other day at about $6 / lb and didn't think it was all that bad. I'll probably stick with the local higher end stuff but am curious to try more of the cheap stuff.

What do you all like for coffee say under $10 / lb?
If you're willing to buy in 10-20 pounds increments and roast it yourself, you can pay less than $6... and your friends will think you're amazing when you give them some and tell them you're a home roaster who can rival the local high-end roasters. Unlike beer, roasting coffee is not complicated.
And it’s a fun hobby as well! I roast every 10 days or so. Beans are always fresh and yes, it’s not the least bit hard once you find a good and repeatable roasting method. Beans are around $5-6/lb incl shipping. 1 pound of green beans weighs 13-14 oz after roasting fyi.

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by Madbull » Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:27 pm

I’m good with almost anything. We will go with whatever is on sale that’s off-brand at Costco/Sam’s/HEB when we run out and are awaiting an order of Puerto Rican coffee that’s very rare though, as my DH needshis taste of home in the mornings.

Some ideas:

Puerto Rican Variety Pack Ground Coffee - 4 Local Favorites in 8 Ounces Bags (2 lbs Total) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SU5DF5O/re ... WBbRB7GFJ5

Cafe Molido Borinquen Pure Ground Coffee From Puerto Rico Mountains 14 Ounce Bags (2 Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01551A60M/re ... WBbJ99594H

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by teniralc » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:27 pm

Jazzysoon wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:17 pm
Peets Major Dickasons - Target usually has it on sale for 7.99/12 oz. Roasted date printed on front of bag.
+1

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Re: Budget Coffee

Post by coffeehubcap » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:37 pm

If you like a light roast and have a Keurig, my brand is Costco's breakfast blend....$35 for 120 pods.

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