Whole Bean Coffees

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  1. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    I am curious about whole bean coffee recommendations. We had been using Starbucks (House Blend) in our office, but have decided to move away from it because Starbucks has become so vocal in its support for same-sex "marriage." I've looked around some, but I would like to hear from PB members about which coffees they find good. A couple of parameters:
    • No flavored coffees
    • No decaf coffees
    • Whole bean strongly preferred
    • Obtainable on Amazon (esp Prime) is a huge plus
    • Please don't tell me to get Folgers, Maxwell House, or the like
    • The coffee is made in our Bunn commercial drip maker. Please don't tell me to use a French Press or any other device. I'm not going to, no matter how good you say it is.
    Ok- have at it!
  2. GulfCoast Presbyterian

    GulfCoast Presbyterian Puritan Board Junior

    By all means, try Jerry Kalall at Best Gourmet Whole Coffee Beans on the Web. His small batch stuff is first rate. Mr. Jerry wants your business and will hook you up.

    EDIT: I have not tried the expresso, but have consumed vast quantities of the rest.
  3. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.

    Check out what's offered at Sam's Club. They sell a limited offering of Starbucks, but they have other brands as well.
    I usually buy the French Roast sold under their in-house Members Mark label (dark red bag).
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Tempus faciendi, Domine.


    That site looks interesting. Can't tell exactly, but it looks like they don't charge for shipping, at least on smaller orders? Is that right?
  5. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    From Sam's Club: Buck's County Coffee- French Roast-Whole Bean
    Trader Joe's: Sumatra - Whole Bean

    I combine the two for a yummy house blend.
  6. Tripel

    Tripel Puritan Board Senior

    I highly recommend Community Coffee. It's available from Amazon Prime.
  7. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    Fred - I swear by Coffee Bean Direct... free shipping for 25 pound bags, (Facebook) and their dark-roasted varietals are excellent. Coffee Bean Direct
  8. John Lanier

    John Lanier Puritan Board Junior

    :agree: Go with Community.
  9. tlharvey7

    tlharvey7 Puritan Board Freshman

    believe it or not, Goya has some great quality coffee. it is about half the price of starbucks and is every bit as good. i am not sure if the have whole bean though. i think Peets coffee is very good too
  10. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    WOW! $15 a pound in bulk?
  11. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    If you want good and cheap, go with Eight O'clock coffee. However, I second Rich's Trader Joe's recommendation above. World Market has some good coffees as well (and I would recommend most African coffees), but they tend to be pricey. However, they have a frequent buyer program that rewards you with a free bag of coffee for every half dozen or so you purchase.
  12. Miss Marple

    Miss Marple Puritan Board Junior

    I quit going to Starbucks, too. It's Peet's if I want a coffee treat, now. While I don't expect godly perfection from any company, Starbucks is actively advocating and petitioning the federal government officially to promote homosexual "marriage." So they have lost my business. It is a small thing, but many drops of water fill the ocean.
  13. KSon

    KSon Puritan Board Junior

    Eight O' Clock Columbian, constantly rated at the top by Consumer Reports. $13.99 for 32oz at Walmart up here.

    Dunkin' Donuts Whole Bean. 2 lbs. for $12.99-$13.99 up here.

    Both great and cost-effective. Eight O'Clock a bit smoother, DD a bit more bold.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  14. M21195

    M21195 Puritan Board Freshman

    If you don't use a french press, then it won't matter....;)
  15. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    We get Eight O'Clock and like it a lot, but I'm no coffee snob! Addict, yes. But not a snob.
  16. jwithnell

    jwithnell Moderator Staff Member

    Arabica only and a medium roast if I can find it in my favorite beans, otherwise I'll switch over to the dark.

    We're fond of Sumatra beans (and it actually shows up in Costco every once in a while). There are several varieties, but that doesn't usually come into play unless you're buying green beans to roast. Generally, we've enjoyed the Indonesian types, but have found South American coffee to be to highly acidic. My husband loves the African coffees, but I generally find them to be bitter. It's all a matter of personal taste.

    There's a movement afoot to encourage blond coffee beans -- ones that have been barely roasted. I haven't tried it yet.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  17. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    :up: w/ chicory
  18. nicnap

    nicnap Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Can't get it on Amazon, but I would say the best coffee is from Stumptown roasters in Portland. It is the best coffee that I have had in the states. Very good.
  19. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    You ought to be able to find Community in a grocery store in Houston.
  20. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    Kenco - Kenco Millicano

    This Millicano "Wholebean Instant" has recently arrived in Scotland. It's a great improvement on other instant coffee "granules".

    I frequent Caffe Nero in Perth.
  21. Mindaboo

    Mindaboo Puritan Board Graduate

    I like Eight O'clock coffee too. I don't buy it, it's too expensive for me. I just buy whatever is on sale. I guess that puts me with Jessi. I'm no coffee snob. I'll drink just about any kind.
  22. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    Kson, mentioned Dunkin' Donuts coffee, and that's very good too. :up:
  23. jwithnell

    jwithnell Moderator Staff Member

    Wow! Stumptown looks great! I may have to get some for a special occasion!
  24. MLCOPE2

    MLCOPE2 Puritan Board Junior

    I'll cast my vote here as well.
  25. thbslawson

    thbslawson Puritan Board Freshman

    When we have to do a quick pickup from the store we tend to go with old standby's like Dunkin Donuts or Community whole bean. We use a Bunn also (and are proud coffee snobs) and it makes a decent cup.

    There are two indy roasters that are really good. The first is done by a landscaping company in Boring, Oregon (no kidding). Sounds odd I know, but they roast great coffee! Here's their website.

    The other is from California and they do an excellent job. They're call Kean Coffee. Here's their website.

    Hope the search goes well.
  26. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    Ah, all this reminds me of my days as student body treasurer at Erskine Seminary (back around 2003). Basically, the treasurer was responsible for one thing: collecting the money out of the jar in the student lounge and making sure that coffee supplies were purchased with it. We only had one store in Due West, SC -- a Dollar General. I would walk there when I didn't have have a class and buy the best coffee available: Maxwell House (which is pure garbage). We also had a Bunn coffee maker, and I had the hardest time finding filters for it. Finally found them at a Staples (but not in Due West!).
  27. Philip

    Philip Puritan Board Graduate

    I'm not a coffee snob (I'll drink anything on offer as long as it's not instant and brewed), but I'll echo the 8 o'Clock recommendation.

    I'd also recommend finding out whether there's a local roaster who you could buy from. Sometimes for a treat, I'll buy a bag of whole bean from one of the local shops (of course, the Chattanooga area has a nice friendly rivalry between local roasters that makes the coffee lovers in the area very happy).
  28. christiana

    christiana Puritan Board Senior

  29. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    When I had the money to be a coffee snob-lite, my preferences were for whole bean from Costco or Dunkin Donuts (note the "lite" before laughing too hard). For the rest of us, there are a couple of "Gourmet Blends" of the may not be mentioned here coffees that taste amazingly good and at a bargain price.

    If you want something for the office, Fred, why not Dunkin Donuts beans?
  30. nicnap

    nicnap Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    It is my favorite coffee hands down. Every variety that I've had I have found to be outstanding. I get baskets of it for gifts (birthday, etc.) from people who know I like it. It is the best coffee I have ever had.
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