What is the best tasting store bought coffee to brew at home?

What is the best tasting store bought coffee to brew at home?

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  1. If you must buy at the grocery store, start by looking at the more expensive bags from smaller roasters. It’s not that they are expensive, really, but that the others are too cheap, old, and poorly roasted.
    I prefer to buy bags at a local shop that offers fresher bags than what you’d find in most grocery stores, but many grocery stores are starting to stock better coffee now.
    Trader Joe’s has bags of specialty coffee now, Whole Foods and Sprouts have some good choices, and even Target is stocking Intelligentsia Coffee.

  2. Whatever you like the taste of. Freshly toasted form a local coffee roaster and purchased in small batched to maintain freshness.
    To get the best out of any coffee you need it to be freshly roasted and you should be grinding each dose as you need it.
    Also, make sure that you are using a suitable roast for your prep method as filter roasts in An espresso machine can taste sour and espresso and double toasts in a filter method can taste oily, bitter and flat.

  3. Depends on your tastes. I prefer a mellow roast in my beers (and a richer roast in my coffee). Quality will make a difference, so finding a local roaster with freshly roasted beans will make a difference. I would avoid Starbucks, as their beans always taste astringent/burnt to me.
    I suggest steeping a half-cup (or more) grounds in a quart of cold water, leaving it in the fridge for a day or so. You can pour the liquid off the top or strain it through a coffee filter to separate the grounds. You end up with all the flavor and less bitterness (or even astrongency) from the coffee when it’s brewed cold, as there is likely plenty in the beer if you’re making a stout.

  4. There are many, many good coffees out there. Because new brands constantly arise, I like to guide with general principles rather than a brand name.
    When buying in store, look for coffee that

    Has a roast date on the packaging. The date should be no more than two weeks ago, and ideally only one week.
    Has a description of the coffee. This could be the origin or he constituents of the blend. It might describe the flavour, but you might know the flavour yourself. ‘Espresso blend’ is too vague and general.
    Is whole bean , for grinding later (you will need a good grinder).

    Few large grocery stores have coffees that meet this list of criteria. Some stores like Wholefoods or similar equivalents will have a few contenders from local roasters.

  5. Coffee from a store is like wine from a store. Everyone has a different palate. So buy whatever tastes best to you.
    However, it makes a great party to have about 20 people over, each bringing a French Press and what they think is the best store coffee. Tasting contest begins, comments fly widely about, someone always goes off talking about the “finish” or some other knucklehead comment, and it all ends with a pillow fight between people with too much caffeine in their bloodstream. In short, great fun. With luck, you even get a winning coffee.

  6. If you like dark roast and you have a Keurig the San Francisco Bay – Fog Chaser variety is amazing and inexpensive via Amazon. If you are looking for a whole bean variety the Yukon or Verona Starbucks coffees are quite good.

  7. The freshest you can get. Fresh coffee releases CO2 for 48 hours after roasting. If it is packed such that the CO2 can not escape the package will blowup. That is why you see oneway valves in many commercially pack beans.
    Gind just before brewing. As for taste – the varietal, blend, and roast that you like. The only way to know is to try different coffees until you hit what you like.

  8. I would stay away from anything that is vacuumed packed or in a tin. Most stores sell ‘fresh’ whole beans in a variety of blends. Many even provide a coffee grinder and the bags to the product in. Depending on usage, you may want to invest in a small coffee grinder and prepare the whole beans yourself. I also prefer using a French press. I take it a step further and buy green coffee beans which I roast to my liking and grind myself. I seldom pay more than $6 per pound for coffees from all over the world. The savings may not be as great for those who have to have the coffee beans shipped. I buy at Sweet Maria’s in Oakland, CA which is only 70 miles away and I generally go there once or twice a month anyway.

    Victor Allen’s


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