Originally Posted by Jiro
I don't know how much you're paying for your organic beans but I generally don't buy it from some health food store like Whole Food or whatever because it's not usually that great and it's grossly overpriced. Try looking into Sweet Maria and compare price. and it's too bad that you don't have La Colombe place around. It's available only in NYC, Philly, and Chicago. I think there are only 5 stores in total. Its coffee is the most fantastic one I've ever had. My dad and I are very lucky to get our hands on just one bag of coffee beans from Yemen because its quantity is extremely limited.
Since you buy ground beans from store - that will means its shelf life is short and degrades quite rapidly (which means it gets sour and unpleasant) so I highly recommend you to get this vacuum-sealed container
if you want a "lazy man coffee machine"... get Nespresso Pixie. You can try its sample at stores. Its coffee is fantastic too.
Yeah, I have thought about some sort of vacuum sealer device. The one you recommend doesn't seem to have great reviews, but I will look into others. I get a pound of Jim's Organic Espresso roast for about 8 bucks. Really not a bad price, and I was happy with the quality of the espresso.
I'm not sure if I want to get into home roasting at the moment. I already have so many expensive hobbies, and I don't need another one. But I guess if it means being able to make the ultimate shot of home espresso then I will eventually join the dark side.
When I make regular coffee, I use a Bodum French press. I won't use anything else. I refuse to use any sort of device that involves plastic.
How do you like the coffee from Yemen? I've read about people buying exotic and rare coffees only to be disappointed. Jamaica Blue Mountain seems to be frequently mentioned as a real letdown,