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Are expensive/gourmet coffee beans worth it?

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Are expensive/gourmet coffee beans worth it?

Citizen_Snips | Feb 3, 2014 01:39 PM

I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to coffee. I only recently started occasionally drinking coffee because it's available free at the office. They use a couple different varieties of Starbucks preground.

Now I'm noticing that there are tons of "gourmet/specialty" beans available at Whole Foods and similar stores. Do these beans taste significantly better than lower priced, more generic types? Which matters more, the bean or the brewing method?

My complaint with most coffee is that it tastes too watery and lacks a lot of flavor. Again I don't know a lot about coffee in general but just wondered if maybe one of these specialty/gourmet coffees would taste a lot better than whatever I've tried up to this point.

Obviously it would be easy enough to just buy a coffee machine and try all these different beans, but if the general consensus is that they are overpriced, then I guess I won't waste my time and money.

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