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Whole bean coffee: identifying characteristics and local recs

croutonweb | Mar 17, 2014 01:45 PM

I'm hoping to find local (Boston/North Shore) recommendations for whole bean coffee. The tricky bit is, I'm not sure what I want. So I'm hoping someone with more extensive coffee knowledge than I have can help me figure out what I should be looking for.

My setup:
Burr grinder. For home brewing I use a French press, and infrequently auto-drip for a crowd. At work, Aeropress.

What I like:
Generally: Rich, full bodied, earthy, sometimes chocolatey.
Blue Bottle Hayes Valley Espresso beans French pressed. This is the best coffee I've ever made at home. I've only seen it locally at Fromaggio Kitchen, but at a crazy markup.
Karma Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. I had this French pressed recently at TW Food. While Karma can be found at some Whole Foods, sadly not the ones near me.

What I'll have in a pinch:
Peet's French Roast beans. This is easily available at supermarkets, so if I can't get to a specialty shop, this will do.
Starbucks random medium or dark roast brewed at the store. Another convenience pick.

What I don't like:
Generally: Acidic, fruity, floral.
I've tried several Counter Culture coffee varieties (beans at home and drip at Pavement), and I would describe them as too acidic and fruity for my taste.
Dunkin. If it was the only coffee available, I'd drink tea.

I hope that's enough information to recommend beans. Thanks.

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