Farmers are exposed to a high level of chemicals while spraying the crops and while handling them during harvest. That would certainly be the perfect solution! Sometimes if I’m feeling inspired by someone like YOU I will make my own cold-brewed using coffee grounds and save about 50%. I’m a Yankee, cream and sweetener hides aa lot of flaws, I guess. While the cheap stuff works for us on a regular basis, we do splurge on the fancy stuff every now and again for special occasions (Father’s Day, for example). I don’t consider myself a coffee snob, but I do like a cup of nice brew. FB Hubby and I have a sort of compromise where we drink dunkin donuts coffee that we buy in bulk from Sam’s Club. There are no limitations, though. Not liking the expense of cone coffee filters, I made my own reusable ones with my sisters unbleached muslin quilt scraps. I drank decaf for my first trimester and hated it (gross-ness), so I was really excited when my doctor said I could have regular from the second trimester on! It’s very easy to ignore seemingly insignificant line items, like coffee, which is what we’ve been doing for over a year. It’s more than likely due to the seasonality of the coffee beans themselves, I’ve loved buying the various blends from Guatemala, Rwanda, Sumatra, Colombia, PNG, etc. Costco carries a great organic rainforest blend that’s been our standby for years. lattes out. Might be time for us to do a filter experiment :)! Upon first swallow, I knew without a doubt that the blue bird mug contained the first-rate substance. I got one to the office to stop myself buying coffee and it’s been working very well. Whether you prefer your coffee light or dark, from the coffee farms of Costa Rica or blended with the flavors of your favorite coffee house, Costco is your one-stop destination for high-quality coffee. Browse light, medium and dark roasts. Costco is a membership-only wholesaler and retailer with stores in most areas of the United States. However, I realized fairly quickly that the .03 bags of Irish breakfast from trader joes are equally satisfying. You’ll definitely want to put a Costco-sized bag in the freezer. And most importantly, we have options. Almond milk is hard to find in this country without additives (carrageenan, aka MSG), though I hear its easy to make your own. But, we also don’t waste money in areas that aren’t important to us. It’s like eBay and Amazon combined, and one of the things I had to surrender as I began my new chapter. Loathe as I am to admit it, coffee has long been the lone hold-out in our otherwise maximally frugalized budget. 126 comments Have you ever tried making coffee in what you would call a french press (we call it a cafetiere on this side of the pond!). Hooray and huzzah. This former Starbucks snob has been reformed to the tune of 12oz. (I’m in Greece ) I buy store brand for 3.50 .doesn’t taste the same but the price is a big difference. But yes, freshness is a concern since we usually buy beans every other week or so. I fill it up. 10 a pound is a decent price. But, my doctor said there’s no problem with some caffeine during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, so I’m happy to be back on the regular coffee train :). My solution is to mix the great stuff with the meh stuff, and it helps a LOT. In our never-ending quest to frugalize our lives, Mr. Frugalwoods and I have slashed spending on groceries, insourced just about everything humanly possible, and stuck to our $0 entertainment budget, among other measures. Of course, you’ll notice that the roasting point of all the blends tends to the medium or medium~dark to dark roast. We do buy our decaf coffee elsewhere as Costco doesn’t seem to have a whole bean medium roast decaf. But for me it’s always a balance between saving money, and using my dollars to support the world I want to live in. Life is definitely too short to drink bad coffee ;). Consumerism?!? I found your site by looking for a replacement coffee for the superb Costco Columbia Supremo coffee beans, roasted in store, fresh ground, or not, by customer in store. Grocery Delivery Lavazza Qualita Rossa Coffee Beans, 1kg. Awesome! He brewed one cup of our traditional expensive coffee and one of our new Costco coffee. I am one of those people who needs 1 cup per day… I found out during my first trimester of pregnancy that I am not a happy camper without my 1 cup of caffeine ;). Who knew? As for the reusable filters, I haven’t tried them out in the pour over scenario, but my parents have used them for years and years in a drip coffee maker, and now the reusable k-cups (my mom wouldn’t let my dad get a keurig until those things existed). Most reusable filters pay for themselves after 1.5-2 boxes (in my limited experience), and I once had an $8 french press (I still do, it’s in the camping gear). “Wisdom” in childcare and pregnancy change with time though. We love great coffee but realized we don’t need “the best” every single morning. Learn more. I currently use k-cups in the morning which aren’t the most frugal, but I’m just me and making a pot in the morning wouldn’t be the best for one cup. Haven’t bothered to do pourover with it, but I haven’t seen much improvement from other over-roasted stuff in that treatment either. I’m curious if it’ll hold up well over the whole time. I think the upper max recommended is 3 cups per day. It provides minimal effect, if any, for the actual growers (both morally and financially), it enriches the Free Trade groups and encourages the distribution of inferior grade coffee all on the idea of “helping” while not actually delivering on that promise. We buy Seattle’s Best at the grocery store. It all adds up! You’re definitely rocking it frugal style . We don’t want to reduce our pleasure to the point of no longer savoring our coffee. He casually mentioned Starbucks roasts the Costco coffee!. Whether you enjoy starting each morning with Peet's dark roast House Blend, our light roast Café Domingo, or you prefer a variety, you can keep your morning routine without brewing a whole pot, Contains 6 - 30.5 Ounce AromaSeal Canisters of Folgers Classic Roast Ground Coffee, Fresh aroma and rich, smooth flavor for a distinctive coffee experience, Ensure high quality coffee every time with pods specially designed to work in Keurig brewers with exact grind and extraction, NOTE: This is a medium roast Extra Bold coffee, Extra Bold (contains more coffee than regular K Cup pods). Freshly roasted beans are really they key! (yuck) We are also in the ethical, organic coffee camp, and buy in small quantities so it stays fresh. Always up for a frugal challenge, I accepted his posit and allowed the interloping coffee into our cart (with reservations, might I add). We do indeed use the pour-over method and its been a great system for us. Sorry I’m way late to the game here, but I just switched from our local grocers Organic roasted on-site beans to Costco’s hundred percent organic fair-trade Peruvian. Fortunately, it really does taste pretty good. It is steeped in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides – a real mouthful with a bad taste. Oh wow, $16/lb is a lot! She always makes me smile! What’s your secret? The top 10 list of the best coffee beans lists various manufacturers and prices. All you need is a Melitta cone, a filter, coffee beans, and hot water. Mine was the “House Blend Medium Roast”. £1.04 per 100g. Your email address will not be published. Good to know that you’ve been enjoying the Costco beans! I’ve gotten some recommendations for nice lighter-roast beans from some smaller shops out towards the beach (shout out to Simple Pleasures) at more like $12/lb, which I’ll try soon. So we don’t buy coffee at Costco because that much ground coffee would DEFINITELY go bad! Coffee is one of our luxury items, too. I doubled my coffee intake from 1 to 2 cups a day after having kids and at that point decided I needed to try ALDI’s least expensive coffee. The cardboard cartons (which are what my Costco milk comes in) seem to have a longer shelf life than the clear plastic ones. 2) not blow our food budget. I thought my husband was being silly when he sidelined our old Melitta dripper to get the Hario but the shape of the cone does result in a stronger coffee flavor. My preferences run to light and city roasts, mostly courtesy of some time spent in Colombia, where I first found out that coffee could taste like something if not roasted all to heck . Haha, I’m going to buy you a grinder :). Just place the packet filter over any mug or cup and gently pour hot water over the grounds. That’s interesting that you found the Costco stuff to be somewhat (kind of) comparable, because I never would have thought that it would even be in the same ballpark. We're not fans of spam, canned or not. Thanks! I have made it a habit to actually start roasting the green beans myself. We did drink Costco Columbian ( tiger eyes) for quite awhile. You can accept all cookies, or click to review your cookies preference. Mmmm a Costco that smells like coffee sounds heavenly! Myself, I am a Cafe Bustelo man. Give it a try. Ours just smells like… uh, warehouse maybe? When it's brewed, the initial smell is of a cheap, dirty coffee. I am also a coffee snob, and on a debt-paydown spree (if that’s not a total oxymoron). I get the kind that is roasted by Starbucks and Fair Trade. We have also been questioning everything, even my sacred coffee. It’s good, for sure, but does lack some of the depth and complexity of the more expensive beans. The cheapest I’ve seen, however, was at the Asian market. Easy cleanup! (I think they are even the exact same bags as one of the higher end companies, just branded differently. Required fields are marked *. It’s quite inexpensive, easy, and you can make the exact number of cups you want. I’ll actually catch flavor notes of them all, and it’s great. I heretofore surmised that the final frontier of frugality for us was having Mr. FW cut my hair–which he’s done twice now to stellar result and I highly doubt I’ll ever go back to a salon. We love the pour-over method! A few months ago it turned out Costco was buying shrimp from slave ships in Thailand. And, we do indeed grind our beans fresh every morning. But the price here for instant coffee is outrageous. Yay! Hi. That'd be rude! Haha, that’s a great point. It was an extreme disappointment when Costco quit offering this service. But yes, I’m very relieved that the coffee tastes good! Sidenote for all you coffee-prep aficionados out there: we use this Melitta cone for our pour-over method, which we find delivers a fresh, full-bodied flavor since there are few barriers between you and your coffee. Yum! Calling into question all of our expenditures enabled us to rocket our savings up to over 70% (which doesn’t even include maxing out our 401ks or our mortgage principal). Coffee Beans Showing 1-8 of 8 List View. Yes, we are still pleased with it and have been drinking it ever since. We’ll see how this month goes with all Costco coffee and map out a plan from there . No coffee chain holds an appeal for me!!! But the reality is I just can’t afford to do that all the time. Dean’s Beans have received an A+ rating! Hi Mrs. FW! Instead of a cone and a filter, I use a coffee sock (google it)…no filters to buy! The 10 best coffee beans to buy in the UK. We’ve cycled through a number of different coffee making systems over the years and the pour-over seems to be the best fit for us, but, I’m intrigued by the reusable filter idea… thanks for suggesting! It really feels like a splurge, and one more thing to look forward to on Saturday mornings. Fascinating, I have never heard of any of this. Drinking cheap coffee also makes the rare coffee out even more of a treat.I agree that something needs to be twice as good to cost twice as much! But I’ll use it for groceries I can’t get at the local, pricey stores. from a website, I just googled: “Fair Trade certification also requires that the growers group proves its own practices are within a set of ethical standards that include, among other things: acceptable working conditions, the absence of child labor, and ecologically responsible farming. But a paper filter traps most of the cafestol and kahweol, so coffee that’s been filtered probably has little, if any, effect on cholesterol levels.”, Based on TONS of empirical evidence, research and analysis they break many consumer categories down by most popular brands. The "AI Consumer Report" Brand is now being consulted by our attorneys. Most of the beans I’ve tried from Costco have been over roasted leading to some harsh cups of coffee. When I did drink coffee, it was Costco’s Folgers. You’re the second person to recommend Cafe Bustelo, so I’ll have to see if our Costco carries it. Hubby drink light roast and I love dark coffee. Coffee is almost always a good thing for sure . Downright risky, I tell you. It feels like -45 degrees here so I thought today would be the perfect day to review the Costco Starbucks Winter Blend Whole Bean Coffee. May I, humbly, offer forth a suggestion? I would not buy beans from Costco since the roast date is hard to determine and most likely months in the past which means that the coffee will not be to my liking. Interesting point on the reusable filters–we’d read that they get gross over time and make the coffee taste odd. Enjoy great deals on whole beans, ground coffee, and single-cup pods. Sometimes with coffee, they have a regional offering. we have one! I make this drink of the gods, by using my Hario hand-grinder bought on Amazon for $12, FIVE years ago, and a melita pour over apparatus (with one of those reusable cloth-style filters that I made from cotton bought on sale (and which I also use to make skirts and shirts). And, sounds like you’ve got a good system going on! We each drink exactly one cup a day–together during our morning routine–and it’s a mainstay in our diet and our lives. ). Thanks again for this taste test. I notice that I succumb to temptation without quality produce laying around. Then, I took a sip from my great trash find pirate mug, which yielded my initial proclamation that this was the expensive coffee. The Bottom Line : A deftly dark-roasted Colombia coffee with spicy florals, tropical fruit notes, and a deep molasses-like sweetness. And, you’re so right, this totally works for wine! However, they do have better coffee in our offices. also- another comment on the filters/French press argument- We use very inexpensive unbleached filters for my husband’s pour-over coffee, and they go in our compost that is picked up by the city every week (yay San Francisco!). But oh, how wrong I was. The Costco brew is clearly a slightly less flavorful, less full-bodied roast, but, is the expensive roast actually twice as scrumptious, as the price would indicate? Good point, I’ll have to check and see if Costco offers a fair trade option–hopefully so! I like that you enjoy it more because you’re saving money . Kirkland is a proprietary brand of Costco, a membership-only wholesaler and retailer with stores in most areas of the United States. Not a coffee snob, but I’ve tried other cheaper alternatives including walmart brand that I did not like at all. Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend CoffeeA 2-lb gem of perfectly roasted beans from Costco.This colorful bag of coffee beans is a stunning whole coffee bean from Costco. We don’t spend a lot of money or buy a lot of stuff, but that’s because we don’t need it or want it. Costco’s have good quality grinders that will help grind your coffee quickly. Milk itself is heavily processed in our country (pasteurized–which affects the protein structure), and contains natural estrogen from the cows as well as whatever chemicals are added to it. Where do you get your expensive coffee bean? Nicely done! I love Costco coffee, but I now try to buy fair-trade. I love Costco a lot, but like any major product order, they can make mistakes with who they buy from. Oh man, I’m going through a lot of milk these days myself! Sounds like you’re striking a great balance with supporting your co-op, but still staying within budget. Our Costco always smelled like coffee. Free coffee is certainly the best coffee ;)! Yep, that’s a great point. That’s great that you found a less expensive solution, and, glad to hear that the taste is still good. Affordable too. I like all coffee. I do Trader Joe’s cold-brewed at $7.99/bottle and make iced coffee at home with cream and sugar every morning. This colorful bag of coffee beans is a stunning whole coffee bean from Costco. I think I coffee is a small pleasure that is absolutely worth the expense. what we do is buy the Costco beans and blend it with the better beans. Learned from my my cello teacher, who can play Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello and also does many other amazing things! Hooray for coffee ;)! I was truly surprised at how good the Costco coffee is, and we’ll have to see how it tastes at the end of the month (after being in the freezer). Once they crack, you can pull the beans and grind them. Thank you for this experiment, as I have been wondering this exact same thing for awhile now! There’s evidence that the small regular dose of happiness from a very good cup of coffee gives a lot more ongoing pleasure than the big, one-time purchase. Coffee is indeed not a concern anymore–as long as it’s drunk in reasonable quantities. Your email address will not be published. As someone who seems to invest a lot of energy into brewing the perfect cup (I’m right there with you), I would strongly suggest investing in a burr grinder. Thanks for the suggestion of Four Barrel! The body may be considered medium, but it sure doesn’t lack any flavor and produces an incredibly satisfying cup! Please try again. Most of the time, though, we just drink Cafe Bustelo: super cheap and strong and nice with milk. An often overlooked option comes from all or nothing thinking. Heck, I spent two weeks drinking off-the-shelf Finnish pre-ground Juhla Mokka spiked with cardamom over a very dark Xmas in Lapland. Every penny counts. Cafe Booostelo) It’s about the same as your Costco coffee, around $5.20 a pound where I buy it. If I could afford it, I’d buy everything fair trade, organic, etc. For us, coffee is a lifeblood of civilization, a symbol of decadence, and a daily ritual. We’ll see how it does . while using please pre puncture the bottom of the K Cup by lightly pressing down on it when placing it in the pod holder, Unique blend of 100% Arabica decaffeinated coffee beans, medium roasted, Recipient of the American master of taste Gold Medal for superior tasting ready-to-drink protein beverages in a national taste test by chefs in America in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, Packaged in a new 11.5oz bottle, each shake contains 30g of protein with all the essential amino acids, 160 calories, 1g sugar, low fat, 24 vitamins and minerals, 5g carbs. However, the difference between the two, while apparent, wasn’t as pronounced as I thought it would be. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Follow your list! Our freedom from the consumer carousel means we’re able to chart a future that’s unimaginable to most people. The Best Coffee at Costco Might Surprise You Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend Coffee, Medium Roast (Ground), $18 for 45 ounces As shocking as it may seem, the original blend from Dunkin’ Donuts was, hands-down, the best coffee I tried (and I even sampled a local brand from my home state! Out in California we’re in a drought and the water that it takes to hand wash a fragile French press (that is a pain in the butt! To me the coffee lacks the depth of flavor so enjoyed with the fresh roast. Mr. FI and I are big fans of Costa Rican coffee (probably because studying abroad in CR is where Mr. FI learned to like coffee). Not sure why it has taken us so long to question this expense, but it’s a great example of why constant vigilance with regard to spending will always yield greater savings. Sitemap: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, ALL. Ahhh, I love that smell. We did switch over to a $10.50 a pound Eco- friendly/ fair trade bean available at our local food co-op. That’s why a lot of people that used to be involved with the Free Trade movement have bailed on it. It’s super inexpensive, easy, and you can make exactly how much you want to drink. We get ours from World Market whenever we are low and get that 10% off coup in our email (we’ve gotten rather good at making the coffee last until we get the new coup haha). I have never tried it before and was wondering if it yields better results comparing to the ones made by my coffee maker. SINGLE ORIGIN COSTA RICAN TARRAZU COFFEE is Intensely Flavorful With Notes of Honey and Chocolate. I don’t drink coffee. Quality produce gets us too–so delicious and nutritious :). Its authentic taste. These chemical presences are not just unpleasant; many are highly toxic and detrimental to human health.”. I did this exact thing many years ago when I was getting out of my 50K worth of debt. Mr PoP on the other hand, consumes a lot of fairly expensive coffee beans, though. We got a locally roasted/organic brand for the decaf and just use the big bag of regular coffee from costco. You can do this with a cast iron skillet. We’re not cheap and we don’t live an uncomfortable, curmudgeonly existence. I just drink one cup and my doctor said that’s completely fine. I respect you both, Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods, just something else to remember. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I have a double-wall metal cafetiere which negates the need for a filter and keeps the coffee hot … you can get them in different sizes and the size that makes two mugs if you fill two-thirds full is this one … love your stuff … thank you for keeping this blog! for $3.99!!! $10ish a pound is a good price. Eating My Way Through Costco … I bought some at Costco the other day and really enjoy it! We’re freezing the beans in the hopes of keeping them fresh, but TBD how that affects the taste. Definitely not coffee ;). Read more How we Score. You’ll love the variety you’ll find in stores and online at! I peered down the aisle and was agog to see him pawing over an item that was most certainly not on our list (and never had been): coffee beans. Lol. Take a look at the video of grinding coffee beans at Costco. Costco Food and Product Review Fan Blog. You might check to see if your Costco offers other options besides the Kirkland Signature brand. This keeps my coffee costs nearly as low as possible, without really sacrificing much. I have yet to find a good solution for chin-length hair that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg–too complicated for Mr. FP to manage at home. They seemed to have stopped ordering from the company at least. Thought you’d be interested, if you weren’t already aware of it! No spending is off-limits for us, except for health and dental care–sorry folks, not going to DIY a tooth extraction anytime soon. Best Coffee Beans At Costco of December 2020: Comparisons, AI Consumer Report, and Reviews; Best Coffee Beans At Costco of December 2020: Comparisons, AI Consumer Report, and Reviews. I left for a few years and just returned in August of this year (2018), and I’m overjoyed to find they have coffeehouses everywhere now and coffee for sale on the shelves and online. You can even make one yourself if you don’t want to buy one using a piece of wire and cheesecloth or linen or something similar . Huh, I belatedly realized the coffee I’d gotten at Costco is Fair Trade Certified. Dear Mr and Mrs Frugalwoods … just a thought but I notice you make your coffee using a filter which means you buy filter papers. That’s a tough one. Generally I like to buy coffee beans within a week or two of the roast date, Costco does not provide this type of coffee to my knowledge. Only an experiment of rigorous intensity can answer these pressing inquiries. And, I think the flavor is vastly better than coffee-maker coffee. We are not financial professionals and, in fact, some of our posts are written by a dog. If you prefer lighter roasts, like Starbucks ‘blonde’ or cinnamon roasts, you really have to look elsewhere. The Hamilton Flexbrew 2-Way Coffee Maker is the best coffee maker at Costco. Mmmm, I bet your coffee is absolutely delicious! I use the brown organic paper because it reduces the oils that can increase LDL levels….”The cholesterol-raising ingredients in coffee are oily substances called diterpenes, and the two main types in coffee are cafestol (pronounced CAF-es-tol) and kahweol (pronounced KAH-we-awl). Take the green coffee beans from green to light beige by slowly heating them over very low heat in a cast iron skillet on the stovetop. I can make anything I need from basic ingredients. We bought our expensive beans at the Harvest Co-op Market. 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