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Topic: ((Wince)) Recommend a good bean for "Dunkin Donuts" coffee ((Wince)) (16 msgs / 411 lines)
1) From: Tracey Rovira
I really, really hate asking this, but...I want to gift some coffee for
Christmas and unfortunately, it seems like the people I know who a) drink
coffee and b) brew it at home are Dunkin Donuts coffee fans.  I can't stand
the stuff, myself, so I don't even want to buy a cup to taste and try and
guess at a bean blend to use.  Can anyone recommend anything?  And, as I
usually roast for espresso, can you recommend a roast level - is FC too
dark?  I roast with a Behmor.
It doesn't need to be anything spectacular, as they have requested
pre-ground and I know that no amount of persuasion will keep them from
stashing it in their freezer anyway.  Not that I intend on gifting something
intentionally second-date, but I'm not going to purchase CoE or $15 a lb
Kona, you know?
Thanks,
Tracey

2) From: Eddie Dove
Hey Tracy,
I really don't know much about the Dunkin' Donuts Coffee; I think I
had it once upon a time, but I don't recall the cup.  Below should be
some cost-effective crowd pleasers:
1.  Costa Rica Naranjo Caracol Peaberry @ $4.95 / lb - mild coffee
     Roasted to Full City / Full City+ for the chocolate
     Nicely floral/fruited in the lighter, with chocolate in the darker roast
2.  Mexico Organic Nayarit Terruno @ $4.90 / lb - mild coffee
     Full City / Full City+ or a melange of City+ and Full City / Full City+
     Nutty tonality in the lighter, with chocolate in the darker roast
3.  Sweet Maria's Classic Italian Espresso Blend - medium coffee
     Roasted to a solid Vienna - a nice rich, creamy coffee - folks at work
     call it a dessert coffee
4.  Sweet Maria's French Roast Blend @ $5.00 / lb - medium to bold coffee
     Roasted to French for those that love the dark roast - the berry
still shines
     through and even hold up well to cream and sugar
Hope this is helpful ...
Respectfully,
Eddie
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Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On Dec 13, 2007 8:29 PM, Tracey Rovira  wrote:
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3) From: Bill Hill
If I remember correctly, Dunkin's coffee was darker-roasted and
terrible.  I would find a coffee that Tom recommends for C+, and give
it to them there.  That way, they can taste fresh coffee that actually
tastes great at a different roast level.  Of course, the other side of
the coin might be, 'give them a darker-roasted coffee but show them
the difference between fresh and stale...'  but that's my thought,
give em something medium roasted and let em taste the brightness.
It'll rock their sox!
Bill
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4) From: Brandon Kolbe
You know,
     I have realized that Dunkin Donuts has started selling their pre-ground
coffee in stores.  I am somewhat tempted to buy a bag just to try it.  There
aren't any Dunkin Donuts in my area anymore ( Appleton, WI ).  It seems that
most of the Dunkin Donuts shops are south and/or east of me.  I heard that
Dunkin Donuts is very popular on the east coast.   But, to answer your
question about a coffee that would resemble Dunkin Donuts....  I'm not
sure.  Maybe the Sulawese Goo Goo Muck   :-P
Happy Roasting,
Brandon
On Dec 13, 2007 8:29 PM, Tracey Rovira  wrote:
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5) From: Edward Bourgeois
I would suggest a Costa Rica   full city to full city+
On Dec 13, 2007 11:17 PM, Brandon Kolbe  wrote:
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6) From: Sean Cary
I admit to actually liking DD coffee - in fact last year when I came
home, it was DD for the first cup (I had not started to roast
yet...but did the DAY I got home, like literally) upon arriving back
in the states.  If I am somewhere that I cannot consume my own coffee,
DD is the top of my list.
I also disagree that they roast to dark - if you actually look at a
bag of their beans (which I have), they take it to about Full
City/FC+...  It is a blend.  I did some extensive googling to find out
if I could match it, but there were no secret recipes on the net.
Before you all condemn it w/o actually trying some - you might want to
purchase a pound and see what it is like - you can always give it
away.
Sean
"REED" is more popular...
On Dec 14, 2007 5:29 AM, Tracey Rovira  wrote:
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7) From: Brett Mason
1. Dunkin Donuts Gift Card
2. Send the beans to someone who appreciates them...
3.  If they are not available, send the beans to me...
Brett
On Dec 13, 2007 8:29 PM, Tracey Rovira  wrote:
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8) From: Michael I
I'm with Sean.  Living in the heart of DD country as I do now, I'll go there
10 times before I step foot in a *$.  Their coffee isn't all that bad
(remember how spoiled those of you reading this are -- compare to Foulgers),
the only problem is that they always want to put about 2 oz. cream and 1/2
lb of sugar in it.
Oh, and I'm also on board with the "reed" thing.
-AdkMike

9) From: Sean Cary
I'm a South Floridian...have had many shots of Cuban coffee and
pastelitas when I lived in Boca Raton...also at El Cafe on Calle Ocho,
pork and yucca!  Mmmmmmm  Every Friday when I was bribed by the
vendors with pastry's and coffee...good to go.
To each his/her own...  I would love to be able to roast a blend like
DD...not just brew it.
Sean
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10) From: Lynne
Hey - Lynne here, writing from the DD birthplace! Sean is right here -
Dunkin's is definitely
NOT dark roasted. While their quality really went out the window when they
began
to franchise, (maybe they have dark roasts available now - have to ask my
son,
who just started working at the one down our street), and it is NOTHING like
home
roasted, it is better than many choices out there. (disclaimer - I wouldn't
drink it -
anymore - and although my son works there now, he doesn't even drink it!)
The different franchises might have different levels of quality of beans,
too. Here,
at least, they go through so much coffee it might not be QUITE as stale as
in franchises,
say, out west, where the DD's are just a section in a gas station.
I'd go with a standard Colombian, maybe, roasted to whatever Tom recommends,
something not too dark.
Just noticed that Tom has one Colombian - Colombian Choco. Never tried this,
but
just the name alone sounds like it would be something a Dunkin Donuts fan
would
enjoy! (O.K., so it's an area of Colombia, but still...)
Whatever you choose, I'd go with something that is smooth & not funky.
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11) From: Mike Chester
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Colombian  C+ to FC

12) From: Jerry Procopio
Tracey,
I know this sounds "un-Christmaslike", and I am surprised no noe has 
suggested this (Brett came close) but you might consider purchasing a 
pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee, repackaging it with your own label, and 
not wasting the precious pearls that we get from Sweet Maria's on people 
who won't/can't appreciate the good stuff.  You might even tell them to 
toss it into the freezer to keep it fresh.
Best wishes,
JavaJerry
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13) From: Brett Mason
Nope - costs too much.  Buy soem Vietnamese Robusta on eBay for $2,
and roast it real nice, with a pretty gift wrap and a bow...
We all agree on one thing - Don't waste the SM pearls...
B
On Dec 16, 2007 2:46 PM, Jerry Procopio  wrote:
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14) From: miKe mcKoffee
My coffee gifting is simple. If they don't grind per brewing already, they
don't get home roast, period. Why? Simple. If they don't already try for
fresh taste by grinding and immediately brewing why cast pearls before
swine. Exceptions have been made for some friends and family who appreciate
good coffee but are very poor, they got home roast and a grinder. Under no
circumstance have I pre-ground and gifted, total waste of good coffee.
I would NEVER substitute someone else's coffee and put my name on it.
Besides the obvious issue of putting my reputation on someone else's roast,
IMO it's beyond "un-Christmaslike" to unethical. And I'm talking as a home
roaster.
Suggestions for gifting what coffee for the less than advanced coffee
palatte? Keep it tame and mellow. Uganda, Brazil, Timor, Mexico, Columbia
likely candidates. To a degree roast according to the recipients tastes and
varietal. However if someone "thinks" they like all coffee really dark
roasted I'd still usually give no more than Light Vienna at most and choose
a hard bean that can handle it with some character left. Generally I'll gift
City+ to Light FC depending on the bean.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
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15) From: raymanowen
"If they don't already try for fresh taste by grinding and immediately
brewing why cast pearls before swine. Exceptions have been made..."
An astute message. Don't throw darts at the messenger. I've stifled similar
comments several times. 1:1 Agreement!
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On Dec 16, 2007 3:40 PM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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16) From: Jerry Procopio
miKe,
I do soooo HATE it when you are right!  (especially when it was me that 
made the stupid comment).  I wouldn't repackage someone else's crap and 
put my name on it, I shouldn't have suggested that someone else do so. 
Mea culpa.  I can't even blame it on martinis because I was sober at the 
time I posted that silliness.
Usually my initial coffee gifts are in the 4 oz. range.  Subsequent 
gifts (8 oz. or a pound) only go to those that have expressed that they 
especially enjoyed the 4 oz. gift.  That includes family members - 
especially my sister who, because it was too much trouble to grind, gave 
two pounds of my coffee to her mothter-in-law and uses the burr grinder 
that I sent her to grind spices.
My experience is that a good Guat tastes most like coffee tastes and 
still holds up well for those folks that doctor it up with milk & sugar. 
  IF I were going to gift a Dunkin Donuts drinking friend with some of 
my homeroast, it would be a Guat (either Antigua or Huehue).
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