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[Costco] Ethical coffee whole bean $31.99

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[Costco] Ethical coffee whole bean $31.99

Ethical Coffee bean 2 × 908 g (2 lb.).


https://www.costco.ca/CatalogSearch?dep ... hical+bean
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Ethical bean coffee? Is that a name or a thing, forgive my ignoranceThinking Face
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Fixed, was just copy and paste. Thx
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Buyer beware: Ethical Bean suffers from poor quality control.
I once got a bag from Costco that had a bunch of small bean fragments.
Contacted them with a photo, they said it didn't look right, and offered to send me two of their normal size bags to replace it.
I didn't realize at the time but that was less coffee than the original Costco sized bag contained.
And one of those bags tasted uncomfortably acidic. I ended up discarding it. During the process I found out that Ethical Bean is owned by Kraft, which isn't known as being a particularly ethical company.
There are much better coffees out there.
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tofinoguy wrote: Buyer beware: Ethical Bean suffers from poor quality control.
I once got a bag from Costco that had a bunch of small bean fragments.
Contacted them with a photo, they said it didn't look right, and offered to send me two of their normal size bags to replace it.
I didn't realize at the time but that was less coffee than the original Costco sized bag contained.
And one of those bags tasted uncomfortably acidic. I ended up discarding it. During the process I found out that Ethical Bean is owned by Kraft, which isn't known as being a particularly ethical company.
There are much better coffees out there.
No thumbs I'll keep it neutral, but I must say I've experienced similar things which made it an easy switch back to Kicking Horse for me, higher prices be damned.

When you get a "good" bag, the coffee is not bad. But the best bag of Ethical Bean still doesn't match up to any bag of KH I've gotten. I will say, though, that the bigger bags of KH are typically 2-3 months "older" than the smaller 1lb bags. Perhaps due to popularity of the size.
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I've been buying Ethical Bean for awhile now and prefer their Bold (Super Dark is good too) to Grizzly Bear from Kicking Horse.
Never had an issue with the beans bought in store or via Amazon.
Not sure how folks are storing their coffee, but going through 2 lbs before it goes bad/less fresh is not something I'd be able to accomplish.
Just tried a freezer method suggested by James Hoffman, and was able to get through a 1 lb bag without throwing out 1/3 of it.

I've purchased Starbucks and PC beans that have been off though, and do stay away from them.
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Price isn't that great. It comes down to 12-14/bag every couple of months.

Also not a fan of quality for most of my purchases. huge misses most of the time.
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glib wrote: Not sure how folks are storing their coffee, but going through 2 lbs before it goes bad/less fresh is not something I'd be able to accomplish.
Just tried a freezer method suggested by James Hoffman, and was able to get through a 1 lb bag without throwing out 1/3 of it.
Back when Costco sold Doi Chaang in the two-pound bags I would buy it. I had an arrangement with a coworker who didn’t have a Costco membership. When I opened a bag, I would split it into two one-pound bags. She would buy one pound from me. I had a Foodsaver vacuum bagging device. I would put my 454 grams into two or three vacuum sealed bags to keep it fresh.

I used 18 gms for my morning double shot lattes, so that gave me about 25 double-shots. On weekends I had two lattes and sometimes made lattes for friends, so a pound lasted me about two weeks.
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Feel like I've seen the Doi Chaang recently. The same producer that makes Java Club produces this as well.

I was going to comment in this thread that everyone should give Java Club a shot - it's a great medium roast. Nice brightness in it and the closest I've had to "artisan" roasted beans.
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Been trying different producers/sellers since working from home and I agree with the acidic comments with Ethical. Nonetheless thanks OP. FWIW If peeps are still searching and as a suggestion give "West End" & "Equator" coffee roasters a try - Medium and Dark roasts. Both can be purchased on Amazon and are consistent.
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For those who find any coffee too acidic: try with lower brewing temperature and increase the pre-brewing time. These two changes made wonders with some of coffees I tried! (You need to adjust the grind size as well, but this is different story).

Hope this helps.
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We have been using Ethical Lush beans for a while. We found the brew pretty good with our espresso machine. My husband can't stand anything acidic...
We some times use Salt Spring Island beans (also a dark roast).
But now i know the Ethical Bean is owned by Kraft... I may want to look elsewhere... I thought it's a local roaster based in Burnaby....
The only bag of beans I had to return to Costco was a bag of "Winter special roast by Starbucks". I was trying to be fair to them (In general I hate SB anything). But the beans are tiny and uneven and the brew from the beans were awful. I had to dump the coffee (after trying it prob 3 or 4 times).
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Ethical Bean Exotic for drip has been consistently good for me. I’ll buy on Amazon when it hits $10 a bag.

There was a deal recently for buying direct on Black Friday so I decided to they the Classic, Mellow and a sweet espresso. Classic and Mellow are both quite good. Haven’t tried the sweet espresso yet.

I was surprised it was owned by Kraft Heinz but hey it’s fair trade, organic and traceable.

A lot of people don’t realize that acidity can be a good thing for lighter roasts. This is where the fruity notes come into the flavour profile. Over extraction or under extraction can make it horrible but when you nail it, it can be transcendant. And of course never in espresso.
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randomroyalty wrote: Ethical Bean Exotic for drip has been consistently good for me. I’ll buy on Amazon when it hits $10 a bag.

There was a deal recently for buying direct on Black Friday so I decided to they the Classic, Mellow and a sweet espresso. Classic and Mellow are both quite good. Haven’t tried the sweet espresso yet.

I was surprised it was owned by Kraft Heinz but hey it’s fair trade, organic and traceable.

A lot of people don’t realize that acidity can be a good thing for lighter roasts. This is where the fruity notes come into the flavour profile. Over extraction or under extraction can make it horrible but when you nail it, it can be transcendant. And of course never in espresso.
I like lighter roast as pour over and the acidity is very refreshing from those. But I think it's personal preference. So I stick with dark roast for our daily espresso (a more budget choice) and I get local fresh lighter roast for occational pour over. (in general I want to consume those within a week... otherwise, there's no bloom... )
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Ethical just means they pay the farmers more.
"Ethical" does not mean better quality

To "soften" the taste, try sprinkling a few grains of salt
on the coffee before starting the coffee machine.
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If you are looking for a consistent, "ethical" coffee I have really been enjoying Level Ground lately.
They work with small-scale farmers that they've personally met, and a portion of the price goes back to funding good deeds in those communities.
Often goes on sale on Amazon (setting aside the whole argument of making an effort to purchase an ethical product, but getting it from Amazon...). Occasionally you can get the 5 pound size for around $30 or the standard bags for around $10.
My go to blend is the Peru, but they have several different blends from different regions.
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The price per gram is cheaper when it was on sale for $13.49 for one bag of 908g FYI.
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tofinoguy wrote: Buyer beware: Ethical Bean suffers from poor quality control.
I once got a bag from Costco that had a bunch of small bean fragments.
Contacted them with a photo, they said it didn't look right, and offered to send me two of their normal size bags to replace it.
I didn't realize at the time but that was less coffee than the original Costco sized bag contained.
And one of those bags tasted uncomfortably acidic. I ended up discarding it. During the process I found out that Ethical Bean is owned by Kraft, which isn't known as being a particularly ethical company.
There are much better coffees out there.
Me too! Bought them in store a few months ago. Tiny shards of beans and tasted like sheet! Always liked their coffee, has gone seriously downhill the past year.
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shoppingBear wrote: I like lighter roast as pour over and the acidity is very refreshing from those. But I think it's personal preference. So I stick with dark roast for our daily espresso (a more budget choice) and I get local fresh lighter roast for occational pour over. (in general I want to consume those within a week... otherwise, there's no bloom... )
That’s funny i find darker roasts go stale faster, especially if they are oily.

For espresso I’m more into northern Italian style, e.g. medium roast with some robusta in the blend.
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NikolaZrinski wrote: Ethical just means they pay the farmers more.
"Ethical" does not mean better quality

To "soften" the taste, try sprinkling a few grains of salt
on the coffee before starting the coffee machine.
Old trick that takes me back to percolator/coffee urn says.

MSG even better, lol

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