| I recently took a drive with the family down to see my in-laws in Texas. 20 hours in a minivan with 3 kids, is a long 20 hours. Requires a lot of coffee! Sometimes people are surprised to find that I don't bring my own coffee with me on trips. Well I do, but those are mostly gifts for family and friends. I love coffee, and so I like to taste what others are brewing up. It helps me refine my taste as a roaster, and you never know when you will come across something new and amazing! |
Unfortunately I didn't find anything new and amazing this time around. With three kids. all under the age of five, you don't exactly go off the beaten path to find good coffee. I was relegated to truck stops, and lets say, those are not the first choice for good coffee. It seems there are a lot of Pilot stations on the way down, so I got to try all of their blends. At the first stop I tried their Pilot Blend (or was it their House Blend?). It was not bad, a good smooth coffee, not bitter. I was happy I found a decent coffee, and I knew there would be a lot more of these stations along the way.
That was the end of the good coffee. The rest of the way down I tried their other blends, and for the most part, I had to dump them out because I couldn't drink them. Even when I got sick and tired of trying everything else, their Pilot Blend failed me as well.
Halfway through the trip we stopped at a hotel, they had a coffee pot in the room, and I brewed some coffee in the morning before we took off. Hallelujah, good coffee. It was of course in a small cup, but I was delighted to see large containers of it downstairs for their continental breakfast. The coffee had the same blend name on it, and it was brewed in commercial brewers, so I had more confidence that I would have enough good coffee to get me started on my trip. I was so very wrong. I couldn't believe the difference! The coffee for their breakfast was terrible! It was too dark and bitter. So I loaded the family in the car, and headed down the road, feeling defeated.
I'm a coffee snob, of course. I have to be, it's my job. But I can drink and enjoy coffee at most restaurants, and I can even drink Maxwell House or Folgers if I have to. If I have to pour out a coffee because I can can't drink it, well it's bad. To be fair, I have to drink my coffee black, so some of this might be drinkable with cream and sugar. If it is, I'm not the guy to review it.
|Raptis Coffee is now on Amazon.com! We have our 12oz Bourbon Pecan in 3 different varieties. |
First we have 1 12oz bag for $10.55, plus 4.49 in shipping. I know, it seems a bit much, but this is for just 1 bag, and if you ship a one pound package anywhere in the US, you are going to pay $8 to $12.
Considering that the average price you pay at a local roaster is around $20 per pound, this is not a bad deal.
Our second item is the same 12oz Bourbon Pecan, but in a three-pack. The price is $23.38 plus $4.49 in shipping. With shipping, you are now paying just over $9 per bag.
Our third item is our six-pack. Again, all bourbon pecan, but now we can fit them perfectly in a USPS flat rate box. At $39.91 plus $4.49 for shipping, you are paying just $7.40 per bag of coffee!
$7.40 per bag can give around 8 pots of coffee (or more, depends on how strong you want it). That is about 96 cups of coffee (in a 12-cup coffee maker)
That is about 8 cents per cup of coffee. Now compare that to your k-cups.
|This Saturday will be our first setup at the outdoor Howland Farmers Market. We will be selling our 12oz bags of coffee, cups of hot coffee, and iced coffee. We will have our regular house blend, as well as bourbon pecan.|