Need Coffee Recommendation for Gift

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  1. Garden Kitty

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    I want to get some coffee for someone as a gift (whole beans or ground, not the "K" cups), but I don't drink coffee and have no idea what would make a nice gift. I want to get them something they likely haven't tried before, so any recommendations for a nice local/regional company or something with an interesting flavor would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
     
  2. manhn

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    Can you get Stumptown coffee beans? They're originally from Portland.
     
  3. IceAlisa

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  5. Garden Kitty

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    Thanks for the suggestions! Whichever ones I don't use this time, I'll bookmark since I like to get specialty food gifts for a number of events. I know people will like them and they won't add to clutter. These look great!
     
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  6. Artemis@BC

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    All of the brands I buy are local/regional for the Vancouver areas, so naming them wouldn't help you much. I do encourage you to select a Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance (or similar) certified brand, though. For a luxury item like coffee, it's pretty bad karma to give a gift that exploits workers or devastates natural habitats.

    JMO :shuffle:
     
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  7. IceAlisa

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    Hey, Artemis, got an iPhone? iPad? Bad karma.
     
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    Granted there are few things one can buy that don't exploit workers, but coffee is one where we do have a choice. Adding to Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance, there's also a Just-us brand in a few places( in Canada at least) which has some fabulous beans. I'm not fond of flavoured coffees - but they abound. Vienna has a hint of cardamom, and there are lots of liqueur variations that sound particularly festive. Starbucks and Second Cup have a pretty good reputation as far as treating workers in their shops, AND a reasonable rep as far as paying fair prices go. I have also seen a new brand (I think Asanti) which is marketed by independent growers. Not a lot of flavours in that one, but a good coffee.
     
  9. Artemis@BC

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    I don't actually. But I don't see how that has anything to do with choosing which brand of coffee buy.
     
  10. Scrufflet

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    Don't know where you are but I do have some suggestions. Do you know if your friends prefer light, medium or dark? That might narrow things down. How do they feel about the flavoured coffees? While I love coffee, the flavoured ones make me feel nauseous. De-caf? And you might want to consider the free trade ones if you're inclined that way.
     
  11. Garden Kitty

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    I've got some great suggestions and am set now for Christmas, but if you have other suggestions, I'd appreciate them. I like to bookmark a variety of unique food sites to keep for reference. Coffee and tea are always popular gifts. My family tends to prefer medium blend as a daily coffee, but will drink others every so often for treats. Non-flavored is also the choice for daily drinking, but they'll use flavored for leisurely Sunday morning breakfasts.
     
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    Any Arabica from Costa Rica would do, IMO. As a coffee lover, I would recommend whole beans, not ground.
     
  13. LilJen

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    Green Mountain Coffee has a good selection. Some Fair Trade options, too, and they're very environmentally conscious.
     
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    Yes, whole beans please.
     
  17. Impromptu

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    Peace Coffee out of Minneapolis is Fair Trade & Organic - I've liked every roast I've gotten from them, especially the Twin Cities Blend. They take online orders.

    http://www.peacecoffee.com/