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Ugh. $4.50 a lb? That ain't specialty coffee. At that price, the coffee was probably about $1, $1.15 a lb green MAXIMUM to the roaster (his cost buying bulk), and the farmers got maybe 1/3 or less of that.

Look for a true specialty roaster who can cite origins of the coffee, provide you cupping notes for the individual elements in the blended beans, and where price isn't the primary concern. There's plenty of quality blends out there for espresso that also have some ethos behind them. $12-$15 a lb isn't a bad price to pay for something that can give you around 20 to 30 double shots of espresso that taste great. Your per double shot cost is only around 40 to 60 cents (20 to 30 cents per single).

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