I love 100% pure Kona coffee from Hawaii. (Do not fall for Kona blends with just small amounts of Kona.) For a long time, it was my “house” coffee, and it drew friends from near and far, seriously. I had friends who would ask if they could stop by for a cup of coffee. Starting at $27 per pound and going way way up, that can get really expensive. Add shipping costs and it’s crazy. You don’t want to buy too much in bulk either (to save on shipping costs) because then it won’t be as fresh. Why ruin such great coffee?

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I will still be buying 100% pure Kona for special occasions but for my daily cup, I needed something more affordable. I do love the Ambrosia blend from Philz coffee. They’re in San Francisco, and it is a cheaper option than Kona, both in coffee and shipping, but I still felt like it would be expensive to ship on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The reasonable price of $12.95 per pound is nearly doubled when you add the $9.95 shipping.

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I started looking around and sampling coffee that I could buy locally, hoping I would find something that would start my day off right, yet fit within my budget. I finally landed on the Bali Blue Moon Blend at The Roasting Plant. (I think it was about $12 per pound.) I was so ecstatic, and for about 2 months, I went there weekly for my refill. One day I arrived and Bali Blue Moon was gone. It was a seasonal special. I tried a few more of their blends but I couldn’t find one that gave me that same inner smile.

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I was back on my hunt, looking for yet another replacement. This time, I started to lose hope. I was getting cranky too, without a good cup each morning. By this time in my story line, we had moved to Long Island City, and now I pass through Grand Central a lot. I started trying several blends at Oren’s Daily Roast (in Grand Central Market) but most were too acidic for me. Their least acidic blend didn’t have the right flavor. I finally landed on their Brazil blend which was satisfactory, but felt a little weak. I settled on that for 2 weeks until I started talking to a staff member of Oren’s. I told her my problem, and she suggested making my own blend. Why didn’t I think of that?

Since I find most dark roasts too acidic, I used the Brazil as my base (a good flavor and aroma) and added a little bit of a darker roast to it, like their Italian Roast or Beowolf Blend. I now have my own blend, the Jessica blend, which is 75% Brazil and 25% of Italian or Beowolf.

I guess my very long winded story is just to say, try making your own blend, the [insert your name here] blend. It will take a little experimenting to balance it the way you want, but a staff member at a good coffee store should be able to help you. Think about how strong you want it, how much acidity, how much kick, and what kind of flavor and aroma. Depending on where you live, you may not have the option or convenience of trying 20 stores to find a blend you like. Now, you can make your own. Let me know what you come up with.

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