If you've ever wanted to try roasting coffee - or even if you haven't - consider this (and no, I don't get any benefit from referrals, I just love +Sweet Maria's Coffee
and their green coffees).https://www.sweetmarias.com/product/single-origin-sample-set-ethiopia-8-pack
8lbs of coffee for under $50. You can't get
8lbs of decent coffee, let alone great coffee, for that price in the store. (Peet's? $8.50 for 12oz, so over $12/lb. Starbucks? $13 for 12oz...so, again, looking at close to $20/lb.)
Yes, you'll have to roast these. I can help you, there. You don't need anything fancier than an oven, and you'll do better than most places, possibly even on your first try.
These are all Ethiopian, too, so - and here I'm definitely biased - it's good coffee.
Now, about roasting...it's like wine. There's no good or bad roast; you like what you like. Ethiopians will have a tendency to shine with certain roast levels, but even if you roasted everything decently close to a 'good' level for the individual beans, some are going to do better going darker, some might do better going lighter. And, much as it pains me to say it, some - not necessarily Ethiopians and maybe not especially these
Ethiopians - will do best iced.
Anyway, there you go. For the price, even not knowing the specific estates involved, that's an awesome price. Roast 4oz at a time and even if you screw up a batch (and it's hard, unless you go Full Starbucks on it and char everything), you're still ahead when it comes to value ;)
We'll have to schedule another coffee day here at the house, get people roasting and sampling different regions, roasts and roasts of the same regions.
And this time, we won't drink whole mugs of each and crash before we get too into it ;)