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    Red Bird aficionados: Red Bird, or Blue Jaguar?

    About to place my first Red Bird order, 5 lbs of decaf espresso and 5 of real espresso. Which is the better choice, Bird or Jaguar? My preference is more sweetness and chocolate, and less roast than Seattle-style. I like a medium or city roast (Tuscany or Naples) rather than a full-dark city-plus like Starbucks gets away with. My standard is Black Cat -- is Blue Jaguar a riff on IC's trademark? -- and I also thought Counter Culture's Toscano and Rustico were pretty decent.

    Also, how long does USPS take from Bozeman? Both IC and CCC get to me in upstate NY in two days.
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    Anybody?
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    I don't drink espresso very often, anymore. Why do you want your espresso in two days? It's usually best 7 days after roasting.

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    It's a logistics issue; I live north of the border and get stuff delivered to a mail-drop in upstate NY. I don't drive down every day, so I usually need to know what day to order stuff in order to get it on the days I'm available to go.
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    I haven't tried any of those. Normally I order from Caracolillo in Florida. Their Rico Rico makes my Rican wife HAPPY.

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    I live in Norway so havnt tried them but red bird generally get rave reviews. Isn't it possible to get a pound of one and maybe a bit more of the other? Then you can try them both and see which one you like better....

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    Red Bird is the closer one to Black Cat. It's very good, and the reason RedBird has become so well known and loved.
    Jaguar is lighter and more elegant, and as such, a bit more finicky to brew. It is my personal preference of the two, but I am in the minority.
    Bird is more well suited to milk (and flavoring) if you are a latte drinker, a cappuccino or less should be fine with either.
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    I'll have to try those - I've used Bustello caf/decaf blend in my drip maker for decades. Maxwell House doesn't cut for us.

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    How long would 10 lbs last you?

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    That depends, but I tend to let the five pound bags out-gas for a few days (up to a week) then portion out 8-ounce vacuum seal bags and freeze them. The decaf is for my sister and BIL, so 5 lbs is for me. I'd say two months, give or take.
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