I grew up on Peet’s Coffee and after all these years, I haven’t found anything I like better. For years, when I lived in the East and they weren’t in supermarkets out there yet, I mail ordered it. Now I can get Sumatra, Italian, French, and Major Dickason’s Blend in any local supermarket in my area, along with some medium and lighter roasts. I ignore those, because I love dark roast coffee. I make it strong like airplane fuel and drink it black. I do keep decaf around, because as I got older I became one of those people that can’t sleep if I have caffeine after noon. Sigh. But all those roasts that I mentioned are also easy to get in decaf, too.
My favorite is Sumatra, but I also love the Italian. It’s a slightly sweeter flavor in the roast. The Major Dickason’s is a slightly more bitter blend, so you might really love that. They are typically $10.99 for a 12-oz. bag (about $14.65/lb.), but I just wait until they have a sale (which they do monthly) and buy up a bunch for $7.99 (about $10.65/lb.) and put them in the freezer. I know some people think that is sacrilege, but I can’t be arsed to grind my own beans either. If you don’t have a burr grinder at home, it’s not really worth the effort, so I don’t bother.
On the website, Peet’s also has a number of East African specialty roasts and blends that you might like. Prices vary, but they’re $2–$3 more expensive per pound. They also have things like a dark roast sampler on the website that is six half-pounds of different coffee, so you could test them out.
I’ve tried Costco coffee and didn’t find it as flavorful or dark as my beloved Peet’s. But it’s also not $6/lb.