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Posted Sun Aug 8, 2010, 9:24pm
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I am brand new to the espresso world (awaiting my machine in the mail!), and I have no idea what I'm going to like.  I'm in the Santa Clarita area (near Magic Mountain, for those of you that need a landmark), and I'd love to find a place where I can buy beans in small amounts, so I can try different things.  I think the Whole Foods near me has a roaster, so I was going to try them, but I'd love some input.

I have the list from HomeBarista.com, but I didn't see anything in my immediate area.  Any suggestions, besides buying on-line?
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Posted Sun Aug 8, 2010, 10:35pm
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Posted Mon Aug 9, 2010, 1:31pm
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Thanks, that's a start!
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Posted Mon Aug 9, 2010, 5:39pm
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I live in Granada Hills not real close but not overly far from you - there are a couple of roasters in the valley and you can try Roaste to check out the vivace, ecco and klatch offereings with no shipping......I wasnt overly impressed with the roasted beans at the whole foods in Northridge but I would be willing to give them another shot so that might be a quick offset option for you.......
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Posted Tue Aug 10, 2010, 9:23am
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Which roasters in the Valley do you suggest I try?  Also, there are a lot of Klatch varieties on Roaste.  Do you have a favorite?  I'm very new to this and have no idea what I'll like.  I wish I could get 1/4 lb. of a bunch of kinds, to try them, but most only come in 1lb minimum.  Thanks for your help!
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Posted Tue Aug 10, 2010, 12:46pm
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Supreme Bean     http://www.thesupremebean.com/
Coffee Roaster in Sherman Oaks
Gelato Cafe in Toluca Lake/NoHo has fresh Ecco - call ahead to make sure they some to sell
Intelligentsia is in Pasadena now and in Silverlake - so black cat
Whole Foods Northridge - roasts their own
Whole Foods on Riverside in Sherman Oaks has Graffeo (call ahead to see when they get it fresh)


Roaste -

Klatch Belle is all I have tried so far but I intend to try several more Klatch varieties.
Vivace Dolce and Vita

So far I really like the Vivace Dolce and Ecco Espresso
The Graffeo was interesting - very smoky to me

I got a lb of black cat this morning from Intelligentsia in Pasadena so will play with that tonight


I know from reading here (and the recommendations I got) people would recommend trying Vivace, Ecco, Intelligentsia Black Cat and Graffeo.

I suggest trying them all to see what you like and the difference
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Posted Sat Aug 14, 2010, 8:38am
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Thanks, that's really helpful.  I'm going to hit up Coffee Roaster in Sherman Oaks today.  When I'm done with whatever I buy there, I'll go ahead and order the others you recommend on-line.  I bought a couple things from Whole Foods yesterday (the one out here roasts their own), and one is okay.  The decaf I bought is awful and tastes burnt.  Don't like that at all!
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Posted Sat Aug 14, 2010, 11:59pm
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sassyj9 Said:

Thanks, that's really helpful.  I'm going to hit up Coffee Roaster in Sherman Oaks today.  When I'm done with whatever I buy there, I'll go ahead and order the others you recommend on-line.  I bought a couple things from Whole Foods yesterday (the one out here roasts their own), and one is okay.  The decaf I bought is awful and tastes burnt.  Don't like that at all!

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I have checked out whole foods beans a couple of time.  Then, I smell them, and nothing there smelled very good to me, so I passed.

I've heard good things about Coffee Roaster, but have not tried it.

Randy
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