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emil3m
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 4:33am
Subject: What's a good place to buy in NYC or on Amazon?
 

I live in Brooklyn. There is an enormous amount of options in Manhattan and Brooklyn. A lot of them are very expensive.
Did anyone have good experiences with anything sold on Amazon? I have a free 2-day delivery to amazon locker so it's incredibly convenient.

Not sure how to begin this adventure, so hope to get a few recommendations to start me off.


Thanks a lot!

 
Currently in love with Hayes Valley by Blue Bottle--locally roasted next to my house in Brooklyn
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 8:01am
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What exactly are you looking for?

 
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 9:35am
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I wouldn't really bother with Coffee on Amazon (I have the Prime account as well). Coffee bought through their site has generally been sitting in the warehouses for awhile, and I've read complaints on Amazon from the small amount of roasters on there that normally do roast to order when fullfilled by Amazon.

Your better off searching online or local area, NY has some good places like Stumptown (but you could just google your area and see whats around, may even find a shop that get's fresh roasted stuff in constantly from various roasters so you could try), you could order from Red Bird in 5lb (get some ball canning jars like pint size so you can freeze batches and take one out to defrost overnight as needed). Search home-barista and you see a couple threads with a ton of recommendations.

I've lately been ordering coffee from http://www.fairmountaincoffee.com/ as I like 2lb options and the coffee has been awesome (nicaragua, espresso, peru, and blue krishna I've had). I just stopped by the other day and picked up 2lbs from cafe don pablo by me, they had a new organic Guatemalan Finca I wanted to try, just made some and it was pretty good http://cafedonpablo.com/store/subtle_earth_organic.htm

In general when I've ordered coffee it's almost always delivered in around 3 business days or so, which is right about the best time since it's had time to degass.
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 2:12pm
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And this list doesn't work for you?

 
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 9:24pm
Subject: Re: What's a good place to buy in NYC or on Amazon?
 

Redbird is the typical budget, quality espresso recommendation. ($.64 per ounce)

in NYC, I typically go for stumptown for $14 (12oz)
Gimme is also $14 as well as the Dallis blends.   (roughly $1.16 per ounce)

What price are you going for and you wouldn't consider expensive?
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 11:22am
Subject: Re: What's a good place to buy in NYC or on Amazon?
 

Heard a few things about Kobrick's, http://www.kobricks.com/. Although a little misleading as their shop is Jersey City but they have NYC in their logo... But you might be able to find it around and at 12-14 dollars a pound is budget friendly.

 
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 12:05pm
Subject: Re: What's a good place to buy in NYC or on Amazon?
 

Speaking toward equipment, Amazon has been very good to me.
As the previous posts, I wouldn't consider them a source for highly time-sensitive consumables.
If the question is that of patronage, I wish you all the best; that's one of my toughest demons in this modern age.
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 4:56pm
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I also heard about this one.  It's an Australian company that has a roastery in Brooklyn.  
They have an espresso blend for $12 for a 12oz bag
http://www.tobysestate.com/contact
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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013, 2:06pm
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i stumbled upon La Colombe (Lafayette near Prince Street) when they first opened around 8 years ago, and i love their coffee - rich, robust, not bitter.  they are around $11.50 per 12 oz bag.

i find Porto Rico Imports to be less costly but i am uncertain if i love their many options as much...but i just got some from them yesterday and will try them over the next several days  ;)   stay tuned.
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Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013, 10:27am
Subject: Re: What's a good place to buy in NYC or on Amazon?
 

I have switched to light roast beans whenever and wherever I find them, since I got tired of drinking charcoal, so I got some Parrot Coffee at the International Shop in Queens, and picked out the lightest roast beans there.  They must not have been expensive, or I would remember the price.  I liked it okay.

But the most satisfying beans I got so far on this trip to NYC turns out to be from Jim's Beans out of Massachusetts, which was sold at a natural food store near Danbury, CT and is evidently available in NYC as well as other stores around the US, or online.  

Interestingly, the price at the store was $13.50 per pound from the bulk bean dispensers, and the online price is considerably higher.
I chose a fairly light roast Ethiopian, a Mexican Altura, both very  nice, and the decaf, which wasn't over-roasted and is quite drinkable all by itself.  I'm taking some beans home with me.

You might also visit one of the Joe's coffee shops there in town, like the one at Grand Central, and try out what they have available as a pour-over cup, and buy a 12-oz bag from their in-store selection.  I'd have bought some but I already have a couple of bags to use up.  Next trip maybe.
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