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emil3m
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 7:14pm
Subject: New York roasters
 

For reasons that will bore you, I can't have beans delivered. So I'm "limited" to NYC's brick & mortar scene.

The following roasters get raving reviews, so I gave them a go.

Toby's Estate -- Did not fall in love. Will try again.
Blue Bottle -- Awesome! Will buy again.
Gimme -- The smaller location had slim pickings when I visited. Still picked up a bag, but it wasn't good. Will try their other blends next time.
Gorilla -- Impossible to drink. Tried 2 varieties on site and 1 at home. Truly "an acquired" taste if I ever experienced one.
Stumptown -- Got 3 different varieties to try. One is good; two more are canned in vacuum and awaiting trial.

This month (or early June), Intelligentsia is opening a cafe in Chelsea--can't wait!!!

Can you recommend more physical stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn?

 
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 1:22am
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Have you tried Oren's Daily Roast, Irving Farm, Puerto Rico Importing Company, Café Grumpy, or Ninth Street Espresso yet? They're all located in Manhattan, some with several shops.

 
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emil3m
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 4:11am
Subject: Re: New York roasters
 

NobbyR Said:

Have you tried Oren's Daily Roast, Irving Farm, Puerto Rico Importing Company, Café Grumpy, or Ninth Street Espresso yet? They're all located in Manhattan, some with several shops.

Posted May 14, 2013 link

These did come up on google, but I wasn't sure how good they are. Will try!

I did stop by Oren's, but the employees were not very helpful. They clearly had no coffee training as they were saying things that are clearly wrong. They couldn't even recommend a blend and just said "they are all good". I walked out. They came off as a Starbucks-type operation :)

 
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 5:56am
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Stumptown.  Vacuum packed in cans (?) Whaaaa? Tell me more details, if you please.

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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 6:01am
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Oh, Sorry. YOU VACUUM PACKED THEM IN CANS!  (Old cultural reference coming - fair warning.) As Emily Litella might say, "Never mind."

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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 7:19am
Subject: Re: New York roasters
 

emil3m Said:

I did stop by Oren's, but the employees were not very helpful.

Posted May 14, 2013 link

I tried their Beowulf Espresso Blend last time I was in New York and found it pretty good, full bodied and sweet. It's not typical 3rd wave coffee though, but rather a pretty dark roast.

 
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 7:27am
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NobbyR Said:

I tried their Beowulf Espresso Blend last time I was in New York and found it pretty good, full bodied and sweet. It's not typical 3rd wave coffee though, but rather a pretty dark roast.

Posted May 14, 2013 link

Thanks for that--very helpful!

Would you say it's a very oily bean? My Vario doesn't like those. I could always just make the trip over there, but maybe you already know :)

 
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 7:39am
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emil3m Said:

Would you say it's a very oily bean?

Posted May 14, 2013 link

I'd say it's like a Vienna roast. Moderate dark brown and slightly oily.

 
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 5:48am
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Don't waste your time at Puerto Rican coffee roasters. Everything is open in the bin and stale. In fact, unless someone has had a different experience, I've never once had good coffee sold in bulk. If it's not in its own airtight package I dont think it lasts more than a day or 2- for espresso that is. Prob still OK for drip.

Intelligensia is around Manhattan a lot and dependably good. I like Counter Culture as well, very consistent.

I had good espresso at 9th st. coffee once, but that was about 2 years ago. They seem to know whats going on there.

I still mail order. USPS in NY is a total bummer but I HATE having to buy 12ounces at a time. Drives me nuts.

Good luck.
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emil3m
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 6:27am
Subject: Re: New York roasters
 

coffeeshone Said:

Don't waste your time at Puerto Rican coffee roasters. Everything is open in the bin and stale.

Posted May 15, 2013 link

this reminds me. I've tried to buy from whole foods. I think my subconscious suppressed that experience, so I neglected to list it originally.

coffeeshone Said:

Intelligensia is around Manhattan a lot and dependably good.

Posted May 15, 2013 link

Where? On their site, it says they are about to open their first location in the lobby of the High Line Hotel.

coffeeshone Said:

I like Counter Culture as well, very consistent.

Posted May 15, 2013 link

Thanks for that! Several people said so as well.

coffeeshone Said:

I had good espresso at 9th st. coffee once, but that was about 2 years ago. They seem to know whats going on there.

Posted May 15, 2013 link

You MUST try Third Rail Coffee. I'm never in that area, but actually go out of my way for a cup. They are opening an east side location soon; hopefully, it'll be just as good.

coffeeshone Said:

I still mail order. USPS in NY is a total bummer but I HATE having to buy 12ounces at a time. Drives me nuts.

Posted May 15, 2013 link

No. Never. If I have to deal with my local postman again, I may end up on the morning news! I only use UPS, DHL, FedEx. But roasters charge obnoxious delivery fees anyway. Even more obnoxious for anything other than USPS.

I buy 36oz at a time and use the following method to store them in a dark, cool place
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGfUwEf810g

 
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