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coffee beans at PORTO RICO

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I haven't read anything about the above coffe and tea store on Bleeker> Has anyone used the store and their blends??? always interested in coffee bean sources

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  1. Safe bet, good selection and a nice ambiance. I went for the Hawaiian blend. Always have been a fan of making coffee at home. I like the fact that the roasted blends do not taste burnt.

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    1. re: Bert & Ernie

      Porto Rico has been my favorite for years. I don't bother to buy coffee anywhere else.

      1. re: xavier

        I like them too...especially their brazilian, sumatra, and java arabica.

        I like their loose teas as well including their early grey, and mango.

    2. I've been buying freshly ground coffee there for 30 years- they're the best! AND best prices too! My favorite has always been the "Cafe Blend".

      1. We buy coffee from their warehouse in Williamsburg, neer the bridge. They offer weekly specials y e-mail too.

        Link: http://portorico.com/

        1. I've been using them for several yrs and am very pleased. What is most exciting is the selection of unique coffee flavors at great prices: Orange, Coconut, Mint, Strudel Cake, Cherry, Maple Walnut, etc etc. Always available in decaf or reg. But for unflavored roasts I've found the beans a bit dry and the flavor not as full & robust as others.

          I buy Hyman Smith Coffee, "Gourmet Hotel Blend," at Smith Restaurant Supply Co in Syracuse, NY (They do mail orders). They also sell green beans for those of us who like to roast our own. I simply grind half Gourmet Hotel Blend with a flavor from PORTO RICO and it lends flavor and fullness better than when I grind beans, of various roasts, from PORTO RICO.

          Link: http://www.smithrestaurantsupply.com/

          1. I like them a lot
            usually I get the french mocha java or the jamaican blue mountain, sometimes I get the italian expresso, but make it regular coffe style. They have a great selection of teas too. Darjeeling first flush is the way to go

            1. I'm also a big fan since I discovered them a few months back. Just bought six types of coffee from them a few days ago. I enjoy the house "Augies" blend ($5.99) which has a nice full flavor with some darker roast characteristics. My gf is more a fan of the "Aggies" ($5.99), which doesn't have the darker roasted beans in the blend. Also really enjoy the Kenya AA, and the mocha java (or french mocha for more dark characteristics).

              As far as flavored coffees go... I'm still pretty knocked out by their coconut coffee ($5.99). Normally, I avoid flavored coffees at all costs - they're usually very poor quality beans, flavored heavily to hide imperfection - but the Porto Rico coconut coffee tastes strongly of "bean", and doesn't have an artificial flavor, like most other flavored coffees I've tried do.

              1. Locally, the Angelica Film Center and Karen's On Astor use Porto Rico coffee.

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                2. Never tried Porto Rico coffee... looking for some good coffee beans to order since I'm in NJ. I heard of McNulty's in the Village, and I was once at a place that sold coffee on the upper west side near the sony IMAX theatre. I'm dying to find the name of that one! The coffee was fabulous. Anyone have any thoughts on either of these places? Thanks!

                  1. Until I bought green beans via the Internet, and roasted and ground my own, I always bought my coffee from them, i.e., good beans and good value. My suggestion tho is to get your roasted whole bean coffee from Porto Rico and grind the beans before you use them...it makes a difference. And while I am at it, I am a fan of boiling hot water from a tea kettle and a cone and paper filter device to brew coffee, "Simple" is cheapest and best and should appeal to the Porto Rico buyer.

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                    1. re: Nathaniel Siegel

                      Not to sound redundant, but I will: IMHO, Porto Rico is the best bet in Manhattan. I have been buying coffee there for 20+ years and have always found the beans fresh and consistent. I recommend the French Columbian Supremo and the Cafe Blend. These roasts are full-bodied and bold. The regular Columbian roast is a bit milder. I generally brew using a French press and find my homemade coffee is better than any coffee shop's.

                      1. re: fsd1116

                        Not only that, I'll add that there's a coffee craze brewing* that's going to put the cupcake thing to shame, for obvious reasons, that also plays into the whole "sustainable living" mumbo jumbo ....

                        ...and these guys were some of the first (if not the very first) to sell free trade from Latin America, the Mid-East, and probably Africa too. The prices are reasonable for a lot of the same types of beans which Blue Bottle, Intelligensia, and Ritual are using to make big names for themselves with out on the West Coast. There's something to be said for roasting, and brewing techniques, but the fact is, this place has been distributing good coffee without the pretension for decades.

                        My only warning would be to skip the chocolate flavored beans. Most of you would probably have the good sense to do that anyway. They're just too weak to bother with.

                        *sorry, I hate when people use puns to talk about coffee, it just popped out.

                    2. For several years, I had been trying different beans for my espresso maker. Porto Rico's Italian Espresso beans turned out to be the best, despite their low price. Oren's are equally good, but at twice the price.