Lately I've taken to buying my beans on Queens Blvd @ 40th Street, a Romanian shoppe called Baruir's that roasts the beans right in front of your eyes. It's a beautiful sight, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a better place for coffee in Queens?
try Carmel which roasts and sells coffee. Also a great
place for spices, nuts, dried fruit, Israeli & mid
eastern stuff, pita, cheese, frozen fresh etc etc.
If they have it in the front case try their bean salad
like no other I have ever had in any cuisine.
Oh they are on 108th Street in Forest Hills around
64th (st, rd ave?) There is a long strip of stores
starting on 63rd and 108 and continuing on. THere are
other stores like Carmel but they are consistantly the
best, freshest and busest - not to mention reasonably
priced. Other good things in the nabe include a good
fruit store the Lemon Drop on the same block and a
Russian deli (forgot name) across the street.
The coffee is very good
Unfortunately, I have not had good beans from Baruir. I've given them 4 shots, but the beans have lacked flavor and character. I don't think they use good quality beans. I roast coffee at home, and even with a fresh roast, it's hard to get much flavor out of low quality green beans.
It didn't help that the beans I've bought at Baruir were preweighed and sitting in an open bag exposed to the air. When I asked if they roast daily, the counterwoman said they usually only do it twice a week. She's never been able to tell me when the beans were roasted either. It just seems odd since that's what they mainly do.
Has anyone had experiences similar to mine, or should I really give them another chance?
re: Joe MacBu
I'd give them another chance. If you can (and I know it's not likely, given work constraints), try to go during the day on weekdays. In my experience, they don't roast on weekends. I have been there on a Tuesday afternoon when they were roasting. If I'm not mistaken, there was some furor in the nabe about them roasting (though it was some newb to the nabe raising the "stink" about the smell of roasting beans). Try, try again, because I think they're well worth it. I haven't had a bad bean yet.