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where to buy green coffee beans in LA?

naomi Aug 28, 2006 12:05 AM

i just recently moved to la from sf and am missing the convenience of having sweet maria's right across the bay. i purchased some green beans from groundwork on rose ave in venice, but was disappointed in the quality. is there a sweet maria's type distributor in the la area? any other recommendations for green bean sellers? thanks!

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    calpurnia RE: naomi Aug 28, 2006 02:09 AM

    You can try Carl Diedrich's, I think they used to sell green beans.

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      Frankie D RE: calpurnia Jul 8, 2010 06:01 PM

      You can call Martin instead at Kean coffee company in Tustin. He just returned from a trip where he scored some Yemen Haraz, It is Very limited though!

      Newport Beach Coffeehouse
      2043 Westcliff Drive, Suite 100
      Newport Beach, CA 92660
      (949) 642-5326

      Tustin Coffeehouse
      13681 Newport Avenue, Suite 14
      Tustin, CA 92780
      (714) 838-5326

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      Kenny T RE: naomi Aug 28, 2006 04:55 AM

      I get mine from City Bean's roastery in Culver City. 888-CITYBEAN.

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        banjoboy RE: naomi Aug 28, 2006 03:31 PM

        You might be able to buy them at the Conservatory for Tea and Coffee, in Culver City (near Sony Studios.) I'd call first.

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          naomi RE: naomi Aug 28, 2006 08:45 PM

          i did some calling and here's what i found: diedrich's in santa monica only sells roasted beans. conservatory for coffee and tea confirmed that i could buy green beans from them for $6/lb. city bean is checking and will get back to me. thanks again for all of your help!

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            naomi RE: naomi Aug 28, 2006 09:42 PM

            another update: sol from city bean called me back and was quite helpful. he carries a wide variety of green beans and pickup is available monday-thursday at 5801 washington blvd (call first).

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              revets2 RE: naomi Aug 28, 2006 11:20 PM

              some whole foods locations sell green coffee beans, but i've never tried them before.

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                banjoboy RE: naomi Aug 29, 2006 03:41 PM

                Glad to hear that about the Conservatory. It's really a great place. Let us know how it all works out, Naomi.

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                  naomi RE: naomi Aug 29, 2006 04:54 PM

                  yet another update: lamillcoffee just emailed me back and they will also sell green coffee beans.

                  1. cant talk...eating RE: naomi Aug 29, 2006 04:54 PM

                    I would check out Jones Coffee Roasters in Pasadena. You can order online.


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                      GVDub RE: naomi Sep 5, 2006 06:15 AM

                      I almost always order from Sweet Marias, as Thom's cupping notes are a great resource. That being said, I needed some greens in a hurry a couple of weeks ago and found a microroaster in North Hollywood that sells greens. They had a pretty good selection, though their prices are a little higher than Sweet Marias. I got some Yemen Moka and some Sumatro Karo Highlands from them that made a great Moka-Java blend. Their website is at http://www.thesupremebean.com/ and they're worth giving a call. The physical location is near Vineland and Burbank in North Hollywood.

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                        mattbenfield RE: naomi Jul 8, 2010 12:28 AM

                        Alana's coffee roasting (named after the daughter of proprietor, Eric) does all small batch organic coffee roasting. He sells at farmer's markets (where you can watch him roast as well) or he does free delivery for orders 1lb and over. Most of his beans are $10/lb. IT IS GREAT! He might be able to hook you up with green beans as well, though if you're in a pinch he's happy to deliver too. He's a great coffee lover, has a lot of knowledge, and doggonit he's nice as well!

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                          stivgan RE: naomi Apr 1, 2011 08:20 AM

                          Why not buying from the source? Check out Royal Pacific Industry for their Indonesian coffee. clickhere Their office is in Baldwin Park, about 25 minutes from downtown LA.
                          They deal with brokers and medium to big roasters. I'm not sure if they sell retail. But they can be a helpful for to start your coffee hunting. Btw, I also got my luwak beans from them; and it was great.
                          Best of all..cheers

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                            RondaSmith RE: naomi Nov 16, 2011 09:51 AM

                            You must try Hokulani Estate Coffee. They sell 100% Ka'u Hawaiian coffee whole beans, roasted or green. Hand picked and processed from small farms. Check out the website: www.HokulaniEstateCoffee.com

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