Unroasted coffee beans in LA?
- Pei Oct 21, 2006 04:18 PM
I know I can order from www.sweetmarias.com, which seems to be everyone's favorite.
But I'd rather try my hand at a half pound before committing to a large internet order. Does anyone know where I can get my hands on unroasted beans in Los Angeles?
Alternatively, are there any favorite coffee roasters around here that roast at the same place they sell? Maybe if I buy some coffee I can convince them to sell me a few handfuls of unroasted?
Jones Coffee Roasters! I never see them mentioned on this board, but they are fabulous. They sell unroasted (green) beans and roast their own on the premises, which, by the way, smell fantastic.
Jones Coffee Roasters
537 South Raymond Avenue (just north of California)
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Supreme Bean in North Hollywood is a micro-roaster who also sell greens. Their website <http://www.thesupremebean.com> is under construction (they just moved to a new location and haven't updated everything yet), but the phone number is good and the staff is pretty helpful. I needed some greens and didn't have time to wait on UPS from Sweet Maria's, dropped by there and got some good Yemen Moka and Sumatran, as well as a tour of their roastery and some pleasant coffee conversation.
I would recommend dropping an email to Sweet Maria's, though, and asking for advice. Thom Owen (Maria's husband and the guy who does all the cupping for them) is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. If you don't have a roaster yet, they can help you pick one out, and put together a bean sampler to get you going. I've been home roasting for a couple of years now, and I would have a lot of trouble going back to someone else's coffee.
Selam Ethiopian Market sells green beans in bulk bins, (Ethiopian, of course.) They are on Pico off of Sierra Bonita, just a few blocks east of Fairfax. You might also check out their spice isle. Good value and they have a high turnover.
I've just been to Selam market on the South side of Pico. They have one variety of green beans in a bin toward the front.
Yes, interesting spices as well. Can't coment on the beans yet as I am new to this and have just ordered my first roaster.
Try Javatinis, on Main Street in Old Town Seal Beach. They'll custom blend and custom roast while you wait (about 20 minutes) from a selection of about half a dozen types of unroasted beans, but will probably sell you some unroasted if you ask.