Unroasted coffee beans in LA?
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.