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MayrMN Dec 12, 2006 09:47 PM

I would like to buy a 'special' bag of beans a holiday gift, but I can't think if any place 'special'.

Can anyone direct me to someplace that sells the beans by the pound or such.

Thanks in advance.

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    Danny RE: MayrMN Dec 12, 2006 10:10 PM

    Coffee & Tea Ltd: http://www.coffeeandtealtd.com/

    They're absolutely fanatical about coffee. They roast their own beans, and roast many, many, many, many varieties. If you want "special beans" the only limitation is your budget.

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      bobzemuda RE: Danny Dec 13, 2006 03:34 AM

      With that many varieties of coffee, how fresh can it really be? Few roasters can have vast numbers of coffee like that, and actually get them sold fast enough to guarantee true freshness. Coffee starts turning by day five, and while a few do need to rest that long to really open up, most are going downhill at that point.

      You could always order form www.intelligentsiacoffee.com. I live in St. Louis, but if you order over the weekend, it'll end up getting roasted on Monday and shipped, and I always have it Tuesday. I imagine you'd get it in a day or two also.

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        KTFoley RE: bobzemuda Dec 13, 2006 03:59 AM

        Coffee & Tea Ltd roasts in very small batches. The freshness & quality is excellent.

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          MplsM ary RE: bobzemuda Dec 13, 2006 07:32 AM

          This is how: http://www.coffeeandtealtd.com/who.html

          Jim is a gem. Not only does he roast the finest coffee to be had but his vast knowledge of all their teas should be mined when you visit. My friend thinks I am so very clever to know just what he likes but I just tell Jim what it was I got last time and ask if he could suggest another tea my friend might like. Not a clunker in the lot over the years.

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        dotMac RE: MayrMN Dec 13, 2006 02:12 AM

        Slightly off topic, has anybody seen the Peace Coffee Twin Cities blend in the 1 lb. bags anywhere?

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          diesel RE: dotMac Dec 13, 2006 05:20 PM

          Kowalski's carries peace coffee in 1 lb. bags. At least the one on Grand in St. Paul does!

        2. MariQ RE: MayrMN Dec 13, 2006 03:37 AM

          I second the reco for Coffee & Tea in Linden Hills (Mpls) - the place is a magic coffee land, and the gentelman that has been there everytime i went is super knowledgable!

          1. Karl Gerstenberger RE: MayrMN Dec 13, 2006 09:52 AM

            In addition to coffee and tea there's a fanatical freshness focused business called The Roastery run by a guru named Jeremy Raths. His business model is unique and his product always tops. His roasting operation is tied to a Sunday coffee for work space trade arrangement. http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/2898 jeremyraths@hotmail.com

            1. Wiley RE: MayrMN Dec 13, 2006 10:13 AM

              If you can find a place that sells green coffee beans, you can buy a roaster (looks similar to a hot air popcorn popper) or roast them in your oven. Can't get any fresher than that.

              1. bobzemuda RE: MayrMN Dec 13, 2006 10:43 AM

                Thank you. I stand corrected. I was looking all over the site after I found the huge selection to find a comment as to when they roast but I must have overlooked that page. (obviously)

                That being the case, it looks like a great operation.

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                  teamkitty RE: bobzemuda Dec 13, 2006 11:19 AM

                  J & S Beanery on the corner of Randolph and Saratoga in St. Paul roasts their own beans in small batches and also carry Peace Coffee. For what it's worth, Izzy's Ice Cream on Marshall also offers a delicious Peace Coffee flavor...

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                    teamkitty RE: teamkitty Dec 14, 2006 12:41 PM

                    Diesel and I are talking about the same place. The correct name is J&S Bean Factory and address as above.

                2. diesel RE: MayrMN Dec 13, 2006 05:46 PM

                  I don't tend to travel too far away from my nest. That said, my favorite local roaster is J&S Bean Factory on Randolph a few blocks east of Snelling in St. Paul. Their staff will usually be able to tell you which beans are the freshest (although I've never had a problem with any of their beans being un-fresh). They have a "brew bar" where you can try any bean drip-brewed into your very own single serving, in case you want to check the flavor before you invest in a whole bag o' beans.

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                    Quince RE: MayrMN Dec 14, 2006 12:42 AM

                    Legacy Chocolates on Marshall Ave near Izzy's has very fresh roasted coffees. The roasting date is on each bag, and I think it's never more than three days old.

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