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triviaguru Dec 23, 2006 01:38 PM

I want to get some coffee beans for a coffee-lover this year. Does anyone know of a great spot to get a strong, dark bean?

Thanks in advance.

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    Scotty100 Dec 23, 2006 01:46 PM

    Go to Orens Daily Roast...they have a few coffe shops around the city. They are also in the Grand Central Market...if you are looking for a darker roast try their "Nelvis" beans...I love it. FYI...this blend used to be called "Elvis" (not after the king but rather an acronym for the beans used in the roast... but the Pressely estate got wind of this and forced them to change the name...! Bizarre but true...!!).

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      chowNYC Dec 23, 2006 02:09 PM

      Empire Coffee and Tea on 9th and 41st is fantastic. Lots of huge barrels with really dark beans (we get our coffee there every month) and they'll do great recommended blends for you as well. Wonderful 'mom and pop' type store and the employees are very helpful.

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        marpaz Dec 23, 2006 03:29 PM

        Porto Rico Imports on Bleecker Street has the best coffee. Organic and Fair Trade and from everywhere and they are super nice.

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          Gordognyc Dec 25, 2006 08:37 PM

          Porto Rico on St Marks off 2nd avenue as well. The french roasted tazmanian peaberry is awesome. Every time I have friends come over and offer them a cup of coffee they take a sip , pause, and say "wow, that a GOOD cup of coffee." Need I say more?

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          rathbone Dec 23, 2006 03:32 PM

          I second Orens!!! buy them whol bean grind right before you brew. My favorites are the Aged Sumatra or the Nicaragua. Everyone from out of town that has tasted it, I know have to ship it to them monthly.

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            kenito799 Dec 27, 2006 07:50 PM

            I second Oren's and third Porto Rico. Porto Rico probably wins out for the very fair pricing!

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            kathryn Dec 23, 2006 06:16 PM

            I would throw Jack's Stir Brewed into the mix as well. I live right by a Porto Rico and I would have to say that Jack's just slightly edges them out, but I haven't tried ALL of the Porto Rico coffees. And I've heard that Porto Rico can be hit or miss dependent on how fresh the beans are (as all coffee).

            Jack's is located on W. 10th St. between Greenwich Ave & Waverly. It's very small (seats like 12 people) and cozy.

            1. Peter Cuce Dec 23, 2006 06:55 PM

              This question gets asked a lot. Of course new information is helpful, but you might want to read some of the older topics before posting on subjects like these:
              http://www.chowhound.com/search/std?q...

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                BGRose Dec 25, 2006 03:55 PM

                For my money, the best beans are at Joe's (Waverly Pl. off 6th or 13th off 5th), which gets them from Barrington Roasters in the Berkshires, one day after they're roasted (coffee fetishists will argue it's best to then let them sit at least a day or two).

                1. Tal Dec 27, 2006 03:49 PM

                  I vote for Samad's Market on Broadway btwn 110 and 11th. Or Zabars blend. Both delicious whole bean coffee

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                    marlie202 Dec 27, 2006 09:50 PM

                    I love the beans at Porto Rico in the East Village on St. Marks and 2nd Ave. there is also one in the West Village--you can get them roasted in a variety of styles-French, Italian and there are many varieties to choose from--also their water decaf is excellent and if you like the flavored ones-may I suggest the cherry chocolate-

                    1. Ljubitca Dec 27, 2006 10:10 PM

                      Order them from higherground.com

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                        jmoryl Dec 28, 2006 12:45 AM

                        Another vote for Oren's for a local roaster. Fresher and better than Porto Rico, who has too many beans sitting in large open barrels.

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                          KRS Dec 28, 2006 08:58 PM

                          Fairway's Swedish Blend is very dark and strong.

                          Zabar's Continental Blend is the same, but less bitter. If that's not enough for you, have them mix in a handful of the Vienna Roast espresso, or get the Dark Roast, which will grow hair on the bottoms of your feet.

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                            NYfoodie Jan 26, 2007 09:45 AM

                            Zabar's has a great selection of coffee. Vienna makes a great cappuccino and a mix of French and Vienna makes a great cup of full dark coffee. They will also send their coffee.
                            www.zabars.com

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                              maxine Jan 26, 2007 09:57 AM

                              I've tried a bunch and I still pick Pete's house blend, availible at Whole Foods. Its a dark and strong blend, but smooth, it none of the bitterness found in many beens.

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                                fiftyfootgirl Jan 26, 2007 09:57 AM

                                Try Cafe Grumpy: they are the real deal- coffee nerds. They know their sh**!
                                I get my beans from their cafe in Brooklyn, but they have a new location in Chelsea. They roast their own beans and also have events like cuppings on Saturdays: http://www.cafegrumpy.com/

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                                  Barry Milyovsky Jun 24, 2007 12:11 PM

                                  Cafe Grumpy is great but they do not roast their own beans. Their espresso beans are currently roasted in Vancouver.

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                                  POTsticker Jan 26, 2007 06:14 PM

                                  porto rico on thompson street, soho.

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                                    niti Jan 26, 2007 06:39 PM

                                    i'm a coffee snob from way back, and if you take a look at the quality of the roast on any given day, fairways has the best prices and best quality in the city. i've been to 'em all.

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                                      haleyjen Jan 27, 2007 08:47 AM

                                      You wouldn't think this, but Bloomingdale's actually has great coffee...my dad won't get it anywhere else, and he's the biggest foodie snob I know.

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                                        marlie202 Jan 27, 2007 11:55 AM

                                        Porto Rico is my favorite--St. Mark's Place or Bleeker St. good prices too-I've tried Zabar's coffee but I do not think it is as good as Porto Rico--enjoy

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                                          Gordognyc Feb 1, 2007 12:01 PM

                                          Zabar's . . . . Blech! That stuff is SO bad that my wife and I take coffee beans with us when we visit her parents house because that is all they have. As I said above, I agree with Port Rico. French roasted Tazmanian Peaberry is my favorite.

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                                            marlie202 Feb 3, 2007 11:19 AM

                                            I don't like Zabar's coffee at all--Port Rico is the way to go

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                                              rose water Feb 3, 2007 02:20 PM

                                              I second that! Porto Rico coffee has far more flavor and depth than Zabar's (and Fairway) coffee.

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