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Dec 23, 2006 01:38 PM

Best Coffee Beans (for purchase)?

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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  1. 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...!!).

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: marpaz

          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?

        2. 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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          1. re: rathbone

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

          2. 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.