Where to buy amazing coffee beans?
Hi, I just moved here recently from NYC and I am wondering if there is a place here that sells a good selection of coffee beans. A coffee/tea specialty store would be highly preferable. I know all about Whole Foods, Langensteins, and Dorignacs, and I already went to a "cigar and coffee" shop on St. Anne's St. in the Quarter but they only sell one type of coffee and it's not beans. Oh, also, I am not interested in buying coffee and chicory: my significant other is a native New Orleanian and hates the stuff. Thanks in advance, it will be interesting to see if anything like this exists here.
Full disclosure: I know one of the main guys who works here, but try this place:
They supply lots of restaurants/coffee houses around town, you can buy it on their website, or call them up and they won't mind if you come out to pick it up at the roastery. They don't have a storefront, though.
I've done my own beans many times in the decades and love to do it BUT I think that for convenience, you cannot do better that French market brand Dark roast---they have a chicory but that is not what I am talking about. You want the one labelled "Pure Coffee." If you drip that---PROPERLY drip it (no damn Mr Coffee) you'll get a helluva cup of coffee. It knocks the socks off damn near anything I have had in a Coffee Palace. A dear friend, who is Lebanese and knows coffee, has been hooked on it for years and has it sent to him by the case in Chicago. It beats the hell out of Community or anything else out there. (I do make an exception for Union Coffee but that is a personal thing...emotional and all that...)