Where do you go to buy roasted coffee beans?
I prefer roasters that have a "roasted on" date.
I'm too far from Klatch, Intelli, and lamill to just go pick it up. I live in WLA, and need great espresso beans. If Caffe Luxxe's Vivace beans are anything like how they serve it, I don't want them. I was wondering if some of the small, gourmet shops carry beans? Maybe the Wine House or Wally's, which are close enough to me, or Surfas is close enough to go once a week or two weeks.
I grew up in West LA. Whenever I go back and visit friends, it is WORTH IT for me to drive to Silverlake and go to Intelligensia. Period.
HOWEVER, in Berkeley (where I live now), I order my beans from Espresso Viviace Roasteria -- http://www.espressovivace.com/
The coffee is packaged in half-pound zip-lock plastic bags with one-way gas valves, and DO carry "roasted on" dates. I order two pounds at a time, and they arrive on the second day after being roasted (e.g.: I order on a Monday morning, they are roasted Monday and arrive via US Priority Mail on Wednesday). For a two pound four ounce parcel, the USPS website says Priority Mail costs $8.75, and that's what Vivace charges me (that is, they don't charge extra to make additional profits under the guise "Shipping & Handling").