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whole-bean coffee (affordable) in midtown east?

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bennyt Nov 4, 2008 08:56 AM

Looking for good whole-bean coffee for sale somewhere in the east 20's 30's or 40's. I of course am aware that Oren's and Joe the Art of Coffee have stores in Grand Central, but I'm used to paying around $7 a pound for good coffee from Citarella, and don't really feel the need to spend twice that much at the aforementioned places. Any suggestions?

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    travpard Nov 5, 2008 07:40 AM

    head down to Union Square for Trader Joes.

    They have a good selections of house brand coffee that is cheap and tasty. I like the French Roast in the blue can. I think its $5 or $6 for a pound size can.

    1. Sophia. Nov 4, 2008 10:36 AM

      I buy my Porto Rico at Amish Market on 45th btw 2nd and 3rd...well-priced, unlike the rest of the store!

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        bennyt Nov 4, 2008 10:40 AM

        Hmm, interesting, didn't realize Porto Rico was sold in stores other than Porto Rico. Is it sold pre-packaged there, or in bulk? Any idea of how freshly-roasted it is?

      2. BluPlateSpec Nov 4, 2008 09:44 AM

        A little further south than your requested area is Porto Rico, 40 St. Marks Place (8th street) just east of Second Avenue. Many coffees now on sale for $5.99 lb. They have two other stores in downtown west and one in Brooklyn.
        http://www.portorico.com/store/

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