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whole-bean coffee (affordable) in midtown east?

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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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  1. 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/

    1. 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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      1. re: Sophia.

        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. 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.