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ISO fresh roasted coffee beans- downtown, South End or Back Bay

southiesouthend Oct 22, 2009 11:36 AM

Hi- in my mission to make better coffee at home, I recently purchased a french press and a coffee grinder. Now I am looking for quality, fresh roasted coffee beans downtown or in the South End/Back Bay area. Any suggestions? I am thinking about something like Intelligentsia, but as far as I know, they only sell at Bloc 11 and Diesal Cafes in Somerville....


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    grant.cook Oct 22, 2009 11:47 AM

    Come out to Arlington.. you can buy from Barismo on Mass Ave.. take the 77 bus up from Harvard Square.

    Did you buy a burr grinder?

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      corvairfan Oct 22, 2009 01:24 PM

      If you are downtown there is a new coffee shop in Newbury street that serves and sells Barismo beans. HIGHLY recommend the Kenyan Kiandu. Has a berry flavor, more of a light roast and just a totally different coffee.

      The shop is Espresso Royalle Cafe. Nice people who ran it. I went to a Barismo tasting there.

      At Fanieul Hall is Red Barn Roasters and a big selection of beans. Not sure if they have a roast date on them or not.

      A GREAT bean, if still available is from Redeye Roasters out of Hingham. It is Ethiopian Misty Valley Idido. Light roast and a blueberry flavor. Available from their website possibly but more suburbs like the new Dedham Whole Foods Market.

      Seriously...seek out that bean from them insanely fresh and insanely good and a local business.

      There is an Ethiopian market near the Pru and Polcaris coffee in the North End that sell green beans for like $4 a pound and you roast them yourself. $10 popcorn maker from Walgreens or a 3 quart cast iron/tri ply sauce pan and you can roast coffee at home dirt cheap. It is smoky so do outside or under a vent on stove. Google pan roasting coffee for the angelfire article or go to coffeegeek to read about popcorn maker roasting.

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        StriperGuy Oct 22, 2009 02:05 PM

        I'm a big home roast fan. I do it "cowboy" style in a cast iron skillet.

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          threedogs Dec 6, 2009 08:57 AM

          Hey, me too, StriperGuy! Only I don't use cast iron for this (makes great pizza, though). I'm in a panic because I actually ran out of green beans to roast - have to put an order in fast, before I have a caffeine fit.

          I believe - the simplest tools along with the freshest ingredients - makes the best food & beverages. Can't even drink coffee out anymore.

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        bella_sarda Oct 22, 2009 01:48 PM

        Both Peet's (High and Federal Sts.) and Flat Black Coffee Co. (Milk and Broad Sts) sell good, fresh-roasted beans, plenty of varieties. When you buy beans at Peet's you get a free small coffee drink (or a single espresso, my choice). I get this deal even though I only buy half a pound at a time. Not sure it would work for buying a couple ounces, but no one does that anyway.

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          skippy66 Oct 22, 2009 01:59 PM

          Terroir Coffee (http://www.terroircoffee.com/) is in Acton. You can get it at Whole Foods or you can mail order directly from them.

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            corvairfan Oct 22, 2009 02:01 PM

            Yes I have also bought from Peets on High Street. Have enjoyed their house blend but had too much inconsistency batch to batch on their beans.

            Flat black is good too though never bought their beans. Should stop by there again.

            Just remembered Boston Beantown?? One is on Washington st in Downtown Crossing and one a few blocks away off of Summer street near South Station sells beans as well.

            I do tend to prefer lighter roasts so that is why I have been pleased with Barismo and Redeye roasters.

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              southiesouthend Nov 30, 2009 10:45 AM

              Realized I hadn't checked back in for this... thanks to all that responded! I have been buying from the South End Formaggio, but I will try the other ones listed here. Very helpful!

              Also- grinding my beans and buying fresh(er) beans has totally changed my coffee situation at home- the difference is incredible. And I love my French Press too.

              1. rlh Nov 30, 2009 10:52 AM

                Peet's gets weekly shipments of bean on Thursdays at High Street - they will scoop from the new arrival if you ask - and Major Dickason's frequently runs out recently, so it's always very fresh if it's one you like.

                Red Barn does have roast dates on the bottom and check them out, as they vary a LOT - I do not love their beans or roasting style.

                Flat Black on Broad has been inconsistent for me, but when it's good, it is very, very good by the cup for drip coffee.

                The stand at Post Office Square and Pressed on Pearl St. near Franklin had Terroir beans for sale at least a few weeks ago.

                1. Science Chick Nov 30, 2009 11:14 AM

                  I recently had outstanding coffee at Uptown Espresso Cafe on Columbus (near Mass Ave). Not sure if they sell beans......

                  Uptown Espresso
                  563 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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