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Feb 7, 2010 07:26 AM

Fresh roasted beans in Vancouver?

I have recently bought an espresso machine from craigslist and am loving it. I have been experimenting with lots of different beans and would like to get freshly roasted espresso beans. Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. JJ Beans is what we normally get our beans from -- not that we are coffee experts ourselves!

    1. 49th Parallel - "Epic Espresso" You can get this at various places - not just at 49th's Cafe.
      JJ Bean - "Espresso JJ" and "Espresso Nero"
      EspressoTec's (Richmond) Espresso Blend

      JJ Bean Coffee Roasters
      3010 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T, CA

      49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
      2152 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K, CA

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      1. re: fmed

        Thank you for the replies. I do like 49th Parallel - a very smooth flavour. Any other rec's from the rest of you?

      2. I normally use JJ Bean's espresso (House or Nero)
        The other day I bought some of Meinhardt's "bulk" beans - Organic Espresso.
        Yummy and they claim they're small-batch roasted in Vancouver daily. $2.99/100grams

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        1. re: islandgirl

          Hmmm ... I'll have to check that out. Thanks! :)

          1. re: VanGrrl

            Is Mr Lee's still selling Stumptown coffee? I've heard that is amazing!

            1. re: VanGrrl

              I'd call ahead and even have a bag put aside. I've gone there and left empty handed a couple of times.

        2. Highly recommend Milano - their roasting facility is at 156 west 8th and they have limited supplies of freshly roasted custom blends for espresso. Here you'll find their espresso "tasting bar" so you can sample before you buy. They also have a store (Turks) at 1276 commercial - but the roasting facility is the place to go for guaranteed fresh beans. I'm a coffee aficionado, home roaster, coffee-geek and this is the best I've come across in town and I've tried them all. Stumptown at Mr. Lees comes a close second...

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          1. re: tangentdesign

            Thanks for the recommendations. Was at Michi Espresso Cafe today and the barista (who made a superb mocha) recommended Origins Coffee in Granville Island.


            1. re: VanGrrl

              I'd recommend the La Famiglia from Continental on Commercial Drive. It's a lovely, rich and nutty espresso roast. Very tasty, and not on the menu, so just ask for it.

          2. anyone familiar with a place on the northside of 3100 or 3200 block west broadway(across from cafe d'lite)

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            1. re: betterthanbourdain

              The only one I can think of is Yoka's... I've never tried their coffee but it smells good walking by :-). I read here that they are closing which is really sad as they are kind of an institution.