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Sometimes I can't get to my fav whole bean sellers in NYC: Think coffee or Stumptown Roasters and so I pick up the best I've found around here: The Fine Grind in Little Falls in Passaic County or Beans on Church Street in Montclair. But Fine Grind carries only one organic Fair Trade a week and Beans isn't always open.

So I'm wondering if anyone has any other suggestions close to Little Falls/Montclair/Wayne that sell whole roasted beans. And NO: I don't mean Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts or supermarkets. Artisanal Roasters or resellers that know their beans and purchase date-roasted preferably Fair Trade or other ethical purchasers.

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Fine Grind
7 Paterson Ave, Little Falls, NJ 07424

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  1. Marra's in Denville roasts its own beans, as does, I believe, Cafe Amici in Wyckoff and Ho-Ho-Kus. But neither is completely convenient for the towns you've mentioned, I'm afraid.

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    Cafe Amici
    315 Franklin Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

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    1. re: billpitcher

      Thanks! But you're right: not really convenient and not real roasters/retailers of whole beans FAICT.

    2. Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters are in Maywood, a few blocks off of the Rt. 17 south exit just past the Garden State Plaza. They roast a wide variety of beans on premises and appear to be serious about their work. I haven't visited personally but it's on my list to do.

      If you're ever up around Ridgewood, check out Ridgewood Coffee Company. They don't roast themselves, but they get regular deliveries of fresh beans from Intelligentsia and Novo. Their house espresso is usually Black Cat. Plus they have a Clover. Not a wide range of beans sold retail, but top quality and fresh. The owner, Rich, and his son are Intelly-trained baristas.

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      Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters
      108 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood, NJ 07607

      Ridgewood Coffee Company
      90 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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      1. re: ecustard

        Lol. Thanks, but if I'm going INTO Manhattan it's Think or Stumptown. Point is days like today where I'm not paying the toll!

        1. re: Allisondbl

          This reply, I think, is meant for jink's suggestion a few posts below. My post doesn't say anything about going into Manhattan.

        2. re: ecustard

          Thank you. Ridgewood is unfortunately a little far but it, in particular, looks WONDERFUL. I will definitely make it a point to check it out - although who needs one more place you crave that's out of the way!!

          1. re: Allisondbl

            It's likely the closest source for fresh Intelly and Novo beans without paying their ridiculous shipping charges.

          2. re: ecustard

            I too was going to recommend Ridgewood Coffee, so here is a second vote. It is a bit far for me too, so I wish there was something in Essex or Morris that was worthwhile. If the OP ever goes to Madison they should stop by Drip on Main St. They use Gimme! beans and usually have some to sell (at a slightly inflated price).

            Thanks for the Moon Doggie tip - I somehow missed them.

            1. re: ecustard

              I was in the Maywood area and stopped into the Moon Doggie Cafe to try some of their beans. The young woman working there suggested the French Roast for espresso (a very oily, dark roast), so I picked up half a pound. No roast date, but she claimed they roast "every week or two". which is not too promising. So far I have not been able to make a good shot from this stuff - no crema (freshness problems?) and bitter/rubbery notes.

              I want to like this place, given our mutual appreciation of Basset Hounds, but the first impression of their coffee has not been good. Will report on the other beans I picked up later....

            2. On your way into or out of Manhattan, Kobrick's coffee is on the Hoboken/Jersey City line.

              http://www.kobricks.com/

              1. Drive the twenty minutes to (wait for it...) FAIRWAY!!! in Paramus. Watch the big 'ol coffee roaster roast the beans in the store. They have a lot of fair trade beans. I believe their standard Fairway blend is fair trade (at least the price tag on the batch I bought last week says Fair Trade) and at $5 a pound on sale many weeks, the price is unbeatable. They have some really crazy like $50 a pound beans too. Oh yeah, and don't forget the tons of other awesome stuff they have!

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                1. re: zhelder

                  Fairway is not bad I agree, but the turnover is unclear and they leave their"good" beans out in the open UNDATED bins which stales them and allows them to pick up other odors. So still a secondary go to, BUT I definitely WILL have to check out their roaster if they do roast then and there and date THEIR roasting. If they know what they're doing that would be brilliant!

                2. What about TM Ward? They have two retail stores, one in Newark and one in Chatham-they don't roast onsite but they do all their roasting in CT at their warehouse.

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                  1. re: johnlockedema

                    TM Ward sounds like a wonderful suggestion. Still a bit far to go to just get a pound of coffee, even for a caffeinista, but it's a few feet from a truly wonderful Malaysian restaurant Taste of Asia, and I've been looking for an excuse to visit ... Thank you!

                  2. Bluestone Cafe on Watchung Ave in Montclair has a roaster in the middle of the room, and they definitely sell a selection of beans. I've never bought them, but I LOVE their coffee...might be worth a call or visit to check it out! 973-783-3523.

                    And I'll chime in again on Ridgewood Coffee Company--if you're up there.

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                    1. re: Curlz

                      Tak for Bluestone did not know it was there and I'll check it out. While a find of photos shows that it apparently does sell bags of coffee, no one's talking about buying beans from them so no idea how good, but heck no one talks about buying coffee from Fine Grind and they're Fair Trade is more than good. But *sigh* Stumptown and 49th Parallel and Intelligentsia just spoil ya for anything else, you know?

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                      Fine Grind
                      7 Paterson Ave, Little Falls, NJ 07424

                      1. re: Allisondbl

                        Interested in perhaps roasting your own beans? Cate's Green Coffee in Oakland sells lots of fair trade beans, but they're all green. Can't get any fresher!

                        http://catesgreencoffee.com/

                        1. re: Allisondbl

                          Just a few more pieces of info...
                          a) TM Ward has really weird hours--as in, they don't open 'til 8:30 or 9 in the morning (I work near there)--so check when they close!

                          b) Ridgewood Coffee Co has Intelligentsia AND a Clover machine. Just sayin'... ;-) and you can go there to get your coffee fix and then to A Mano a couple of blocks away for authentic Neopolitan pizza.

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                          A Mano
                          Ridgewood, NJ, Ridgewood, NJ

                          1. re: Curlz

                            CURLZ
                            Right u r on both accounts the Ridgewood Coffee Company is awesome but I am biased Joey and my son went to school together.
                            But they are truly passionate about coffee and deserve to be supported.
                            A Mano makes the best Naples style pizza outside of Naples.
                            Keste is in the same mode if you happen to be on Bleecker Street
                            Roberto did his thing at A Mano first.

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                            A Mano
                            Ridgewood, NJ, Ridgewood, NJ

                            Ridgewood Coffee Company
                            90 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

                            1. re: Curlz

                              Forgot to say it is just a hoot and a giggle to watch the Clover machine at work.
                              Their iced coffee is yummy, cold brewed

                            2. re: Allisondbl

                              I'll second Bluestone. I love Beans, buy there all the time, but parking is a challenge (mostly, I walk there) ... I understand that Bluestone roasts their own, and I got a half pound of Sumatra there a couple of weeks ago that was very good.

                          2. I live in this area and am a serious home barista (my normal is a triple ristretto, and I am really into latte art). I have the same problem as you, though luckily I work in the city and for years bought all my coffee there (Intelligentsia Black Cat is my favorite). But since that was kind of a pain, I started roasting my own beans about a year ago....and have not looked back. It's very easy and very inexpensive - organic fair trade beans are around $4 a pound unroasted. There's a website called Sweet Marias where you can get everything you need. Highly recommended. You will never run out and won't have to drive anywhere.

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                            1. re: croslan

                              Would LOVE to roast my own and would totally go to Sweet Maria's for product, but I live in a condo and I don't believe it would be fair to my neighbors as only worth it if I roast at least every other week and while it's a wonderful smell, it's a strong one ...

                            2. Honesty, why don't you just order coffee from your favorite roasters online?

                              I don't bother treking into New York or Philadelphia to try and track down what I need on a regular basis anymore, only if I'm in the area and have the time.

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                              1. re: BeerWeezil

                                BeerWeezil - because for me coffee stales after no more than two weeks and it can sometimes - only sometimes - take me that long to finish a pound and since the coffee I like is already about $15.00 - $20.00 for a 12 oz. bag adding six bucks in shipping for a single bag makes it a little too pricey. So my compromise idea is to get it at the best places (far as I'm concerned) in NYC when I can - Blue Bottle, Stumptown, Joe's - but at a $9-12 toll into NYC - try for local when I can.

                                And to Curlz: tak for Bluestone, a great find!

                              2. Whole Foods roasts their own beans when I stop in for the breakfast bar in the morning there are beans roasting behind the counter I'm not sure if they are fair trade since I always order the expresso with my food