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Apr 15, 2010 06:39 PM

Northern New Jersey Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans

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.

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.

    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.

      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.


              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!