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Jun 12, 2010 09:19 PM

Whole Bean, Medium Roast Coffee In LA

A friend in the armed services has recently been posted to what he is only allowed to describe as The Land Of Sand. One of the few pleasures they have is freshly brewed coffee. He brought a grinder, filters etc, but is always looking for good beans. I want to send him some beans -- medium roast is his preference -- and while I can do with a Starbucks here and there, I would welcome suggestions from those in the know as to where in LA they purchase whole bean medium roast coffee that is something above the ordinary, for someone who certainly deserves it. Coffee is the highlight of their (often mighty unpleasant) day.


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  1. Intelligentsia, definitely

    1. the new whole foods in tarzana roast there own coffee and have alot to chose from

      1. Good question - Jones Coffee Roasters in Pasadena, Conservatory in Culver City, or any Whole Foods - probably any decent non-chain place will have that (what's with super-dark-roast and chains??). Get some single-estate beans from a variety of places (Central Am., Sumatra, etc.). What a nice gift!

        Jones Coffee Roasters
        537 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

        1. I'm partial to Alana's for whole-bean, medium roasts. Roasted right there on the spot, extremely helpful and gregarious proprietor who knows his stuff and will help you figure out what you want most, and attractive prices thanks to (very) low overhead...

          1. Not in LA, but check out Blue Bottle: Looks like they don't ship out of the US, but you could get shipped to you and then send out. Just another thought.

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            1. re: Snoopy

              They ship USPS, which means (I think) that they can ship to an APO box address.

              1. re: Snoopy

                That's what I was going to suggest, I regularily order from them and pick up a bag when I'm up north. The best very fresh coffee beans, easy online ordering and while not cheap it is the best and priced fairly!