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Whole Bean, Medium Roast Coffee In LA

BHAppeal Jun 12, 2010 09:19 PM

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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    jaykayen Jun 12, 2010 10:20 PM

    Intelligentsia, definitely

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      tnsquire Jun 12, 2010 11:23 PM

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

      1. cant talk...eating Jun 13, 2010 12:29 PM

        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

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          Bradbury Jun 13, 2010 12:42 PM

          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...

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            Snoopy Jun 13, 2010 02:43 PM

            Not in LA, but check out Blue Bottle: http://www.bluebottlecoffee.net/ 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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              will47 Jun 13, 2010 07:51 PM

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

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                sel Jun 14, 2010 01:59 PM

                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!

              2. katydid13 Jun 13, 2010 07:24 PM

                Graffeo in Beverly Hills has a regular (i.e., not dark) roast that I would characterize as medium. A more budget-conscious selection would probably be Peet's.

                1. Das Ubergeek Jun 13, 2010 07:58 PM

                  Not sure where in LA you are, but down here in OC, Martin Diedrich is the king of medium-roast; he doesn't like the dark roast. You can buy his beans fresh (no more than 2 days post-roast) at his two coffee shops, Kean Coffee in Newport Beach or Tustin.

                  Kean Coffee
                  2043 Westcliff Dr Ste 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660

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                    stuffed Jun 18, 2010 11:54 PM

                    I'd like to like Kean. Orange County needs good coffee. But Martin Diedrich's expertise notwithstanding I've experienced serious inconsistency at Kean. I've found quakers among beans roasted there. Also, more than a few times I smell and taste baggy undertones. It certainly doesn't approach someplace like Intelligentsia.

                  2. susans Jun 14, 2010 09:07 AM

                    Newhall Coffee Co. has some medium roast fair trade coffees you might consider. They roast locally. https://www.newhallcoffee.com/catalog...

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                      sel Jun 14, 2010 01:54 PM

                      And 2 lb. bags available at many Costco and Sam's stores for a low price!

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                      annapurna7 Jun 14, 2010 09:20 AM

                      Try the Conservatory for Coffee & Tea in Culver City. They have been carrying Puerto Rican beans which has made me a very happy camper. :)

                      They definitely have a medium roast. Here is one from their site, but definitely check out the store for more. http://www.conservatorycoffeeandtea.c...

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                        ElissaInPlaya Jun 14, 2010 04:50 PM

                        I second this recommendation.

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                          BHAppeal Jun 15, 2010 02:08 PM

                          Went to Conservatory and it fit the bill perfectly. Many thanks to all for their suggestions.

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                        sweetTooth Jun 14, 2010 01:09 PM

                        This is coffee from a grocery store, but I find it not to have the burnt taste of dark roasted supermarket coffee. I actually don't like most Starbucks coffees and prefer medium roasts. It is the Breakfast Blend from Trader Joe's. It is Organic and fair-trade to boot and sells for about $7 for a 13 oz box. I use it for my daily french press brew. I haven't had this coffee brewed in a drip coffee maker, but will report back in a day or two, as I just brought in a box to work.

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                          jadekarrde Jun 15, 2010 08:35 PM

                          Only the Conservatory is worth buying beans from. Roasted on the spot, virtually always roasted to perfection. They have French Roasts and other dark roasts, but they primariliy sell varital beans which are all medium roast.

                          1. Maxmillion Jun 19, 2010 12:10 AM

                            Peets or Trader Joes.

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