Green Mountain coffee
I'm looking for locally available whole bean Green Mountain coffee, ideally the Sumatran Organic Reserve. According to their website, at least some of their varieties should be available in various So Cal grocery stores, but I haven't seen it. I live in Long Beach, but get out to the Valley at least once a month.
Long Beach is not so much a gourmet coffee wasteland. I don’t know about Green Mountain, but you can get excellent fresh, handcrafted, artisan-roasted varietals at:
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
5246 E. 2nd St.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Their Aged Sumatra is outstanding. I recently tried their Las Hermanas, produced by a 200+ member women’s co-op in Nicaragua, and found it exceptional. Peet’s maintains direct relationships with growers and is strongly commited to sustainability and fair trade practices.
If you must have Green Mountain and cannot find it locally, you know that you can order from them direct at:
I would prefer ordering it direct versus through Whole Foods or some other intermediary.
I called the local Whole Foods and was told they don't sell it. Did not think of asking them to order it; I can do that and see how much it would be compared to ordering it online.
I want to get Green Mountain only because Consumer Reports had an article which reported that their Sumatran coffee was good. It is already our favorite variety, Green Mountain is Fair Trade (the only kind we buy), so it seem worth trying.
If you ever get down to Los Angeles check out The Conservatory for Coffee and Tea. They roast in house and have really good stuff. In the other direction Kean Coffee is out in Newport IIRC
2043 Westcliff Dr Ste 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Conservatory For Coffee
10117 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
I don't know, CR is good for some stuff maybe but often when they rate stuff they exclude some of the best because it is too regional. If you find what you are looking for I'd say try it for yourself and let your own taste decide! If your going to order coffee online I strongly recommend Blue Bottle based in Oakland, CA as it is my current favorite and I order from them on a regular basis.
Another source that I have tried for three of their coffees is Raven's Brew Coffee from Ketchikan, AK which has very good darker roasted coffees and hilarious artwork!