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Apr 23, 2011 04:41 AM

French roast coffee in NYC

I just returned from a week in Pairs where I really enjoyed drinking the coffee. I'd like to duplicate the experience back home and am wondering where to get the best French roast coffee, either in a specialty food shop (i.e. Zabars, Dean & Deluca, etc) or from a local coffee "boutique" (i.e. Blue Bottle). Does anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. I am not a coffee drinker, but when my husband was in a situation similar to yours, we went to McNulty's Tea and Coffee Co. (109 Christopher Street). They have a great selection and were very helpful. They explained that it''s illegal to roast coffee in NYC (even though some run the risk), so their coffee is roasted in NJ.

    McNulty's Tea & Coffee
    109 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. Porto Rico on Bleeker does their own blends and roasts their beans fresh every day. That's where I buy my beans for espresso, but they have all kinds of beans and roasts. You're sure to find something you'll like.

      Porto Rico Importing Co.
      201 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: edwardspk

        I've been to Porto Rico. But was so overwhelmed by the choices, I left without purchasing anything. I'll give it another try. Thanks!

        1. re: missem500

          I had the same experience at Porto Rico. They have such a huge selection, but there aren't really any descriptions for any of the roasts, so you kind of have to guess based on what the beans look like.

          Recently I've been getting a lot of my coffee from 9th Street Espresso in Chelsea Market. Their beans are pricey but good, but their selection varies from day to day so it's a little unpredictable. I also like Gimme! Coffee, but it's not near me at all.

          Ninth Street Espresso
          75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          Gimme! Coffee
          228 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

      2. this recent thread is really informative and helpful:

        1. I received some Blue Bottle coffee as a gift and was totally underwhelmed, especially given what it sells for. All hype and no flavor...I have been partial to Peet's Major Dickison blend, sold at Gourmet Garage among others, but recently got a Nespresso, which is the closest thing I've had to great French or Italian coffee.