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  • Minew Jun 22, 2011 11:16 AM
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Do any coffee shops in New Orleans roast their own coffee beans? I like to buy coffee ASAP after it's been roasted and preferably to see the roasting date right on the bag. In short, where can I buy ultra-freshly roasted coffee?

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  1. Bumping in hopes of freshly roasted coffee....

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    1. re: Minew

      Orleans Coffee Exchange, out near the airport in Kenner: http://www.orleanscoffee.com/

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        Thanks. I came across them but was unsure if they sold retail at the Kenner location. Is that on Industry Place or something like that? Didn't see an address on the site.

        Thanks again.

        1. re: Minew

          Minew, I noticed on your previous post about ethnic restaurants that you are new to the city. PJ's roasts locally and sells beans in all of their locations. I just buy Community at the grocery store, so I'm no expert! Call Rue de la Course to see where they get their beans, and that sphiffy pour over place in the cbd.

          1. re: marthasway

            I think that the coffee at Rue is dreadful. Not sure if it's their brewing method or the actual coffee.

            1. re: marthasway

              What spiffy pourover place?

              I've yet to find a decent place for espresso in NOLA . . . .

              1. re: zin1953

                Have you tried Velvet?

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  The short answer is "I don't think so."

                  The long answer is that I've been to several places on Magazine, but can't remember the names of them. Wasn't much point, as the espresso wasn't worth remembering. That said, there are (were?) two places on Magazine I've yet to try -- can't recall the name of either one at the moment -- but whenever I've been by one or the other, they've been closed (regardless of the posted hours). Perhaps one was Velvet.

                  My problem is that I've *never* had a great espresso/cappuccino in the same place twice. I once had a great shot from a Community Coffee location in the Quarter -- shocked the heck out of me! -- but went back to the same location two other times, and it was all-but-undrinkable. Same thing with La Divina Gelateria, Z'otz and Fair Grinds. There are some other nameless (as in "I-can't-remember-their-name") places I've been to that were disappointing enough from the start never to return . . . I've all but given up, and mostly drink coffee-and-chicory in my "second city."

                  But I'll definitely make it a point to move Velvet to the top of my list, and will let you know. At this point, however, it doesn't look like I'll be back until April . . . that sucks, but it can't be helped this year.

                  OTOH, my daughter told us before school let out for the summer that she has decided to go to Tulane. She said she discovered they have an equestrian team, so she called them up and found out she can bring her own horse, and apparently that settled it! Of course, she's just going into 10th grade, hasn't (obviously) taken her SATs, much less figured out what she wants to study . . . maybe she just wants up to get a place there so she can stay rent-free! ;^) Who knows!

                  Cheers,
                  Jason

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                  La Divina Gelateria
                  3005 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                2. re: zin1953

                  I'm by no means a connoisseur of espresso, but I've had a nice one at Brocato's in MidCity. Gorgeous old school espresso equipment, too.

              2. re: Minew

                Oh, and Velvet on Magazine has Intelligentsia and Stumptown beans, if you're into that.
                Orleans Coffee Exchange will sell retail directly from the roastery, but you should call in advance to ensure that what you want is available & packaged for pickup. OCE roasts for a number of restaurants and independent coffee & pastry shops.

          2. Minew, check out this list -- http://www.home-barista.com/coffees/l... -- and know that most roasters on that list will roast AND ship on the same day.

            My current favorite is Redbird.

            Cheers,
            Jason