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Jun 27, 2011 02:53 PM

Best coffee roaster?

I moved here from LA, where there was some really great, artisinal coffee being served up--and even a couple decent chains like Peet's and Coffee Bean.

Is there anyone here roasting some really good %#%?

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  1. Eternity's Roasters & Panther are the two I can think of - but there are rumors of more popping up later (aka 2012).

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      1. re: 1newyorkguy

        Don't know of any in Broward. If you're hard up Fresh Market sells beans from Peet's and Intelligentsia.

        Fresh Market
        18295 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

        1. re: lax2mia

          Publix also sells Peet's and their Major Dickason's blend is pretty good.

          1. re: freakerdude

            Peet's should definitely expand out here. If you ever get out to LA, you must go to the Conservatory for Coffee and Tea. They have a site that sells some of their beans.

        2. re: 1newyorkguy

          In Plantation, there is Senor Coffee on Sunrise Blvd, just west of University Drive. They roast in house, and have a small range of offerings. They also have a counter at New River Grove on Griffin Road and that shop also does its own roasting.

          I do dearly miss the Roasted Bean.. snif.

          Senor Coffee
          8353 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, FL 33322

      2. Eternity coffee really has there act together. They seem to roast delicious single origin coffees every day and the espresso bar has the coolest pour over system I have ever seen! I went a bit overboard since I drove from Broward and had a coffee from a Colombian farm called El Boton, followed by an amazing espresso... Was so in love I took 2 pounds home. Try it!

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        1. re: Miamiheat

          Do you prefer Eternity over Panther Coffee? I'm needing to pick a place out of these two (or any other place that roast their coffee in house) for a coffee snob.

        2. Oceana Coffee in Palm Beach County roast some decent coffee. Not sure where their beans are being sold around town but you can order direct:

          1. Are you looking for places to get a fresh brewed cup or the beans? If you are looking for beans for home use, many artisanal roasters will roast to order and ship out. For coffee at home, I buy from Paradise Roasters, and their coffee kicks some serious ace.

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            1. re: mikek

              Both. Definitely quality, single-origin, organic beans.

              1. re: 1newyorkguy

                Check out Paradise Roasters. They have the most 94+ ratings on coffee review, roast to order and shipping is only $3.

                1. re: mikek

                  I will..shipping is a big issue I see with some online roasters. 5 bucks is the cheapest option--but they say 5 to 8 business days before it arrives. That's eating into freshness time, especially since I'm the only one using the beans

                  Do you have any thoughts about Green Mountain Coffee's roasting? They have an organic Ethiopian that I was looking at.

                  1. re: 1newyorkguy

                    I have never had experience with Green Mountain.

                    Paradise gets there in 3 day shipping generally. Give em a shot.

                  2. re: mikek

                    I usually buy from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf site but the Paradise 'roast to order' sounds much better. And they are not rated like Paradise.

                    Paradise shipping was $3 for my entire order of (4) 1lb. bags. I was paying $14 S&H for 4 bags at the 'other' place.

                    1. re: freakerdude

                      I contacted a guy I used to buy from at farmer's markets in LA. He roasts everyday himself, all organic stuff. If anyone is around Plantation and wants to go in on a shipment with me, let me know. I'm going to get a sampler of his current stuff--Tasmanian, Ethiopian, Mexican, Nicaraguan.

                      1. re: 1newyorkguy

                        Origins I have tried so far:
                        Colombia NariƱo
                        Sumatra Mandheling
                        Bali Blue Moon
                        Tanzania Peaberry
                        Costa Rica La Cascada
                        Ethiopia Yirgacheffe
                        Papua New Guinea Sigri A

                        Tanzania Peaberry and Bali Blue Moon are my favs so far.

                        I just ordered 2 Sumatras, an El Salvador, and a Dominican from Paradise who were all rated 91 or higher from I did JUST notice that they are not 1lb bags but rather 12 oz., so it ends up being the same price as where I get 1lb bags and pay $14 for S&H

                        1. re: freakerdude

                          Yeah I think my guy is sending me that same Tanzanian and Ethiopian. He is a really great small-batch roaster, and only does organic.

                        2. re: 1newyorkguy

                          Not meaning to stir up any trouble, but it would be great for you to check out both Eternity and Panther if you can, because both are dealing in quality products locally and deserve a shot at your business.

                          1. re: taiga

                            I just did - and I find the Eternity coffee to be more bitter than the one from Panther. I believe it may be because Eternity roast them darker? I'm not sure. But they both are good quality coffee shops, and it seems like the Panther brand is proving to be more popular with its expansion into Miami Culinary Institute, Harry's, and other eateries.

                            1. re: mialebven

                              I like both and think we are luck to have them. I also enjoy Pasion de Cielo in the Gables.

                              1. re: mialebven

                                Bitterness is directly proportional to the level of roasting and water to coffee ratio. Some bean varieties have higher bitterness qualities as well.

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