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Jul 10, 2011 03:38 PM

Medium to Dark Roast Coffee, Whole Beans

I've been using Black Gold Organic coffee from Groundworks for a while now.
I like medium to dark roast style of whole beans, have a good burr coffee mill at home to grind the beans fresh.

Any suggestions for favorite medium to dark roast whole beans where I can buy anywhere in So Cali?
I'm open to San Diego to Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, local coffee roasters.
Mail order is fine but its nice to visit the location to pick up the beans.

Tried a bag of Old Grandpa organic from Urth Caffe once, it was pretty good but pricey.

I pick up beans in SF from Philz and Blue Bottle when I am up there.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. The Oaks roasts their coffee frequently, and will actually roast it to order. We had a delicious French roasted Sumatra Mandeeling last week. It's obviously a dark roast, very rich and flavorful. They also have other beans and roasts. And as a bonus, the service seems to have improved a little.

    We've also had good luck with The Conservancy in Culver City.

    We've had a couple of bad experiences with Blue Bottle, so we're going local for a while.

    Oaks Gourmet
    1915 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

    1. another vote for the Conservatory in Culver City. they roast their beans in-house, and the employees are helpful and friendly. i'm also partial to the beans at Kings Road Cafe - they roast their own as well.

      Kings Road Cafe
      8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      Conservatory For Coffee
      10117 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      1. The oldest coffee house in Santa Barbara is Vices & Spices at Ontare & State. I visit daily on my yearly trip to Santa Barbara. They have a very interesting blend, humorously termed Obama Blend, consisting of Hawaiian, Indonesian, and Kenyan. The combo works, and I think fits your requirements.


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        1. re: ArtShapiro

          Want custom roast with single origin beans? Trystero is your friend:

          Small batch, fresh roast, shipped immediately. $19 for 14 oz shipped. Cheaper than NW/Central Coast roasting co (unless you go through ROASTe


          They have a Sumatra Mandheling Red Badger in stock as we speak.

          1. re: TonyC

            Thanks Tony. The Red Badger is pretty nice, more info on the site. I just wanted to note that as of yesterday we've dropped our shipping cost so bags are $17.50 shipped.


        2. I buy and really enjoy the Peerless Coffee - Hawaiian Island Blend (Medium and Dark Roast Beans) I get in 2lb bags at Smart & Final. Flame away...

          Smart & Final
          10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          1. Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa, just off the 405. I'd suggest Kean but he doesn't do dark roast—he's one of the light-roast disciples. (Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks.)

            Portola Coffee Lab
            3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626