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.
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.
1915 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
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
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.
Want custom roast with single origin beans? Trystero is your friend: http://trysterocoffee.com/
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.
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
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
Martin Diedrich—the guy originally behind Diedrich's—now runs Kean Coffee in Newport Beach and Tustin and is not affiliated with Diedrich Coffee at all. I don't know if the Diedrich's coffee roasterie is open to the public.
Kean, as I said upthread, does not do much with dark roast. He believes lighter roasts reveal the coffee's flavour more accurately.
2043 Westcliff Dr Ste 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660
300 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92805
There is a mini coffee revolution going on in LA, and there are many worthy places to buy beans.
Cafe Tomo, West LA
11309 Mississippi Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Recently opened, they roast beans on site
Spring for Coffee, Downtown
548 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
They carry Stumptown from OR
Coffeebar LA, Downtown
600 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
They carry a variety of beans from SF and OR roasters: Verve, Sightglass etc
Chimney Brick Toast Coffee House, Downtown
1100 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
They carry Counter Culture from North Carolina that I love.
Cognoscenti Coffee at Proof Bakery, Atwater Village
3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
They carry Four Barrel from SF
Broome St General Store
2912 Rowena Ave.,
Gimme Coffee from NYC
Coffee Commissary, West Hollywood
801 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
They got Coava!! From Portland
And last by not least, Handsome Coffee Roaster, they literally just started but it's fantastic based on what I've tried. Actually that's what I'm drinking right now.
801 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
I get all my coffee beans from Jones Coffee in Pasadena. They carry a variety of beans of various origin for their blends, and a lot of beans from their family's own plantation in Guatemala. All roast levels available.If you order early enough in the day on their web site, UPS will be delivering the beans the next day.
I would definitly take a look at the Funnel Mill in Santa Monica, they have a great selection of rare coffee strands. You could also buy them buy the cup and try them out while there.
930 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
i can't rave enough about cafecito organico coffees. they are absolutely delicious, not to mention organically and sustainably grown, with very distinct flavor profiles in each variety. my favorites are the el salvador and ethiopia. plus they have a location next to scoops so you have an excuse to drop by and get some chocolate guinness ice cream to go with your espresso.
I sampled some "Dark Roast" at Trader Joe's last week. I'm no coffee conoisseur, but it tasted pretty darn good to me. It was billed as "100% Arabica". Maybe a blend?
Conservatory for Coffee Tea and Cocoa in Culver City. They have a variety of beans and roasts, they do all the roasts themselves in house, in smallish batches. I've never seen them sell beans older than 2 days (2 days can be good because some/most beans time to degas).
Intelligentsia (any location) and Spring for Coffee (which carries Intelligentsia, Blue Bottle, Stumptown, Ritual, and possibly others) are the places I recommend for picking beans up in person. I will also note that you can also purchase great beans, roasted recently, online from a few top-notch purveyors. See, e.g., http://www.terroircoffee.com/ Let me also mention another useful site: http://www.coffeereview.com/