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Where to find good whole bean coffee in Montgomery County, MD?

We've just moved to the area from North Carolina and are trying to get the lay of the land. I was used to going to the Whole Foods and Southern Season stores in Chapel Hill for a great selection of coffee, but when we stopped by the Whole Foods in the Kentlands a couple of weeks ago, their whole bean coffee selection was sorely lacking.

I checked out a thread here and read about Mayorga, Zekes, Second Swings as some local roasters. Anyone know what retail stores in Montgomery County sell any of these brands, apart from actually visiting their stores?

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  1. You can buy Mayorga directly from the Southlawn lane location where they roast.
    Not sure about the days/hours when they are open to the public, I'm sure a call or website visit would tell you.

    Southlawn lane is about 15 minutes from the Kentlands

    1. Whole Foods (at least the ones in Virginia) carries Swing's. You might try calling another one. Quartermaine's is another local roaster. Headquarters/roaster is in Rockville, and they have a few retail outlets. I've seen one or two of their blends in Whole Foods also.

      http://www.quartermaine.com

      1. I agree with mdfoodlover about visiting the Mayorga warehouse/roaster. It's on the far side of an industrial park [think cement plants] where the road looks like it's either coming to a deadend or heading off into the woods. They'll have a limited selection of the week’s overruns at good prices, but they're only open Thursday & Friday 12pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

        Y'all are probably closer to their King Farm coffee shop. Drop by and check out some of their roasts before heading to the warehouse. http://www.mayorgacoffee.com/about/re... or buying a big bag at Costco.

        1. I'm new to Montgomery Village and so far have been buying my coffee at Trader Joe's. I'd be interested in hearing how you fare. I'd even join you for Coffee one Sunday morning. When you were in Kentland's did you see chloes coffee - I think on Main Street. http://www.chloescoffee.net/ The Yelp reviews are positive.

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          1. re: GraydonCarter

            Chloe's doesn't sell their beans, do they?

            Speaking of the Kentlands, have you been to SpagnVola? I had the best cappuccino I've ever had (outside of Italy).

          2. I go to Quartermaine. There's a location in downtown Bethesda and one in North Bethesda, plus you can also get it at (some) Whole Foods.
            http://www.quartermaine.com/

            1. Sam's Club in Gaithersburg has a small selection of Mayorga whole bean coffees. It's sold in 2.5 pound bags. You can grind it yourself Sam's if you want. Pretty sure it's cheaper than buying it at the Mayorga warehouse in Rockville, or at Giant or the King Farm Mayorga shop.

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              1. re: kolomya

                For reference, Total Wine also carries Mayorga in both 1 and 2.5 pound bags, and it's cheaper per pound that the better grocery store coffees even when they're on sale. I didn't include that source in my first post because their only local stores are in Virginia. But if you're there, it's a good place to buy a decent local coffee.

              2. Dublin Roasters is in Frederick, but they also sell at the Sunday Bethesda Farmers market.

                (FWIW, I mail order from Peets, though).

                1. Welcome to DC, TarHeeled Texan!

                  Not sure where you live, but if you're near White Flint Mall on Rockville Pike in Rockville (i think the actual address may be North Bethesda or even Kensington), check out Mom's Organic Market (MOM's) on Nicholson Lane. They have excellent bulk coffee at good prices.

                  We typically get our coffee at MOM's and Mayorga. Try the "Arts and Humanities" blend and the Cafe Cubano at Mayorga -- good stuff!

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                  1. re: Transplanted Texan

                    Thanks for all of the replies! I picked up a bag of Mayorga at Whole Foods weekend before last. Pretty decent stuff. I should have checked this thread again before this weekend, because we were in North Bethesda on Sunday.

                    I need to get my mindset away from the style of coffee selection I was used to getting back in Chapel Hill, where the Whole Foods and a place called Southern Season each had easily 30-40+ bulk whole bean coffees arrayed in one place. It seems that up here, one has to do a bit more searching, going to individual roasters. I've heard of Quartermaine's before, so they're next on my list to try.

                    Also, not being able to buy beer or wine in the grocery store is crazy weird! I'd love to go by a Total Wine, but I'm not going to drive to Virginia to do it.

                    1. re: TarHeeledTexan

                      Ooh, Quartermaine's roasting plant is in Rockville. Nice.

                      You need to go to an ABC-type store to buy liquor in MoCo. Not as bad as Salt Lake City, where the ABC stores close at 5pm. I stock up whenever I'm in NJ. The taxes here are too high.

                      I remember when Wake County was dry - no liquor by the drink...

                      1. re: TarHeeledTexan

                        Hate to bring you down, TarHeeled Tex, but you're going to find a LOT of things you miss, living up this close to the Mason Dixon line. Barbecue being one, really good coffee all in one place (which I really don't understand), and good southern food. And that MoCo peculiarity, the inability to buy really good microbrews and/or wine in grocery stores.

                        Although you can buy beer and wine at some grocery stores, such as Shoppers Food Warehouse in Germantown and Magruders in Gaithersburg. MOM's also sells wine and beer, although it doesn't have quite the selection of the first two stores.

                        1. re: Transplanted Texan

                          TransTex,

                          I knew that BBQ would be a biggie moving here. I have found the Black Hog, though, in Frederick, which has decent brisket and North Carolina BBQ.

                          One thing that is much better here than in NC is the selection of local donut shops. The Raleigh-Durham area, and North Carolina in general, is a wasteland for non-corporate donuts. I've hit Royal Bagel Bakery and Deli in Germantown numerous times and Yummy Donuts off of Muncaster Mill Road makes some good ones as well. There's plenty of others I haven't even tried yet. It's been a long time since I lived in Texas, but I remember local donut shops in Houston and Austin in the 80s and 90s being pretty common.

                          Thanks for the heads up on Shoppers Food, Magruders, and MOMs.

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                          Royal Bagel
                          19725 Germantown Rd, Germantown, MD 20874

                          1. re: TarHeeledTexan

                            If you were a transplanted New Yorker, I'd tell you to be sure to go back to Royal Bagel for lunch. These sandwiches are very close to the genuiine article. Went there again today.

                            1. re: GraydonCarter

                              I ate there for lunch yesterday myself! I'm a big fan of Royal Bagel, be it donuts, bagels, or sandwiches.

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                              Royal Bagel
                              19725 Germantown Rd, Germantown, MD 20874

                            2. re: TarHeeledTexan

                              Yes, great donuts are few and far between around here. If you get a chance to go to York, PA, try Maple Donuts, a chain there.

                              Another thing I miss is kolaches! They simply don't know what they are around here, although rumor has it there's a place in Ellicott City that sells them on the weekends.

                              1. re: Transplanted Texan

                                Oooooh kolaches! My two main places were the Czech Stop off of I-35 near Waco and a place in Lagrange on US 71 between Austin and I-10. Delicious!