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ISO Amazing Coffee for Home

I love coffee.

Not a little, but a lot. When I think back on some of my favorite experiences they are even better when I can say "And the coffee was fantastic!"

I don't care for Starbucks, though I'll drink it in moments of desperation. I think the regular roast is too dark - almost burned. But most places serve way too light a roast, and still more leave a lot of the dud beans in the blend so the coffee has off flavors.

I've been buying my coffee out of state for the past ten years - at a place near where I grew up. Unfortunately they just changed their roast and it is a) not as dark b) has more of the duds in it and c) is just mediocre. Sadly, I bought 6 lbs of it. Anyway. I need to find another coffee.

I live in mid/lower Westchester. Scarsdale, White Plains, Edgemont, Hartsdale, Northern New Rochelle - all really convenient. I'm on a desperate hunt. For the record I've had the coffee from Balducci's (not impressed) and from Zabar's (better than Balducci's, but it didn't bowl me over). Surprisingly liked the Elite Turkish Coffee blend that can be purchased in the market, but would prefer to find something I can buy fresh. I'm providing this information so you know what I"m looking for - a delicious, medium to dark roast that can be brewed as a strong cup and will be delicious.

Please throw out suggestions!

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  1. Have you tried Fairway? I prefer their Blue Mountain or African light roasts, but have had some gorgeous dark occasionally by accident.

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    1. re: coll

      fairway is a great suggestion for this. they have a location right in that area with have lots of choices. we buy their bennie's blend exclusively.

      out of curiosity, how do you prepare your java at home? we have a capresso unit that we love.

      1. re: coll

        At Fairway, you get stale coffee if you're not careful to ask when it was roasted. They keep it a month, though will try to tell you a week. I had it out with them after buying samples of a bunch of coffees that had little aroma upon opening, and no flavor no matter how strong I made them, so now they know to tell me the right roasting date and steer me away from stale. If it's something that moves a lot, it may be ok, but most of it sits there in the open barrels out gassing and is not worth anything, IMO.

        1. re: mcf

          MCF- this was my experience too. I heard great things about Fairway coffee and then - it's kind of out of my way - I went there to get some and it was disappointingly stale.

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        1. Get some beans from (or find a place that serves) Coffee Labs beans from Tarrytown.

          1. I've given up. I order mine from Boyd's. This is the one I get but there are many options.

            http://www.boyds.com/coffee/organic-c...

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            1. re: wincountrygirl

              Trader Joes breakfast blend made in capresso using strong setting. can't beat the price. deep & mellow...

            2. I like Jim's Organic. Lately, I've been loving the Wonderbrew. If you ever need a decaf, there are few better tasting coffees than their Together decaf, a blend that's very smooth, rich and well balanced.

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              1. re: mcf

                I don't drink coffee but my wife is particular about it, we have a good grinder and a french press. She buys a lot of coffee at the Black Cow in Croton, but that's a hike for you. How about Stew Leonards? She says they do a pretty good job.

                1. re: vinouspleasure

                  I live on Long Island; the only Stew Leonards I know is a wine store. :-)