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Oct 24, 2011 10:34 AM

Tradewinds Coffee in Raleigh closing

This is their last week, next monday last day. I have been buying coffee from them for years and will miss them. They always had fresh well roasted coffee at affordable prices.

I now need a new source for coffee, any suggestions?

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  1. There's New World Coffee House on Pleasant Valley Dr just down from the Blockbuster for North Raleigh. Also, It's a Grind is located in the Quail Corners shopping center at Millbrook/Falls of Neuse.

    Plenty downtown: Cafe Helios, Global Village, Sosta, Cup a Joe, etc.

    Cup a Joe
    3100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

    Sosta Cafe
    130 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    5 Replies
    1. re: Leadmine

      Those are all coffee bars. Do they also sell whole bean coffee? Tradewinds is/was a roaster who roasted their own and sold both wholesale and retail. I will truly miss them (and their Ethiopian coffees).

      1. re: rockycat

        Ah! Gotcha. Sorry for my confusion there.

        In that case I'd recommend Counter Culture since you don't like Larry's. They're in Durham and I think their coffee is very good. They do regular tours/tastings weekly I think.

        Counter Culture
        4911 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713

      2. re: Leadmine

        I know that Cup a Joe roasts their own, and I always found their coffee to be over roasted like Starbucks, also I don't find Larry's beans to be all that good.

        Cup a Joe
        3100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

        1. re: chazzer

          I don't understand your comment regarding Cup a Joe's coffee being over roasted. Joe Van Gogh, who owns Cup a Joe, roasts his coffees to different levels depending on what I presume he thinks is best for a given coffee variety. So if you like a less roasted coffee-- which I do to-- just pick one of his city roast coffees. For example, I like his Costa Rican Doka city roast (although it was called Dota when I visited CR). I agree on the Counter Culture suggestion, although they can be a few bucks more expensive than other local roasters, presumably because they are now a nationally recognized premium brand. I'll throw another suggestion out there: check out Carrboro Coffee Co. Only thing is, you'll have to head over to Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro or Caffe Driade in Chapel Hill, both owned by CCC, to buy their coffee. Well worth it IMO because both are sublime for their coffee and unique but very different atmospheres.

          1. re: bbqme

            My comment relates to the old Cup a Joe's in quail corners shopping center, I found their coffee to be undrinkable. I do like Counter Culture, but find them to be a bit pricey, especially since they package in 14 oz bags and not ld bags.

      3. I don't drink coffee, but a friend of mine is a roaster. 8thsin

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        1. re: zuklaak

          Thanks I liked what was on the website.

          1. re: chazzer

            I order my coffee online. A small company called "rhema roast" has outstanding coffee. A buddy of mine told me about them. I've been drinking it ever since. Their original blend is very good.

        2. Muddy Dog Roasters in Morrisville has been getting good press lately. They roast in small batches and every other Thursday they produce a light roast which is about as far from Starbucks as you can get. I haven't tried their product yet, but I'll be there in the morning.

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          1. re: blewgo

            Thanks, I was already planning on trying them when I run out of all the beans I vacuum packed and froze from tradwinds during their last week.