Coffee on Staten Island
I just moved to Staten Island and am essentially under house arrest with a newborn and can't get to my favorite coffee roasters in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Are there any places that sell good beans. All I have seen so far is Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts!
Good coffee is surprisingly hard to find here. And for good tea, the only place is...my house!
There are places that call themselves coffeehouses, but I think they will not serve really fine coffee unless their customers push for it. It's hard to tell your business owner to buy better coffee, but that's the only way it will happen.
I drink far less coffee than I used to...I look for a place that offers Lavazza or Illy espresso and know it will be decent. But I think you are looking for a level higher.
You might try Beans and Leaves (or is it Leaves and Beans?) on Forest Ave. A pleasant enough place to sit, I had a French press pot there and it was O.K., better than Starbucks I think. There may be other places I don't know.
The Full Cup in Stapleton has potential, but their coffee isn't really at the level you want. This is the kind of place that needs to be told it's not good enough....
End of rant. If you hear of a good spot, let us all know!
P.S. i reread your post and realized you are looking for beans. I'd do mail order from your Manhattan or Brooklyn roasters, or elsewhere in the country. I always did that when I was a coffee hound.
Hi again, MrsT. I forgot to mention that my local supermarket (and probably others) carries Peet's Coffees in the bean (Waldbaums in Rosebank) and it can be ground on premises. At least, I assume it's still there; I haven't checked the coffee aisle lately.
However, it's not nearly as fresh as ordering from the West Coast.