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Aug 11, 2012 11:49 AM

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!

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  1. Good coffee is surprisingly hard to find here. And for good tea, the only place 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.

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    1. re: comestible

      Either or would be fine. It's just a pain in the butt to mail order from Manhattan or Brooklyn, they all charge double. It won't be so bad once I can take the baby out and about. I have at least 2 weeks until I get the OK from the doctor.

      1. re: MrsT

        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.

    2. What's wrong with Dunkin Donuts' beans? I buy them all the time and my guests tell me I make the best coffee around.

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        1. re: BMartin

          This place is on SI and they supply many of the gourmet shops all over the city. You can order it on line and have it delivered.

      1. Gloria Jeans coffee has a store on the upper level, JC Penny wing. You can get you favorite coffee there. Check their web site to see what they are all about.