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Sep 16, 2012 10:38 PM

Where To Get Above Average Whole Bean Decaf in Queens?

I know there is a plethora of fresh roasters in Manhattan, but on those weeks that I can't make it in, is there any place to find fresh roasted decaf in Queens that is a measure above Starbucks / Trader Joe's / Fairway fare?

Using a Frieling Press and prefer a roast anywhere from medium to espresso as long as it is not at all sour.

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  1. Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights sells Gimme! Coffee beans, but the motherlode can be found at LIC's Sweetleaf, selling beans from a rotating cast of roasters including Sightglass, Counter Culture, Stumptown, Ritual, Madcap, and more. Lucid Cafe in Woodside offers Counter Culture, but I can't remember if they sell retail beans. Some of the above-mentioned beans are most likely decaf - I would call to confirm.

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    1. re: Peter Cuce

      Thanks so much for the insights!

      Will definitely check out Espresso 77. LIC is not really any easier to get to for me than Manhattan itself unfortunately.

      You wouldn't happen to know any place a bit further out in the Forest Hills / Kew Gardens vicinity would you?

      1. re: NuMystic

        The list above comprises all of the specialty coffee shops in Queens (afaik) except for the new Cafe De Cupping in Murray Hill, but I don't remember there being any retail beans on the shelves when I went this past weekend.

        1. re: Peter Cuce

          You can add Odradek's in Kew Gardens near the westbound LIRR platform. They do pour overs, cold brewed, and a number of other options, but alas no whole bean by the pound.

          1. re: NuMystic

            Do you know which coffee roaster they use?

            1. re: Peter Cuce

              Forty Ninth Parallel, and just found out that they do sell by the pound. Bonus!

              1. re: NuMystic

                Yeah I stopped by there today and discovered that they do sell retail beans. Not sure I'd avail myself of their prepared coffee unless I lived nearby, however.

                1. re: Peter Cuce


                  $17 a pound can probably procure much better right here in Queens and surely by mail order, but being that I live upstairs from them it will be nice on those occasions when I can't get further afield.

                  I enjoy the place, their staff, and had a few cups of stellar coffee, yet my last was almost undrinkable. (sour)

                  Not sure if it was down to the coffee that day, or the barista.

          2. re: Peter Cuce

            Checked Cafe De Cupping, no coffee beans out that I saw. Might be able to ask but doesn't seem like it.