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Jan 24, 2013 03:44 PM

Affordable coffee beans

Hi all,

I know who roasts the best coffee beans in LA (Klatch, Handsome, etc) but my problem is the cost of those beans. My wife would probably ban me from buying from Klatch (or any other premium roaster) if she knew I was spending $13-17 for 12 oz of coffee. So, LA coffee experts, where might I find good beans for a price that will keep my marriage together?

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    1. re: chewbacca

      If you are in a financial pinch, buying Armenian coffee on sale can be quite a lifesaver. It put coffee back in one friends life!

      And if you like a dark french roast, just get all dark (not half and half) at Jon's or any other market and you'll be sizzling away : )

    2. Check City Beans for cheap single origin stuff:

      Klatch (and Handsome) is borderline mental these days. Granted African beans simply cost more, but not everybody can afford $20/12 oz bags of Handsome.

      If you want something more interesting, Trystero prices are reasonable, and you get to specify your roast:

      Or you gotta find your own "coffee guy".

      1. I go to Supreme Bean in NoHo. They roast fresh daily, many different types for $12-17/pound. They also distribute (or roast for...) groundworks coffee.

        This is not 3rd wave single estate artisan coffee, but very good coffee nonetheless at reasonable prices.

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        1. re: ns1

          2nd Supreme Bean. It's worth noting they are not setup for retail so placing an order requires a light touch.

          Same prices as at any Groundwork location but a much better selection. Also, the Groundwork in Venice is better stocked than any of the others.

        2. Don't laugh, but there's a really tasty line of Central & South American beans at Target under the Archer Farms label. Guatemalan & Salvadoran light roasts are my faves; former is $7.50 for 12 oz., latter $8.50 for 10 oz. They are often sold out at the WeHo location.

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          1. re: katydid13

            Target often has quite a few specialty and limited edition beans throughout the year. But after a few tries, I've found their roasts to be uneven and not worthy of the beans. The only one I would purchase again was their Ice Coffee Blend...

            For something more along the line of third wave, with a nice fresh and local roast try Tierra Mia. They are perhaps the MOST under-rated coffee shop in the city... They are up there in price, but not nearly as spendy as Handsome and other boutique roasters...



            1. re: katydid13

              I'm quite surprised at your observation, although I respect your opinion. The couple times I've tried the Archer Farms coffee, I thought it was positively mediocre. In fairness, I don't recall what varieties I tried.

              I was quite surprised, as the Archer Farms products, in general, are quite upscale from the more pedestrian house branded (is that Market Pantry?) items.

              I had a cash-register-generated coupon for Archer Farms coffee that just expired a week or so ago, and had decided not to take advantage of it after my previous experiences.


            2. Conservatory for Coffee on Washington Blvd in Culver City has quality beans. They usually have a couple Ethiopian and Kenyan variations on hand ~15lb