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Best local coffee roaster? (Eastern Conn)

Hi all,

I'm brand new to CT (and NE in general) and I love my coffee. I'd like to find a good local roaster I can buy from instead of getting the pre-packaged stuff at the supermarket. I live in Norwich and work in Willimantic -- any suggestions for good coffee roasters nearby? Or others that deliver/mail? (I used to order from a place in Seattle, but I figure that's a bit extreme now that I don't live on the west coast.)

Thanks!! (And thanks also for posting your food finds here on this board. I'll be making use of them!)

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  1. I hear that Daybreak Coffee Roasters in Glastonbury is very good. Personally, I order our coffee from a roaster in Costa Rica. We were on vacation there several years ago and found this little place that was highly recommended by the locals. I have not bought coffee locally since 2007 now. They offer specials all throughout the year.


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    1. re: jcanino

      Thanks for the rec! Costa Rica is pretty far though :)

      1. re: jcanino

        Daybreak is indeed fantastic. I love their French Roast.

      2. Welcome to the Land of Steady Habits! I highly recommend Bean & Leaf in New London. Good stuff.

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        1. re: kattyeyes

          Awesome, that's relatively close to me! Thanks!

        2. Can't help you on a local roaster you can visit. However, CT is one business day delivery (via UPS Ground) from both NYC and Boston. In the Boston area (where I live) my favorites are George Howell and Barismo.


          Who did you like in Seattle? When I visited there a few years ago, my favorites were Zoka and Victrola.

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          1. re: srgoodman

            Thanks for those! I'll give them a try some time.

            I liked Stumptown and Fonté from Seattle.

          2. I'm a great fan of Ashlawn Farm http://farmcoffee.com
            in Old Lyme. Their website tells you where it is sold locally.

            In New Haven and Branford we have Willoughby's which is very popular also.

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            1. Check out Barrington Coffee's web site. www.barringtoncoffee.com. I live in Florida and buy my coffee from them. Excellent! If you like espresso try the Barrington Gold.

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              1. re: Alfred G

                Thanks! Wow, no good coffee roasters closer to you??

                1. re: EmmaKnightley

                  Several but I love Barrington Gold espresso roast.

              2. Welcome to NE, EmmaKnightley (love the screenname, by the way...) I LOVE New Harvest Coffee Roasters based out of Pawtucket, RI. http://www.newharvestcoffee.com/ They are serious about their craft, and for my money, their coffee is the best in southern New England. New Harvest coffee is available in many restaurants and speciality shops around the area, but the very freshest beans obviously come straight from the source. I believe they ship direct from their website.
                If you're ever up in Providence, they also have a brand new cafe/cocktail bar in the historic Arcade downtown--a potent combination of beauty and deliciousness!

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                1. re: RhodyRedHen

                  Thanks for the welcome!

                  I actually currently order from New Harvest! They are great, but I'm excited to try out these other recommendations as well. And yes, I've visited their location... in the Artiste Village, right? I was actually pretty confused because I went in the middle of the week and there was no one inside the building. Strange place for a coffee shop, but cool.

                  1. re: EmmaKnightley

                    That's their home location in Hope Artiste Village. Their new place is right in the heart of downtown Providence in the Arcade building--newly renovated and highly historic, the oldest indoor shopping center in the country. It's lovely, and New Harvest outpost of always hopping with coffee drinkers by day and spirits sippers by night.

                    Since it sounds like you're up in Rhode Island from time to time, definitely check out Coffee Exchange on Wickenden Street too. They have great roasts for sale, and it's a local institution. I think they've been open 30 years, at least, and it's a daily packed house of serious coffee lovers.

                2. Not CT exactly, but you should checkout Coastal Roasters in Tiverton, RI. Awesome roast job, small batches. Well worth the nice drive there from Norwich. Sits right on the bay across from Newport with a stellar coffeeshop. And if you continue down the penninsula on Rt. 77 you will be treated to lovely vistas and nice little shops down in Little Compton. Really one of our favorite places to visit and have a coffee with a view.

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                  1. re: Science Chick

                    Thanks for the rec! I'm from Los Angeles so I'm amused that there's a place here called Little Compton...

                    1. re: EmmaKnightley

                      Ha! Hardly comparable, though. Little Compton, RI is quite high-brow!

                      1. re: Science Chick

                        The irony was perfectly captured by Asher Schofield. All his town prints are fabulous, actually.

                  2. I live in New London, spend lots of time in Providence (great place) and around Glastonbury. Total coffee fanatic, but everyone's tastes differ. My favorites really vary with what I am brewing (espresso, aeropress or pourover) Also I tend to like South American. With that disclaimer local coffees: SoGo (Glastonbury), Zen Roasters (Middletown) -- they sell at Foodworks in OS and places in Middletown, Dave's (Charlestown) found at Fiddleheads and Washington St. Coffee Shop in New London. I like some Ashlawn (Old Saybrook) and had a very good Daterra recently. I love Barrington Gold, but the only place I know of it being used is at Northampton Roasters or in Brookline. Shipping seems wicked expensive. In Boston we also love George Howell coffee. Welcome to New England.

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                    1. re: MsHoneyB

                      SoG in South Glastonbury (thus SoG) is excellent, I concur. :)