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Best local coffee roaster? (Eastern Conn)

EmmaKnightley Sep 20, 2013 01:40 PM

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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    jcanino RE: EmmaKnightley Sep 20, 2013 01:56 PM

    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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      EmmaKnightley RE: jcanino Sep 21, 2013 06:49 AM

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

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        mels RE: jcanino Dec 3, 2013 12:38 PM

        Daybreak is indeed fantastic. I love their French Roast.

      2. kattyeyes RE: EmmaKnightley Sep 21, 2013 02:29 PM

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

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          EmmaKnightley RE: kattyeyes Nov 28, 2013 08:38 PM

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

        2. srgoodman RE: EmmaKnightley Sep 26, 2013 01:50 PM

          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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            EmmaKnightley RE: srgoodman Nov 28, 2013 08:38 PM

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

            I liked Stumptown and Fonté from Seattle.

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            femmedeau RE: EmmaKnightley Nov 29, 2013 09:33 AM

            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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              EmmaKnightley RE: femmedeau Nov 29, 2013 02:59 PM

              Thank you!

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              Alfred G RE: EmmaKnightley Nov 29, 2013 03:12 PM

              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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                EmmaKnightley RE: Alfred G Dec 1, 2013 09:03 PM

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

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                  Alfred G RE: EmmaKnightley Dec 7, 2013 04:57 PM

                  Several but I love Barrington Gold espresso roast.

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                RhodyRedHen RE: EmmaKnightley Dec 2, 2013 09:27 AM

                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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                  EmmaKnightley RE: RhodyRedHen Dec 3, 2013 02:08 PM

                  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.

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                    RhodyRedHen RE: EmmaKnightley Dec 4, 2013 11:51 AM

                    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. Science Chick RE: EmmaKnightley Dec 3, 2013 10:14 AM

                  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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                    EmmaKnightley RE: Science Chick Dec 3, 2013 02:09 PM

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

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                      Science Chick RE: EmmaKnightley Dec 4, 2013 08:14 AM

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

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                        RhodyRedHen RE: Science Chick Dec 4, 2013 11:46 AM

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

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                          EmmaKnightley RE: RhodyRedHen Dec 7, 2013 11:09 PM

                          This is amazing.

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                    MsHoneyB RE: EmmaKnightley Jan 17, 2014 05:20 AM

                    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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                      kattyeyes RE: MsHoneyB Jan 17, 2014 07:39 AM

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

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