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Best place to buy vacuum-sealed coffee beans

ah6tyfour Feb 8, 2014 01:13 PM

I'm going to be in New York and want to bring some good coffee back home with me. Looking for the best place to get great tasting, fresh beans that are vacuum sealed.

I assume Stumptown would be a safe bet. But any other ideas? I have read on these forums that many people like Fairway Market, but it looks like you just put what you want into a bag and they weigh it. Do they sell pre-sealed packages or offer vaccum sealing?

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  1. exploringny RE: ah6tyfour Feb 8, 2014 01:17 PM

    Oren's Daily Roast is another place you should definitely try out. They have a few locations so its relatively easy to find one close.


    1. Ttrockwood RE: ah6tyfour Feb 8, 2014 02:00 PM

      Are you looking for coffee exclusive to nyc?
      Stumptown is excellent yet did not originate here.
      Cafe grumpy roasts their own beans:
      Ninth st espresso also roasts their own beans, i'm not sure if they are sold vacuum sealed:

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        ah6tyfour RE: Ttrockwood Feb 8, 2014 02:30 PM

        It would be nice if it was roasted fresh in NY and vacuum sealed, but it does't necessarily need to be from NY. Stumptown is not sold where I am from, so if it's the best, I wouldn't mind getting it.

        Does anyone know if I can carry loose coffee onto the plane? If so, I guess it does't really need to be vacuum-sealed either.

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          Ttrockwood RE: ah6tyfour Feb 8, 2014 03:25 PM

          Yes, coffee beans in the regular sealed bag from coffee shops will be fine, just close in a large ziplock so your wardrobe isn't coffe scented ;)
          Stumptown, cafe grumpy and 9th st espresso would all be a lovely gift. If the recievers are "into" coffee sumptown has more name recognition.

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            ah6tyfour RE: Ttrockwood Feb 8, 2014 04:04 PM

            Thanks! In that case, I'm not restricted at all and can just buy a pound at a few different places.

            I think I'm going to end up with Stumptown for gifts and a variety of beans from different roasters for myself.

            I'll have to be sure to pack a few 1-gallon Ziplocks (or maybe the 1 quart freezer bags would be better).

            Or maybe I can bring all the beans to WD-50 and ask Wylie Dufresne to vacuum seal them for me. He must have a chamber vac, right?

      2. Peter Cuce RE: ah6tyfour Feb 8, 2014 03:33 PM

        Ninth Street doesn't roast their own - it is a custom blend from Dallis.
        Local roasters I recommend include Cafe Grumpy, Parlor Coffee, and Stumptown.

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          ah6tyfour RE: Peter Cuce Feb 8, 2014 04:06 PM

          Thanks, I might try all three of those.

          Is Stumptown's roasting facility in Brooklyn open to the public? I'd love to take a peek inside and also buy coffee straight from the source.

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            Peter Cuce RE: ah6tyfour Feb 8, 2014 06:41 PM

            It used to be but now I'm not sure. Cafe Grumpy's roastery is in Greenpoint and is fronted by their cafe. Parlor is getting close to opening to the public. You might want to contact them as well as Stumptown and find out if a visit is possible.

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          Mauimike RE: ah6tyfour Feb 9, 2014 11:55 AM

          If you like Italian style espresso I highly recommend Zibetto 1385 6 Ave. they sell their own beans there. Otherwise Ninth street espresso and counter culture is my recommendation. Btw Timeout mag had a great subway map to NYC best coffee shops a few days ago.

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            small h RE: ah6tyfour Feb 9, 2014 04:54 PM

            Roasting Plant.


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