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Feb 8, 2014 01:13 PM

Best place to buy vacuum-sealed coffee beans

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. 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. 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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      1. re: Ttrockwood

        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.

        1. re: ah6tyfour

          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.

          1. re: Ttrockwood

            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. 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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        1. re: Peter Cuce

          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.

          1. re: ah6tyfour

            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.

        2. 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.