Where to get best fresh roasted coffee beans?
I am not a coffee drinker, but I have one visiting soon. He roasts his own beans at home, but he swears that the only thing he is snobby about is that the beans he uses for coffee must be freshly roasted (24 hours to 5 days). If it matters, he prefers mellow brews with chocolate notes.
Where am I to purchase these magical beans in the DC/NoVA area? Swings? Misha's?
Java House at 1645 Q St., NW
But I would call before going to see what they have fresh.
I love Ceremony coffee, they're in Annapolis but they are stocked in wholefoods (roasting dates displayed) and also online: http://ceremonycoffee.com/ For mellow chocolatiness I'd go for their Cerrado Gold.
Last time I was at my all time favourite coffee suppliers (Square Mile coffee in London) they said between 9 and 11 days after roasting is now considered optimum. They ship their beans out right after they're roasted so you can decide though. After all, everything is down to personal taste.