I stood in line at Stumptown for 45 minutes and ordered a shot. It was awful. Bad luck? What variety would you suggest I try?
What sort did you have a good experience with at Gimmee and Dallis?
I don't mind paying within $16 per pound as long as the quality is there. I do realize that it would take some experimenting in any case, however it would be nice to identify a good option within 30 varieties than 100 varieties (especially at $16/lb)
Currently in love with Hayes Valley by Blue Bottle--locally roasted next to my house in Brooklyn
emil3m Senior Member Joined: 14 Jan 2013 Posts: 103 Location: New York Expertise: Just starting
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Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013, 6:42pm Subject: Re: What's a good place to buy in NYC or on Amazon?
Heard a few things about Kobrick's, http://www.kobricks.com/. Although a little misleading as their shop is Jersey City but they have NYC in their logo... But you might be able to find it around and at 12-14 dollars a pound is budget friendly.
cuznvin Senior Member Joined: 6 Oct 2011 Posts: 656 Location: NY Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013, 1:26pm Subject: Re: What's a good place to buy in NYC or on Amazon?
i stumbled upon La Colombe (Lafayette near Prince Street) when they first opened around 8 years ago, and i love their coffee - rich, robust, not bitter. they are around $11.50 per 12 oz bag.
i find Porto Rico Imports to be less costly but i am uncertain if i love their many options as much...but i just got some from them yesterday and will try them over the next several days ;) stay tuned.
coffeeshone Senior Member Joined: 29 Nov 2011 Posts: 48 Location: NY, NY Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013, 6:59pm Subject: Re: What's a good place to buy in NYC or on Amazon?
I also live in Brooklyn and have tried them all, just about. The Coffee at Puerto Rico imports is all in the open air bins which = stale coffee. I've never once had good luck making espresso with coffee sold in any kind of bulk bin or dispenser. I'd can't recommend buying from those sorts of places.
I think as far as value is concerned, buying locally at NYC prices doesn't really save you money over mail ordering because retail here is overpriced. I can get stumptown for $13 for a 12oz bag which is about as low as artisan coffee can be had in NYC. For stumptown, I much prefer the Holler mountain to the hairbender blend for espresso. All the other options that I like Counter Culture, Intelligensia) are more expensive. Brooklyn Roasters has at times had coffees I've liked.
The 3 places I order from consistently are Redbird, Dodd, and CQ roasters. I try to buy 2lbs at a time. I can dial it in and get great espresso for me, the wife, and anyone that visits for 10-12 days. I find for my intake 12oz isn't really enough. I use a double basket and borderline overdose it to pull a 30-35 second 1-1.5oz ristretto - thats my style, really syrupy and thick. I find that the really light roasts are too bright for my taste.
To be fair I haven't had Dallis Bros except for a sample at Coffeefest, which I liked. To me Toby's is wayyyy too bright. Grumpy is also on the bright side and expensive (15-19 a bag.)
Also, so much of it has to do with personal taste and the skill/art of the barista. I didn't like Intelligentsia until I tried it and dialed it in the way I like at home. So if you don't like a certain coffee at a shop, it may be the barista's style.....
Anyhow, just my 2 cents...probably more than you wanted to know.
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