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Sumac *berries* in NYC?

Hey, all!

I'm on the hunt for fresh sumac berries (not the dried spice) in the NYC area - has anyone ever bought them/know where I might find them around here?

Any leads are greatly appreciated - thank you! : )

Aug 25, 2012
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Benedictine in NYC?

Hey Chow-ers!

My husband is a Louisville native, and loooooves his benedictine spread. His 30th bday is coming up, and I would really like to find some of the dip for him. Anyone know where I can find it in the city? I know there are good recipes out there, and I will make it if I can't find it, but my boy really loves the processed supermarket-style stuff, the more neon the better. ; )

Thank you!! Any & all leads are appreciated!
-B

Jul 10, 2012
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

Thanks sugartoof! I have tried Iriving Farm from Whole Foods, two different roasts, but both seemed disappointingly weak to me... though it might be my brewing method. The trick here is that I have to find a coffee that will stand up to my morning auto-drip machine (bad, I know, but so much faster!), but is still quality.

Apr 27, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

So, just an update - I've since tried several brews from Roasting Plant, most of which I've been happy with. They have the smoothest local roast of the NY roasters I've tried so far. Like sugartoof and specialmonkey, I've just found a lot of the local roasts here to be high in acidity, for whatever reason.

However, sad to say... Roasting Plant is too expensive for me these days. I'm on a new, tighter budget, so that has now moved to the "luxury" category. ; ) I'm back on the prowl for something slightly less $$ and ideally local, though it's looking like I might have to compromise on that to find what I want.

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions, thoughts, and it sounds like I'll have to try Counter Culture when I visit NC!

**Last question - has anyone tried DIY roasting? Someone mentioned it here... sounds kind exciting...

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Roasting Plant
81 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Apr 27, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

Hey sugartoof!

Rose water is right, this is really helpful, thanks! I actually stopped by Roasting Plant just before I got to read this, and my experience there taught me a few things. I think I've narrowed my pickiness down to wanting: 1) a lower acidity coffee, and 2) a fresh roast.

I was pretty taken with my exp at Roasting Plant, though still plan to try other options. What I loved about Roasting Plant was that, like Porto Rico, you don't have to buy a full pound at a time. Also, I was able to taste test a least a few of the coffees I was considering, which was enormously helpful.

I ended up with a half pound each of their Guatemalan and Rwandan roasts. I got a free small coffee w/ purchase, so I tried the Grand Central, which was a bit more full-bodied than my ideal, but also very, very smooth and creamy in the finish which I loved (think Guinness). If you ever want Roasting Plant again, you might like the Grand Central as there seemed to be almost no acidity. Even the Rwandan roast, which has a slightly higher acidity than what I want, is very smooth on the finish which was my problem with Stumptown. And you're most likely right, sugartoof, it could be my brewing method, but I seem to like the Roasting Plant better even when using my cheap-o auto drip machine.

I LOVED Intellegentsia when I lived in Chi-town and didn't know anyone sold it here--very cool! If/when possible I'd like to try and stick with a local roast, but for a special occasion I just might have to get some... sooooo good. Thanks for the tip!

And yes, in my experience Gorilla, like Oslo, was a bit too muddy/burnt.

But I'm off to a great start with Roasting Plant, and will update you when I try Blue Bottle & others--thanks again! : )

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Roasting Plant
81 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Stumptown
18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

Jan 30, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Best Oatmeal in UES?

Hey! Not sure where on the UES you are, but my family and I have loved Barking Dog at 77th & York for years. They serve a "blue ribbon oatmeal" dish complete w/ their granola, fruit, milk, honey, brown sugar, etc, as topping choices.
Otherwise, for a more chi-chi option, there's always Sarabeth's?

Jan 30, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

Yes! My sister tried Kona for a while when she had sensitive stomach issues & she really liked it. Might have to hunt that down at Porto Rico when I go... thank you!

Jan 28, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

I make it two ways--drip during the week (boo, I know, but time-saver), and I just got a Chemex for Xmas that I use on the wknds. : ) It's glorious.
I've tried several of the Stumptown roasts, and just consistently find their taste too far on the bright side. I might try it again, but am a little S-town gunshy at the moment. ; )
Someone else also recommended Bluebottle & Coffee Foundry, both of which I will try after Roasting Plant & Porto Rico. I will work my way through this city and find something I love, I know it.
I'll post back when I do--thank you for all your recommendations!

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Roasting Plant
81 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Stumptown
18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

Jan 28, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

Cool, thank you both for this suggestion! Looks like they just opened a Wburg location, too, which would be very convenient for me... I'll have to give it a go. And I love that you don't have to buy a whole bag--that's what makes taste testing so $$!

Jan 26, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

Yes, Rose! I've been really surprised by my level of pickiness lately with coffee and am not sure if my tastes have changed, or if New York coffee just isn't as good as the roasters I've experienced elsewhere. That doesn't quite seem possible--NYC is sort of universally known as THE place for good coffee, so I'm guessing I just need to keep trying. There are some great suggestions on here so far, so I feel encouraged in the hunt. ; )
Let me know how your search goes & I'll keep you posted on mine!

Jan 26, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

Wow, Roasting Plant looks amazing! They have a location very close to work--might be stopping by tonight... : ) Thank you!

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Roasting Plant
81 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Jan 26, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

Thanks, Kathryn--I'll stop by Blue Bottle soon! Their roasts look really high-end and elegant... can't wait to try! And yes, I should give Gimme! a second chance. I've considered trying to home brew it & might do that, too.
I'll let you know how it goes. : )

Jan 26, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

Thank you, Kathryn!

I haven't yet tried Grumpy or Blue Bottle, but both look promising so I'll definitely give them a shot. I did try Gimme! as brewed by my local coffee shop, but found it too weak (not sure if that was b/c of the way it was brewed or the coffee). I've tried all of Stumptown's blends, only one of which I kind of liked... overall, the finish is just too tart for me.

Thanks for the recommendations of the others--I'll definitely investigate! : )

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Stumptown
18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

Jan 26, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan

Favorite locally roasted NYC coffee?

Hey, all--

I am on the hunt for an NYC/Brooklyn roasted coffee that I can truly love. I have an admittedly picky coffee palette, so I thought I'd turn to some discerning NYC foodies for help. I'm looking for a strong, smooth, rich blend on the slightly sweet side, with as little acidic bite in the finish as possible.

So far, I've tried the infamous Stumptown, Gorilla, and Oslo labels, which I've brewed at home, and I had a cup of Gimme from my neighborhood coffee shop. Oslo has probably been my favorite, though is a bit too far on the over-roasted, burnt flavor side for me. I remember liking Gorilla as well, but I've since had trouble figuring out which blend I tried. (I've learned from experience that any brew with notes of citrus or fruit will be too light and tart in the finish for me, and all the Gorillas I found at Whole Foods the other day mentioned words like "light, fruity, cherries, orange" etc.)
I know Stumptown is the favorite of many, and I can recognize that it's really good quality, but for me it also falls into the too-light over-fruity category. The cup of Gimme that I tried was suuuuper weak--not sure if that was the coffee shop or the coffee.

I know I sound a little (OK, maybe a lot) crazy here, but I've gotten spoiled by having local roasts in Chicago, Maine and Kentucky that I grew to love and rely on. I'm sure my perfect NYC match exists, I'm just tired of taste-testing. Any recommendations/thoughts are very welcome!

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Stumptown
18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

Jan 26, 2011
Brittmarie in Manhattan