A friend in the armed services has recently been posted to what he is only allowed to describe as The Land Of Sand. One of the few pleasures they have is freshly brewed coffee. He brought a grinder, filters etc, but is always looking for good beans. I want to send him some beans -- medium roast is his preference -- and while I can do with a Starbucks here and there, I would welcome suggestions from those in the know as to where in LA they purchase whole bean medium roast coffee that is something above the ordinary, for someone who certainly deserves it. Coffee is the highlight of their (often mighty unpleasant) day.