hope i can get a little help from coffee chowhounds. i need to purchase some (ground) coffee as a gift, but, other than perhaps starbucks, i don't really know of gift-quality brands.
do you have any suggestions? either brands available nationally or something i can find in NYC. (i have no idea how expensive good coffee might be...something great but not too expensive would be really terrific!) if some context is helpful, i'm bringing this to old coffee-loving friends living in okinawa, japan, where great coffee might be hard to find.
(i saw a recent thread re: the best coffee at trader joe's, but i'm not near a TJ.)
thanks in advance,