I make cappuccino at home every morning. Finally making the move from pre-ground Illy to burr grind at home just before brewing.
I'm used to Illy Medium Roast espresso which I've been using for ten years. My wife and I detest burnt tasting coffee, not looking for over-roasted beans, even though the greasy shiny look is appealing. We do kind of like the slightly sweet "Cafe Vergnano" they sell at Eataly (half the price of Illy). But their grind was too coarse, and again I don't want beans roasted in Italy or Seattle, I want beans roasted in NYC.
Where should I be buying my beans? I'd prefer to buy from a NYC based company which is roasting in NYC. I'd prefer not to purchase from an out of town national chain like Whole Foods even if they are supplied by a local roaster. I figure that roasting adds around 100% to the value of green beans, would like to keep most of that 100% in the city. My first home-ground brew tomorrow will be with "Heartbreak Espresso" from Cafe Grumpy. Who and what else should I try?
Porto Rico banned me from the store fifteen years ago after they refused to honor a discount they promoted in the Villager newspaper, so I'm not eager to go back there, although there's little likelihood they'd remember me. Unless you tell me their beans are fantastic. Is McNulty's still a player?
224 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011
Porto Rico Importing Co.
201 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
McNulty's Tea & Coffee
109 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014