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Old 12-08-2010, 05:08 PM
 
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There are several local coffee roasters in the Triangle. Right now I'm enjoying Larry's Beans "Holiday Blend", though I am also a big fan of the "Bean Martin" blend. If you are a coffee lover, where do you like to get your coffee? Any recommnedations on favorite blends to try?

Here is a quick list of the local roasters I've heard about. Several of them sell organic free trade beans and can be found in different independent coffee shops throughout the area:

Triangle Area Coffee Roasters
Larry's Beans
Stockton Graham
Muddy Dog
Tradewinds
Counter Culture
Joe Van Gogh
Carrboro Coffee (http://www.openeyecafe.com/carrboro_coffee/about.php - broken link)

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Old 12-08-2010, 05:26 PM
 
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My fav is Muddy Dog. I drink decaf, and I think you can tell how skilled the roaster is by how well (or poorly) they do decaf. Muddy Dog is great!
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Efland
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I like Counter Culture. I took an espresso class there and it was lots of fun!
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:35 PM
 
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We drink Larry's beans. I was convinced after the tour!!
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Counter Culture is my first choice, followed by Joe Van Goh. But alas, I gave up caffeine recently and with it, my daily coffee. I may start back drinking decaf sometime, but it's nice not to need my daily fix any more!
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I like Larry's Beans too. Counter Culture has a strong reputation outside of the Triangle, and I've enjoyed their beans as well, especially their Magnolia Grill blend. I get small scoops of loose beans at a time from Whole Foods. I haven't bought any of Joe Van Gogh's beans, but I've enjoyed the coffee from their coffeehouse in Durham, so I plan to pick up some of their beans.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I like Counter Culture. I took an espresso class there and it was lots of fun!
How did you hear about this? Was the class for the general public or just baristas?

I've been wanting to do this for a long time and have been watching their mailers, yet I've obviously missed this.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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While I like all of the local roasters mentioned, my favorite is Cup A Joe.

Mike
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Knightdale
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LOVE LOVE LOVE Larry's Beans.

The Valentine's Blend is pretty yummy - but my year-round fallback is the Mexicas beans. Mmmm... They are so smooth and a bit on the light side. I prefer my coffee to wake me up gently, not slap me in the face.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Efland
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How did you hear about this? Was the class for the general public or just baristas?

I've been wanting to do this for a long time and have been watching their mailers, yet I've obviously missed this.
It's on their website, Counter Culture Coffee | Coffee Driven They are held in several cities, with the closest one of course being in Durham. They also give you a tour of the roastery.

I took the Beginner Espresso Lab. Lem and Lydia taught our class and they were very nice and lots of fun. About half the class were baristas and the rest of us were there just for fun of it. People came from out of town to take it.

Afterwords, some of my classmates and I met Lem and Lydia for a "Throwdown" they host regularly. It's a latte art competition that many of the local baristas get into. The night I went it was hosted at 3 Cups in Chapel Hill. Looks like they just had one at Cafe Helios counter culture coffee thursday night throwdown, 11/18, at café helios! | cafe helios (http://cafehelios.com/2010/11/counter-culture-coffee-thursday-night-throwdown-1118-at-cafe-helios/ - broken link)

They also have coffee cupping's, but I haven't been yet.
Counter Culture Coffee | Coffee Driven

You should go!
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