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Topic: Coffee in Baltimore? (13 msgs / 308 lines)
1) From: james McDougal
Hello listers!
Anybody know of good coffee in Baltimore? I'll be there (pretty much
downtown) for 5 days next week.
Thanks, Mac
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2) From: David Rossell
If you're near Fell's Point, you might try Bonaparte's Bakery.  They make
adequate (for non-home-roast) coffee and their pastry is so good you won't
care what you're drinking, anyway.
David
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3) From: John Letoto
Don't know how close you'll be to Towson, but check out Spro Coffee if
you're anywhere near there:http://www.jaysshaveice.com/Coffee/coffeehome.html-john
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4) From: Sam49
Mac,
Send an email to Zekescoffee.com and ask them where their coffee is 
sold.  Zeke's is a local roaster that sells 1# bags directly to 
consumers at Farmer's Markets and also has shelf space in a number of 
local grocery stores.  In addition, they supply a number of coffee 
shops, cafes, and restaurants.   Some of those also carry their beans.http://www.zekescoffee.com/CONTACT_US.htmlThey do small batch roasting so the coffee is likely to be very fresh.  
Some of the coffees they carry are not shown on the website.  The 
Ethiopian Sidamo and the West Java Preanger that I bought about 10 days 
ago aren't listed.   They've had some of the animal processed coffees at 
times and have other specialty items that are outside the typical coffee 
price range.
The main man at Zeke's worked for another local roastery that was bought 
out by a larger outfit from VA, so he started his own business in 05.  I 
had previously been buying fresh roasted from the other outfit, but 
switched to Zeke's because they had fresh roasted every Saturday at a 
farmer's market just 4 blocks from my house and were very knowledgeable 
about the various beans they carried, making many good suggestions based 
on what I'd tell them I had previously liked.
I started exploring homeroasting when I moved 25 miles away from 
Baltimore and over 10 miles away from the closest spot to buy their 
product - a bakery / cafe that carried a limited variety of the whole beans.
Zeke's will sell me most of his greens at about $5 a lb so I've gotten a 
small amount of a couple of my favorites.  That way I can compare what I 
have produced to a known product.  I'll be in Baltimore today and will 
go by to purchase some greens of the Ethiopian Sidamo and the West Java 
Preanger.  (These were incredibly different coffees.  It was very 
interesting to have them both in the house and switch back and forth 
between the two.)
There are some other local roasters in the city - but I've just never 
tried them because I was very happy with Zeke's and they were at my 
local market (plus their shop and two other market outlets weren't far 
when I lived in Baltimore.)
This morning I am drinking my FC+ roast of some Zeke's greens Chiapas 
FTO that was my most frequent roasted purchase from him.  IMHO, my 
product is quite good, a slight bit darker than what Zeke would have 
done with the bean.  At not quite 2 days post roast and brewed in the 
press pot and decanted about 25 minutes, very fresh in every way.
Oops, in the time it has taken to write this, then go back and edit it, 
I've finished my 2nd cup of the Chiapas and the carafe is empty.  My 
GF/partner also had a cup earlier. 
Now I will have to brew some again when I want more.  Will it be 
Guatemalan Huehuetenango or Costa Rican La Minita - the other two of the 
3 greens I roasted Tuesday?  Now I'll switch to the tiny 1 mug capacity 
press pot and drink absolutely freshly brewed the rest of the day.
Sam
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5) From: Greg Scace
Yes, but it's a hike from downtown.  Towson library has 'Spro coffee 
run by that crazy Hawaiian friend of Nick Cho's.  Otherwise bring yer 
own near as I can tell.
-Greg
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6) From: Sam49
John,
But now I've been reading the website a bit more and see that he gets 
most of his coffee from Washington state - it isn't fresh.  Even though 
he has a 3 kilo roaster, he uses the Washington roaster and 
Counter-Culture coffee as his main coffee suppliers.  It isn't fresh (or 
local).
Hmmm, maybe I am not as excited as before.
Sam
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7) From: Sam49
Well looking at the 'Spro website reveals that most of his coffee comes 
from a British Columbia roaster or from Counter Culture coffee, despite 
the fact that he has a 3 kg roaster locally.
So, great as the technique of the baristas may be, the coffee isn't 
likely to be extremely fresh unless you get somehow get some of the 
limited amount that they roast in house.  Seems unlikely that he is air 
freighting the stuff in daily from Pacific Coast BC Canada to Atlantic 
Coast Maryland.
However, it sounds like an interesting place and worth a visit when I am 
next on the north side of Baltimore.
Sam
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8) From:
Try espressomap.com and delocator.net
Dean De Crisce
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9) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 12, 2009, at 7:17 PM,   
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Note that espressomap has much higher standards; delocator just finds  
independent cafes, not necessarily GOOD ones.
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allon
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10) From: james McDougal
Great! Thanks for all the help. I'll check some out and report back. Mac
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11) From: Peter Genuardi
I like the Indie Coffee Shops site.http://www.indiecoffeeshops.com/index.php?&radius=-1&lat9.294255&lng=-76.614275&filters=0&accuracy=4&zoom&searchstring=baltimore%2C+mdUnfortunately, as the map and experience bear out, Baltimore is a bit of a
dead zone.
 - Peter
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Don't know that one...thanks. It is correct that delocator lists indie places...not necessarily screened by quality and sometimes focuses on food and pastries. But when I haven't found anything on espressomap...its a decent second option.
Dean De Crisce
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13) From: Sam49
Stopped by Zeke's Coffee today while in NE Baltimore and asked about the 
best espresso from people who use the coffee they roast and the owner 
Tom named Crema as his # 1 pick, although he named a few other places 
that he thought also did a good job.
Crema is on the west side of downtown at the University of Maryland Med 
/ Law school complex.
For more info on Crema:http://tinyurl.com/d6uq6yThat wasn't on my travel path today, so I didn't try it - but then my 
opinion on an espresso bar would be of limited value as I'm not much of 
an espresso drinker.
Sam
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