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Wake up (Christmas morning) and smell the coffee! And don't pay the Seattle behemoth's prices: These roasters know beans, and then some.


You want to give that festive, inexpensive present that will be unwrapped first on Christmas morning? Coffee's your ticket. And since beans last months in the freezer, a bulk order can mean gifts galore plus a stash for your own chilly mornings. A few cheap cups:

Porto Rico Importing Company sells most roasts for $6 to $7 a pound (about $4 during semi-annual sales). In December, a sampler of four pounds of coffee in a pretty copper box will cost $29.95 (for $10, they'll wrap your picks). Similarly, D'Amico Foods' store-roasted coffees are $5.59 to $9.99 a pound (20 percent less during four annual sales). Cookies and candy and such can be added; a box of three pounds of beans and some candy is $33.

A winter's worth of java is cheaper than a week's tab at Starbucks if you order in bulk. Massachusetts-based Indigo has a vintage gas-fired roaster that roasts tiny batches of very choice beans. They're pricey at $9 to $11 per pound but are about 30 percent off for five pounds or more. Kaffe Magnum Opus in New Jersey roasts for even less -- usually under $7 a pound (on its Website,, twenty-pound orders are half that). A Christmas blend and "Jamaican Me Crazy" (chocolate, caramel, and vanilla) are favorites.

Porto Rico Importing Co., 201 Bleecker St. (212-477-5421, and three other stores); D'Amico Foods, 309 Court St., Brooklyn (718-875-5403); Indigo Coffee Roasters (800-447-5450); Kaffe Magnum Opus (800-652-5282).

Picks of the Week
Theory trousers, knits, and simple dresses are 60 percent off, $40-$200. 261 W. 36th St., second floor (212-947-8748); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon., Wed., Fri. 10-6, Tues., Thurs. till 7, Sat. till 4.; 11/13-11/18.

TSE's sale means at least 60 percent off cashmere and cotton knits for everyone, plus samples from TSE New York. 97 Greene St. (917-606-6795); A.E., M.C.,V.; Wed.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. noon-4; 11/15-11/19.

Maxx New York's bags (patents, faux-crocs, etc.) are more than half off, from $75 to $160. 385 Fifth Ave., Suite 1010 (212-679-3220); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Thurs. 10-6, Fri.-Sun. 11-5; 11/15-11/21.

Beth Bowley's pretty, girly knits and dresses are 60 percent off, $20-$125. 611 Broadway, near Bleecker St., Suite 828 (212-674-2664); A.E., M.C., V.; Thurs.- Fri. noon-7:30; 11/16-11/17.

Amy Chan is taking more than half off her hip handbags, now $10-$200. 247 Mulberry St. (212-966-3417); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Sun. noon-7; 11/15-11/22.

Tardini's leather and alligator accessories are at least half off, from $25 (belts) to $2,500 (alligator weekender). 12 W. 57th St., Suite 1005 (212-664-1965); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-6; 11/13-11/17.

Gym Source treadmills, bikes, weights, and gym accessories are 20-50 percent off. 40 E. 52nd St. (212-688-4222); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 9-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. noon-4; 11/18-11/25.

To Boot's chic men's shoes and boots (at stores like Bergdorf's) are up to 70 percent off, $89-$499. 603 Washington St. (212-463-0437, ext. 5); cash only; Thurs.-Fri. 8:30-6:30, Sat. 10-6, Sun. noon-5; 11/16-11/19.

Diesel denim and more is all up to 80 percent off, $10-$300. 770 Lexington Ave., at 60th St., ninth floor; A.E., M.C., V.; Thurs.-Fri. 10-6; 11/16-11/17.

Check out New York Shops, our guide to the city's best stores, including a five-month roundup of "Sales & Bargains." On sale at newsstands now. To order a copy, call 800-496-7833 ($4.99 plus $2 shipping and handling).


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