The organic coffee served at Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar (see review) is roasted by Coffee Roasters of New Orleans, a business Bill Siemers took over seven years ago. You'll also find his organic Mexican, Guatemalan, Sumatran and French roasts brewed throughout the city at Royal Blend (204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779; 222 Carondelet St., 529-2005; 621 Royal St., 523-2716) Still Perkin' (2727 Prytania St., 899-0335), City Perk (637 N. Carrollton Ave., 482-4450), True Brew (200 Julia St., 524-8441) and News & Brews (4100 Gen. de Gaulle Blvd., Algiers, 433-2326; 347 Verrett St., Algiers, 367-2326). "The organic coffees are good for the growers because they get a premium for it," says Siemers. And of course it's good for the environment. For more information about Coffee Roasters of New Orleans, call 827-0878.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) sells gift certificates year-round in $10 and $25 denominations, which are redeemable at any LRA member restaurant around the state. Within the New Orleans city limits, the options range from Antoine's (713 St. Louis St., 581-4422) to Jacques-Imo's (8324 Oak St., 861-0886) to Cafe Rani (2917 Magazine St., 895-2500). The association reaches restaurants in places as far away as Folsom and Lake Charles. You can purchase the certificates from the LRA office (2700 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie), by phone (454-2277) or by logging on at www.lra.org. You'll find a full list of member restaurants on the Web site.
There's now a CC's Coffeehouse in the CBD (650 Poydras St., 586-0278) that caters specifically to the downtown business community. A private conference room is equipped with an overhead projector, Internet connections and conference phones. Coffee is included as part of the fee to rent the room. High-speed Internet access is extended to locations throughout the coffeehouse, and this CC's location is the first to offer a full lunch menu. This location closes earlier than others, so call ahead for hours.
Cooking demonstrations at this week's Crescent City Farmer's Market feature appearances by Chef Greg Surrey of Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar (1418 Magazine St., 524-3828) at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, and another starring Chef Donald Link of Herbsaint (701 St. Charles Ave. 524-4114) at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Tuesday market is at 200 Broadway St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Saturday market is at 700 Magazine St. and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. The Thursday market is at 3700 Orleans Ave. and runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call 861-5898 or visit www.loyola.edu/ccfm. -- Sara Roahen