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    New York?

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    Any suggestions on coffee in New York?

    I will be there for a weekend in September and keen to try some decent coffee.

    I will be surviving on canteen starbucks for 2 weeks in Endicott (in a small town where Dunkin Donut is seen to be good coffee)

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    Re: New York?

    Check out Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea; coffee was good; service varied from good to ... well ... grumpy. 9th St Espresso was also good. One of the dudes from Dallis Coffee was doing his Q grader exam when I did my cupping course at Coffeelab; would have loved to have visited them, but didnt have the time to get out to Queens. Let me know if you get to. There are a bunch of other places that people recommend; for example, I never got to check out Gimme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4E574143220 link=1251077173/1#1 date=1251378512
    Check out Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea; coffee was good; service varied from good to ... well ... grumpy. *9th St Espresso was also good. *One of the dudes from Dallis Coffee was doing his Q grader exam when I did my cupping course at Coffeelab; would have loved to have visited them, but didnt have the time to get out to Queens. *Let me know if you get to. *There are a bunch of other places that people recommend; for example, I never got to check out Gimme.

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    Thanks Luca
    Appreciate the input.

    Found Cafe Grumpy and 9th Street.
    Will probably order some intelly along the way as well :)


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    Hey, Intelly have a New York lab where you can do cuppings and things. Not sure if theyre open on the weekend. Check it out on their web page. Looks like Intelly have mainly central offerings at the moment.

    If youre ordering coffee by post in the USA, theres no reason why you couldnt pick up some stuff other than Intelly. George Howell typically has stunning kenyan coffees for brewed coffee and Ecco usually roasts some killer espresso. Counter culture coffee always has some interesting offerings; they have some of Aida Batlles El Salvador stuff and I think they might have a really nice natural processed Ethiopian coffee called Shakisso.

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    Great - thnks for the info. I will do some reading. I saw they had a lab, but not much more info. I will be short on time.

    I wanted to order something else off their site, so was going to combine it with some coffee as well.

    But will take a look at your other recommendations :)

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    if youre still in NYC, you could give Nineth Street Espresso a try in East Village.

    I had this recommended to me and tried it this morning. It certainly beats the pants off most other offerings that pass for coffee in this city.

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    Just a report back for anyone else who heads over here.

    I had very limited time but managed to do:

    1. Stumptown in ACE hotel on the lower West Side. This has just opened up (1.5 wks) and was excellent. Great decor in a the hotel and "interestingly" dressed staff. As for the coffee. Had a fantastic Latte and a pretty good espresso. They have 2 Mistrals and knew what they were doing. If you order milk based - order a small. A medium was bigger than a large (in house) coffee in Oz.

    2. Headed down to cafe grumpy. Also on the West Side. They had a Synesso and a couple of clovers. I had a flat white (as was surprised to see them in the US). Good latte art, average coffee. Was not impressed.

    3. Then wandered around NYC and went to GimmeCoffee. Had an espresso. It was excellent, sweet and spicy. One of the best i have had. By this time had, had too much coffee and run out of time.

    I would definitely recommend 1 and 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35303A5F0 link=1251077173/5#5 date=1253069238
    Ben

    if youre still in NYC, you could give Nineth Street Espresso a try in East Village.

    I had this recommended to me and tried it this morning. It certainly beats the pants off most other offerings that pass for coffee in this city.
    Not going to make it as back in upstate NY, but u should try Gimme and Stumptown if you are still there!

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    Hi all from the big apple!

    The coffee here has been generally great- from the hand grinder and aeropress in our apartment! ;D

    So far, we havent worried too much about searching for a cup however, I have the following to add:

    9th st Espresso, East Village- was about a 4/10...Dude behind the Cyncra on the day we visited was too cool for school and the result was 2 capps with lousy milk texture and near enough is good enough pours- 80% in cup/20% in saucer and a pretty average tarry espresso from too tight a shot. Pretty bitter and all roast, zero origin. Interesting that there was nobody in the place and a girl came in for a cup, waited about 5 mins while cool dude stuffed around in the cool room and then walked out ::)

    9th st Espresso Chelsea Markets- visited today and a 100% girl operation. Expertly pulled espresso (triple ristretto) and great balance.
    Darker than we typically roast, but a great shot.

    Abrašo Espresso- 86 E 7th St near 1st Ave: Pretty much a hole in the wall. Jamie McCormick serves Counter Culture beans and the place was packed the whole time. Further info: http://www.abraconyc.com/ and http://nymag.com/restaurants/reviews/underground/41269/ Espresso was excellent but not quite as good as at Chelsea Market.

    Time is running out for us but Im going to try to squeeze in Gimme coffee tomorrow and perhaps Stumptown if I can...

    Chris

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    Hey Chris

    Give Gimme a go - I was very impressed with the Espresso.
    Also Definitly recommend Stumptown, just to see the setup and the hotel. Very interesting from a design perspective. Coffee was not bad either and they also sell stumptown beans.

    Ben
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    Some pics of ACE (Stumptown)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/artazza/sets/72157622582035947/

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    Blue Bottle at Rockefeller Plaza is pretty good. It's on the concourse level, ice rink end, pretty much next to the ice rink.

    Gregory's have a few cafes in mid town. The one on W 44th serves a pretty decent flat white - ask for a small cap.

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    Blue bottle have a new location at Gotham West Market, beside the intrepid. Pretty decent coffee.

    As with all NYC cafes, you'll have to hold yourself back from jumping the counter and shaking the barista to wake them up. Seriously, you order your drink and they just look at their machinery (and they all see to have a Strada) as if they're trying to remember what to do next. They're so slow it's painful!

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    Irving farms cafe on 79th street is pretty close to the museum of natural history and well worth a visit if you're in that neck of the woods.

    They have a Strada/RoburE combo, as seems to be the case in every decent cafe in NYC, and decent food, including some good pastries.

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    Oren's daily roast (71st and Lexington ) .......and several other locations I believe, .... Served up by far the best Piccolo I have tasted so far in Manhattan.
    no pretentions. Just good coffee and well prepared even if it is served in takeaway cups.

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    One more very worthy recommendation...
    Grumpy's coffee in the "Andaz" building,.. on the corner at 41st and 5th ave...directly opposite the main entrance to the State Library building.
    Excellent "Cortardo" (Piccolo Latte) and regular Latte from their own "Grumpy's" roast , from a fast competent barrista (girl) using a LM.
    A friendy , warm atmosphere, with beautiful personalized ceramic cups also. !
    Coffee in this City gets better with each visit. With a little research its almost possible to find a decent ( often excellent) espresso within a few blocks of any location.
    I didnt even have time to check up on old favorites like Intelegentsia, at the High Line hotel , or Tobys in Brookline.

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    Things here are certainly better than they were when I was last here in 2009 re coffee.

    Had a real cappuccino this morning at Bluestone Lane in Astor Place. They still ask you whether you want a 'large', but just go the regular, and it's just like a good one at home.

    This afternoon had a short black (here always referred to as an 'espresso') at Brunswick, in Prospect Park West in Brooklyn. Brew was a tad too cool in the glass I thought, but certainly better than most coffee in NY.

    Good to see Australians flying the flag for good coffee!
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    I agree Joe, I travel to NY regularly for work and I can definitely get high quality espresso although it's much rarer than in Melbourne or Sydney. I'm a fan of Bluestone Lane, Blue Bottle, Stumptown, Everyman and Little Collins.

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    Another find, and it's not Australian!

    Off the tourist track on Jackson Ave Hunters Hill in Long Island City, just one subway stop from Grand Central Station on line 7, is Sweetleaf, a rather grungy-looking cafe.

    But don't let that fool you! The Cappuccino is smooth, with well-textured milk, and it comes in a standard cappuccino cup, not the 10oz or 16oz many cafes here offer.

    The espressos are good too.

    Worth a look if you're in the area.
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    Gotta give a shout out to Penny Lane on 45th St if you're near the UN. Consistently perfect coffee.

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    Here's one on Little Collins...

    I know Leon from his law days and he lives coffee. A definite for me is I ever get back to the apple...



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