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Where to Stop for Coffee While Holiday Shopping in NYC

Drinks Liz Clayton Post a comment

There's nothing quite like the agonizing pleasure of shopping to make a cup of coffee sound that much more wonderful, or even like the only thing left that could possibly keep you alive. Rather than settling for the nearest chain-store swill (and bumping seasonal gift totes with all the sheeplike masses), why not search out one of the city's finer coffee establishments to break for that most appreciated cup of quality coffee, espresso, tea, or hot chocolate? Here are a few of our top recommendations, by district. More

NY Coffee Guide: The Best Coffee in Chelsea

Drinks Liz Clayton 10 comments

Glorious Chelsea! From gallery to warehouse to office to mediocre restaurant, this neighborhood has it all—not the least of which is a small handful of reliably solid, innovative coffee purveyors ready to meet your daily West side needs. Of the billions of businesses in this small area, we've highlighted a few whose coffees rise above the crowd—so take a short stroll through the 'hood and sip as you go. More

A Sandwich a Day: Ham, Egg and Cheddar at Joe Columbia University

New York Liz Clayton 1 comment

If there's one thing Iris Cafe's Rachel Graville knows her way around, it's a boiled egg on bread. So when it was announced she'd be curating the upscale student lunch program for the new Joe Cafe at Columbia University, this was good news to all uptown stomachs. More

Coffee Chronicles: Joe Corners Columbia University

New York Liz Clayton Post a comment

It's not quite like getting a macchiato at the North Pole, but to many, the freshly opened Joe coffee bar at Columbia University heralds a new day in the Manhattan coffee scene, offering a selection of espresso and manually brewed coffees at unforeseen latitudes. More

The Great Coffee Conversation

Drinks Liz Clayton 2 comments

When the uberlords of coffee-slinging meet to debate, what kinds of hijinks transpire? Cups of hot coffee tossed angrily amidst bickering over seasonality, direct trade, latte sizes and espresso to go? Alas, nothing quite so scandalous (or scalding) went down last week at the Great Coffee Debate, a broad-reaching seminar hosted by Illycaffè and the International Culinary Institute in New York City. Drawing together luminaries from all angles of the industry—roasters, scholar-scientists...hoteliers?—the forum sought to raise pertinent issues about the direction of coffee. More

Sugar Rush: The Best Blended Espressos and Mochaccinos

Drinks Kathy YL Chan Post a comment

Starbucks Frappuccinos were an obsession of mine until I moved to New York and realized just how many other better blended icy coffee concoctions there are in this city of ours. I've been drinking my way through many of New York's offerings, and have narrowed down my favorite espresso-based blended drinks to two places. More

Coffee Chronicles: New Single-Origin Offerings at Joe

New York Liz Clayton 4 comments

[Photos: Liz Clayton] Not every crop of new coffee selections arrives with a personal ambassador, but when you have the chance for a formal introduction, why not take it? Ecco Caffè coffee educator Amber Fox paid a cross-coastal visit... More

Sugar Rush: Iced Chocolate

New York Kathy YL Chan 5 comments

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] There are two places in the city where I enjoy "everyday" iced chocolate. This is iced chocolate that isn't obscenely rich, thick, or velvety—it's closer to a chilly glass of milk chocolate, one you can... More

More on Joe: Pumpkin Muffins

New York Kathy YL Chan 1 comment

[Photo: Kathy Chan] I was waiting in line at Joe's the other day when I spotted this pumpkin muffin baked by Bread Alone. And considering my goal to hunt down every delicious pumpkin sweet in the city, I couldn't... More

Coffee Chronicles: Introducing Ecco Caffe at Joe

New York Allison Hemler Post a comment

[Photographs: Allison Hemler] I like to think of coffee roasters as chefs, who may use the same foods as others, but use their unique talents to make a beautiful signature final product. If you've tasted any of the "Big... More

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