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A Madcap espresso or 1 and 1 (split double shot espresso + macchiato) at new all day East Village spot Box Kite can be fine choices depending on the barista. Sometimes the espresso is luscious and rounded and other times under-extracted. Former barista champ Amber Sather is the baker now, turning out lots of gluten free options including this apple cake.

— 7 months ago with 4 notes
In Little Zelda this morning, some guy had to settle for a hot coffee in -11C weather because they didn’t have ice.

In Little Zelda this morning, some guy had to settle for a hot coffee in -11C weather because they didn’t have ice.

— 7 months ago with 4 notes
The friendly Tuesday crew at Stanton St’s El Rey will serve you their Vietnamese coffee either hot or iced.

The friendly Tuesday crew at Stanton St’s El Rey will serve you their Vietnamese coffee either hot or iced.

— 9 months ago with 5 notes
Intelligentsia Sapsucker Seasonal Espresso | Nice & Sweet Cafe @ Play | Museum of Sex | E 26th St (5th Ave) | NoMad on Flickr.I could make a lot of puns about the quality of this shot using the name of the espresso roast, but instead I’ll just say it was overlong and not sweet in the least.

Intelligentsia Sapsucker Seasonal Espresso | Nice & Sweet Cafe @ Play | Museum of Sex | E 26th St (5th Ave) | NoMad on Flickr.

I could make a lot of puns about the quality of this shot using the name of the espresso roast, but instead I’ll just say it was overlong and not sweet in the least.

— 9 months ago with 1 note
Ethiopia SOE + Flatiron Blend | Toby’s Estate Coffee | Club Monaco | 5th Ave (W 21st St) | Flatiron on Flickr.There are a lot of new faces at Toby’s Estate these days, but this barista’s been with them a while, and she turned out some good shots of their new Flatiron Blend, created for this shop, and a single origin Ethiopian. We also tried the Panama Geisha Hario pour over. Love the shop and the Toby’s design reboot.

Ethiopia SOE + Flatiron Blend | Toby’s Estate Coffee | Club Monaco | 5th Ave (W 21st St) | Flatiron on Flickr.

There are a lot of new faces at Toby’s Estate these days, but this barista’s been with them a while, and she turned out some good shots of their new Flatiron Blend, created for this shop, and a single origin Ethiopian. We also tried the Panama Geisha Hario pour over. Love the shop and the Toby’s design reboot.

— 9 months ago with 3 notes

Midtown’s Australian-run Little Collins currently has one of NYC’s only Modbars and makes good use of it, producing well-crafted shots of Counter Culture. What’s great about the Modbar is it brings the customer into the espresso experience.

— 10 months ago with 21 notes

One of the 3 best Vietnamese coffees in New York City, although probably tops for presentation, Lower East Side shop El Rey blends Counter Culture Toscano & Rustico beans and mixes with just enough condensed milk to sweeten, without the heart attack / head exploding feeling induced by supposedly more authentic versions.

— 10 months ago with 4 notes

The Sightglass Owls Howl espresso in Koreatown’s gorgeous late night spot Grace Street has improved a lot.

— 10 months ago with 5 notes
Syrupy shot of Cafe Grumpy’s Heartbreaker espresso blend, some Fetco Colombian and beans for mom.

Syrupy shot of Cafe Grumpy’s Heartbreaker espresso blend, some Fetco Colombian and beans for mom.

— 10 months ago with 8 notes

Japanese coffee shop Hi-Collar now offers Counter Culture & Toby’s in addition to their authentically brutal Porto Rico house blend. Go late for a coffee and stay for a beer or sake.

— 10 months ago with 8 notes

The East Village’s OST Cafe had a lot more charm when it wasn’t completely full of computer users. I think the bar should at least be laptop free. Good cortado.

— 10 months ago with 4 notes

Summertime, All the Cats are Bored | Cafe Grumpy

— 1 year ago with 15 notes
There are probably only a couple of weeks before the Everyman Espresso pop-up at TriBeCa’s Bikini Bar closes, so consider heading over for one of their creative coffee mocktails before then. This is a Queen Mary: Tomato Jam, Citrus, Herbs & Aeropress Counter Culture Ndaroini. 

There are probably only a couple of weeks before the Everyman Espresso pop-up at TriBeCa’s Bikini Bar closes, so consider heading over for one of their creative coffee mocktails before then. This is a Queen Mary: Tomato Jam, Citrus, Herbs & Aeropress Counter Culture Ndaroini. 

— 1 year ago with 3 notes

I was pretty unhappy to get a demitasse filled nearly to the brim with espresso at Gorilla Coffee. Needless to say, it was undrinkable.

— 1 year ago with 8 notes

I love the fact that Box Kite Coffee, a TriBeCa cafe pop-up in the Maslow 6 wine bar, formalizes a common coffee shop off-menu order that they call One and One: a split shot that gets divided between a short espresso and a macchiato. 


Presentation is exemplary, with gorgeous custom demitasse.

— 1 year ago with 20 notes