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aswama
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Posted Tue Jun 11, 2013, 6:41am
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Hey buds. I'm transferring to a college in New York in August. I've been hearing recently that in New York there's a surprising lack of love for coffee. Third Wave Coffee being looked upon as pretentious, things like that.
I live in Pittsburgh, PA, which has a surprisingly large amount of good coffee available. For fun, I'll name some:
Voluto Coffee (Frank Battista there has competed with baristas such as Everyman Espresso's Sam Penix)
21st Coffee and Tea
Espresso a Mano, the Tazza d'Oro
Commonplace Coffeehouse
Big Dog Coffee
Oh Yeah! Ice Cream and Coffee

Some of these serve Counter Culture and Intelligentsia Coffee. I spoil myself.
So, having been fascinated by coffee for a large part of my life, and having been working as a barista for a little over a year, I'm troubled the idea of low-coffee enthusiasm in NY.
So, my two questions are: what are the best coffee shops in NYC (close to Manhattan, preferably), and at which ones do I have a chance at working in with 1yr experience under my belt?
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Posted Wed Oct 30, 2013, 8:37am
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Nothing? Can that be true- there is not one single place in NYC that serves excellent shots? That is seriously pathetic.
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Posted Sat Nov 9, 2013, 1:21am
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There are lots of posts on this topic.
Here is a thread with a lot of recent discussion
Click Here (www.home-barista.com)
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:13pm
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Truly you have a lot to learn. Start here

http://www.nytimes.com/thescoop/#!/viewList/coffeeshops

There is an iPhone app as well.

Ten years ago what you say may have been true but New York catches up fast. Maybe not so many local roasters but most of the big names are there Intelli, Stumptown, Counter Culture, Blue Bottle as well as local NY roaters like Gimme Coffee.

Stumptown, Third Rail and Everyman are some of my favourites.

Great city, great coffee. Enjoy.
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 8:49am
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May I add Bluebird Coffee in the LES?  I was there a year ago but they are still around, I hear.
Here is my review from that visit, on the 'US-East' subforum of this site:

I admit it: when I walk into a highly-reputed coffee shop, my expectations for them are higher than hoi polloi shops.  At Bluebird Coffee Shop (72 East First Street, lower east side), I was not disappointed.  I was handed a cup with truly beautiful crema.  Admittedly, I do not usually remember to stop and savor the nose but the appearance of this cup was so luscious that I reflexively took a sniff.  The aroma was a combination of roasty and bright a nice balance.  The flavor began as toast with a sweetness to it, then there was a cinnamon note.  A second taste brought out a pleasant lemony taste.  They had excellent croissants there, crispy, flaky and buttery.  I found out that they get their croissant from Colson in Park Slope, but I forgot to write down their coffee supplier.  They changed owners last year but still seem to stay on top of the pack.

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rebthor
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 11:32am
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I work in the Times Square area and I saw that Cafe Grumpy relatively recently opened up a shop on 39th and 7th so I headed over there to pick up a bag of beans and a shot.  Their house blend heartbreaker shot was nicely balanced, syrupy with some nice but not overpowering citrus.

Anyhow, on my way back I saw a place that I'd never yet heard of - Gregory's Coffee.  Looking at their site, it seems they are 3rd wave style with many lighter roasts.  Anyone here have stories or experience?
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Posted Fri Nov 29, 2013, 11:11am
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rebthor Said:

I work in the Times Square area and I saw that Cafe Grumpy relatively recently opened up a shop on 39th and 7th so I headed over there to pick up a bag of beans and a shot.  Their house blend heartbreaker shot was nicely balanced, syrupy with some nice but not overpowering citrus.

Anyhow, on my way back I saw a place that I'd never yet heard of - Gregory's Coffee.  Looking at their site, it seems they are 3rd wave style with many lighter roasts.  Anyone here have stories or experience?

Posted November 27, 2013 link

Gregorys isn't bad. They serve a lot of aeropress, which is a cool niche that's not particularly tapped in NYC. But their roasting--my perspective last time I was in there--could use a lot of work.

-Dave-
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