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    October 31, 2014

    Set Your Clocks Straight With Hopsomniac IPA

    "There goes the sun," the Beatles famously sang...Oh wait, no they didn't. Because no one wants to see less sunshine -- save for vampires, goth kids, and the sadist ninnies who enjoy setting their clocks back this weekend. Sure, they'll say, the extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning will be swell. B ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Where to Celebrate National Coffee Day With Free Coffee

    Every day is coffee day around here -- we have yet to figure out how to do anything before that sweet, black nectar is coursing through our veins. But we suppose the only thing better than a morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up is a free morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up, so we'll embrace the spirit of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Greenpoint's Champion Coffee Heads West to Meatpacking

    Up towards the north end of Greenpoint, Champion Coffee (1108 Manhattan Avenue, 718-383-5195) has been a neighborhood fixture, serving espresso-only coffee drinks and a fairly broad breakfast menu, since 2006. It's a great hangout for those working (or pretending to work) while utilizing wifi inside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Nobletree Delivers Groundbreaking "Estate" Coffee

    A New York original is set to enter the city's coffee scene. Helmed by a true New Yorker (OK, by way of New Jersey), Nobletree will introduce a new business model, advance the Red Hook revival, and upset the balance of the city's specialty coffee scene.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events

    Looking to challenge yourself? Check out food trivia, a class on pupusa-making, or a film about what makes specialty coffee so special -- other than your barista. Here are five events on our radar this week.

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Here's Hole in the Wall, a New Worthy Coffeeshop in Midtown

    The aptly named Hole in the Wall (420 Fifth Avenue) coffee shop builds on several themes of New York's coffee growth in the last couple years: the proliferation of quality java spots in midtown and the dominance of Aussies opening them. In addition, the café may be continuing the trend of closet-si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    A Primer on Cold Brew Coffee and Where to Drink It Around Town

    It's summer, or at least pretending to be summer, and thus the season for iced coffee. Almost every coffee shop will have a version: some clouded with dairy products and laden in sugar, invariably more expensive than a plain cup of joe, and slurped down far quicker. Leaving aside frozen concoctions ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Jersey City and Hoboken

    The morning grind of crossing over and under the Hudson requires some extra motivation, and with a burgeoning coffee scene that's been quietly percolating far beyond the Starbucks-and-Dunkin-dominated PATH hubs, there's never been a better time to detour for your morning fix. These are the 10 best c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Happy Bones Imports a Kiwi Coffee Sensibility to NYC

    A thin, bright slice of a café near the edge of Little Italy, Happy Bones (394 Broome Street; 212-673-3754) is the by-default New Zealand entrant of the New York coffee scene. Happy Bones was founded by two artistic types (see a theme here?): New Zealander Luke Harwood, who previously co-founded St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    The $10 Latte Is NOT the Point: Budin Serves Scandinavian Coffee

    Ask and ye shall receive? As if on cue, my request for a Nordic coffee shop to open in New York was answered a month later when Budin (114 Greenpoint Avenue), pronounced "booth-in" (and Icelandic for shop), opened in mid-February. The owners are a motley trio of artists; two are serious Scandinavia- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Coffee Fest NYC Plies Attendees with Classes and Caffeine

    Over the weekend, New York once again hosted the annual Coffee Fest trade show. Held annually in three of the key coffee cities of the US: Seattle, Chicago (as opposed to San Francisco?), and New York, it is one of the largest coffee trade exhibitions in the world, providing café retailers the oppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Midtown East Coffee Nightmare Finally Over: Where to Get a Good Brew

    Sitting in an office chair all day is bad for your health. That's why the coffee break is a necessary, potentially life-extending, recess in one's workday -- that, and the chance to procrastinate on that Powerpoint presentation a little longer. Last winter, if you wanted to break for java in Midtow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Great NYC Coffeeshops and an Explanation of Pricing From Coffee Champ Erin McCarthy

    This is part two of a two-part interview with NYC's own Erin McCarthy, the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion. Part one, which was posted a few weeks ago, covered his experiences, personal preferences, and thoughts on coffee's third wave. This week, the focus is on the future of coffee, and we conclude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    The 2013 World Brewers Cup (of Coffee) Champion Lives in NYC

    With the Olympics fast approaching, it seemed appropriate to profile NYC's very own celebrity titleholder of sorts: the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion -- as in brewed coffee -- Erin McCarthy lives amongst us. McCarthy is on Counter Culture's wholesale technical support staff. Our conversation began ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Box Kite Café Now Serving Craft Coffee, Wine, and Beer

    New Year's Eve marked the start of a promising 2014 for Cora Lambert and Erik Becker -- their long-awaited, permanent East Village café called Box Kite (115 St. Marks Place) finally opened to the revelries of the night. Their new space replaces the coffee bar pop-up adjacent to Maslow 6 in Tribeca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Little Collins Brings Melbourne and Machinery to NYC Coffee Scene

    New York has become a prime place for outstanding coffee. Roasters and coffee bars that originated in other states have done much to develop the specialty coffee market here, but we are also witnessing an influx of concepts from a more mature and possibly superior coffee city -- Melbourne, Australia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    The Benefits of Coffee Cupping and Where to Do It in NYC

    Thanks to the proliferation of specialty coffee shops in New York over the past 10 years -- particularly transplants like Gimme! Coffee, Blue Bottle, Stumptown, Toby's Estate, and Counter Culture -- what was once a relatively quick, less-than-$3 transaction has become increasingly complex (and delic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Verve Coffee Roasters Pops Up in Williamsburg

    Ryan O'Donovan and Colby Barr, the owners of Verve Coffee Roasters, met in college at Chico State. They both played vintage keyboards, often in the same bands (but never at the same time). You'd think that would be enough to bond over, but Barr says it was coffee that brought them together. O'Don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Third Rail Coffee Opens on Stuyvesant Street

    When Humberto Ricardo moved to an apartment in the East Village in the early nineties, Stuyvesant Street mesmerized him. The diagonal offshoot between Second and Third Avenues has a classic feel to it, enough so that television shows like Boardwalk Empire film there to achieve that old New York look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Who Deserves Starbucks Tips?

    If you appreciate the people who make your lattes, the lifecycle of the dollar you tip your Starbucks barista looks something like this: It goes from the locked tip box to a safe, from a safe to the bank at the end of the week, and from the bank to the baristas and shift supervisors. But not every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Sam Lewontin of Everyman Espresso Won Big at the Northeast Barista Championships

    Competitive barista-ing is a spectator sport. In addition to four judges seated at a high bar directly in front of the competing baristas, there was a boisterous, roaming audience at the 2013 Northeast Regional Barista Championship last week. Over three days at Attic Studios, an airy industrial loft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    How Not to Order Espresso

    As a barista in Brooklyn, I deal with all breeds of customers: the genuinely inquisitive, the indecisive, the stubborn. Then there are others, the worst, and they're much easier to spot. They always begin with a question: "What's the roast date of your beans?"

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Q&A: The Chipped Cup's Karen Cantor and Andrew Ding on the Coffee House Scene in Harlem, Part 2

    [See More Interviews: Bitchin' Kitchen's Nadia G | Runner and Stone's Peter Endriss] Yesterday, Fork in the Road ran the first installment of this interview with owners Karen Cantor and Andrew Ding of the Chipped Cup, a new coffee shop in Harlem. Today, we follow-up and chat about the neighborhood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    A Handheld Espresso Machine for Your Car?

    According to an anecdotal survey conducted by the Times' Oliver Strand, Americans don't really drink straight espresso anymore. Most of owners of his favorite NYC coffee shops say that straight espresso accounts for about five percent of the coffee they sell, he wrote in the Times last week. If you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Blue Bottle, Part Two

    ​Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Yesterday, I wrote about my first experience at West 15th Street's new Blue Bottle Coffee. I apologize for having been so interested in the pour-overs that I missed the espresso machine. The other observations and criticisms still stand, including my belie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Ritual Coffee Invades NYC -- Via Murray's Cheese

    ​Eschewing the brown paper bag of Blue Bottle and Stumptown, Ritual beans come in thick foil. I'm sitting here drinking a cup of coffee made from Ritual Coffee Roasters beans. Specifically, made from Ethiopian Koke coffee plants. It really is kind of like coke: full bodied, slightly tart, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    La Colombe Torrefaction Opening on Lafayette Street on Monday

    Lauren ShockeyLa Colombe Torrefaction, now even closer to The Village Voice!​ Coffee fans regularly flock to lower Lafayette Street to get their java fix at La Colombe Torrefaction (270 Lafayette Street, 212-625-1717), the Philadelphia-based coffee roaster that puts out a great cup of joe. Now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    My Five Favorite Coffees

    ​Please don't say "But you forgot such and such brand!" I forgot nothing. These are my favorites, not a summary of every coffee ever made. And please forgive the fact that my tastes are on a grocery store level. I grew up sans pretensions--but I'd never grow up without coffee, three glorio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Are Snobby Coffee Rules Made to Be Broken?

    nate steiner/FlickrThird wave or reich?​It's easy to roll one's eyes at some of the serious -- a/k/a "third-wave" -- coffee bars in this town. The New York Post today rounds up some of the major no-nos certain high-end coffee shops simply will not tolerate. Like, espresso to go. Or grinding fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Fort Greene Coffee Snobs, Rejoice: WTF Brings First-Rate Java to the Neighborhood (Baked Goods Coming Soon)

    Chantal MartineauWTF? Espresso, silly.​It used to be judged by the existence of a wine bar. Then, maybe, a cocktail lounge. Now, the way to be sure a neighborhood has arrived is when it gets a proper coffee bar. WTF in Fort Greene is serving not only excellent espresso prepared by skilled bari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Why I Give Starbucks A Fake Name

    ​Order anything more complicated than a simple cup of coffee at Starbucks, and it happens. They want a name. For some of us, that's when the trouble starts. Recently, I realized that I wasn't the only one who had tired of being asked how to spell a name that people find difficult to handle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Kahlúa Goes After Fancy Coffee Market, Turns Baristas into Mixologists

    Kicking up your coffee, one shot of Kahlúa at a time.​Coffee liqueurs are getting upgraded, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, with such new and forthcoming releases as Firelit Spirits Coffee Liqueur, made with coveted Blue Bottle coffee, and Heering Coffee Liqueur from the maker of Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    A Photo Tour of Williamsburg's New Blue Bottle Coffee -- But What Is Missing?

    ​"Jeez! This place is gigantic," a friend exclaimed as we stepped inside Blue Bottle. (Click on the pictures for a better view.) It being one of the nicest days of the century, a friend and I decided to go to Williamsburg to check out Blue Bottle Coffee, Oakland, CA's contribution to the New ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    The $4.25 Iced Coffee: Blue Bottle's 'Burg Debut

    ​ Behind these unassuming doors, does greatness lie? Wednesday was a benchmark moment for this city. In the great tradition of going to ridiculous lengths for pretty pedestrian things -- like waiting an hour just to score a $5 burger, or the blood sport of making reservations for a $30 burger ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Poised to Delight Williamsburg Coffee Snobs

    Blue Bottle Coffee CompanySome of Blue Bottle's wares.​ Caffeine cultists, rejoice: The Bay Area's feverishly fetishized Blue Bottle Coffee Company is coming to Williamsburg, perhaps as early as tomorrow. Diner's Journal reports that the Oakland, Calif.-based company is opening a coffee bar on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Roberta's and the Meat Hook Come Clean With Coffee Soap

    Joe DiStefanoGoldie's: it will make you clean, and possibly wake you up.​Add another course to the clean-living regimen otherwise known as the Fork in the Road Diet: Goldie's Brooklyn Beef Tallow Soap. In a true Brooklyn locavore (or should that be "lavavore"?) spirit, the handmade soap is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2009

    Weekend Special: Christmas Leftovers

    You've opened all your totally enjoyable presents, eaten literally thousands of decorated Christmas cookies, knocked back bumpers of nog and wassail--now's the time to sit back like Scrooge and take stock of the stranger Xmas apparitions...

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    October 12, 2009

    Stumptown: Excellent Coffee With a Shot of Hipster

    A medium latte​ "I love that band!" exclaimed my tattooed, be-hatted barista to the other barista, who sported a jacket, tie, and bored expression. It is news to exactly no one that Stumptown Coffee in the Ace Hotel is a hotbed of hipster-dom, so hipster-ish, in fact, that it crosses the parod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Clip Job: Koch Cracks Down on Coffee Houses!

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesNovember 5, 1964, Vol. X, No. 3City Takes Tough Line Vs. CafesA crackdown on coffee houses in the crowded MacDougal Street area was ordered Monday night by City Corporation Counsel Leo Larkin. City action will take the form of permanent injunc ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Healthier Ice Cream; Greener Coffee & A Dog Fight

    Mark Bittman points to an article in the SF Chronicle by his friend Marion Nestle about the benefits--or lack thereof--of organic food. Nestle answers such questions as "Aren't organics elitist?" [NY Times] "In the dog-eat-dog restaurant business..." Iconic Chicago hot dog stand SuperDawg is taking ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    Those %#!& Tip Jar Inscriptions

    photo courtesy of rottnpagan  Of the many indignities suffered by consumers in the first decade of the 21st century, the tip jar inscription is not the largest, but it may be the most annoying. I got to thinking about the subject after a friend emailed me complaining about the enthusiastic si ... More >>

  • Theater

    February 4, 2009

    Room for Cream Season One: The Box Set!

    Downtown's favorite lesbian serial stirs it up again

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    December 8, 2008


    The roaster itself is strangely compact at Roasting Plant Coffee When I was in California's Silicon Valley not too long ago, I couldn't help but notice that many of the coffee bars had their own roasters - blackened and ancient looking apparati whose flues snaked across ceilings. And, without getti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Harlan Ellison Reports from the Front Lines

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 1, 1960, Vol. V, No. 45 Coffee Houses Are Cabarets, Police Say; Owners Deny It By Harlan Ellison Though far from ended, the recent police action against Village espresso houses and their employees was brought into sharp focus last ... More >>

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    February 4, 2008
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    July 16, 2007
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    September 26, 2006
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    December 13, 2005

    Coffee Abuse

    Starbucks Christmas Lattes: What the hell?

  • Music

    May 24, 2005

    One More Cup of CD for the Road

    Starbucks boldly markets its mild music blend

  • News

    April 18, 2000

    Rage Against the Caffeine

    Reverend Billy Preaches the Anticorporate Gospel to Starbucks

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