At just past 8 a.m., the masses of humanity slowly start entering the shop. Mothers on their cell phones, three day-bearded graphic designers, and men in sweat pants and gold chains file in, hungry and in need. It's a diverse swatch of Brooklyn that goes to Fortunato Brothers (289 Manhattan Avenue, ... More >>
The drinkable chocolates at Brew Bar (105A North 3rd Street, Brooklyn), the Mast Brothers' new not-coffee shop now open a few doors down from the siblings' Williamsburg factory, are the antithesis of Serendipity's glop, Max Brenner's price-gouging, even City Bakery's supremely sippable, seasonal aby ... More >>
The coffee shop hang, a quintessential European custom, is a dying fad in this country. Where once writers and intellectuals came to talk about the world's problems and joys and ingest caffeine, we now do actual -- and often independent -- work. Calls are made, emails are sent and replied to, and pr ... More >>
The affogato is an espresso that can sate a sweet tooth, and a dessert that carries eye-opening powers. Literally translating to "drowned" in Italian, the original rendition sees vanilla gelato drenched in piping hot espresso, but the dish's straightforward composition also leaves room for experimen ... More >>
Dish no. 91: Doughnuts from Dough Loco (1261 Park Avenue)
I've wondered before in this column why good coffee and equally good food couldn't be paired together more often in the city. And yet again, it took a group of Australians from Melbourne to open a coffee shop with a full menu; or is it a restaurant with great emphasis on coffee?
A couple of years ago, long-time restaurant consultant Malcolm Stogo went to Brazil with a friend to look at a coffee plantation. That friend was pondering building a bean-to-cup cafe in Germany, but Stogo recognized immediately the potential that idea held for New York City. So his group purchased ... More >>
In his introduction for the Best Screenplay award at Sunday's Oscars, Robert DeNiro described writers as "crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy." True enough -- and how better to wade through that morass of debilitating doubt and p ... More >>
For those of you who received Starbucks gift cards this past holiday (how thoughtful! how unique!) but prefer to make your coffee at home rather than step through icy ponds at every street crossing to caffeinate, you have an alternative.
How is it possible that in 2012 not one single Japanese-style coffee shop (Kissaten) operated in the most international city in the world? After all, we have some of the best sushi restaurants, there are over one hundred restaurants serving ramen, sake bars can be found in several neighborhoods, and ... More >>
Bag numbers 19 (left) and 18 (right) were, respectively, Blue Bottle's Guatemala Maya Ixil, roasted in Brooklyn, and Four Barrel's Guatemala Antigua Santa Cruz, roasted in San Francisco. I drink a lot of coffee at home, ground from beans right before being deposited in a French press. I saved the ... More >>
San Francisco filmmaker Brandon Loper has released a trailer for his latest project, A Film About Coffee, which focuses on the current bean and brew obsession existing on the West Coast.
Well, this is awfully depressing. According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been a shortage of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. The seasonal drink debuted on September 4, but the craze has already drained supplies across the country. Apparently baristas are hitting the street to search for ... More >>
[See More Edible News: New York City Health Board Passes Bloomberg's Soda Ban Proposal | Sushi Costs More In New York Than Los Angeles Because, Well, Of Course It Does] These have to be the most adorable minced meat pies ever. Australian-based Pie Face is opening their second U.S. location in Murra ... More >>
It was on my 6 a.m. train ride to work that I discovered with delight Sprudge's takedown of my last post, "How Not To Order Espresso." Sprudge, which I'd never heard of but admittedly now enjoy, is a site that focuses on coffee news and miscellany--and, apparently, writes critiques of other publicat ... More >>
Joe brings Guatemala to your press pot. [See More Kaffee Klatsch: Espresso To Stay, Surfboard To Go? | Black Coffee Roasting Company Beans Arrive at Murray's] Walk around San Francisco's South Bay for a while, through Silicon Valley towns like Mountain View and Palo Alto, and you're likely to dis ... More >>
Where do you intend to use that thing? Kips Bay? New York real estate makes for some mighty screwy bedfellows. No sooner had coffee-bar-turned-restaurant Doma been unceremoniously ejected from its West Village digs at the corner of Perry Street and Waverly Place than the brown paper went up in the ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that we New Yorkers love our iced coffee. So we knew you'd appreciate this recipe by Dallis Bros. Coffee's Josip Drazenovich. It's inspired by the popular Japanese-style iced coffee, and made using a hot brew method. You'll need a coffee brewer like a Bonmac, though any brewer ... More >>
Certified organic, with the roasting date inked in by hand. Now that's artisanal! If you're a coffee fanatic, it calls for a little celebration every time a new coffee roaster hits town. In the last couple of years, we've seen the arrival of Stumptown (Portland), Intelligentsia (Chicago), and Blue ... More >>
Great news for Starbucks aficionados -- and there's a lot of you out there. To kick off the summer season, Starbucks is bringing back their Frappuccino Happy Hour. The deal starts today. Customers who frequent the coffee shop from 3-5pm from May 4th to the 13th will get 50% off their Frappuccinos.
The past weekend at the United States Barista Championship in Portland, Katie Carguilo of Counter Culture Coffee defeated 54 other contestants to become the first New Yorker ever to win the competition. This summer, she'll travel to Vienna to represent the United States in the World Barista Champion ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyStarbucks's Blonde (Ambition)Starbucks is continuing its coffee domination with a new, lighter brew of coffee called Blonde. The Seattle-based coffee company became known for its dark roasts, and this milder roast is both a departure and an opportunity for the brand to further ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyWong might be the buzzier half of 7 Cornelia Street (212-989-3399), but we've recently become smitten with the Vagabond Cafe, located next door, and which opened a few weeks ago. Amid all the Starbucks and soulless coffee shops, this new cafe offers all that you need in a colle ... More >>
Marguerite McAfeeStarbucks is not only offending Alec Baldwin! It is causing trouble for regular people as well, particularly a woman named Marguerite McAfee, who had an incident this week at the Starbucks on Third Avenue and 23rd Street, her regular spot, where, she says, "The employees have ... More >>
puuikibeach/Flickr It's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and p ... More >>
This is what a Google Image search for "ice tea" got us.Say what you will about the temperatures outside, it's a banner day for cold beverages. And as luck would have it, Harold McGee has taken the time to answer readers' questions about coffee and tea over at Diner's Journal. We recommend ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyThink Coffee on the left, MUD Truck on the rightOn a day like today when the temperatures swell to unbearable levels, one mustn't spend much time outside. And if one must venture out into the steamy streets, it better be for an iced beverage. Spending more than five minutes o ... More >>
If you love the convenience of Starbucks VIA but find it a tad expensive for your instant-coffee needs ($10 for 12 sticks), pop over to your closest Chinese supermarket in Chinatown or Flushing to look for these cheap and tasty alternatives, by way of Southeast Asia. (IOG in Fresh Meadows, Qu ... More >>
neil conway/flickrBlue Bottle coffee, pastry-less no more.Last month, we dropped by The Great Coffee Debate at the International Culinary Center, where we learned from Blue Bottle founder James Freeman that the Williamsburg coffee house was in the process of building a pastry kitchen in order ... More >>
Little monster.The Nespresso boutique that opened in SoHo last week is set up like a café, but you'd have to be insane to actually use it as such. A latte at the cafe is $6.50; a chamomile tea is $5.50; a grilled tuna sandwich is $16. Espresso is $4. Meanwhile, at the boutique part upstairs, ... More >>
aliedwards/flickrQuite the cupping.It's no civet coffee -- you know, that crazy expensive coffee made from beans that have been pooped out of a tropical cat -- but beans grown by Hacienda la Esmeralda make nearly as coveted a cup joe.
Oliver StrandThe creature Strand discovered Earlier today saw instant-gratification coffee delivered to the masses via an Italian espresso maestro handing out shots at Lincoln Center. Downtown, they make you wait: At month-old Caffetteria SoHo, Blue Bottle Coffee vets brew coffee at room ... More >>
The Strada has three stations, digital pressure gauges, and a choice of ways to control the pressure as you draw a shot. Baristas, java flaks, and coffee geeks converged on Chelsea Market Wednesday evening for the unveiling of La Marzocco's new state-of-the-art expresso machine, called simpl ... More >>
basheertome/FlickrNow with more vegans.Looks like Starbucks is heeding the clarion call most recently trumpeted by the food scientists at Chipotle: it's introducing vegan frappuccinos.
Good Media Magnate Monday Morning! screams New York's website with media reporter Gabriel Sherman's deliriously fun cover story of an old, cranky, combative, elbows-out Rupert Murdoch who basically wants to destroy the New York Times with his most recent purchase, the Wall Street Journal, be ... More >>
Jenny MillerThe future home of the Atlas Cafe. A trot up the Lower East Side's Clinton Street this week revealed an unexpected sight: Yet another coffee shop seemed to be on the brink of opening. A man wielding a paintbrush confirmed this; early next week, a second location of Williamsburg's ... More >>
The mellow, mellow Stumptown macchiato. While the name may sound like a retirement village for Civil War amputees, coffee aficionados know that Stumptown of Portland, Oregon, is one of the country's most respected coffee roasters and retailers, credited with revolutionizing the brewing of c ... More >>
Michael Dominic/winetruth.net Simon Sips has lost its Simon. Seven months after opening the espresso and wine bar, which occupies the former Tasting Room space on East 1st Street, Simon Mammon has parted ways with his namesake operation. Mammon tells Fork in the Road that while the cause of his ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesApril 2, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 24City Softens Approach to Poets in CafesA vaguely positive ambiance resulted from last Wednesday's meeting between representatives of the City License Department and a delegation of poets whose readings at Le Metro, 1 ... More >>
It seems like summer might never arrive, but in the hopes that it does, we thought we'd look into the best way to whip up iced coffee at home. Luckily, Kevin Cuddeback, the CEO of Gimme! Coffee, was on hand to advise. "[You can make] delicious iced coffee using standard home appliances," says Cudde ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 23, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 31 The MacDougal Scene By J.R. Goddard At 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, half-deserted MacDougal Street moves in an indolent dream of its Village past. Bearded kids, and girls with long, straight hair reachin ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 28, 1961, Vol. VII, No. 10 Coffee Houses 'Victorious' By J.R. Goddard Greenwich Village's entertainment-type coffee houses last week welcomed a new law which defines the establishments, provides them with special licensing, and rem ... More >>
DC restaurateurs have high hopes for the Obama administration and a president that likes to eat out and not stay at home dining on Tex-Mex.[New York Times]Fishermen in Maine are organizing community-supported fishery programs modeled after CSAs to provide fresh fish to consumers and get fair prices ... More >>
Fuck you, Starbucks! For years you hypnotized Americans with your overpriced lattes, transfixing hordes of people to line up and pay huge wads of money on hot, silty shit with some foam on top and a fucking cinnamon stick in the middle. Their homes were being foreclosed, but these poor, thirsty crea ... More >>
Google researchers have added sophisticated voice recognition technology to the company’s search software for the Apple iPhone... [Users] can place the phone to their ear and ask virtually any question, like “Where’s the nearest Starbucks?” or “How tall is Mount Everest?" -- NY Times. "I' ... More >>