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    October 16, 2014

    Does the New Crown Heights Starbucks Threaten Small Neighborhood Businesses?

    The coffee tension brewing in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, started after Starbucks opened a new location right beside a four-year-old coffee shop, the Pulp and the Bean. Owner Tony Fisher is not necessarily scared of the competition. But he believes Starbucks will usher in even more commercial chains, c ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Want to Drink Better Coffee? Think About It as You Would Wine

    A few months ago, I had a conversation with a respected wine journalist and Master of Wine that left me incredulous for this person's surprising attitude towards coffee. Asked to expound upon the significant parallels between both drinks, a nascent but certainly timely topic, this industry luminary ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Inside the Mast Brothers' Chocolate Brew Bar, Now Open in Williamsburg

    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 >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Post-Remodel, Is the Village's 99-Year-Old Caffe Dante Still Worth the Visit?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    The Affogato Gets an Upgrade at Sirio

    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 >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Dough Loco's Doughnuts, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Dish no. 91: Doughnuts from Dough Loco (1261 Park Avenue)

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    June 12, 2014

    Bluestone Lane Brings Specialty Coffee and Good Food to the West Village

    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?

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    March 13, 2014

    Brazilia Cafe to Bring Seed-to-Cup Coffee to Noho

    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 >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Six Coffeeshops Ideal for Writing in Queens

    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 >>

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    January 9, 2014

    Trade Your Holiday Starbucks for Tonx Bucks

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Hi-Collar Delivers Taste of Japan's Take on Western Coffee

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Starbucks Is Dropping Their Prices

    Not on their latte shmatte chai barista cocoa java lala hotchacha stuff, mind you. I'm talking about their prepackaged coffees.

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    November 29, 2012

    Wake Up and Watch This Trailer for A Film About Coffee

    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.

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    October 8, 2012

    Pumpkin Spice Latte Shortage At Starbucks

    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 >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Pie Face Opens Second Location, Offers Free, Adorable Australian Meat Pies All Next Week

    [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 >>

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    September 7, 2012

    When Coffee Snobs Attack

    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 >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Joe Fires Up the Roasters

    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 >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Espresso To Stay, Surfboard To Go?

    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 >>

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    May 29, 2012

    How to Make Japanese-Style Iced Coffee

    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 >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Black Coffee Roasting Company Beans Arrive at Murray's

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Starbucks Happy Hour: Frappuccinos 50% Off

    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.

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    April 24, 2012

    The USA Champion Barista on Her Signature Beverage

    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 >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Blue Bottle: Coffee as Crack

    ​The sole output from Blue Bottle's downstairs is pour-overs -- no espressos! When San Francisco's Blue Bottle Coffee hit town two years ago in the Williamsburg outback, it changed the paradigm of the coffee bar. As a friend said to me, peering into the place's expansive premises, "Hey, whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Starbucks Expanding Into Lighter Roasts With Its New Blonde Brew

    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 >>

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    October 26, 2011

    The Vagabond Cafe Opened, Sells Chocolate Chip Cookie Lattes

    Lauren Shockey​Wong 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 >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Starbucks Offends Customer By Calling Her 'Phone'

    Marguerite McAfee​Starbucks 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 >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Fork in the Road's Favorite Cup of Coffee

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    It's Hot. Drink Something Cold.

    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 >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Battle of the Iced Coffees: Think Coffee vs. MUD Truck

    Lauren ShockeyThink Coffee on the left, MUD Truck on the right​On 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 >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Take Your Java Jones East: Asian Instant Coffees

    ​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 >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Is Nespresso's Kazaar Super-Strong Coffee Worth the Hype?

    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 >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Time to Freak, Coffee Snobs: New York Gets Über-Pricey Panamanian Beans

    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.

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    July 30, 2010

    Coffee for the Very Patient: 18-Hour Slow-Drip 'Kyoto' Coffee

    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 >>

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    June 9, 2010

    La Marzocco Unveils New Espresso Machine 'Strada' at Chelsea Market Event

    ​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 >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Starbucks Introducing Vegan Frappuccinos

    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.

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    March 1, 2010

    Rupert Murdoch: Won't Die Until WSJ Quenches Thirst for Sulzberger Milkshake with $100K Coffee

    ​ 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 >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Atlas Joins the Bean Brigades on Clinton Street's Coffee Row

    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 >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Report From the Coffee Battlefield

    ​ 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 >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Simon Sips, Now Without Simon

    Michael Dominic/ 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 >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Clip Job: When Poets Battled the Bureaucrats

    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 >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Gimme! Coffee CEO Tells How to Cold Brew Iced Coffee At Home

    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 >>

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    April 30, 2009

    The 1963 MacDougal Street Scene

    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 >>

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    January 19, 2009

    Coffee Houses 1, Police 0

    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 >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Starbucks Has Ruined Our Economy!

    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 >>

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    November 14, 2008

    What to Expect from the iPhone's New Google Voice Feature

    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 >>

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