National Coffee Day: Celebrate Coffee in 5 Spots in New York

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How many of you knew that September 29th was National Coffee Day in the United States?  Considering so many of us practically pump the stuff through our veins on the regular, we thought it only appropriate to have a coffee themed week here, so let’s look at 6 unique coffee experiences you can find in the Big Apple.

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1.  The Butcher’s Daughter: This is a popular place in New York for many a’ thing not just coffee and they have two locations: the West Village and Nolita. I see them posting on Instagram all the time. The ambiance is oh so chic and cool too with lots of plants and a good vibe.

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2. Cosmic Coffee for their gelatinous coffee. I found these guys at a food fair in Long Island City, and when they asked if I wanted to see “the next big thing in coffee” of course I was like “yes, please!”  So they pour in the coffee, and on top the cream, do a little mix, and the coffee turns solid…kinda like coffee jello!  I don’t think it will ever replace the original liquid brew we all know and love so much, but it sure does make for a fun Instagram moment, and is pretty tasty!

3. Go to Kahve and order the Turkish coffee: married to a Bosnian, we drink this stuff daily.  But if you’re not used to the whole traditional setup of the tiny cups and the strong, strong brew, definitely treat yourself to an afternoon cup out!  It’s the kind of experience you savor, not chug, so bring a friend and stay awhile!

4. Take a Coffee Tour of New York: If you love coffee, why not take a tour of New York that centers on coffee? The tour is around two hours, and all coffee and food is included, as you have tastings on the go.  They meet up at Winston Churchill Square, Downing Street in New York and end at Happy Bones on 394 Broome Street. You will get barista demos on how to make the PERFECT cup, learn fun bits of history and trivia about coffee in NYC.  More details here.

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5. New York Coffee Festival:  Now in its second year, the festival features live experiences from over 85 coffee, food and equipment suppliers. Visitors enjoy endless free coffee tastings, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delicious street food, intoxicating coffee cocktails, live music, art and more.  Based on the highly successful programs in London and Amsterdam, this caffeinated event is an unmissable show for all serious coffee lovers and key industry stakeholders. While the 2016 festival has already happened, make sure to sign up on their site for updates on when next year’s festival will be taking place. Check out details here.

Would love to know, what’s your go-to coffee shop–near or far?  Share below!

Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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