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Coffee Lovers' Tour

Java jump in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 16.2 miles
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  Not so long ago, NYC coffee was watery and weak, dispensed in "we are happy to serve you" paper cups. Then Starbucks introduced coffee... more »

Tips:  You could easily visit all these places in one day, but you would get jittery; better to spread your java jump over several days.

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Points of Interest

1. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, connected to the lobby of the ultra-hip Ace Hotel, is the Portland, Ore.-based company that roasts beans locally in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and offers excellent espresso or French-press or cold-brewed coffee.

The slim pickings in the pastry department include flaky croissants from Ceci-Cela.

You can sweeten iced drinks... More

Cafe Grumpy is for the coffee purist: neither location allows laptops and seating isn't particularly comfortable. But the fresh coffee makes up for the lack of atmosphere.

Each cup of single-origin coffee is brewed by hand, using a Clover machine, and the price reflects that. This is the only coffee place I've been to where a drip coffee can be... More

Joe the Art of Coffee offers pour-overs, individually made cups using a ceramic cone and single-origin beans. But even a less expensive cup of the daily blend is rich and perfectly brewed. If you have your coffee to stay, you can drink it out of a ceramic mug.

Joe offers a selection of baked goods like bread twists from Amy's Bread and doughnuts ... More

Gimme! Coffee has a friendly, laid-back vibe despite its name. You help yourself to the drip coffee and can sit on the bench in front of the store in nice weather. There is a small pastry case.

Gimme has perfectly pulled espressos and lattes with the exact right amount of foam.

If you buy a bag of beans, you get a free cup of coffee.

Gimme!... More

5. Bluebird

Bluebird, a sliver of a storefront, throws open its windows in nice weather, though also you also walk across the street to the park and playground. Tompkins Square Park is seven blocks away or you can just stroll around the East Village.

The coffee shop offers pour-overs, drip coffee and espressos with agave and simple syrup sweeteners.

There... More

6. Blue Bottle (Brooklyn option)

Blue Bottle only serves pour-overs and espresso drinks, with two non-coffee drinks: hot chocolate and water. The iced coffee is made in the Japanese cold-brew method. You also can help yourself to glasses of ice water.

In this vast space, there is a line of pour-overs and customers waiting.

Locally made Mast Brothers chocolate is also sold here.... More

Gorilla Coffee practically requires you to have the latest Mac laptop and a facial piercing if you want to sit down to drink your coffee.

Coffee is strong and delicious, though you can't get an iced espresso (you can get a decent iced coffee, though). A specialty is the maple latte, made with real maple syrup. There is also a good selection of... More