Brooklyn Coffee Shops

    Lark Cafe

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    March 29, 2018

    The first thing that stands out about Lark Cafe, which is in Flatbush - Ditmas Park, is the Polaroid pictures of their baristas that are on the side of their silver La Marzocco Linea. I love that when a customer walks up to order, they will, like it or not, know who's serving them. Let me back up a few steps, and explain a little about Lark Cafe. The relatively mid-sized coffee shop is on a strip of shops on Church Avenue, a street that runs that length of a metaphorical midpoint in Southern Brooklyn that divides the trendier more developed neighborhoods (like Park Slope) from the working class neighborhoods of Midwood, Borough Park,...

    Everyman Espresso Park Slope

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    March 13, 2018

    Park Slope's Fifth Avenue business district (approximately between 9th street north to Atlantic Terminal Mall) is crammed with coffee shops. Off the top of my head I can think of 4 coffee shops all along 5th avenue - Kos Kaffe, Konditori, Crave, Cafe Martin - and that's across just 6 blocks. Obviously, such crowded territory means that each coffee shop is going to have its own distinct feel and style, otherwise it'll get churned out by Park Slopians finicky tastes. Note: for the non-Brooklynite readers, Park Slope is one of the most affluent areas in Brooklyn. While it's a beautiful neighborhood with phenomenal Brownstone townhouses...

    Orso Coffee

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    February 22, 2018

    Deep, deep in the heart of Brooklyn it's hard to find a decent coffee shop. It's amazing that there's parts of the borough where great coffee shops are literally on every block, while in other neighborhoods you have to actually hop on the train and travel to find some great coffee. It's probably one of the reasons I feel so much sympathy for people in cities where great coffee isn't easily available to them, and going to a great coffee shop is a road trip. Orso Coffee, which opened no more than 6 months ago, is like a desert flower sprouting on the skin of a cactus. I mean that because the surrounding neighborhood, Sheepshead...

    Brooklyn Roasting Company DUMBO

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    February 7, 2018

    There's something special about Brooklyn Roasting Company. You can feel it the second you walk through the doors of their 25 Jay Street location in DUMBO, all the way down to the first sip of any of their single-origin roasted coffees, or blended espresso drinks. Brooklyn Roasting Company taught me an incredibly important lesson about coffee - coffee can be more than a drink, but an entire experience. Coming from Miami, Fl, most of the coffee shops I'd ever visited were filled with old books and ratty couches. It never crossed my mind that someone could take a coffee shop and arrange it in a way that effected all of the...

    Kos Kaffe

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    December 18, 2017

    Kos Kaffe opened its first location on 7th avenue in the early 90s, with the second (and current) location opening in 1999, on 5th avenue. The world has changed a lot since they first opened their doors, but the feeling inside Kos Kaffe harkens back to a time before over polished coffee shops and is more like hanging out at a good friend's apartment that makes great coffee and food. Kos Kaffe is a quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood coffee shop. It's also where I currently work as a barista - so don't expect an unbiased review. I began working at Kos almost a year ago, and I think it'll be the last place I'll ever work as a barista. Is...