Fans of coffee and tea frequent coffee houses and teashops not only for the utilitarian convenience of acquiring the desired chemical rush from their beverage of choice, but they also appreciate an atmospheric pairing that compliments their consumption, thought processes, and set the tone for their day.
As one of New York’s harshest winters seem to be coming to an end, it begs for an assessment of which coffee houses in Brooklyn are worthy of your patronage.
Coffee and teashops pop up and phase out all over the city, but great institutions of comfort are solidified in the hearts and minds of patrons in the process. The following list of Brooklyn’s own appraised gems come with great accolades for 2014 and beckon all types of coffee and tea consumers, including the take-away customers, the ten minute visitors, and the classic novel-reading-laptop lifers who enjoy a lengthy stay over several cups of hot or iced drinks.
Park Slope's Gorilla Coffee is a relaxed sunny space that makes beautiful coffee drinks. For under $20 you can grab a 4-pak cold brew to go.
Café Grumpy is committed to quality and sustainability for the coffee purists. Sit in and enjoy the exposed brick face decor at it's Greenpoint location where they hand-roast small batches of specialty coffee and supply WiFi if you want it.
Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters
Toby's Estate Coffee Roasters' Williamsburg locations has specialty baked goods to pair with your cup of joe. It's welcoming to coffee and tea fans alike. If you're really into their process they offer both public and private brewing lessons by coffee subject experts.
Oslo Coffee Roasters
Oslo coffee is a main artery in Williamsburg where locals thrive and often sun on the outdoor seats with iced coffees in hand. The Freya dark roast is a particularly nice blend for a swift morning boost.
Brooklyn Roasting Company
Brooklyn Roasting Company's Jay Street location in DUMBO is an expansive industrial space where you can find numerous comfort nooks to settle in and work on your great novel. It's also the location of their roasting headquarters for their fair trade coffee beans.
Atlas Café has a great selection of coffee and teas for all occasions. It's nestled in a cluster restaurant and bar section of Williamsburg that makes for the perfect sobering station. Mind the free WiFi if you're toting your laptop.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee has come to be a well know coffee brand in the area and for great reasons, including its high quality responsibly sourced beans and their single drip coffee, which are worth the wait.
Root Hill Cafe
Sitting in Root Hill Cafe's impeccable space is a comfort in itself, but it also offers a nice menu for light meals to compliment your beverages, including a nice buttermilk biscuit and jam and Indian yogurt with granola.
Park Slope's Tea Lounge is a huge industrial space across from a popular food coop that folks naturally gravitate towards. Even when you're not in the mood for tea, the intoxicating smell and loungey space compels you to come in and enjoy an invigorating cup of tea from their huge selection.
Café Pedlar baristas take pride in creating stunning espresso drinks with organic milk. Their coffee beans come from Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Red Hook and and they have a diverse tea selection. One of their winning combinations is an iced coffee with their ham and cheese croissant.