La Colombe Coffee Roasters | Fishtown, Philadelphia

“Unassuming” is the word that comes to mind as I’m standing across the street from a small brick storefront, faded paint spelling “La Colombe” curling above the glass door. Weeks of anticipation and months of drooling over pictures of exquisitely poured lattes and warm croissants on delicate china plates suddenly seem too good to be…

Breadhive Bakery & Cafe | Buffalo, NY

My family has affectionately called me “The Carb Queen” since I was a child. If there’s bread around, you’re sure to see me eating it. My relationship with coffee is the same. And while it’s normally coffee that convinces me to make the half-hour drive to Buffalo, this time it was mostly about the bread.  …

Glen Edith Coffee Roasters | Rochester, NY

Coffee’s first wave was all about efficiency and access, its second brought people outside the home to gather inside a dedicated space and it’s third – well, there’s a lot to like about the third, but my favorite part – besides really great coffee, of course – is the emphasis on people.   Whether it’s…

Steamworks Coffee | Lockport, NY

I’m so excited to be publishing this post. I’ve been eagerly anticipating Steamworks Coffee’s opening since the beginning of the summer, and feel privileged to have been allowed to follow its journey. I met Jon and Ashley, the owners of Steamworks Coffee, on Twitter. When I learned they lived in Lockport and were planning on…

Ugly Duck Coffee: Rochester, NY

I’m fascinated by Sweden’s dedication to Fika – an important daily ritual where coffee and a pastry are enjoyed alone, with friends, or in nature.  Ugly Duck captures this spirit in its simplicity, dedication to community, approachable staff, and desire to serve coffee with integrity. This relatively new addition to Rochester’s coffee community stands out…

Undergrounds Coffee House

I recently googled “New Coffee Shops in Buffalo, NY” out of curiosity, and one of the first things I read was  “everyone knows the best coffee in the Western New York region belongs to the Tim Horton’s conveniently located nearly everywhere.” Five years after that was published, the best coffee in the Western New York…