Archive for October, 2014

20 OCT

Reviewed: Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Greenwich Village Flagship

Stumptown Coffee Roasters | W 8th St (MacDougal St) | Greenwich Village

Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ West Village flagship displays the organization’s penchant for elaborate design but doesn’t follow the direction of their first New York City location, the brass-trimmed, standing-room only location in the Ace Hotel. Instead, the Greenwich Village shop uses artifact-laden bookshelves and other cues to make you feel as if you’re in a museum or library instead of a coffee shop.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters | W 8th St (MacDougal St) | Greenwich Village

The Greenwich Village Stumptown Coffee Roasters offers something for everyone, not just interior design aficionados, branching out on the coffee front as well. Read our review to delve deeper.

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19 OCT

Reviewed: Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe, West Village

Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe

West Village shop Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe is yet another Australian cafe with all day breakfast/brunch and a full slate of coffee drinks, both American standard and Melbourne specialties.

During one visit we consumed an espresso and a Magic, which is a double ristretto with steamed milk, in a cup slightly smaller than a cappuccino cup, giving it a supposedly “magic” ratio of 1 to 4, espresso to milk. Their house espresso is Niccolo, a darker-roasted coffee from Melbourne.

Read our review of Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe to find out more, both about the coffee and their Australian cafe experience.

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17 OCT

Cobble Hill’s Roogla Has Closed

Roogla | Warren St (Smith St) | Cobble Hill

According to Eater, the strangely named and conceived Cobble Hill, Brooklyn coffee shop Roogla has closed, after a year and a half run. Most people thought the shop was named Roogia, due to poor font choice.

Roogla | Warren St (Smith St) | Cobble Hill

Roogla was one of the first New York City cafes to sport an Alpha Domininche Steampunk, a machine that produces coffee using a semi-automated method that’s somewhere between a pourover and a French press, but the coffee that came out of theirs was always too hot to drink. Otherwise, their coffee offerings were not bad, but we never had much of a desire to patronize the shop.

Roogla | Warren St (Smith St) | Cobble Hill

However, the unexplained focus on just-ok house-made rugelach, of which their name Roogla is apparently a diminutive, the odd seating choices, and lack of street visibility seems to have doomed them.

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