If you know me or even read my About page, you know that I have a serious love affair with coffee and with NYC! I thought that it would be a great idea to combine these two things and do a coffee crawl around the city to try out various coffee shops and give myself a break from my beloved Starbucks. Enter “The Coffee Chronicles”.
As the first stop on my tour, I decided to visit Birch Coffee on this extremely hot September afternoon. From the outside, Birch has a super cool industrial yet rustic vibe, and it seems as though the people working there enjoy a quirky sense of humor and a good old quote.
Upon walking into Birch, my first reaction was that the shop was small, which is to be expected when rent in NYC is so darn high! True to its exterior appearance, Birch’s interior combines a mixture of industrial metal fixtures, exposed brick walls, and a funky blend of music including alternative rock tracks (read Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes) and a rustic homey-ness of wood plank tables.
Birch also has a small library area in the corner of the shop, away from the hustle and bustle of the coffee bar. If you need a quiet space for intense study sessions or inner reflection, I would recommend taking your coffee to go, but other than that, definitely take a while to appreciate the store, pick up a book from the bookshelves, or even take a stab at what Birch has dubbed “The Ignition Initiative,” which is definitely not for the faint of heart. Grab a topic card, place it in front of you, and maybe you will be lucky enough to meet your future spouse, boss, or BFF for life (or maybe a creeper, but you can just forget that I said that).
While I originally had my heart set on ordering a cortado with hemp milk, the heat was just too much to bear and I opted instead for a large cold brew with hemp milk, which cost me $4.00. I was especially pleased that Birch offers nondairy options besides soy milk, and I have to say that my drink was nothing short of delicious! The cold brew was smooth with a more mild flavor than Starbucks’ which I found much more pleasant to my taste buds. One potential downside is that Birch’s beverages only come in small or large, and that the large is more like a medium, but then again Americans are used to beverages being the size of a water tower (I will save that rant for another day). If you are feeling hungry, Birch also sells a variety of baked goods which you can eat in house or take with you to go. See below for some quick stats on Birch and try it out for yourself! I’m looking forward to going back in the winter for a cozy coffee session with a good book!
Address: 21 East 27th Street
Takes credit cards: Yes
Noise Level: Medium-Loud
Atmosphere: 4/5 (I was meh about the music but that’s my own preference.)
Recommend to a friend: Yes