I’m Back! The Coffee Chronicles: Bean & Bean

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Hi Everyone!

I know, I know, I’ve been totally MIA for a while, (blame my professors). But the good news is that I’m back with another review of a coffee shop to add to the list, and just in time for National Coffee Day! Which unfortunately, I was not able to celebrate due to an extremely painful migraine which made me a slave to my futon all.day.long.

ANYWAY…

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of writing one of my research papers (did you know that Panama has the lowest sales tax of any Latin American country?! I didn’t! But you probably don’t care anyway!) at Bean & Bean, which is located in Chelsea near Penn Station. The store has an industrial vibe with many floor to ceiling windows to let in the natural light, which makes it a perfect place for studying! Much of the decor was wooden or made of metal, with a communal seating style including long tables with stools (or in some cases SWIVEL CHAIRSSS WOOOOOOOOO….bear with me…the two doses of Excedrin migraine plus the 5 hour nap have me quite wired.) There are also high tables for those who wish to stand, tables for two, comfy chairs, and some good music as well, featuring artists such as Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, and Snow Patrol.

So many choices!

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via Yelp
via Yelp

Love all the options!

So many choices!

Overall, Bean & Bean has a great selection of drinks from lattes, to cappuccinos, to matcha drinks as well, and the latte art is on point! I ordered an almond milk latte to stay, which came in a HUGE mug and was AMAZING. The almond milk didn’t water down the espresso at all, and if I didn’t know any better, I probably would have thought it was a skim latte instead. It was also the perfect temperature and not too bitter or too mild. In addition to my coffee, I also got a chia pudding which had nuts and fresh and dried fruit on top. Bean & Bean also sells pre-made sandwiches and oatmeal, juices, and baked goods as well. I will definitely be returning to Bean & Bean in the future and recommend it to any coffee lover or a person who just wants a cool atmosphere to get some work done.IMG_5287IMG_5289

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Bean & Bean:

Address:
320 8th Avenue (between 25th and 26th)
New York, NY 10001

Takes credit cards: Yes

Noise Level: Medium

Atmosphere: 5/5

Recommend to a friend: Yes

The Coffee Chronicles: 7 Grams Caffe

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Happy Monday to all!
Today’s Coffee Chronicles post is featuring 7 Grams Caffe! It’s not the first time I’ve been to this particular coffee shop, but I decided to revisit and add it to the blog. In case you were wondering where the name comes from, 7 grams is the amount of espresso it takes to make a shot.

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The cafe has a minimalist interior with wooden bench seating, small tables, and a clean presentation overall. The menu is printed on the white wall, and there isn’t much decor except for a few pictures on the walls. The staff at 7 Grams is always friendly and upbeat, and there’s multiple dairy-free milk options which is a plus (soy and almond for those who were wondering). They also offer a selection of baked goods and sandwiches.

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The last time I visited, I think I ordered a cappuccino, which was delicious, and this time I opted for an iced coffee. 7 Grams offers both cold brew and pour-over, and while I was tempted to get the cold brew, I figured for the sake of the blog I would try to mix it up a little bit. My first reaction was that the taste was very strong and that I wish I added more milk, although I usually like strong coffee. I think that if I added soy instead of almond milk, I would have enjoyed my coffee a lot more. Soy milk tends to be thicker in consistency, and I find that it doesn’t water the coffee down as much as almond milk. Overall, however, I enjoy 7 Grams coffee. I will point out that my Italian (born and raised!) roommate is obsessed with 7 Grams, so I guess they are doing something right! (Also they make pretty latte art and host events like painting nights and bands and other cool things so you should check it out!)

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Also, before I say peace out girl scout, I picked up a postcard in 7 Grams which advertised the info for the New York Coffee Festival, which is from September 25th-27th at the 69th Regiment Armory on the corner of 26th Street and Lexington Avenue. I sadly can’t go (I am so going next year…for sure), but I figured that I would pass off the info for other coffee enthusiasts. Visit www.newyorkcoffeefestival.com to buy tickets.

 

Yay Stevia!
Yay Stevia

 

7 Grams Caffe:

Address:
275 7th Avenue (between 25th and 26th)
New York, NY 10001

Takes credit cards: Yes

Noise Level: Low-Medium

Atmosphere: 4/5 (Gets crowded easily)

Recommend to a friend: Yes

Instagram: @sevengramscaffe

The Coffee Chronicles: Blue Bottle Coffee

IMG_5096 (1)Good afternoon!

This morning when I woke up, I was in the mood for a leisurely workout and wanted a break from my normal gym routine. With that in mind, I decided to walk The High Line from start to finish. For those of you who haven’t been, The High Line is an above street-level park and walkway in New York City that was built on old railroad tracks. The High Line truly has something for everyone, from beautiful views of the water, benches to sit and read, beautiful tree-shaded pathways, and you guessed it: a coffee stand, which is run by Blue Bottle Coffee!

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Being that I was working up a sweat, I decided to get an iced coffee with almond milk, which they offer in only one size (I would say it’s a medium). I was so happy to see that almond milk is offered as a non-dairy option, despite the fact that it costs extra. On that note, the almond milk doesn’t water down the coffee, which still had a very strong taste after the milk was added. The barista asked me if I wanted any sweetener added, but I decided to go without in hopes that I could add my own at the bar. Unfortunately for me, they only had white sugar on the bar, so I decided to pass and have an unsweetened coffee (hey it’s healthier anyway). Also to note, Blue Bottle sells baked goods as well and there is a seating area with plenty of tables and chairs. At $5.36, I’m not sure that I loved my coffee enough to get it again, but I would definitely try their other options on my next visit to The High Line!

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Blue Bottle Coffee:

Address: The High Line
10th Ave and West 16th Street
New York, NY 10014

Takes credit cards: Yes

Noise Level: It depends on how many people are at the High Line, also if there is construction in the area.

Atmosphere: 5/5 (The High Line is GORGEOUS.)

Recommend to a friend: Yes

Instagram: @bluebottle