Coffeehouse Review – Stumptown Coffee Roasters

I love Sunday mornings in New York.  None of the tourists are out shopping yet; the locals haven’t gotten out of bed.  It’s just you and the few crazy avid runners who think that 27 degrees is warm enough for shorts.  Meanwhile, under eight layers of clothing, I was sure I would cave and have to take the subway one stop uptown.  One stop!  But, I’m no sissy.  I soldiered on.

This particular Sunday, I went to check out another church on 23rd St. called Forefront Church.  Afterwards, I had to pick up a few more Christmas presents.  One, for a coffee drinker on my list – I can only say that because I know Granddaddy isn’t reading the blog until I show it to him… after Christmas.

On a recommendation from Brian, I decided to try Stumptown Coffee Roasters at 18 W. 29th St.

Originally based out of Portland, this is their only cafe in New York.  They must be doing alright because the line was out the door and spilling into the lobby of an adjoining hotel.

I bought two different types of coffee, the Holler Mountain and the Hair Bender; mostly because I liked the names, but also because they smell AMAZING!!  The Holler Mountain is a syrupy, heavy bodied coffee with dark toned notes of blackberry, hazelnut and toffee.  The Hair Bender is comprised of coffees from every major producing region and provides the individual components of this complex sweet and savory blend which yields flavors of milk chocolate, caramel, jasmine, meyer lemon, apricot and pineapple.  It’s also Stumptown’s most popular blend.  Yum!

And since this wouldn’t be a review if I didn’t try anything, they give you a free small cup of coffee when you buy the beans!  Because I bought two bags, they sweetened the deal and sprung for a free medium cup of coffee.  If anyone knows about Brian’s love affair with Kean Coffee in California, then you must know that I have found it’s New York twin sister!  This coffee was gooooood.  Real, real good.  Like you could drink it black, kind of good.  They also do the really cool designs in the foam of the lattes.

I love that.

So, if you’re in the area and you want a really great cup of coffee, skip the Starbucks and go to Stumptown!  Seriously, do it.  They’ll make you a heart in your latte.  Or a leaf.  Or something else pretty.  Starbucks doesn’t do that.

– Tara