Baristas at work
Living in rainy (and green) Portland, Oregon for four years I became very up close and personal with java juice, in particular, Stumptown Coffee.
Coffee runs through my parent's veins and my dad had been making me cafe con leche for breakfast since I was 12 years old. So by the time I was in Portland as an undergraduate college student, I was already a seasoned coffee drinker.
When my friend Sam of the LAIST tweeted me about Stumptown's NYC arrival while I was tromping through Manhattan's urban jungle I couldn't resist but to pay them a visit before I headed back West. I met one of my old banker cronie colleagues and fellow coffee lover, Erica, there for a quick java jolt before she had to rush back to client meetings.
Stumptown's only NYC shop is located in the super hipster mod Ace Hotel Cafe. Highlights include low guacho style sofas, free wifi, deep stained wood flooring and seeing people like Marcy Gray. I had my chance to offer her a cough drop, but wussed out.
No frills and no fluff coffee bar menu
My whole milk latte was perfectly creamy and pleasantly bitter.
Coffee: Keeping people like me sane and coherent for generations :)
Brooklyn's own Mast Brothers Chocolate is also sold on the premises so you can have a bar of dark chocolate with Fleur de Sel and a textbook cappuccino.
18 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001