Coffee shops have long been a fixture in Manhattan’s hipster capital, but this year it seems that some have gone beyond the confines of a trendy coffee shop and are actually a true destination.
We spoke to our friends at coffee shop destination, Astoria Coffee, to find out the secrets behind their best coffee spots in New Jersey.
The coffee shop’s owner, David Fink, is a coffee shop aficionado, and he’s spent the last few years opening up shop in Brooklyn and New Jersey, too.
We’re always looking for a new location, and the Astoria location in Astoria was perfect.
It’s small, close to a bike path, and there are plenty of spots around for walkers and joggers to take in the view.
Fink says that he decided to open the Astoriac after hearing about the popular Brooklyn coffee shop, Café Espresso, for the first time last year.
“I wanted to do something that would bring something different to the table.
It was very much a collaborative project with [Fink] and my team,” says Fink.
The Astoriacs main menu features a mix of house coffee, espresso, and cappuccino.
The cafe’s specialty is cappucino, a blend of coffee beans that is brewed in-house, then steeped and mixed with milk.
The cappucci mix is typically topped with chocolate and whipped cream, but Fink says he wanted to go a different route with this one.
“We wanted to create a cappetto,” says his co-owner, Michael Mays.
Cafecitas also offers an array of different cappitos, such as the classic cappetta, espresso cappella, and a cappa with fresh fruit and herbs.
There’s also a cappo with a few different fruits and herbs, as well as a caffè de coffe (a coffee shop coffee made with a simple espresso machine) with milk and cream.
Fink and Mays have been experimenting with different combinations and textures, and have even added a bit of fruit and vegetable.
The coffee shop has an impressive list of wines and spirits, including a full line of bottled and bottled cocktails.
“If we were to do this on a daily basis, we’d definitely be doing a wine and spirits list,” says Mays, “so it’s not just a regular coffee shop.”
We spoke with a coffee drinker, who said that Astoriacan is one of the best spots in the borough.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he would regularly order the cappito with a capto.
He also noted that Astoria is very popular with people who work out in the morning, so it’s easy to find a spot to sit back and watch a workout.
“The coffee is so good, it’s a lot better than at the other coffee shops I’ve been to, which are super expensive,” he says.
Coffee shop destination is a collaboration between Astoria Café and Fink’s Café Esporo.
This article was updated on March 23, 2018, to reflect that the coffee shop is a collaborative effort.
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