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Entries in Tea & Coffee (23)

Wednesday
May042016

Cafe Dolce in Norwalk: Exceptional European Handcrafted Desserts, Coffee & Lunch

Some cups of coffee begin in Africa. Others in South America. This cup of coffee began, so to speak, in...Hungary. Norbert Dudas and Zoltan Bona, two friends who were hospitality and culinary students back in the day, eventually made their way to the United States. They pinpointed Fairfield County in particular, looking for a place to set up shop and show people what they could do. The result is the convivial, welcoming Cafe Dolce in Norwalk with its decidedly European atmosphere. 

Said one regular customer on my recent trip there “It’s the best kept secret...but not for long, I’m sure!”. At that, she threw her hands in the air, cradled and shook her head as she embarked on her snacking quandary (oh, the peril!)...which treat to enjoy?

This cafe, with its steaming cup and rolling pin logo (a nod to their coffee and baked goods, of course), has “hand-crafted” written all over it.

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Tuesday
May032016

Latte Art Throwdown at NEAT Westport. And The Winner Is…

I had no idea.  Like most people, I enjoy a good cup of coffee.  My personal preference being a latte, the Americanized version of a cappuccino, but with a more densely foamed steamed milk. 

So when I was invited to represent CTbites as one of three judges at this past weeks Latte Art Throwdown at NEAT Westport, frankly I envisioned a couple local baristas serving up some prettily topped lattes.  Hearts, Flowers, Tulips, etc.

Little did I know, but being a barista has taken on a new respect in the coffee world.  Third Wave coffee, Single origin, specialty coffee, French Press, pour overs and simple are words that have crept into our vocabulary as true coffee aficionados seek out the best baristas in local independent coffee houses. 

NEAT is one of the original boutique coffee houses in CT, opening its first location in Darien, and in the last year coming to Westport in the former Vigilante Fire House on Riverside Ave. 

This past week, they hosted their first Latte Art Throwdown, a judged bracket style competition not for the faint of heart barista. 

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Tuesday
Sep292015

25 Places for Great Coffee in Connecticut

Have you heard the “buzz”?  Tuesday September 29 is National Coffee Day, and CT is home to some great local coffee spots where you can celebrate.  There's a lot of coffee in this state so we've divided our list into Fairfield County & Beyond FC.  Here are 24 places that serve some of CT’s best java.  One might even say they’re more than just your average “joe….”

If we missed any of YOUR favorite spots, please let us know in the comments section below. 

Fairfeld County Coffee

  1. Buzz Truck, Fairfield County
  2. Espresso Neat, Darien and Westport
  3. Lorca, Stamford
  4. Redding Roasters, Bethel
  5. Zumbachs Coffee, New Canaan
  6. Coffee Barn, Wilton
  7. Tusk & Cup, Ridgefield

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Friday
Jul182014

12 Places For Great Coffee in Fairfield County

Let's face it, we all like to get our buzz on. Lucky for us, there are a number of venues in Fairfield County with serious baristas, pulling some pretty epic espresso. For your coffee drinking pleasure we have created a cheat sheet to which you can refer when your craving for caffeine masks your ability to grind your own beans.
Here are our Top 11 Places to Get Great Coffee in Fairfield County.
Find the venue near you...and enjoy.
  1. Buzz Truck, Fairfield County
  2. Espresso Neat, Darien and Westport
  3. Lorca, Stamford
  4. Redding Roasters, Bethel
  5. Zumbachs Coffee, New Canaan
  6. Coffee Barn, Wilton
  7. Sugar & Olives, Norwalk
  8. Tusk & Cup, Ridgefield
  9. Shearwater Coffee Roasters, Trumbull
  10. The Granola Bar, Westport
  11. Terrain, Westport
  12. Raus Coffee, your local Farmers' Market

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Tuesday
Jul232013

Steam Coffee Bar Opening at Greens Farms Station in Westport 

It’s full steam ahead for Briana Pennell and Chris Barrett, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their La Marzocco espresso machine, as they plan the opening of their first location of Steam Coffee Bar at Greens Farms Train Station at the end of the month.

Steam will exclusively brew the locally renowned Raus Coffee and take iced coffee to a new level, serving drinks such as “Cold Roman, Roman Navel and Roman Kiss.” The new shop will also serve Arogya tea, an organic tea vendor based in Westport, and a variety of local baked goods and breakfast items from the area, including several gluten-free choices. Fresh-pressed, organic juices from The Stand and local Connecticut milk from The Farmer’s Cow are among the other area favorites on the menu. 

“We pride ourselves on using only the freshest ingredients and highest quality products,” said Pennell. “We love supporting the small business community and we’re very excited about sharing the best of what’s around locally with the commuters and our neighbors in the Green's Farms area.”

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Wednesday
Dec262012

DAVIDsTEA Opens in Westport

On the twelfth night of Christmas, my true love brewed for me,” 1 buddha’s blend, 2 matcha matsu, 3 long life oolong, 4 la la lemon, 5 chocolate orange...and so the song goes. New to Main Street in downtown Westport, just in time for the holidays, is DAVIDsTEA, a Canadian company started by two cousins who wanted to introduce the masses to the ancient world of loose leaf tea in a fun, modern environment. Initially successful in Canada with over 80 stores, the cousins decided to set up shop in the U.S. with Westport following the likes of NYC, Chicago and San Francisco.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

NEAT Artisan Coffee Bar Now Open in Greenwich

Good news for people living and working in Greenwich CT. The espresso NEAT we know and love from Darien has just opened a coffee bar in the lobby @ 100 West Putnum in downtown Greenwich. NEAT will be serving beverages, pastries, lunch & sweets. Don't look for a sign because there is none, but you are now "in the know," so just walk on in and they'll make you your favorite NEAT drink just like in Darien.

They be open from 7:30am to 4:30pm during the week, and are offering an assortment of breakfast and lunch items from Wave Hill Breads Bakery & Cafe as well as a selection of Vegan-friendly food items from Green & Tonic.  

Get caffeinated!

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Friday
Nov022012

Guide To Great Sustainable Coffee in Fairfield County

Coffee joints have always been key meeting grounds, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, good quality caffeine and WIFI reign supreme. However, cafes such as Green Leaf Organic Bakery and Cafe in Wilton, Terrain in Westport, Sugar & Olives in Norwalk, Tusk & Cup in Ridgefield, & espresso NEAT in Darien are going beyond basic coffee service. Here's why...(re-posted with permission from the Fairfield Green Food Guide)

Ah, it’s getting to be hot-beverage season (but then again, maybe it always is). Are you a mom who is back to inhabiting cafes with friends now that the kids are back in school? Or a traveler passing through Fairfield County? Either way, a great cup of joe is always on the destination list. But where to get one? And, more importantly, where to enjoy a sustainable cup of coffee? That’s the trickier part because not all joe is created equal.

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Wednesday
Dec212011

Tusk & Cup Coffee Shops Opens in Branchville

Bleary-eyed Branchville commuters now have a few more options for their morning caffeine fix. Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee has opened across the street from the Branchville train station at 51 Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7) in Ridgefield. Owners Joe and Laura Ancona, the same family that owns and runs nearby Ancona’s Market and Ancona’s Wines & Liquors, opened Tusk & Cup in November, a fine complement to the family-owned businesses and this burgeoning neighborhood of small businesses. 

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Monday
Nov142011

Say Good Bye to Doc's Cafe in Westport (w/ a Party!)

Longtime Westport favorite, Doc's Cafe, will close this Saturday as the building is being torn down for development. But fear not, before they close the doors Docs will be throwing a party to say "thank you" all of their loyal customers on Saturday November 19th between 3-6 p.m. Complimentary coffee, espresso drinks, beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres and sweets will be served. Plus...read on for info on a possible move. 

Native Texan and longtime Westport resident Yvonne Dougherty opened Doc’s Café in September 2000, and her eclectic, family-friendly coffee shop has been a fixture in the town’s Saugatuck neighborhood ever since. Yvonne fell in love with the coffee business in the mid-nineties while serving as an entry-level barista at Juba’s, a small café housed in the former Peter’s Bridge Market space. Over the past decade, Doc’s Café, buoyed by a loyal following of commuters and lunch patrons, has served tens of thousands of expertly crafted cappuccinos, lattes and cups of their signature French roast blend, Sledgehammer.

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