Drink Your Coffee The Right Way At New York's Top Cafes

A perfect weekend day involves a cup of coffee and the paper. A perfect weekday day involves a cup of coffee at your desk. Notice what these days have in common?

The love of coffee goes far beyond the need for caffeine (although that is a beloved part of the bean). It is the ritual. You are required to wait, even if just for a moment, while the black liquid cascades into the cup. You get the chance to doctor it perfectly every time or ask a well-trained barista to take the reigns while you wait for your extra hot, no foam, decaf latte, thank you very much.

New York is swimming with coffee shops. It is actually surprisingly that the city itself doesn't smell of coffee. Statistics estimate that New Yorkers drink seven times more coffee than people in other cities. No wonder people move so quickly.

You probably have heard of Starbucks, so we have chosen some java joints that are not quite as obvious. Take Cafe Grumpy, with creamy lattes and single-origin coffees. The experience is capped with their cups, complete with a grumpy face (kind of how you look before your first cup of the morning). Or appreciate the loyalty behind Culture Espresso, who only partners with one coffee roaster at a time. Most businesses do not have that monogamy.

We challenge you to taste test from all ten of these cafes. On your mark, get set, caffeinate. 

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Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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