The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
While some chains do a good job with coffee, true connoisseurs will want to visit an independent shop that buys beans from all over the world and roasts them on the premises. And whereas most chains use the drip method exclusively, a true coffee shop will offer an array of brewing methods including (but not limited to) drip, pull (as in “pull an espresso”), pour-over, French press and, quickly gaining ground among the caffescenti, AeroPress.
Long Island is home to a number of boutique coffee shops including, from east to west:
Aldo’s: 105 Front St., Greenport, 631-477-6300, aldos.com
Java Nation: 112 Maple Lane, Bridgehampton, 631-725-0500
North Fork Roasting Co.: 55795 Main Rd., Southold, 631-876-5450, noforoastingco.com
Hampton Coffee Co.: 869 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 631-726-2633; 749 County Rd. 39A, Southampton, 631-353-3088; 194 Mill Rd., Westhampton Beach, 631-288-4480, hamptoncoffeecompany.com
Thunder Island Coffee Roasters: 180 Old Point Rd., Southampton, 631-204-1110, thunderislandcoffee.com
Tend Coffee: 924 Montauk Hwy., Shirley, 631-772-4707, tendcoffee.com
Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Co.: 41 E. Main St., Patchogue, 631-627-3966, roast.coffee
Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Co.: 1 Railroad Plaza, Bay Shore, 631-206-1616, cyrus.life
Southdown Coffee: 210B Wall St., Huntington, southdowncoffee.wordpress.com
Georgio’s Coffee Roasters: 1965 New Hwy., Farmingdale, 516-238-2999, georgioscoffee.com
Gentle Brew: 151 E. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-605-2370, gentlebrewcoffee.com
Globus Coffee: 426 Plandome Rd., Manhasset, 516-304-5780, globuscoffee.com