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David Greenbaum Apr 23, 2003 08:44 AM

The "Mud Truck" has been parked outside my office for the last two mornings. I've seen them before on Astor Place, and remember a news article here and there. Never tried the coffee before.

I guess they got another truck, and it's roaming around Manhattan.

There's something about this that appeals to me. A large cup costs $2, which is about the same as a "grande" Starbucks. Maybe 10 cents more. The point is that they are "anti-establishment" and "anti-Starbucks," and offer a quality cup of coffee without the corporate BS. Not sure if this is really true, but I sort of buy into the hype.

Down here on buttoned-up Wall Street, it's nice to see a bit of rebellion (accompanied by a bit of rock n' roll).

The coffee? Good. Strong. Hot.

What do others think?

Link: http://themudtruck.com

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    Nancy Nosher Apr 23, 2003 08:46 AM

    Where is your office downtown? Would like to take advantage of the mud truck myself.

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      David Greenbaum Apr 23, 2003 08:56 AM

      It's right ouside 58/60 Wall. Orange truck. His hours have been strange...maybe 7 to 9:30? I'd go soon...

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      bob Apr 23, 2003 08:53 AM

      the hype is better than the lattes. i've had a few when they were on astor and they were very weak (btw, i don't like starbucks either). i love the idea of the mud truck, and the low prices, but the lattes weren't very good. however, you should definetly take the $2 gamble and decide for yourself.

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        scrittrice Apr 23, 2003 09:50 AM

        Ditto. I'm very anti-Starbucks and anti-chain, so I was thrilled when the Mud Truck showed up in my neighborhood. Alas, they sold me one sad excuse for a latte. I'll never go back, but I do smile at them when I walk by!

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        Jayask Apr 23, 2003 09:12 AM

        I think its just the one truck. I spoke to the guy when he was parked at Union Sq one day and he ran through the list of places he goes and when, but I don't rememebr the details. Maybe someone could ask him, and post it.

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          David Greenbaum Apr 23, 2003 09:40 AM

          Really? One truck? When I spoke to the guy down here, he said they had two. I thought the one at Astor Place was permanent.

          Anyhow I am craving another cup of coffee right now. I'm not a latte guy, but I'll find a colleague to test them out soon.

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            Jayask Apr 23, 2003 10:28 AM

            Then I'm wrong. Maybe he wa steh one who moves. :)

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              sara Apr 23, 2003 01:57 PM

              yeah, there's definitely at least two- the one on astor is there every day, and one day on my way to the subway a sister truck pulled up beside it to say hi ;)

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            BigMoGreenberg Apr 23, 2003 09:32 AM

            Have to love the Mud Truck. They have parked the truck in between two Starbucks and sell coffee for half the price.
            The Lattes may not be the best, but the coffee is good, the people are friendly and there is great music.

            A business that should be supported

            BigMo

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              at203 Apr 23, 2003 10:07 AM

              Last year, I too was thrilled to have an option outside "buttoned-up Wall Street" when the Mud Truck was parked on Broadway and Beaver sporadically for about a month.

              The coffee IS good.. but $2 became tough to swallow. And the guy would always fill it too full, and I would scald myself walking to work. It lost its charm. But if you like it, by all means keep patronizing it. Just don't count on it always being there... sometimes it would disappear for days at a time. Sometimes it's still at that location.

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                keithk Apr 23, 2003 01:09 PM

                The Mud Truck on Wall Street is usurping business from the Egyptian brothers who run the cart which parks right in front of the old JP Morgan Building (now Deutch Bank) at about 60 Wall Street. These guys have been Wall St regulars for at least 8 years and they make an excellent strong cup of coffee, for a buck. And they are good guys.

                Plunking their loud orange Mud truck right there is as heinous as Starbucks swooping down and putting "mom and pops" out of business. So depending on what you value (free enterprise being the other side of the equation)make up you own mind. I have decided I am anti-Mud.

                The brothers do not make espresso drinks, so do what you have to do.

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                  dpw206 Apr 23, 2003 02:38 PM

                  Have to support the mud truck. Stick to the coffee or the nice selection of tea and you'll be pleased. (Any truck that you can get an irish breakfast tea from can't be all bad, right?) Whenever I am at Astor place I stop by. I enjoy everything about it: the idea, people, music, etc. I don't order lattes so I can't chime in on that one, but for a truck/cart business it's doing a fine job. I see one trucked parked/getting worked on all the time at night on Steinway in Astoria- I guess the owners in the nabe?

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                    OliveRuth May 28, 2009 05:17 PM

                    I would argue that Mud Truck has some of the best drip coffee in the city, with only Joe's and Think possibly outperforming. I have been going to the one on Astor place for 8 years now and I always get a great drink and really friendly service.

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                      Cheese Cheesely May 28, 2009 06:48 PM

                      is it still parked up on wall in the mornings? i'm at NYP, so it's a bit of a hike for a gamble.

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