Starbuck's Jackson Heights
Today was the opening of Starbuck's in Jackson Heights. I went at 2PM and it was very crowded which pleased me. I waited 20 minutes before being served. Almost every seat was taken. It was very active and hectic. When I left my apartment in route to Starbuck's, I passed Espresso 77 and it was also very crowded. This pleased me very much since I want Espresso to succeed. I also passed Lety's which was empty. This doesn't concern me since they do a huge bakery business and don't depend on the tables. I ordered a double espresso at Starbucks for $2 and was very disappointed but then they just opened. Later in the afternoon, I ordered a double espresso at Lety's and it was so much better than Starbuck's. Lety's has come a long way in improving their espresso since they opened and they fill the espresso cup to the very top for just $1.85. I won't order a double espresso at Espresso 77 for $4.40. Much too expensive and not a lot better than Lety's.
I went at 7:30 am and order a regular coffee and the apple donut, I was pleased with both. Wasn't crowded at that time. I noticed that Lety's was somewhat empty, but, I agree that they make a lot of their income on bakery items, they even deliver. I have to say, that I noticed that Lety's has improved on their expresso drinks in the last month or so.
Julie from Espresso 77 here - I won't sell you a double espresso for $4.40 - our double espresso is $2 plus tax. A quad is $4 plus tax. Our shots are double ristretto, which take up less water volume than a regular double shot, but we can absolutely pull a shot longer for anyone who requests it.
Just want to clarify...
i can't compare the espresso quality at lety's and espresso 77 -- love the pastry at the former, but the regular coffee was so-so, leaving me unwilling to try the espresso -- but i don't think a double at E77 is anywhere near $4.40. half that amount seems more like it, if i recall correctly (i'm usually a single drinker, so it's been a bit since i had a double there)
>...and they fill the espresso cup to the very top for just $1.85...<
That's a problem. A properly poured double expresso should be (someone else correct me if I'm off base) about 2.5 ounces max. Bigger is definitely not better in this case.
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