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Coffeehouses on LI update

OK, this is something I do once a year or so--mentioning coffee places on Long Island. The focus of the list is on places where coffee is the center of what the place is about, not on a club that happens to serve coffee along with jazz, or places that are closer to restaurants (where non-coffee items are the main sellers).

The newer places (at least, new to me).
Main Street Coffee in Bay Shore (inside the Drew Patrick Spa, 128 west main street): A relatively minimalist place: a couple of soups, some packaged sandwiches/salads, plus a nice-looking assortment of muffins and cookies (made there? Once source I read says so). The usual assortment of coffee drinks. Competently made espresso, which is an important thing to me. The tables are right near a fountain, and it's proven to be one of the most relaxing places around to have a cup.

Massapequa Perk: on my list for last year, but less than a year and a half old. Made-to-order Sandwiches and salads in addition to the usual stuff, and they've paid attention to the coffee side of things.

Older ones:

Aldo's in Greenport: coffee plus his own biscotti. Half the time I pass the place he isn't open.

Babylon Bean: one of my personal favorite. Beans from Hamptons Coffee; salads and quiches and the like.

Batata Cafe (Northport): used to be Barrister's coffee, IIRC. Drinkable, and I'll leave it at that; focus is less on coffee than it used to be and I probably will be taking it off the list.

Caffe Portofino: in addition to good coffee, they make a surprising number of things in-house, from sandwiches to perhaps the best assortment of baked goods of the bunch. I'm not a big sweets fan, but I really like their "breakfast cookie," which is more like granola than a cookie.

Classy Coffee (Huntington): used to be really bad (horribly over-extracted), but they've improved quite a bit. Haven't been recently enough to say much more.

Coffee Nut Cafe (Long Beach): had some mixed experiences, from OK to pretty good--but none actually bad.

Cool Beanz (St. James): use pod coffee for their shots. Pods (look like round tea bags) can make decent espresso, but never great shots.

D'latte in Greenport: Haven't been there since early fall; I like their affogato.

Georgio's, Huntington: focus totally on the coffee
http://www.georgioscoffee.com/

Milk and Sugar Cafe: Eh. They focus on meals and desserts, not the coffee. Again, it's been a while since I've been there, but the last espresso I had was way over-extracted.

Urban Coffee (Greenlawn): in the middle pack for Long Island.

Witches Brew: cool-looking place and the people are nice, but the worst espresso I've had in recent years.

Places that closed in the last year/two but still may be listed:
The Grind (Bellmore), Brown Dog Coffee (Kings Park), , Sea Cliff Coffee, Java Room (Farmingdale), Pisces Cafe (Babylon). EastEnders in Riverhead is allegedly reopening in May or so, but I haven't heard any updates.

I'm probably forgetting a few; I'll add as they come to me.

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Caffe Portofino
249 Main St, Northport, NY

Coffee Nut Cafe
250 E Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561

Witches Brew
311 Hempstead Tpke Unit B, West Hempstead, NY 11552

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    1. I still like The Cup in Wantagh. Good house blend and yummy sweets.

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      1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

        I didn't put it on the list because I was only there once and so couldn't give a good assessment (the evening-only hours don't work for me) but the espresso I had there was terrible.

        1. re: Scott_R

          agreed. every coffee i've had there has been burnt.

      2. update: Mo'joe in Mineola, formerly MUD (omitted from my list) has closed.

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        Mo'joe
        95 Mineola Blvd, Mineola, NY 11501

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        1. re: Scott_R

          I know - I was bummed - they had great sandwiches and was an interesting lunch option.

        2. Newest place:
          1014 Coffee House
          1014 Fort Salonga Road
          Northport, NY 11768-2273

          Coffee, gelato, desserts and a few basic menu items (pizzas, which I presume aren't made there) and a few other things; the selection, I believe, is to increase. Scores middle of the pack for LI espresso, by my standards. I'm not a sweets person, but the desserts look nice.

          Babylon Bean has changed hands; new owner is keeping the original concept and going further with it. He's done a lot of redecorating, and has some plans to expand the kitchen offerings. More to add as I learn it.

          1. And yet another...
            Sweetie Pies on Main
            181 Main Street
            Cold Spring Harbor, NY
            http://sweetiepiesonmain.com/

            Just stopped by after having passed the place any number of times (usually going "d'oh!" when I realized I passed it again and forgotten to stop).

            Cute little place that uses a lot of local suppliers (pies from Youngs Farm in Old Brookville, candies from Azure Chocolate, etc.).

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            1. re: Scott_R

              ... and I've been back to Sweetie Pies. They actually have a cold brew coffee system. I should have taken a picture, but it's basically this:
              http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3664/3...
              (no, that's not from the place; I have no idea where the shot was taken).

              I haven't tried it, but is sure looks neat.

              1. re: Scott_R

                Do they brew it strong enough? That's my main gripe everywhere. BTW, I really appreciate this thread of yours. Any feedback on Georgio's coffee?

                1. re: mcf

                  Hard to say, as I always get an espresso-based drink (an Americano, mostly; I don't add milk or sweetener to my coffee). But I can say that at least with the espresso, they pull a shot properly (if not as expertly as I've had the rare occasion to sometimes experience): not over- or under-extracted.

                  As far as Georgio's coffee, it's difficult for me to respond to that as I have a particular bias in that area that I can't really publicly post about. Long story.

                  1. re: mcf

                    Just a thought: cold brewing creates a VERY strong (but smooth) coffee. So strong that it must be diluted (with hot water or regular coffee) before serving. So I suppose you can ask for it as strong as you like (varying the dilution ratio).

                    1. re: Scott_R

                      I'll let you know after we manage to stop by and try. Thanks.

                      1. re: mcf

                        I should probably mention that (I presume) the cold brew coffee is likely not the default brew served, and would have to be specified.

                        1. re: Scott_R

                          ... and a piece on Sweetie Pies that was just in Newsday:
                          http://www.exploreli.com/shopping/swe...

                          mcf: I don't know if this was in your "strong enough" question, but Sweetie Pies also makes iced coffee *cubes* for their iced coffee, so that it doesn't become dilute as the cubes melt.

                          1. re: Scott_R

                            I saw that, Scott, and took note of that good advice; must mean they care about not having wussy coffee. Will definitely have to mosey on over. Thanks.