Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
Gotta have that jolt of caffeine in the morning? Or, maybe you prefer that afternoon pick-me-up. Increasingly, the drink of choice these days is a cup of coffee. According to the 2010 North American Coffee Industry Report, not only are coffee drinkers in the U.S. sipping more lattes, they are specifically targeting organic coffees. Sales hit over $1.4 billion for organic and Fair Trade coffees and it is the “single-most valuable import” into the country.
But where can you get a really good cuppa Joe around these parts? Any old diner can serve you up some hot java, but a growing number of coffee houses in Fairfield County actually care about what they serve. Some roast the beans themselves. Others make a point of purveying organic and Fair Trade beans. Either way, you can get a great cup of coffee if you know where to look.
Here’s a sampling of what’s in the area:
2889 Fairfield Avenue
Serving all organic and Fair Trade coffees, they are partnered with Dish restaurant next door. Grab some goodies or have a stack of their Big-Ass pancakes with a cappuccino.
20 Grove Street
Sources only the finest beans and roasts on-premise. Also, offers classes on home brewing and coffee tastings. Also, a CT Bites favorite as it has been written up several times with a close following on their tastings.
213 Greenwood Avenue
With the slogan “From Bean to Belly,” the team blends, roasts and vacuum packs their coffee. Don’t want it to go? No worries, they’ll brew you up a cup.
Fat Cat Pie Co.
1 Wall Street
Known for their organic ingredients on their famously thin pizzas, they also serve breakfast with organic and Fair Trade coffees.
Coming This Fall:
125 Bedford Street
Teeny-tiny with only a 10- to 12-seat storefront, they will also serve homemade churros and doughnuts. They source from organic and Fair Trade wholesalers and they will also serve a selection of organic teas. Check on their progress toward opening on their blog.