In recent years, coffee has gotten a bad reputation, but we’re here to tell you that it’s okay to have a little caffeine once in a while to energize your system. There are plenty of organic, wholesome and healthy coffee options in Lower Manhattan, as well as alternatives that have just as much kick as a shot of espresso. Here are 10 great options to give you a little boost at any time of day.
Nestled in the West Village, Bosie Tea Parlor offers a break from the bustle of the city with a selection of over 100 handpicked loose-leaf teas from their resident Tea Master. Whether you’re in for a bold black or a soothing white, there will always be something for you. In addition, you can enjoy a pastry, macaron or savory dish made fresh from carefully sourced ingredients. Located on a quiet side street, this is the perfect spot for Saturday afternoon tea.
Bosie Tea Parlor, 10 Morton Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 352 9900
A self-proclaimed proponent of the food revolution, Hu Kitchen serves unprocessed, ethically sourced food or ‘food for humans’, they call it. As coffee has now become one of the most pesticide-ridden crops, Hu promises that their drinks are made from organic coffee that is certifiably clean. The most interesting and intense item on the menu is the Crack Coffee. It includes organic coconut oil, which has endless benefits, and grass-fed butter. Save this one for those unbearable Mondays.
If you ever need a coffee education, head straight to La Colombe Torrefaction. With an impressive variety of beans to match their extensive list of drinks, this is the place to brush up on your current coffee politics. While you sip on a deliciously bitter Cortado, take a look at the long list of company ethics and initiatives dealing with issues such as orphaned children and clean water supplies in Africa. Dedicated to working in regions with the greatest need to source their coffee while being earth-conscious, La Colombe makes you feel like you aren’t just buying a cup of coffee – you’re also donating to a good cause.
Reinventing food on the basis that peace begins on your plate, Peacefood Café serves up some of the best vegan dishes, baked goods and drinks. Whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll want to head over for a coffee-free ginger soy latte. The ginger provides you with all the antibacterial goodness you need while the soymilk gives it a smooth, rich consistency. It’s light enough to leave room for you to try one of their raw desserts on the way out; the key lime pie is a local favorite.
Peacefood Café, 41 East 11th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 979 2288
Located in the trendy Nolita neighborhood, Two Hands is an Australian-run café that specializes in quality coffee and wholesome yet healthy food and drink. Visit them for brunch on the weekends and you’re guaranteed a wait, which goes to show that they’re doing something right. They support local artists by exhibiting their work in the shop, host occasional events, and promote social causes. Enjoy an espresso at the bar table by the window, as you take in the industrial-chic vibe and the busy chatter around you.
Sometimes, the best coffee shops serve more than just great coffee. Third Rail Coffee is a great example as their hot cocoa is definitely one for the records. Made with fresh dairy products from local farms, there is nothing better on a cold New York evening. They also have a vibrant social and cultural involvement, which you can follow either in store or on their blog. Supporting local artists, coffeemakers and causes, this is the place to get involved with your community through a shared appreciation of all things brewed.