I want to thank those of you that made your NYC cafe suggestions. I
have come to view this list (with the exception of the SPAMMERS) as
beloved family. I visited 9th Street Espresso and wanted to tell you
how it went:
WOW, how can I put all of this together...
Espresso's I've had up until now must have been quite bad, but I did
not know it. I figured that people that drink 'straight shots' must
enjoy making weird faces as they sip the dark brown liquid in tiny
cups. My bad espresso past was going to be brought to light, in a
'therapy' session at 9th Street Espresso.
I woke up early on Thursday (only after 4 hours of sleep) and took a
taxi down to 9th Street Espresso. They open at 7am, I arrived shortly
thereafter and was able to just 'hang-out' for about an hour and order
several drinks before having to head back to the hotel and work.
I started with a shot of espresso and worked my way up to a macchiato,
then a cappuccino, and finally and iced latte to go. Needless to say,
I think I was wired for the entire day. I'm not sure anybody really
understood what I was saying during the training sessions :) Each
drink was wonderful. I sure wish there was a local shop like this!
Their store is cozy. I liked the punched-tin ceiling, hardwood floors,
and the 'artist-squares' that you can take, work on and bring back to
display. There are benches out in front of the store on which I was
able to 'wake-up' with NYC. Being able to listen to the city come
alive brought back wonderful memories of my childhood and spending
time with my Grandfather, who's dental office was located in Astoria,
NY. We would make our bi-yearly trip with him to the office for our
check-ups. It was a wonderful time as we drove into NYC and walked to
the office. The life and bustle of the local bakeries and other shops
was wonderful to experience again.
The espresso shot was like nothing I've had before...wow! I was
nervous as to how the shot would taste. Just the previous night we had
dinner at an Italian restaurant and I figured the MIGHT have decent
espresso; in hind sight, what I was served was terrible, bitter, no
crema. The shot at 9th Street was so very different from the night
before. The aroma, crema, and taste were wonderful. I can now fully
understand the affection that you all have for your high quality
espresso machines. What a pleasure it would be to have that quality of
beverage when ever you pleased! I'm beginning to get serious UPGRADE
fever...I enjoy my French press, but, wow - coffee could be so much
The straight espresso shot had a slight tobacco after-taste, or maybe
it was the guy next to me rolling his own cigarette. The shot was
still very, very good compared to my past experiences. As I moved up
the coffee-to-milk ratios, the tobacco-ness seemed to fade away.
Finally I had to leave coffee nirvana and head back to the wasteland
of instant, liquid, pre-ground, stale, poorly made office-hotel-gas
station coffee. At least I can come home to my home-roasted, French
pressed bit of heaven.
At least I can cherish the morning that, while I was in NYC for work,
I was able to experience coffee heaven on earth; now if I can only
convince my wife that our family NEEDS an espresso machine!
Thanks for listening...
ThBull 'trying to save up some $$$'