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International Coffee Day – Some Java Joint Recommendations

International Coffee Day – Some Java Joint Recommendations
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By Stephanie Schroeder and Lisa Haas

Photo credit: David Hodgson via photopin

Yes, we know reports about the effects of coffee are very mixed. It’s good, it’s bad, it helps keep you awake while driving at night, it might kill you. But, a lot of us drink it all the same. And we’re sure you remember the 1973 movie Coffee, Tea or Me? starring 70s acting idols Karen Valentine and John Davidson, or at least that now-iconic phrase.

We want to recognize International Coffee Day, an annual event observed on September 29 celebrating the popular caffeinated beverage. Some reports indicate the day also marks the promotion of fair trade coffee and employs efforts to raise awareness of the plight of coffee growers.

Of course Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and many commercial coffee franchises offer free or discounted cups of coffee, but FiftyIsTheNewFifty thought we’d keep it local by asking our readers where they like to fill up with their a Cup of Joe.

Sean Sweeney of New York, NY loves the indie feel of Local, which he calls “the anti-Starbucks.” Sean also recommends, Porto Rico on Bleecker Street, “which has a couple of dozen bags of different coffees for sale at reasonable prices. It’s been around for 107 years. They have a small bar in the back to brew a cup for you, but no seats. However, they do put two benches outside to drink the stuff and to watch the scene.” Porto Rico: www.portorico.com/store. Local: nymag.com/listings/restaurant/local

Linda Gavelek tells us The Brothers K in Evanston, Illinois is a great local coffee house. She reports “a wonderful staff, great java and pastries along with indoor and outdoor seating.” Linda, who is a volunteer with Evanston’s Public Library Friends group, which has filled the shelves of the cafe with free books says, “Lots of regulars come for that comforting feeling.” 500 Main Street, Evanston, IL 60602, www.brotherskcoffee.com

From Twitter-savvy @vlihunter: My fav is@LavazzaNaper in #napervilleThey have a great outdoor patio and beautiful delicious coffee drinks (and gelato). FiftyIsTheNewFifty followed up for an extra scoop of contact information: 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville, IL 60563, www.lavazzanaperville.com

Julie Haas of Lakewood, Colorado recommends Paris on the Platte. “It is located in downtown Denver and has been in existence for over 20 years. My favorite drink, which has been on the menu for more than 20 years, is the Broadway Wake Up for only $4.95 – vanilla ice cream, bananas, chocolate, iced espresso and malted milk, topped with whipped cream. If you need to drive all night, be sure to pick up one of these!” 1553 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202, www.parisontheplatte.com

Brooklyn-based FiftyIsTheNewFifty contributor Stephanie Schroeder reports from trendy Bushwick, “It’s a pretty young crowd that frequents my favorite java joint. But, AP Cafe is not pretentious as the minimalist interior and my hipster neighbors might suggest. The baristas are friendly and the breakfast/bunch menu they recently added is a dream come true. I generally have black coffee, which is very smooth, but I’ll occasionally indulge in a Thai iced tea, which is also excellent. AP Cafe, 426 Troutman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237, www.facebook.com/APCafe

Reporting in from Madison, WI is Stephanie’s sister Ann Schroeder, who recommends EVP Coffee. “It is a locally owned, woman-owned business that now has five locations around town,” she says. “I prefer the 1250 E. Washington Avenue location. It is right across the street from where I work, and in front of my bus stop. I can stop in just off the bus in the morning to buy a cup of coffee or a pound to take home. I love having freshly ground coffee smell in my office all day. They also have free Wi-Fi, comfy tables, chairs and couches and a very neighborhood feel. Great service too! And, I love their philosophy.” 1250 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703, www.evpcoffee.com

Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary, 217 Wolf Road in Albany, NY, is Jim Reinhold‘s favoriate spot. “I’m there four days a week drinking one of their daily brews roasted on the premises. Fresh pastries baked daily right there; they have the best scones I’ve had anywhere. Plus some fun, creative activities at night from local music to brewing classes.” 217 Wolf Road, Albany NY 12205, www.professorjavas.com

Whether local or chain, enjoy your cup of java on International Coffee Day. We choose to believe, at least on this one day, the good definitely outweighs the

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Stephanie Schroeder
Stephanie Schroeder is freelance writer and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been published The Guardian US, The Brooklyn Paper, Curve, Chelsea Now, Passport, and others. She is the author of the memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide.