But I still can’t find a decent cup of coffee in NYC

The Money section of today’s Times-Picayune reports that New York has supplanted New Orleans as the nation’s No. 1 port for coffee. They may import more coffee than we do, but they still haven’t learned how to make a decent cup of coffee. And we care more about coffee in New Orleans than they do in New York. Ask an Orleanian about who serves the best coffee, and you’ll get an opinion — probably one as strong as the coffee itself. A New Yorker probably wouldn’t care. Start a discussion on this blog about coffee, and you’ll trigger a string of comments. I’ll bet they’ve never debated coffee on the NYC Metroblog.

7 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2004 @ 10:39 am

    I’m looking for the total coffeeshop experience when I go for a cup. Rue de la Course has good coffee, but it also has some hot baristos, like the gorgeous long-haired guy that works nights at the Rue at Oak and Carrollton.

    The “big” Rue on Magazine used to have some most excellent coffee servers, but now that it’s reopened across the street, I can’t think of any that have really claimed my attention. The coffee’s still good, though.


  2. Ray (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2004 @ 12:46 pm

    I’m partial to the CBD Rue on Carondelet. Great coffee served up by lovely Bohemian chicks. One of these day’s I’ll have to visit what I think must be the original Rue — the one on Magazine and Race. (I don’t know much French, but I’m almost sure that Rue de la Course is named after Race Street.)


  3. miles (unregistered) on October 4th, 2004 @ 12:39 am

    I like how “total coffeeshop experience” really just means hot baristas. Atmosphere-wise, Zot’s in the Marigny is where it’s at. Cigarette holes in the couches and a cd player packed with Cat Power, Lightning Bolt, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, etc. As for the coffee, it’s hot and it’s got caffeine, which are my only requirements. If you want taste, move to Seattle.


  4. Jonah (unregistered) on October 4th, 2004 @ 11:59 am

    Ha! Like Seattle is the pinnacle of coffee flavor. What a joker!

    I agree that Rue de la Course has the best coffee in town. I prefer the orginal race st. location though.

    For my money though, Kaldi’s was the best coffehouse that ever existed in this city. I miss it like a dead relative. Just thinking about it’s smoky interior and eclectic crowd makes me want to cry. Even several years later the loss weighs heavy on me.


  5. BF Alum (unregistered) on October 5th, 2004 @ 11:40 am

    Whenever I wanted a gutterpunk instead of a muffin with my coffee I went to Rue, but for quality I’ve always gone to PJ’s (preferably Maple St). Rue neglects to do one of the most beneficial steps in preparing iced coffee: adding vanilla extract after the 12 hour cold brew. It’s not enough vanilla that you can taste IT, but the coffee as whole is much smoother. For both of the weeks during the year that New Orleans is cold though, I guess any hot brew from Rue would do.


  6. Jonah (unregistered) on October 6th, 2004 @ 1:07 pm

    BF, you are wrong. Rue does add Vanilla to their Iced Coffee. I worked at one for almost 2 years and probably squeezed hundreds of individual servings of vanilla into iced coffee gallons over that span of time.

    PJs is ok, but for me the Rue’s big flavor and superior roast trumps their IC any day.


  7. Ray (unregistered) on October 6th, 2004 @ 7:42 pm

    To all commenters: Thank you. Like I said, “Ask an Orleanian about who serves the best coffee, and you’ll get an opinion — probably one as strong as the coffee itself…. Start a discussion on this blog about coffee, and you’ll trigger a string of comments.”



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