HASTINGS, N.Y. -- Westchester County is full of places to get your caffeine fix, but if you want to perk up with the strongest espresso, the richest cappuccino or the most thoughtfully made cuppa joe, there are a handful of absolute musts -- at least according to Daily Voice readers who selected five among the best of the best.
Who Has The Best Cup Of Joe In Westchester County?
Antoinette's Patisserie, Hastings
Big Bang Coffee Roaster, Peekskill
Coffee Labs Roasters, Tarrytown
The Black Cow Coffee Co., Croton and Pleasantville
Hayfields Market, North Salem
Each is now vying for a spot in our ongoing DVlicious contest. The winner will be chosen Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m., soon after voting closes. In the meantime, here’s a brief profile of one our our finalists. Each nominee is being highlighted this week before the ultimate reveal on Tuesday, March 22.
So start sipping, savoring– and voting. You can vote multiple times, though only once per day. The winner receives a DVlicious certificate and the honors of being the county’s caffeinated favorite.
The Find Grind: Blending, brewing and branding could be the mantra here where Owner Kusmanto Beham has created an In-house brand called Giacobean coffee. All is roasted in small batches, and tasted and tended with care. "Having a 'cafe minded' brand allows us to personalize coffee flavors even more," he said.
In addition to the coffee served in the cafe -- as well as the many baked goods -- there is a vibrant wholesale and web retail business with beans used at many area restaurants. Giacobean's cold brew, nitrogenated on tap at The Mill in Hastings, is also popular and used locally in a variety of cocktails. It is in the midst of being trademarked.
Most Popular Brew: The crowd favorite is the dark roast called veloce which showcases the artisan style of taking coffee dark without burning it. This features flavors of salted caramel with an applewood smoke. Beham calls it "a deep syrupy happy place where dark roasted pulls the savory side of sweet."
People also love that they can take Giacobean home.
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