Some of you may remember my excitement over the New York Coffee Festival. Well, let me tell you all about it.
There’s something magical about walking into a massive room that smells like coffee. Being hit with that smell the tasting tables become the first priority. Of which there are MANY. Over 100 hundred coffee and tea makers from across the globe (and locally) exhibited throughout the event. For some, like all the matcha tables, the lines extended well past a number of other booths. Filled with excited coffee drinkers that couldn’t wait to get a taste.
I had some definite favorites. First up was Dona Chai, a Brooklyn-based company that specializes in masala chai and turmeric concentrates. After tasting both, the chai became a standout and my personal favorite. It’s one of the best flavor-wise that I’ve had on the East Coast.
On the coffee front, there was a whole lot to choose from. It was hard to pin down a favorite. However, I did try a Sparkling Coffee by Upruit that was literally one of the best things I’ve tasted. It was a subtle lemon flavor that somehow elevated the coffee and took it to a whole new level.
Then there are the cold brews, featuring a delicious mint-infused coffee by Toby’s Estate. To me, mint and coffee don’t really go together. But Tony (whoever he is) proves me wrong. THIS. WAS. AMAZING. Honestly, my new goal is to track this down and drink it daily.
There were so many great companies at New York Coffee Fest, but these were a few of my standouts. One thing is for sure, I can’t wait to return next year to see what new experiments and tastes these smart brewers are coming up with.
Check out some photos of the fest below!