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New York Times Magazine

Ristretto | My Caffeinated Valentine


On any given day, Stumptown Coff Roasters (20 West 29th Street, no telephone) in the Ace Hotel offers around 20 different freshly roasted coffees. It’s the largest variety in the city and one of the most impressive selections anywhere. Most cost around $12 for 12 ounces.

Any one would make a fine Valentine’s Day gift, though if you want to put a little ceremony in the presentation you should consider the Anniversary Blend  ($30 for 12 ounces), a combination of Finca el Injerto from Guatemala, Tega Tula from Ethiopia and Gaturiri from Kenya presented in an amber glass apothecary jar. After all, coffee is a drug.

If you’re feeling indulgent, Stumptown Coffee Roasters also sells one of the cultiest — and costliest — coffees in the world: the fabled Geisha varietal from Hacienda Esmeralda in Panama, which costs $70 for a 12-ounce bag. As if you need further proof of New York’s maturing coffee scene, just wander or bike over to 29th Street and Broadway and grab a bag off the shelf.