Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Nook Coffee House

Subject: The Nook Coffee House
Location: East Greenwich, RI
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 5+ [see key]

When traveling through Rhode Island, I have usually stuck to the same tired roads around Newport and Providence. But thank the Lord above, I found myself on a long overdue detour meandering a less-traveled route along the Greenwich Bay to see some of the beautiful New England coastline and enjoy some local sites. One such establishment fixed in my map was a local cafe called the Nook Coffee House.

Nestled in a black-awninged shop on Route 1, the Nook is one of the few local coffee shops in the area. Popping with activity the morning of my visit, the shop was warm and cozy, with a pleasant atmosphere complete with a few stylish nods to the local fishing heritage.

As for coffee, they wield local roaster New Harvest Coffee Roasters, using mostly their darker beans the day of my visit. Fortunately, New Harvest's dark roasts are lighter than a stereotypical dark roast, so the coffee proved delightful. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, tasted of chocolate, pretzel, orange sherbet, biscuit, grapes, a little spinach and a touch of smokiness. The drip coffee also made for a smooth cup, trumpeting out notes of cherry, biscuit, orange blossom, walnut, nougat and prune in a medium/heavy body. 

After polishing off my drinks, I continued on my detour quite refreshed and ready for some clams. If you seek good coffee right smack in the middle of Rhode Island, definitely check out the Nook Coffee House.

These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!