Friday, July 11, 2008

CC: Stagecoach Coffee

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Subject: Stagecoach Coffee
Location visited:
Cooperstown, NY
(31 Pioneer St # 5)
Free WiFi ? : yes
Rating: 3+ [see key]

Baseball never really was my favorite sport. As a child, I had poor eye-hand coordination and hence, didn't really succeed in hitting or catching in the game. As a teenager and now adult, I would say I like going to baseball games to get out and see a game, but baseball never really captivates me like a good game of football or soccer.

But I do loooove history so I was quite pleased when I finally was able to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. It was a beautiful day and the hall proved very interesting, full of ages passed and "better days" where things were honest and people were decent. But I digress.

On top of the baseball history, Cooperstown is a chic little place that boasts a lot of nifty little boutiques and eateries. Fortunately for me, one of those eateries was a coffeehouse called Stagecoach Coffee. I had stumbled upon it in normal researching but typical of my travels lately, I only knew of its existence before I arrived.

The exterior is a plain white shell of a shop accented with neon in the windows and sports a spacious patio in the back. The interior illustrates a long shop, with the counter on the left and a decent array of seats in the front. The shop has lots of wood/wood tones and even had some local holiday art on the wall.

Stagecoach apparently roasts their own coffee as first evidenced by the coffee bins to the back right. I sampled the Stagecoach blend which came across a little sharp but had subtle earthiness and hints of sweetness (i.e. decent coffee). The espresso demonstrated a fierce bite and strong char that proved none too wonderful; not much of a surprise since espresso was last on the menu (seems they focus more on the sweeter and more milk-based espresso drinks). The tea was free leaf.

All in all, I felt that Stagecoach was a decent place for the little baseball haven of Cooperstown but in the grand scheme of things, I think they could use a good bit of improvement.

If you're in town or nearby, give Stagecoach Coffee a try and evaluate for yourself.

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