Monday, July 11, 2016

City of Saints Coffee Roasters

Subject: City of Saints Coffee Roasters
Location: Hoboken, NJ
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 5+ [see key]

While the Hudson River is an easily traversed body of water, it amazes me how few businesses drift across from NYC into NJ. Take for example the coffee situation: New York City literally has hundreds of decent coffee stops, many with multiple locations. Yet, across the river in cities like Jersey City and Hoboken, only a smattering of shops with similar quality have reared their heads, and rarely will a NYC coffee entity open a shop in the lands of Jersey. Sure there's lots of reasons for why this happens, but I'm more interested in the few exceptions to this phenomenon, such as City of Saints Coffee Roasters.

With their headquarters in Bushwick and a booming cafe in lower Manhattan, the NJ location of City of Saints exists as an outpost all too conveniently located on the open streets of Hoboken. The shop really focuses on coffee to go given its small footprint, so the shop is cozy with a standing counter bordering the windows and a pair of benches for outside seating.

I was able to visit one overcast afternoon, with much of the morning rush but a distant memory. After taking in the ambiance and making small talk with the barista, I ordered up an espresso of their Citizens Blend and a pourover of their Kenya Watuha Kangema. The espresso was pulled short with into a paper cup, smacking of mojito, chocolate, vanilla, blood orange and sugary peanut butter; a bright, smooth and tasty espresso despite the paper cup. The pourover also proved fruity and flavorful, with notes of cherry, graham cracker, flan, apple and cashew in a medium body.

After hanging out for a little bit, I took what remained of my pourover and headed out rejuvenated. Thus, whether you're in NJ or NYC, head over to City of Saints Coffee Roaster for a great coffee experience.

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


1 comment:

john said...

Just read your article you shared. Just loved all the pics you shared. As a coffee lover I keep visiting different coffee web pages and love collecting coffee accessories. Whenever I do get time we, friends keep visiting the different coffee shops. Will be visiting the coffee shops you shared very soon with my friends. I loved the texture of the coffee shop..