Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Qathra Cafe

Subject: Qathra Cafe
Location: Brooklyn, NY
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 5+ [see key]

Many people think that most of New York City is a blurring labyrinth unfit for the visiting motorist. Sure many people who live and work in the area drive around, but most tourists to Manhattan tend to think that driving in the other four boroughs are just as bad as gridlock in Times Square. The truth is that once one gets out of Manhattan, the majority of NYC neighborhoods are fairly drivable and less chaotic.

Take the lovely neighborhood of Flatbush, with it's rich history and still-rising popularity. I found myself in the area after driving in from the Verrazano Bridge (an important step in bypassing Manhattan when coming from New Jersey) for a pressing work matter. Needing a good cup of coffee, I found a well-reputed cafe called Qathra on Cortelyou Road, complete with fairly simple street parking nearby. The shop has a black exterior with long front windows that lead into a well-lit shop, with seating spilling from a sunny sitting room up in front all the way to their well-horticultured back patio. 

Serving up their brews from Nicaraguan coffee roaster Cafe Integral, I ordered an espresso of their house espresso blend and a cup of a coffee from Dipilto called La Cascada. The espresso, pulled medium/long with brown crema, smacked of lemon, chocolate, light lavender and cream, proving sweet, syrupy and bright. The cup of La Cascada also proved toothsome, with sweet, gentle notes of cream, caramel, apple, jasmine and a little green bean in a medium body. 

Not wanting to get stuck in rush hour traffic (a reality anywhere close to Manhattan), sadly I had to head out shortly after polishing off my beverages. If you happen to be around Flatbush, regardless on your transportation, definitely walk or drive over to Qathra for some tasty Nicaraguan coffee. 

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

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