Chris Clemens

Creator + Owner + Author = Chief Exploring Officer. Chris has been traveling back and forth across New York for years studying and discovering the tucked away gems of the state and chronicling the journey

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  1. Matt nicholl
    September 23, 2015 @ 9:51 am

    Utica coffee roasting I can not believe they are not on your list.

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    • Chris
      September 23, 2015 @ 10:24 pm

      There’s a lot that belong on the list really, but I’m glad you mentioned them. I know they’re right downtown, I’ll make the trip soon to check them out!

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  2. Lee Richards
    September 23, 2015 @ 10:45 am

    Speaking of supporting non-profits with a great cause, I have to mention another hometown coffee roaster – The Coffee Connection, with three locations around Rochester. Now, I don’t know how they stack up against the shops mentioned in your post because I haven’t tried any of them YET, but please check them out when you need a cup. Their website is http://ourcoffeeconnection.org/

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    • Chris
      September 23, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, Lee! Their second location is just about a half mile from my house. The mission of the non-profit is a very worthy one. And, the location that’s near me exists inside an old greenhouse, so it’s a pretty unique setting.

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  3. Jen
    September 23, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

    This was a fun post. Thanks for introducing me to somewhere new in my hometown, that I didn’t even know was there! Cheers!

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    • Chris
      September 23, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

      Awesome! Which one was in your hometown??

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  4. revec2015
    September 23, 2015 @ 11:24 pm

    OK, what’s a pour-over?

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    • Chris
      September 23, 2015 @ 11:29 pm

      Ha! I suppose it was presumptuous of me to mention it without an explanation!!

      Pour-over coffee brewing is essentially someone hand pouring the hot water over the top of the grounds in the filter. A drip machine pours the hot water over, but the same grounds get hit with water over and over. Churning up the grounds with a spoon and being able to move the spout of a kettle around and cover the grounds evenly really makes a big difference in flavor.

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      • revec2015
        September 24, 2015 @ 1:03 am

        My grandmother did something very similar in a ceramic coffee pot which I have had for quite a while since her passing. She called it a “melita” coffee pot. Boiling water was poured by hand over the grounds . I don’t remember her doing the spoon part, though. Thanks for an interesting and informative post!! This will probably seem terribly bourgeoise, but I really like Tim Horton’s decaf coffee with cream.

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        • Chris
          September 24, 2015 @ 7:30 am

          I’ll bet she made a great cup of joe in that melita. What a great memory and memento.

          Nothing wrong at all with liking what you like. 🙂

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  5. kat
    January 5, 2016 @ 9:06 am

    Adirondack coffee roasters from plattsburgh ny

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  6. theroguehorseman
    May 27, 2016 @ 11:41 am

    Love the diversity in this list. All great choices (and I’ve tried all but Grumpy). I’d just like to rep for Rochester a little bit here and throw in both Glen Edith and Union Place as fantastic choices, to go along with your pick of Joe Bean. If you haven’t tried either, I highly recommend both.

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