“Coffee is about pleasure. It’s that moment when your hand is warmed by the mug, you bring it up to your nose, inhale deeply and then take a sip.” ~ Stumptown Coffee Roasters
It was 6:30 in the evening when my friend and I dragged ourselves up the subway stairs and out onto the open streets of Greenwich Village. We were tired and I was grumpy, my mind was lost somewhere else, taken by all the troubles and insecurities I left at home. I wanted to be alone, to read my new book, and sip coffee; I wanted to contract into myself.
But it was good my friend came along, sometimes you want to be with yourself but avoid the feeling of loneliness. We had both agreed on one thing, we needed coffee. So I yelped the nearest coffeehouse, following the directions my phone, it led us down a narrow street with shops that glimmered in the sunlight as people strolled through the alleyway.
Stumptown Coffee Roaster in Greenwich village was inviting; the open space and communal seating, indoors and outdoors, allowed us to feel at home. Most of the seats were taken once we got inside, but lucky enough someone left us one small round table with a plug sitting directly behind the bench.
I order a latte and my best friend got an iced coffee, upon first sip the foam covered my upper lip and the sweet taste of coffee welcomed my tired hands and calmed my throat. I took out my book and pretended to read a bit, but the people around me took my attention away. I giggled and laughed as my friend made outlandish remarks about the barista and people around us, she has a way of making anyone smile.
Everyone around us was consumed by each other or their own work. The music was perfect, a mix of drake and flume echoed through the speakers as my friend and I sang along.
Stumptown might just be my favorite coffeehouse, the atmosphere is awakening yet comforting, and the baristas definitely know their stuff. Not to mention I am a coffee addict and their latte was the best I’ve had yet. In the back of their shop, was a table full of cute coffee mugs and to-go cups, along with their own roasts for sale!
Stumptown has a few locations in New York, LA, Portland, and Seattle. If you are ever in one of those cities be sure to stop in a take a look around, and don’t forget to try their lattes!
Also, check out their website here for locations, roasts, and great tips on how to taste the bean!
Words & Photography by Hannah D.
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