So what the heck is stir brewed coffee? It just happens to arguably be the best coffee in NYC! It’s difficult for New Yorkers to give a definitive answer on which shop offers the best coffee. Some are better than others for different reasons….and then there’s convenience…your absolute favorite coffee shop may go out of business in a year and the next best place is two train rides away…from everything else that you do.
So that being said, there are definitely some independent coffee purveyors that consistently stand above the rest. Alongside Oren’s, Jack’s Stir Brewed Coffee is a major standout. For one thing, as the name implies, Jack’s brewing process is entirely unique. Owner Jack Mazzola invented the device himself which oxygenates the freshly ground beans as they brew, reducing their acidity giving every cup I’ve had a nice smooth flavor leaving the palate unscathed by bitter after tastes. He also found that adding cold milk to hot coffee kills the flavor so you’ll never see those stainless steel carafes on the counter here. Only steamed milk will do. In addition to the method, his coffee blend itself is custom made and top secret. But we do know that it’s a certified organic, Fair Trade, shade-grown-micro-roasted dark blend. So there. Go get yourself a cup!
Photo courtesy of Jack’s Stir Brewed Coffee