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The Best Places to Get Coffee in The Bronx

By Eddie Small | May 19, 2014 7:11am
 Molino Rojo offers its patrons Spanish coffee, American coffee, espresso and cappuccino.
Coffee at Molino Rojo
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BRONX — Ladies and gentlemen, The Bronx is brewing.

The borough may not be the first place in New York people think of when it comes to trendy coffee shops, but there are still plenty of places to grab a great cup of joe.

Those who like to pair their coffee with some booze can check out An Beal Bocht Cafe in Riverdale, where patrons can choose from a cappuccino or a Guinness.

Bartender Anna Mars described the restaurant on West 238th Street and Greystone Avenue as having more of a cafe vibe during the day and more of a pub vibe in the evenings.

"At night, we’re a full-blown bar, really," she said. "So yeah, a little unusual."

Molino Rojo on East 161st Street and Gerard Avenue, near Yankee Stadium, offers an option for coffee drinkers looking for a shot of caffeine before a game. The Latin American restaurant offers customers a choice between espresso, cappuccino, Spanish coffee and American coffee.

One of its most popular drinks is iced coffee, according to co-owner Daniel De La Rosa.

Cary Goodman, executive director of the 161st Street Business Improvement District, is a big fan of the coffee there.

"It's got a nice full body and I always get a nice froth," he said. "I always get a nice feel in my mouth from the mix."

At Perry's Coffee Shop, on East 161st Street and Brook Avenue in Morrisania, manager Patrick Park prefers to grind the coffee a day before brewing it to bring out more of the original flavor.

"Fresh ground makes more acidity in the coffee," he said. "I don’t like that, so I like to make it pre-ground the day before, leave it open so a little bit of acid comes out, and then brew it the next day."

Coffee drinkers who prefer to get their beverages by the pound can go to Marie's Fresh Roasted Coffee on Arthur Avenue and East 186th Street. The family-owned business roasts its own coffee and has plantations in Colombia, Brazil and Africa, according to owner Neil Coppola.

"Our coffee is made special and different from every other," he said.

To get a taste of these, we've put together a map of great places to get coffee in the Bronx. If we missed your favorite spot, let us know in the comments.