Sipping a cup of coffee on the way out the door while making sure everyone’s shoes are on the right feet is how many busy moms may be starting their morning. Or maybe you grab a cup on your way to work, or even prefer to meet up with a friend for coffee and catching up! Regardless of how you take your coffee, you’re not alone in getting your caffeine fix—nearly 90% of the adult US population consumes caffeine, and 98% of that caffeine comes from coffee! While we may (almost) all be drinking coffee daily, there are still a few controversies even the most devoted coffee drinkers might not have the answers to, including a list of some of the best coffee shops to try in NYC!
Does the Brew Method Affect Caffeine Content?
Yes and no. An 8oz cup of drip coffee will have marginally more caffeine than instant coffee and about 2-3 times as much caffeine as a 1oz shot of espresso. But your barista has the final say in deciding how much caffeine you’ll have in your order. While the variation from day-to-day likely depends on the training regimen and reputation and goals of the coffee shop, it can be significant. A study in Maryland followed coffee shops over a six-day period to find they served up the same drink order but it was measured to have a wide range of caffeine presence, from 58-259mg. (For reference, moderate intake of caffeine is considered three cups a day and averaged to be 300mg.)
Might Coffee Irritate Me If I’m Gluten Intolerant/Have Celiac Disease?
It could! Instant coffee is often contaminated with traces of gluten that could irritate someone with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. However, drinking pure coffee should not cause problems for someone with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.
My child wants to try coffee…
Children are grouped into a sensitive subpopulation, along with pregnant women in terms of a having a cap on caffeine consumption, under 300mg/day to reduce risk of adverse affects. More specific recommendations for children, based on age and weight, suggest that no more than 45mg/day for a 1-5year old and no more than 125mg/day for a 10-14 year old. Considering other sources of caffeine that may be in your child’s diet (chocolate, teas, soft drinks) just a half cup to a cup of coffee could exceed the child’s daily recommendation.
Where to get the best cup?
Here are our favorites coffee shops around Manhattan and some we’re excited to try!
Serving specialty coffee and their signature cold brew for the summer months, Stumptown offers a laidback and inviting environment to enjoy any weekend morning. Optional (but limited) outdoor seating and prime West Village location makes it easy to bring along the stroller or kids on your way to Washington Square Park!
30 W 8th Street, New York, NY 10011
Ace Hotel, 18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001
With locations across Manhattan, it’s hard to find an excuse to not pop into this charming coffee shop for a drink or their West Village location for some “brekkie”. They are known for their avocado toasts and uniquely named coffees, like the “magic”. Also offers indoor and outdoor seating and is a popular weekend brunch spot!
Location: 55 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014 (Collective Café)
805 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10022
1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036
30 Broad St. New York, NY 10004
770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
The perfect spot after Soul Cycle in Noho, or a break from shopping in Soho. These airy cafés are welcoming and filled with light, if you don’t get a seat, we promise, their iced coffee is just as good, to-go.
319 Church Street, New York, NY 10013
270 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012
400 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
75 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013
With one Midtown location, this is a great spot to grab a quality coffee between meetings or on your way to the office. With very similar vibes to Bluestone Lane’s Collective Café in West Village, Little Collins slows down the busy pace of a midtown weekday with their own Australian brews.
667 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
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