From small towns to big cities, Northeasterners know great coffee.
After trekking through the natural beauty of Northern California for our first Trade Coffee Trail, we’re heading to familiar turf back East.
Home to big cities and small towns (and Trade!), the Northeast also claims a number of roasters who embody the region’s dual sense of tradition and forward thinking.
Starting in Tandem Coffee Roasters’ hometown of Portland, Maine, this route takes you through Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, and wraps up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania — home of Passenger.
Travel Time: 8.5 hours (pit stops not included!)
Our journey begins in the classic New England city of Portland. Located on a peninsula in Casco Bay, the city is known for its Old Port neighborhood and classic charm.
Tandem Coffee Roasters
122 Anderson Street
Portland, Maine 04101
When Tandem founders Kathleen and Will Pratt first laid eyes on this building in East Bayside, they immediately knew they had found the perfect location to house their roastery and café all under one roof. In their words, the whole show happens here!
As a customer, you can witness the sample roasting and cupping of new coffees, see the pallets of that coffee arrive weeks later, and finally drink that coffee yourself in their café.
In addition to their traditional menu of seasonal espresso and drip coffees, the café offers also tea, pastries, and retail bags of coffee that you’ll definitely want to take home!
Bakery: 742 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
Situated in Massachusetts’ North Shore, the seaside town of Beverly is another testament to New England’s timeless appeal. Along busy Cabot Street, you’ll find Atomic Coffee Roaster‘s hometown café.
268 Cabot Street
Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
Since 1996, the Mahoney family has focused on bringing the best in specialty coffee, cold brew, and more to Boston’s North Shore. Atomic‘s first shop opened on Cabot Street, fulfilling a dream (seriously, like one that comes when you’re sleeping, not a daydream) that Andrew Mahoney had shared with his brother, John, a few years earlier.
At Atomic, energy is a catalyst. A spark that attracts and connects people with fun and rewarding moments. One sip and you’ll agree, Atomic ignites an explosion full of rich roaster flavors and craft brewed tastes.
As one of the oldest cities in the country, Boston has a revolutionary history, so it’s only natural that its coffee scene would follows suit. Hometown hero and Master Roaster George Howell has been in the specialty coffee game so long he practically started it, and the larger Boston area is home to several of his eponymous cafés.
311 Walnut Street
Newtonville, Massachusetts 02460
Located 10 miles outside of Boston in Newtonville, Massachusetts, George Howell Coffee‘s first café is a true coffee lab.
Their coffee of the day changes frequently, offering a full range of drip coffees and two espressos — Alchemy and a rotating single-estate. Also, a selection of limited-roast coffees are available, brewed on a Chemex either by hand or using the newest single-cup commercial brewing equipment. Stop in for the coffee of the day, a traditional cappuccino, or shot of their latest single-estate espresso, and pair it with a pastry made by local Boston bakeries.
Time Out Market: 401 Park Drive, Boston, Massachusetts
Roastery: 312 School Street, Acton, Massachusetts
Godfrey Hotel: 505 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Public Market: 100 Hanover Street, Boston, Massachusetts
New York, New York
The city so nice, they named it twice doubles-down with a love of coffee. As the Big Apple is the largest metropolis in the nation, it comes with no surprise that it’s home to a number of amazing roasters, and even more cafés. We’ve got a lot of love for our hometown, and you will too after stopping by these roasteries and cafés.
71 Irving Place
New York, New York 10003
Irving Farm‘s namesake café opened in 1996 on Irving Place, only a block from the beautiful space they now occupy.
Steps from Union Square and their Manhattan training lab, this cozy escape from the urban rush offers their tried-and-true blends and rotating single origins as well as teas, sandwiches, and salads — not to mention, beer and wine!
Joe Coffee Company – Governors Island
517 Clayton Road Liggate Terrace
New York, New York 10004
Founded in New York’s West Village, Joe Coffee Company entered the roasting game with a move to Red Hook’s Pulley Collective in 2013. In that workspace, Jonathan Rubinstein’s brainchild adheres to its four-part philosophy: fairness and traceability, quality, flexibility in purchasing, and mutually sustainable relationships.
Though Joe has a number of locations throughout the city, its year-round container café on Governor’s Island definitely wins the award for most original! Located on Liggett Terrace, the café serves up coffee, tea, cold brew, ice cream, and snacks.
11 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
What began as a pocket square-sized espresso bar in the back of a barbershop is today one of Brooklyn’s preeminent roasters. Open to the public Sunday mornings, Parlor Coffee’s roastery and tasting room is one of the best places to experience the roasting process first hand.
228 Mott Street
New York, New York 10012
A ways south of its upstate headquarters in Ithaca, Gimme! Coffee‘s location in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood brings great coffee to the community along with practices that are sustainable every step of the way.
From the beginning, Gimme! has been a leader within the third wave and the specialty coffee industry — and they’re constantly keeping their eyes on the horizon.
Orens Daily Roast – Grand Central Market
105 East 42 Street
New York, New York 10017
Discovering his love of coffee while frequenting a small NYC shop, Oren Bloostein left his corporate job to found Orens Coffee in 1986. The Long Island native had a hands-on approach from the start, including roasting on site — a rarity at the time — and manning the growing café. Today, this New York institution is known for the highest standards of freshness and sourcing through its Orens at Origin program.
At the heart of the City that Never Sleeps is Orens’ Grand Central Market location. Part shop, part café, but wholly amazing, Orens is a respite amid the hustle and bustle.
The City of Brotherly Love is a town where you’ll find coffee love, too. Home to heavyweight roasters, ReAnimator and La Colombe, Philadelphia will definitely give you reason to stick around and enjoy great cups and greater company.
La Colombe – Fishtown
1335 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125
Intent on changing the entire American coffee industry, Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti founded La Colombe in 1994. What began with a single Philadelphia shop is now an empire well on its way to its goal of elevating coffee for growers and drinkers by focusing on responsible sourcing and the culinary experience.
Located in the heart of the vibrant Fishtown neighborhood, La Colombe’s flagship café is a destination in its own right. With ample space, freshly baked goods, and an unmissable atmosphere, make plenty of time for your visit!
Bryn Mawr: 915 W Lancaster Avenue, Suite 160, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Dilworth Plaza: 1414 South Penn Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rittenhouse Square: 130 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Independence Mall: 100 South Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ReAnimator Coffee Roasters – Fishtown
1523 East Susquehanna Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125
Walking distance from La Colombe, ReAnimator‘s Fishtown location is another that is not to be missed! Inspired by coffee’s complexity, ReAnimator has been sharing its noble beverage with Philadelphia since 2011.
A lot has changed since then, in fact a lot changes pretty quickly at Mark Capriotti and Mark Corpus’s roaster. The seasonality-focused menu cycles frequently with single-origin coffees sticking around for mere weeks, so run, don’t walk!
Garden Court: 4705 Pine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kensingon: 310 West Master Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Res Ipsa: 2218 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A city known for its Amish heritage and traditions, Lancaster is also shaking things up with burgeoning cultural and culinary scenes. This sense of advancement can be clearly felt at Passenger.
Passenger Coffee Roasters
7 West King Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602
Passenger Coffee Roasters loves coffee and wants to take its drinkers along for the ride. Once operating from a retrofitted 1955 Airstream trailer — capturing a mix of wonder and familiarity — this roaster is focused on the future. In that spirit, forward-thinking Passenger keeps their entire inventory of unroasted coffee in deep-freeze storage, allowing them to roast a large and diverse offering at peak freshness year round.
When reflecting on their café location, Passenger co-found, David Stallings said, “We wanted to create a space, and a brand, that could please the full spectrum of customers. We want to have a space and baristas that could engage in the most nuanced, detailed conversations about a coffee, how it was produced, how it was extracted, and also have a staff that was capable of taking care of the customer who comes in and ‘just wants a cup coffee’ and nothing more, the most wonderful coffee they have ever experienced — devoid of ego. While we are of course always working to do things better, I think we are doing quite a good job striking this balance.” We couldn’t agree more!