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The Black Cow In Pleasantville, Croton Shoots For DVlicious Best Coffee Win

There are plenty of spots to park your laptop as you enjoy a cup of joe or a pastry at The Black Cow in Croton-on-Hudson.
There are plenty of spots to park your laptop as you enjoy a cup of joe or a pastry at The Black Cow in Croton-on-Hudson. Photo Credit: The Black Cow/Facebook
Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia chats with residents at The Black Cow in Croton-on-Hudson in 2015.
Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia chats with residents at The Black Cow in Croton-on-Hudson in 2015. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella
The folks at the Black Cow Coffee Company, which has locations in Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow, take great pride in roasting their own beans.
The folks at the Black Cow Coffee Company, which has locations in Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow, take great pride in roasting their own beans. Photo Credit: Yelp

CROTON ON HUDSON, N.Y. -- Coffee rules. Especially at 7 am on a Monday. Or 9 a.m on a weekend you’re your morning cuppa soothes the soul.

Poll
Who Brews Westchester's Best Coffee?
Reader Results Voting Closed

Who Brews Westchester's Best Coffee?

  • The Black Cow Coffee Co., Croton, Pleasantville
    14%
  • Coffee Lab Roasters, Tarrytown
    33%
  • First Village Coffee, Ossining
    18%
  • The Kitchen Table, Pound Ridge
    10%
  • The Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill
    25%

The aroma alone can send you into a caffeine jolt. We asked for your favorites; five are now in the running in our DVlicious contest for Westchester's best. Each is being profiled this week. Let your fingers do the clicking while you sip, savor – and vote.

Voting ends at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. You are allowed to vote multiple times, albeit once per day.

The Black Cow Coffee Company, Croton & Pleasantville

What Makes It "Strong": A point of pride at the “Cow” is that its beans are roasted in-house. A hangout for hipsters, high school students, baby-toting moms and caffeine-craving commuters alike, it aims for a Greenwich Village vibe while maintaining its community gathering spot status.

Of the 12 different brews on offer (the line-up is changed frequently), the most popular seem to be its Black Cow blend of Kenyan AA coffee that is 75 percent “full-house roasted” and 25 percent French roasted, which gives it a nice, full body with a subtle aftertaste, and the well-balanced Mingus Java. The latter was developed for WBGO, a radio station based in Newark, N.J., in honor of jazz great Charles Mingus and to give fund-drive volunteers some pep in their step. It is half French roasted Colombian Supreme and half Panama “full city roasted.”

Michael and Peggy Grant first opened their café in a Croton strip mall in 1995, then moved it to a roomier spot in the center of town -- which is good, some customers say, because the “Cow” is packed with high-energy teens during the lunch hour.) They opened a second location in Pleasantville in 2011 and launched a smaller outpost at Phelps Memorial Hospital last year.

Get A Cuppa: 4 Old Post Road South, Croton-on-Hudson; (914) 271-7544; 7 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville, (914) 495-3727; Phelps Hospital Lobby Café, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, (914) 495-3727, www.blackcow.com .

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