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.
Who Brews Westchester's Best Coffee?
The Black Cow Coffee Co., Croton, Pleasantville
Coffee Lab Roasters, Tarrytown
First Village Coffee, Ossining
The Kitchen Table, Pound Ridge
The Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill
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.
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 .