10 Instagram-Worthy Cafes In New York That Are Simply Brew-tiful

10 Instagram-Worthy Cafes In New York That Are Simply Brew-tiful

Here are 10 super Instagram-worthy cafes that will have you "Living La Vida Mocha!"

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Now, I love Starbucks as much as the next girl, but nothing quite compares to a quaint little cafe. I actually really want to own one someday (seriously, I have it all planned out). I know this may sound silly, but I truly believe that the greatest expression of love is when someone pours you a cup of coffee in the morning. Whether it be your significant other at home or the barista at your local coffee shop, there is just something so personal about it.

It's something that a 7 a.m. Starbucks run could simply never compare to. These cafes are not only aesthetically pleasing and totally Instagram worthy, but they also provide a wonderfully cozy intimate atmosphere with great drinks that will have you wondering where they've bean all your life.

1. Sip This

I'm sure you'll love this one a latte! This one has to be number one on my list because it is my local coffee shop. If you want to see me in my natural habit drinking a vanilla latte and an extra espresso shot, while studying and playing taboo. You should come down to Sip This.

2. The Witches Brew

This is probably my go to cafe during autumn because of the Gothic decor. I've actually been coming here for years. I guess you could say it's one of my old haunts. ;) If you do end up going to The Witches Brew I definitely recommend getting "October" I like it iced. If you're not already sold, may I also mention that this place is vegan friendly!

3. C&B Cafe

Although the C&B Cafe is better known for their amazing food and creatively written chalkboard sign. This East Village Gem that is right by Tompkins Square Park has great latte art and is home to the the best americano I've had to date.

4. Milk + Honey Cafe

The Milk+Honey Cafe not only shares a name with one of my favorite poetry books, but it also has some great brunch options and chill vibes!

5. Ninth Street Espresso 

Still not into espresso without milk that all the purists rave over? Don't worry Ninth Street Espresso will give you their best shot!

6. Devocion

Ahhh...Devocion I'd be lying if I said that all wonderful things didn't reside in Williamsburg and this cappuccino is no exception! You can take the L to get there, but by tasting their cappuccinos you definitely won't be taking the L I can assure you of that! They also have another location in Downtown Brooklyn near the DeKalb Avenue Subway!

7. Cafe 1 Of A Kind

OKAY I HAVE TO SAY IT DON'T KILL ME...this place is one of a kind! Oh come on I had to it was too easy! No, but seriously you need to check out Cafe 1 Of A Kind.

8. Meow Parlour 

Ever heard of a Cat Cafe? Well I have two years ago my best friend Alexia who is my favorite person to exist took me to this cat cafe for my birthday, before we went to the pride parade. I got to literally pet kittens, while having an amazing macaroon and drinking great coffee. Meow Parlour does require reservations but it is so worth it!

9. Cafe Bench 

Cafe Bench is known for their wide variety of crepes but you'd be missing out on a latte if you didn't try one of their amazing drinks!

10. White Noise Coffee Co.

The White Noise Coffee Co. takes the cake for being super Instagram worthy and in my opinion its because their baristas are truly artists. So stop in for one of their beautifully crafted drinks!

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.
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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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Do You Like Coffee But Get Heartburn? Try Cold Brew

As a sufferer of heartburn, I have found that drinking cold brew coffee does not give me heartburn like regular coffee or espresso does.

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I am an avid coffee drinker and I drink at least four or five cups a day despite the recommended daily value of caffeine. In addition to being a coffee-lover, I also suffer from heartburn almost daily due to a hiatal hernia that I have. Typically, coffee causes some wicked heartburn for me, but I have found a remedy that doesn't involve giving up that cup of joe.

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I recently decided to give cold brew coffee a try to see what all of the hubbub was about. After trying it, I found that my heartburn was not nearly as bad if I would have it all. After doing some research, I found that I was not imagining things, but that cold brew coffee is not nearly acidic as regular coffee or espresso. This is because of the process that is used to make cold brew.

Typically, when coffee is brewed, the heat of the water causes the coffee to turn more acidic and bitter. However, cold brew does not involve the heating of water in the slightest. Instead, the process involves steeping coffee grounds in cold water for 10 to 20 hours. By allowing the grounds to steep in this way, the coffee becomes smoother, richer, and less acidic, which is great for sensitive tummies.

If you have a sensitive stomach or strong acid reflux, give cold brew a try; especially if you are sick of watered down iced coffee. You will be pleasantly surprised by both the flavor and the effects this coffee has on the stomach.

Cold brew coffee also does not have to come from an overpriced shop like Starbucks. You can make your own cold brew at home if you have the patience or buy it pre-made from any grocery store. My personal favorite is Stok Cold Brew Coffee: Not Too Sweet. Coupled with some flavored cream, this coffee will have both your mind and stomach singing happy tunes for the day.

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