Cafes in the Capital Region

(NEWS10) – To celebrate National Coffee Day, News10 went on a buzz patrol, searching for the perfect blend of environment, friendliness and, of course, coffee. We travel the capital coffee circuit to find the best local cafes in your area.

Albany County

Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary

The first stop on our Java trip is Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary. In addition to coffee classics, Professor Java’s offers a variety of milk specialties, such as Caramel Turtle (roca with almonds, caramel and chocolate) and Cappawappacino (caramel, cinnamon, hazelnut and vanilla).

The versatile space is perfect for meeting friends, working or relaxing. Professor Java’s also provides meeting facilities and organizes special events, including art exhibitions and performances.

Colombia County

Bartlett House

Housed in a once flourishing railroad hotel in the 1800s, the lively walls of Bartlett House were revived in 2016. Owners call it a ‘home away from home’ and the best place to read or spend time with the neighbors.

Bartlett House coffee comes from the San Francisco-based company Sightglass, which specializes in sustainable harvests. Coffee items include Blueberry Latte, Maple Cortado, and Owl Howl Espresso.

Greene County

HiLo Catskill

The colorful Catskills Cafe doubles as an art gallery. The cafe offers specialty coffees, like its lavender and maple lattes, as well as pastries and evening cocktails.

A new exhibit will open at the café in October, titled “Time Out of Joint”, which focuses on “taking a closer look at one’s surroundings”. The exhibit opens October 8 and all three photographers have ties to the Hudson Valley and Catskill.

Fulton County

Café Second Vent

Apple and caramel macchiato and French toast muffin. Nitro Cold Brew with cold mocha mousse with toasted almonds. Chocolate on Chocolate Brownie Latte. These are just a few of the items that caffeine junkies can find at Second Wind Coffee.

As well as chilling out with a coffee, Second Wind also has its own mascot – a golden doodle named Winston. It is also the home of Motorcycles on Main Street – the local motorcycle show in Johnstown.

Montgomery County

Ferris wheel cafe

Highwheeler Coffee takes to heart finding the perfect blend every step of the way, from farmer to barista. Its goal is to create a community that appreciates artisanal coffee.

Specialties include its Chemex coffee (a manual, pourable with a glass coffeemaker) and its Kyoto Cold Brew (a coffee made by slowly pouring cold water over coffee grounds).

Saratoga County


Fat. And that doesn’t just describe Palette’s coffee (like its espresso drinks, a variety of lattes, and Palette’s version of the hit – the FroCo). No, bold also describes Palette’s initiative focused on women, which creates a community that invests in women.

According to founder Catherine Hover, “We want to make sure that when women come here, they feel supported, comfortable and the most confident versions of themselves. ”

At the top of the café is a coworking and community space, which its 250 or so members can use. Hover says there’s a depth in the community that you don’t get in generic cafes. Palette has locations in Saratoga and Schenectady counties.

Schenectady County

Graham’s coffee

When you walk into Graham’s, you might mistake the cafe for an ’80s hair salon. But you’ve come to the right place for a cappuccino or a latte. Owner Katryn Malen’s wanted to create an inspiring and bright space.

“This was my family’s building, they bought it in the 1970s. When I was looking to create a space I looked at different rental options and it was the only place I felt was right.

Besides the family connection to the building, every person depicted in Graham’s artwork is a person who touched Malen’s life.

The biggest coffee sellers at Graham’s are flavored lattes. Malen’s personal favorite is the Ginger Bee Latte (fresh ginger juice, local honey, espresso and milk, served iced or hot). Fan favorite at Graham’s is the Pistachio Cold Brew, which is also available as a latte.

History café

The owners of Storied Coffee believe that every cup tells a story.

“Every time you have a cup of coffee, every time you meet someone for coffee, you tell a story with that drink. Every cup has an experience that comes with it, ”said owner Rich Sarnacki.

The store has two main objectives: to maintain its local supply and to offer a unique experience, with the interaction with customers at the forefront.

And community was a big part of Storied Coffee’s own story – receiving a big boost through a kickstarter. Today, the store has grown and has two locations, one in Scotia and the other in Schenectady. To learn more about the history of Storied Coffee and its local partnerships, click here.

Schoharie County

Apple Barrel Coffee

Voted Schoharie County’s Best Restaurant more than nine times, Apple Barrel Cafe combines your traditional caffeinated drinks with not-so-traditional lattes, like its Berry Truffle Mocha Latte and White Chocolate Raspberry Latte.

Top-selling food items include the Gobbler Valley Turkey Sandwich and the revolutionary Waldorf Wrap. The cafe also offers homemade chips and a wide variety of desserts, such as Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop Pie, which is made with fresh local fruit and “lots of love”.

Rensselaer County

Common crumb

Guests will feel like they are returning to school at Common Crumb. The store is housed in a historic one-room school.

Common Crumb’s goal: sustainability. Here you will not only find locally roasted coffee, but also organic ingredients, local flour, farm-fresh eggs and dairy products, fair-trade sugar and chocolate.

Warren County

Kelly’s Roots Café and Market

Eat fresh. Eat local. That’s the message from Kelly’s Roots Cafe and Marketplace. The cafe promotes it with every item on its menu and the local products it sells.

Chef and operator Kelly Ehlert says she was inspired to open the cafe because she is passionate about cooking for others and brings a little West Coast touch to everything she does after have studied at the Culinary Center in Campbell, California.

Washington County

Nasty wicks

Located in the heart of Greenwich, Washington County’s Wicked Wicks offers more than just a dose of caffeine. Besides delicious coffee, you can buy anything from “Hair Tie Dog Biscuits”.

The shop also organizes “Thursday Crêpes” from 6 pm to 9 pm every Thursday. A variety of pancakes are available, such as the local Teriyaki Steak pancake, with broccoli, or the Fashionable Crisp.

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