Places To Go For Your Morning Dose of Caffeine

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photo by Xin Italie

School has started, and you need a bit of caffeine to keep you through the day. Luckily, there are a multitude of places to buy coffee around Stuyvesant. Here are some of the best (and worst) ones.

Starbucks

Starbucks

photo by Cammy Wong

125 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007

Price: $2.00-$6.00

Wait Time: 10-15 minutes

Distance to Stuy: 2 blocks

Starbucks is everywhere in New York City, and there’s a reason it’s so popular: it has pretty strong and tasty coffee. Starbucks is versatile and the drinks tend to be high quality. However, Starbucks is notoriously expensive, and the wait can be excruciatingly long. (Unless you have a registered Starbucks card, in which you can order through the mobile app and skip the line!)

Overall: 4 out of 5 coffee mugs

Dunkin’ Donuts

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photo by Cammy Wong

100 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007

Price: $1.75-$4.50

Wait Time: 5 minutes

Distance to Stuy: 3 blocks

Dunkin’ Donuts claims to serve “America’s Favorite Coffee,” but that’s not really the case, since most of Dunkin’s coffee drinks have been copied from Starbucks. The coffee isn’t too bad, but it’s watery and has an unpleasant aftertaste. But, when I want to save money and treat myself to a macchiato, I eagerly come here.

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 coffee mugs

Kaffe 1668

kaffe 1668

photo by Cammy Wong

275 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007

Price: $3.25-$6.00

Wait Time: 5 minutes

Distance to Stuy: 2 blocks

I was attracted to Kaffe 1668 by its cute decor and earthy feel. However, I was disappointed. The coffee is insanely expensive—more so than Starbucks. But, what for? It has a sour taste that overpowers the whole cup! However, a few sips of this was able to energize me more than a usual cup of coffee.

Overall: 2 out of 5 coffee mugs

Blue Spoon Coffee

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by Cammy Wong

76 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007

Price: $2.75-$5.50

Wait Time: 1-3 minutes

Distance to Stuy: 4 blocks

Blue Spoon Coffee is a hole-in-the-wall on Chambers. Not many know about it, so you can get your coffee quickly. The coffee, while on the weaker side, is easily customizable, and the people behind the counter are inviting and cheery. The only problem with this place is that it’s a long walk from Stuy compared to other coffee shops, making it only convenient for those who get out at the City Hall station.

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 coffee mugs

7-Eleven

7-11

by Cammy Wong

140 Church St., New York, NY 10007

Price: $2.00-$3.25

Wait Time: 1-3 minutes

Distance to Stuy: 3 blocks

7-Eleven’s coffee is good at first taste. However, that’s all it is. Afterwards, it tastes like artificial sweetener and chemicals. There’s also little you can do to change up your coffee, since it’s premade into several flavors: French vanilla, caramel macchiato, Colombian, and a few more. It’s not worth the longer walk to Stuy.

Overall: 1 out of 5 coffee mugs

Breakfast Cart

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by Xin Italie

Chambers St., between Broadway and Greenwich

Price: $1.00-$2.00

Wait Time: 5-8 minutes

Distance to Stuy: 2 blocks

The coffee is great for how much you pay for it. There’s no overpowering bitterness to it, and it’s perfect if you feel like splurging later or if all you need is a little pick-me-up. The only problem is that it’s only available in the mornings. Come here if you have a few extra minutes before school.

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

McDonald’s

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by Cammy Wong

167 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007

Price: $1.00 – $4.00

Wait Time: 5-10 minutes

Distance to Stuy: 1 block

McDonald’s is known for artificial-tasting food, and the coffee is no exception. It would be surprising if there was any coffee at all. If ordered black, the coffee is incredibly watered down. If any flavoring is added, the drink becomes so sweet that even I, a girl with the largest sweet tooth, had to throw away a half-finished cup. I wish I had bought a hash brown instead.

Overall: 1 out of 5 coffee mugs

Ferry’s 

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by Cammy Wong

450 North End Ave. #10282, New York, NY 10282

Price: $1.00-$2.00

Wait Time: 3-7 minutes

Distance to Stuy: 0.5 blocks

Ferry’s (also known as The Gourmet Market) is known around Stuy for food, but you can also get a coffee for a good price there. However, it’s so diluted, it almost tastes like watered down milk. The coffee is a decent buy for lunch when the breakfast cart is gone.

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 coffee mugs

Pret a Manger

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by Cammy Wong

125 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007

Price: $1.75-$3.75

Wait Time: 3-5 minutes

Distance to Stuy: 2 blocks

Pret a Manger just opened next to Starbucks, which might be why no one goes there. Despite this, service was quite slow, probably because there was only one girl working when I went. Still, the coffee was made attentively and tasted fresh, and I appreciate that they used milk foam in my iced latte instead of regular milk.

Overall: 3 out of 5 coffee mugs

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