Top Yelp-reviewed coffee shops in southwestern Connecticut
Coffee time is a very important time of the day, so don't waste it at just any coffee shop.
We took a look at what Yelp users have to say about local coffee shops, and the verdict is in: Lorca in Stamford is the favorite coffee shop among Yelpers in southwestern Connecticut.
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"This is a beautiful coffee shop we enjoyed our coffees my girl friend and I next time I go there I have to try the Cortado and churro. I just moved to Stamford and I must say this is an awesome find," one Yelp reviewer wrote.
The cortado, a small Spanish-style coffee with equal parts coffee and milk, is one the of the drinks that Lorca is known for, according to manager Claire Sears-Tam. Other popular items are the churros and the alfajor cookies–a shortbread cookie with dulce de leche filling.
The alfajor cookie is made using the owner's mother's recipe and it is the inspiration for Lorca's current seasonal latte. Each season, Lorca creates a new coffee drink.
For coffee buffs, Lorca brings in guest coffee roasters every two to three months to offer something different. Guest roasters have included local roasters like neighbor Espresso Neat in Darien.
Sears-Tam said keeping it local and offering a community vibe has been essential to the success of Lorca since it opened in 2013.
"It's a small space has that community feel; you know you're at an independently-owned shop. We're on a first-name basis with customers; we know their drinks and get to know them as friends," she said.
Yelpers agree; one reviewer described Lorca as: "A small, cozy little coffee shop in downtown. It's extremely tiny and typically filled with the locals (unless you happen to be traveling by and are hungry, like me)."
Another said, "Good coffee and cool baristas. Hipster central, make me feel like I'm in BK again. Always busy, especially on weekends."
Sears-Tam said she knew Lorca had a good Yelp reputation but she doesn't look at the reviews so as not to dwell on the negative. She said she prefers feedback in person from customers.
"We're successful now because of word of mouth. It's not reliant on Yelp; that's for new people to town. Our reputation is positive for the most part for residents of Stamford."