These are the most creative craft coffee shops in Fairfield County
In pursuit of the perfect cup of joe, coffee shops from Greenwich to Bridgeport are moving towards a more organic, sustainable, and a fresh-from-the-grind experience.
Others are turning to old and new brewing techniques, like the nitro coffee method where nitrogen is added to cold brew to bring down its acidity. Here is a selection of our favorite craft coffee shops in Fairfield County.
Coffee Café Roasters
Coffee Café Roasters in Greenwich sells about 400 cups of coffee a day. It offers a variety of drinks, including the Italian-style cappuccino triestino, nitro cold brew, and Kyoto cold brew, a slow-dripped iced coffee drink. Every espresso blend has five to eight single–origin beans, which are roasted on-site every morning.
Zumbach's Gourmet Coffee
Zumbach's in New Canaan, a Connecticut old-timer in artisanal coffee, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in November. The shop also roasts its own beans, some 300 pounds per day, and serves single-origin roasts from remote coffee estates like Yemen, Guatemalan, Brazil, Tanzanian, and Kenya.
Lorca in Stamford has the highest Yelp reviews in southwestern Connecticut. One of customers' favorite drinks is the cortado, an espresso shot cut with some steamed milk. The beans come from Handsome Coffee Roasters, an artisanal roaster based in Los Angeles.
Café Xpresso in Newtown also roasts its beans fresh. One of its signature drinks is the Red Eye, a fresh drip-brewed coffee with a shot of espresso. More adventurous coffee drinkers can try the Toffee Crunch, a mix of espresso and toffee-flavored milk topped with whipped cream, toffee sauce and toffee crunchies.
Shearwater Coffee Bar
Another early adopter of artisanal brewing in Fairfield County is Ed Freedman, who imports organic coffee beans from small coffee farms in South America, East Africa and Indonesia, and sells it at Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters in Trumbull. Earlier this month, Freedman opened its own coffee shop, Shearwater Coffee Bar in Fairfield. His baristas use an Italian-made expresso maker, the Faema E71.
NEAT in Darien specializes in artisanal, single-source coffee. Here you can try two of the latest craft coffee drinks: The nitro cold brew infused with nitrogen, and the coffee tonic, which is an espresso poured over icy tonic water.
Source Coffeehouse in Bridgeport gets its ethically-sourced beans from Lancaster, PA.-based Passenger Coffee Roasters. The coffee shop opened in 2014 in the neighborhood of Black Rock, where it serves flavorful and fruity espresso-based drinks.
At Beanz in Stamford, baristas brew organic coffee supplied by Counter Culture in North Carolina. From growers to distributors, these coffee roasters know exactly where their beans come from. The blends it creates mix coffees from farms and co-ops in countries like Ethiopia, Guatemala and Colombia.