Ooooh perhaps Stumptown might have a neighborly competitor?! While in NYC, my friend Molly and I made the trip to Joe the Art of Coffee. We went to this hidden little location in Union Square at 9 East 13th St. What a cool, delicious store!
Not too bitter, not too sweet, just right. This is the way a good, basic mocha should taste. Great temperature, good quality semi sweet cocoa, nice equal taste of cocoa-espresso-steamed milk. I wish I had gotten that WAKE UP feeling from drinking this mocha, so perhaps they could use a stronger espresso or even add in another shot of espresso.
What’s better than 1 mocha? 2 of course! Molly and I just smiled when we saw these big hearts in our mochas. This design seems to be the go-to when making mochas, but it still makes me happy. Perhaps a sprinkle of cocoa powder on top would make it look outstanding, or even a more unique cup and saucer would add some more points to this mocha’s appearance.
Store Ambiance: 8
This place is great. It is rather small, maybe 8 tables and lots of chairs so people can still sit even if there are no available tables. Molly and I did just that until a table opened up (took about 10 minutes!) I do wish there was more seating. Regardless, all around us there was nice music, good conversation, and the delicious smell of coffee. Not only is the vibe in this store great, but Joe seems to be very invested in serving the community. For example, they offer classes on espresso as well as a complimentary running club from their Waverly Pl. location (with free coffee post run!) Any organization that gives back to their clients gets points in my book! GO TO JOE’s!