5 Great Places for Slow Coffee in the City

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NOTE: This post was originally written on December 11th, 2015 when Glen Edith was Pour Coffee and Ugly Duck was just a pop-up espresso bar! We've updated the post, pictures and links:


In the age of artisanal beer, craft cocktails, and slow food, Rochester's slow coffee game is on point. Coffee doesn't always have to come from a spout. Sure, when you're on the go and out of time it's convenient, but when you've got time, here are 5 great places in the city for a slow cup of coffee:

1. Fuego Coffee Roasters

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From working with the farmers, to roasting the beans on site, Fuego's passion for great coffee is not hard to miss. Find them downtown in the midtown area at 45 Euclid.

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2. Glen Edith Coffee

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Tucked away, just off Park Ave on Somerton Street as well as on Elton Street, is Glen Edith Coffee. New to craft coffee? Just ask about their different brewing methods and menus option or check out their illustrated menu boards. Besides coffee, you'll find great food, beer and wine too at the Somerton location.

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3. Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

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"At the core of Joe Bean is a diverse group of people—a combination of family and friends. What brought this diverse group together was a rally call to create a coffee-loving city—a call to bring specialty coffee to Rochester" (via Joe Bean website). And they did just that, Joe Bean was the first to bring third wave coffee to Rochester when they opened. Beans are roasted on site and their extensive menu shows their love of coffee, food and supporting local. Find them on University Ave.

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4. Makers Gallery & Studio - 3rd Floor Cafe

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The 3rd Floor Cafe can be found inside Makers Gallery & Studio at 34 Elton Street. Brewing great coffee and curating local art this space will be more than just an art gallery and more than a coffee shop. According to the owners this will be a place for artists to exhibit, collaborate and learn. And of course - drink coffee.

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5. Ugly Duck Coffee

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Ugly Duck was not a traditional coffee shop when it first launched, it was a mobile espresso bar setting up across the city in various locations. Find them now at their permanent home at 89 Charlotte Street.

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BONUS: Meraki Coffee

Meraki Coffee | Facebook Photo: Lily kweon photography

Meraki Coffee | Facebook Photo: Lily kweon photography

Meraki Coffee is a pop-up espresso bar that is currently setup in Cheesy Eddie's Bakery, Tuesday's through Saturday's. Keep an eye on their social media accounts for updates and to see where else you can find Meraki.

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Now, go get caffeinated!


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