That place is Pushcart Coffee on 9th Avenue and 25th Street! It’s my new favorite spot to get some tea, meet with writing partners or clients, or get work done on my own. Nice people, nice vibe, there is tea I like (the green jasmine), they don’t use toxic tea bags, their snacks are great (my son loves the pumpkin bread, and I love the Brooklyn-made Rawpothecary Juices they carry), and their soup is wonderful (thanks for making me try it, Ashley!). They also have a bunch of fancy ways of making coffee that boggle my tea-drinking mind. There is a community work table, a few individual tables, a comfy corner spot in the back and counter seats and there is free wifi (you have to sign up for it, but it’s free). Go there. You know I know what I’m talking about.
My very good friend W just sent me an email that said
Any recommendations for a coffee maker? I only drink it 3x a week or so (always just 1 cup), so I don’t need any massive device. Something cheap that can be cleaned easily that I can make decent coffee in. I feel as though you will get carried away and write a 7 page report on this.
- I don’t drink coffee, neither does my husband.
- I have a Tassimo, which guests seem to love (for some crazy reason the company sent me one for free), but I think is super toxic (don’t put steaming water through plastic – bad things happen).
- I did a lot of research on coffee, because I helped a relative try to improve her health.
Coffee Joulies are a genius gift for someone on your list who is not only so freakishly obsessed with keeping their coffee at the perfect temperature that it’s worth $50 to help them do that, but is also someone for whom you have no other gift ideas whatsoever.
These things cool down your coffee if it’s too hot and allegedly keep it just hot enough for hours. Plus, they’re PRETTY. And, I have to admit, I love the story.
Two dudes from New Jersey invented them and made their dream a reality via Kickstarter, and they are produced at Sherrill Manufacturing, the only place in the entire United States that still manufactures flatware, and manufactures it out of domestically-produced steel! (That is how I found out about these Coffee Joulie things. I was looking for American-made flatware and followed a link on the Sherrill site. I do not know anyone associated with this project/product). And, oh yeah, not only are they made in the USA, but they’re made out of 85% recycled steel using hydro-power from Niagara Falls. YEEAAUHHH!