We're returning to my Upper West Side neighborhood for a visit to Filicori Zecchini. Yes, it is a chain, and a multi-national one, but the coffee and ambience give it a very local feel. It's a quick walk from where I live -- seven blocks -- and I generally stop in a few times a month. With every order there's a small piece of dark chocolate. If the coffee wasn't good, that wouldn't be an inducement to return. But the coffee is good and well worth drinking.
I've only ordered iced coffee here and it's a strong glass of coffee. It's slightly stronger than my preference, but with a good flavor and I am happy to give it a B+. The company, founded in Bologna in 1919, now has branches around the world. I enjoyed reading their website and learning about the process for their coffee. In the last few days I've begun to read more about coffee and chat with barristas in some of the places where I've stopped, and this simple A to Z Blogging Challenge has taken on a new dimension. I'm starting to think about the origins of the coffee beans, where are they roasted and if they are a blend of beans. I'm sure I will find more issues to consider, but those are some of my thoughts now.
Looking in from Broadway and 95th Street. I generally take a seat in this window. I like to look out and see the passing parade on Broadway.
This is the view looking north, up Broadway. Columbia University is one mile north. I especially liked the way the sky looked on this not quite spring day a few weeks ago.
I got slightly behind yesterday, so expect a return post later today for "G."
So much coffee, so little time! As ever, take good care and enjoy the day.