Lee and Barrye Cohen have been roasting and brewing fresh beans into caffeinated elixirs since 1976, when they first began expanding horizons with then-unheard-of espresso and cappuccinos. Using the same trusty vintage coffee roaster they used back then, they continue to roast aromatic gourmet beans. They brighten mornings and afternoon slumps with traditional coffee or energize lattes, mochas, and chai with rich espresso. Chefs cook up a menu of updated classics daily with local farm-fresh eggs and housemade sauces, stacking egg sandwiches with andouille sausage and deli sandwiches with pit-baked ham.
On select evenings, melodies and spoken words can be heard emanating from the Troy location, which hosts an open-mic night where local artists play music or slam poetry books onto the floor as guests sip cocktails and wine. The Cohens are proud of their local roots, and give back the loyalty they've received by frequently donating to local charitable causes. Daily Grind also has an online store, which outfits kitchens with loose-leaf teas, cappuccino machines, and gelato machines from brands such as Baratza, Gaggia, and Nemox.
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Goodway Bakery uses natural, high quality ingredients to handcraft a menu of fresh baked goods from scratch every day. The coconut craving can order the coconut macaroons ($12.95), a thick, chewy blast of tropical sweetness, with a crisp, toasted exterior and a nearly molten, sticky-sweet interior. Those vying for a chocolaty treat can sink delighted dentures into a collection of old-fashioned gourmet brownies with nuts ($9.95). Made with real butter and Madagascar bourbon vanilla, these fudge-like bastions of joy are packed with walnuts and copious amounts of chocolate, treating mouths to a symphony of textures, flavors, and sugar-induced outbreaks of uncontrollable giggles.
Flavour Cafe and Lounge’s plush couches and exposed brick beckon visitors inside to enjoy a caffeinated kick or an amalgamation of taste-bud treats. More than 30 different flavors of coffee take the stage to high kick mouths, with an additional 14 blends of loose tea hovering in the wings. Bean brews include the classic Guatemalan ($1.59 for 16 oz.) or sweet, steamy options such as the mudslide, with rich flavor smuggled in with Irish crème and Kahlua syrup ($1.89 for a 20 oz.). Pair warm caffeine conveyors with menu items such as the Rosie, with tantalizing turkey breast covered in provolone cheese, rosemary mayo, lettuce, and tomato ($7.99).
When Dante's owners call him a cool cat, they mean it literally. In addition to being an accomplished jazz pianist, the feline is the mascot for their frozen yogurt shop. With flavors that change regularly, visitors can expect to find a dynamic roster of chilled treats dispensed from the self-serve yogurt machines, such as tahitian vanilla and sea salt caramel pretzel. Past the fro-yo bar, a spread of 40 toppings invites guests to decorate their creations—all of which are made using fresh milk—with candy, fresh fruit purees, nuts, and drizzles of chocolate.
Bruegger's bagels are culled from fresh, wholesome ingredients and then kettle-boiled in the New York tradition, resulting in chewy centers with crisp outer crusts. Awaken your taste buds with a savory combination such as the asiago-parmesan bagel smothered with olive-pimiento cream cheese ($0.99 for bagel only, $2.29 with cream cheese). Or prove yourself to be a sweetie by adopting a family of six carb circles and washing them up and behind the ears in a tub of garden-veggie cream cheese ($7.89). Bruegger's deli menu is flanked by an array of breakfast sandwiches ($2.99–$6.79) and lunch fare; bury thoughts of the snarky snooze button with the spinach-and-cheddar-omelette sandwich, or defuse your lunchtime hunger siren with a signature sandwich ($5.69–$6.99) such as the herby turkey or roma roast beef.