81 Orchard St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.717838 -73.990640
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Best coffee I've had in NYC – To preface, let me give some backgorund to my tastes. No cream, milk, or sweetener of any kind. If it's adulterated - I am not interested. I refuse to drink Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks I drink unhappily in a pinch.
I happily stumbled across the Roasting Plant about a year ago and make sure get a cup any time I am any where remotely near the shop.
It should be noted that the main shop is at the corner of 11th St. and 7th Ave. It's larger than the LES location (on Orchard) and I believe has more roasts. Additionally - it is open until midnight.
Their coffee is more flavorful and nuanced than any other coffee I have had in NYC. I cannot say that I love all of the roasts they make, but I love having options and being able to try something I have never had before.
One recommendation, even if you do not normally drink black coffee, you should take a sip before you put anything else in it. I guarantee it'll be unlike other coffees you've had.
One comment about the decor - it's plain/ nice - but nothing special. If great decor is what you are specifically seeking, but your coffee there and head to somewhere more interesting (plenty of places to go in that area).
Best Coffee. And Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in NYC. – this place is as fun as it is delicious. I love watching my beans fly into the grinder-brewer when they enter my order. I like to experiment with combining coffees -- my own custom blends. and now Serious Eats NY has rated their chocolate chip coffee Best in New York.
JUMPING JOYFUL JAVA – super coffee experience . i was not expecting one as original, these beans coudn't be any fresher.. my suggestion is to try the new store in the west village as they roast their beans there first and found out that they then get them to the orchard street location -- but just until their new javabot arrives. i was impressed especially after reading the two recent reviews as i had heard from friends it was a roast to boast about.!
A gem in a sea of crud – I can't get over how fantastic this coffee is! I never write reviews and this coffee moved me to the point of actually writing one (maybe cause I was so hopped up on caffeine! ;)! I went in there and the staff was so helpful and knowledgeable - you could just tell they have a passion for the brew. I come from a long line of coffee lovers - my family in the US only drink espresso sent by my other relatives from Italy. They have tried coffee from the US and have always been disappointed until I hooked them up with a cup from this place. I purchased the coffee beans at this spot and now make it every morning and my snobbish coffee relatives always ask for this "Roasting Plant" coffee whenever they come over! Thanks so much - you guys have provided me with the smoothest cup of joe and a nice alternative to my daily espresso love affair! :D
Good espresso, fun shop – Great place for a fresh, strong cup of java. The 2001 like modular design and pneumatic tube coffee bean distribution (go see it!) are cool, but I do wish it were ever so slightly more easy to hang out there.
Better coffee through science is the order of the day at this high-tech Lower East Side coffee shop. – In Short
Mike Caswell, a former engineer and Starbucks executive, is the inventor of the café's unique Javabot system. It basically works like this: An employee presses all of the factors (type of bean, serving size, etc.) into a touchscreen, which prompts beans to be sucked from their containers through a system of pneumatic tubes to the grinder, where they are automatically turned into a fresh cup of coffee or espresso. The advantage of all of this Jetsons-esque technology is a consistent brew, no wasted beans and fresher coffee.
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