America's Coolest Coffeehouses
The Roasting Plant: New York City
Walk in, inhale, and you know you’re in for a treat. This shop strives to shrink time—between roasting, grinding, brewing, and drinking—and brews your beans on demand. Mike Caswell, a onetime Starbucks employee, spent five years developing the cutting-edge technology. The Lower East Side storefront location (one of two) isn’t the best place to bivouac for the day; the few tables are often occupied. But the coffee packs such a punch it will send you jittering out onto the street, anyway.
Local Knowledge: Leave enough time to scope out the Javabot, which involves Jules Verne–ish tubes shuttling coffee beans from bin to cup. —Wayne Curtis