When I lived in Pennsylvania my apartment building was located next door to the oldest indoor farmers’ market in the country. If that’s not enough, inside my building was a terrific Friends-like coffeehouse called Aroma Borealis, with plush chairs and couches and local artwork on the walls. It was IN the building. I can’t tell you how many rainy afternoons I moseyed downstairs and cozied up in a comfy chair with a good book while munching on a warm soft pretzel with whole grain mustard. Boy do I miss that.
Because I was so spoiled by Aroma Borealis, I’ve had a hard time adapting to the functional but soulless and sterile chains like Starbucks or Cosi. Around here I’ll always be a cheerleader for the independent coffeehouses — Peekskill Coffee House, Dragonfly, Black Cat, Coffee Labs Roasters, or if you head up to Croton, The Black Cow.
This vintage coffee roaster sits at the front of the store.
There’s an artsy, mellow vibe to The Black Cow that’s reflected in the cow motif, quirky artwork, table lamps and the soft sounds of Bob Marley pumping through the speakers.
Nice mix of people too, plus a small back room that’s ideal for study or work if you need quiet. Free WiFi of course.
And the coffees and teas are great. I like the refreshing frozen vanilla chai.
My heart will always belong to Aroma Borealis, but spots like The Black Cow have helped soften the blow. It’s just too bad I can’t walk downstairs to get there.
Do you have a favorite Westchester coffeehouse?
The Black Cow
51 Maple St.