espresso NEAT: 20 GROVE STREET, DARIEN
OK, I can barely contain my excitement. This is huge coffee news for Fairfield County.
When a friend and up-and-coming commercial coffee roaster, Donny Raus, told me a former Gimme! Coffee barista was opening an espresso bar in Rowayton, I rushed over and scoured the neighborhood for any sign of a new cafe. The only problem is, Donny meant to say Darien. (Yeah, I get them confused too.)
Once I got it all straightened out, I literally raced over to espresso NEAT in Darien to see what he was talking about. After talking to the owners, I will tell you this: they know their coffee.
NEAT, which opens Monday, will be the first (as far as I know) Fairfield County cafe to offer individually brewed drip cups and even syphon pots, which give you a super-clean and silky cup. This is in addition to their spankin’ new La Marzocco GB/5 three-group machine for pulling espresso.
PURISTS TAKE NOTE: I’ve been personally assured that there are no 20-ounce cups and no air pots to be found at NEAT. Hallelujah.
CHECK OUT: Their Flickr photo-stream for photos of the cafe under construction.