espresso NEAT: 20 GROVE STREET, DARIEN
Espresso NEAT opened today in Darien and brings – as promised – a uniquely serious approach to coffee in Fairfield County.
I could go on and on and on (and on) about coffee, but I’ll spare you. Just trust me, if you’ve experienced any of the quality espresso bars in the city like 9th Street Espresso, Cafe Grumpy, Gimme! Coffee, Abraco, etc., you are going to be as excited as I am about NEAT opening almost in my backyard.
The cappuccinos are 6-ounces, the coffee is brewed to order with your choice of a Counter Culture single-origin coffee and the owners are more than willing to explain the crazy syphon brewers and other fancy new equipment in the shop.
I’ve been patiently waiting for a real espresso bar in Connecticut for years. I would come up with ANY excuse to head down to NY for a cappuccino at Grumpy. I was forced to start home roasting my own coffee and I souped up my Rancilio Siliva with a PID computer for consistent brew temps. I go through pounds of espresso like nobody’s business trying to get the perfect shot. I’m still going to do all of this but at least now there is a local joint where I know I can get a solid shot and a really, really good cup of coffee.
This weekend, my sister astutely remarked “you are going to spend all your money there.” Yeah, that’s the only problem.