The Lunch Break Chronicles

with Chris Preovolos

New liquor license, Coolattas in Old Greenwich?

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With Dunkin Donuts about to land in small-business-minded Old Greenwich, Arcadia Café is looking to expand its offerings. The old-school venue, which has an airy, New England feel complete with high ceilings and an arched entrance, recently applied to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission to switch to a restaurant model, allowing them to serve […] [Read More]

RAUS COFFEE COMPANY: A PREVIEW

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12/11/2008 RAUS COFFEE COMPANY, STAMFORD As I bemoan the lack of high-quality, locally roasted coffee in Fairfield County, I am harboring a little secret: in this vast coffee wasteland, we do have a startup roaster right here in Stamford. Stamford resident Donny Raus, of Raus Coffee Company, has been working hard to fire up is […] [Read More]
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WINTER ROASTING: A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SOLUTION

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My home-roasted espresso blend. 11/29/2008 I roast my own coffee. This may be the epitome of coffee geekiness, but it really is the only way I can ensure a proper supply of fresh, quality espresso blends for personal consumption. You would think that Fairfield County with all of its affluence would be fertile ground for […] [Read More]
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THINGS I LOVE: CAPPUCCINOS AND STATIONSTOP’S IPHONE APP

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Chris Preovolos/The Advocate 11/20/2008 No trip to Manhattan is complete without a stop at Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea for a ristretto and a cappuccino (This time I also managed to get to Shake Shack before the crazy-long line formed). I had to rush back to Stamford for an assignment at Westhill’s student newspaper, the Westword. […] [Read More]
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JOE IN GCT: BRINGING COFFEE SNOBBERY TO THE MASSES

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Cappuccino. 41st-ish and Park. Photo/Chris Preovolos 10/25/2008 JOE, THE ART OF COFFEE: GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, GRAYBAR PASSAGE If you can bear to drink your cappuccino out of a paper cup – I nearly shudder at the thought – Joe, the Art of Coffee’s Grand Central Terminal location is easily the most accessible opportunity to experience […] [Read More]
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THE LBC ENDORSES: STUMPTOWN YIRG

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10/6/2008 Venerable Portland, Ore. coffee company Stumptown Coffee Roasters has expanded eastward with a new roasting operation in Brooklyn. The ‘third-wave’ roaster is supplying 9th St. Espresso where I picked up 12-oz. of their very bright Yirgacheffe Kaleb Kocherie. Light, and floral with a delicate mouthfeel, the Yirg is a very distinctive Ethiopian single-origin that will […] [Read More]
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COFFEE FIX

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Lousy iPhone photo/Chris Preovolos 9/23/2008 I was down at Café Grumpy (the Chelsea location) this weekend with a friend and was delighted to see they were pulling Ritual’s Finca el Guayabo, Huila, a Colombian for their single-origin option for espresso and milk drinks. If you haven’t been down there yet, you need to go. I […] [Read More]
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