A Cultured Buzz, Take 3

by CLAIRE WILLETT · March 14, 2008

    porto rico coffee

    Bienvenidos a nuestra cosas favoritas del pueblo del este. Why the Espangol? Porque, mihitos, today's spotlight is the Porto Rico Importing Co, whose coffee, en mi humble opinion, is the best in the city. Okay, enough with the Spanish, but not with our love letter. Porto Rico is teeny and chock full of burlap sacks overflowing with imported beans. Being of the lazy sort, we always get our bevy to go, but we're tempted to order a pound of Tanzanian Peaberry just for the loco-stamped recycled packaging. Normally we're not too keen on flavored coffee, chocolate, or nuts, but Porto Rico's double fudge and macadamia coconut were enough to change our minds. The cheery, piercing-speckled baristas can also get your buzz on Vietnamese-style for only $2.50. Regular joe runs from $1.25 (small) to $1.65 (large) but if you bring your own mug, they'll knock a dollar off (we think --could be the cashier's just prone to errors). There's no room to liner, but as the music tends to run the dreck filled heavy-metal/whiny alt.rock gamut, that's probably a good thing.

    Porto Rico Importing Co. 40 1/2 St. Marks Place 212.533.1982

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