Are you a coffee lover? I am a big fan of coffee (and unique coffee shops). One of my favorite pastimes includes finding new coffee shops in any place that I visit. So of course, a coffee crawl in one of my favorite areas close to New York City was a must!
If you love coffee too, you must try the Upstate Coffee Crawl!
On the coffee crawl, we found so many amazing coffee shops. We will definitely be returning to some of these coffee shops and can’t wait to visit more coffee shops in the crawl.
What is the Upstate Coffee Crawl?
The Upstate Coffee Crawl is an event that was created to encourage people to visit different coffee shops in upstate New York.
And for those of you like me who didn’t know what “upstate” meant before moving to NYC, “upstate” refers to anywhere north of New York City, particularly Hudson Valley and Catskills. Everyone has their own definition of “upstate,” but essentially it is anywhere in New York above New York City. In this upstate coffee crawl, most of the coffee shops were throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties of New York and even a few in Northern PA.
A coffee “crawl” or coffee shop “hopping” is when you go to multiple coffee shops in one day, one after another. Lots of times people will do this with a group of friends or have a certain challenge for themselves, like a certain number to visit or getting the same drink in each place.
The official Upstate Coffee Crawl ran from the middle of August to the end of September, ending on National Coffee Day. At any of the participating coffee shops, you can get one of the “coffee crawl cards.” At each place you visit, you will get a stamp or a hole punch in one of the 10 squares on the card. When all 10 squares are filled, you are entered to win $2000 in prizes. It is fun to participate, even if you can’t fill up the whole card to be eligible for prizes. 12 coffee shops participated in the coffee crawl and if you’re interested in staying the whole day, the Upstate Coffee Crawl website has itineraries for the day in each coffee shop’s town.
And if you’re not a coffee drinker, no need to panic! All of the coffee shops on the crawl also have so many other amazing drinks, baked goods, and even some food to try. I am a coffee-drinker, but my husband is not, so he tried baked goods at each of the shops we visited.
One Saturday in September, we wanted to see how many coffee shops in the crawl we could possibly visit. We weren’t sure how much coffee we would be able to drink, but we made it to six different coffee shops on that Saturday. I loved the Upstate Coffee Crawl because it gave me the opportunity to try coffee shops I had never considered visiting before. I would definitely love to re-visit each of the coffee shops we tried again, but stay a little longer this time.
Coffee Shops We Visited on the Coffee Crawl
Foundry 42 is located in Port Jervis, NY. While it is one of the coffee shops in the crawl, Foundry 42 is actually one of the sponsors of the Upstate Coffee Crawl. It is a large retail space with a small café. We tried coffee and some baked goods. We tried a chocolate chip cookie with, hear this, POTATO CHIPS, sticking out the top. It was such a strange combination and really delicious. The aesthetic of Foundry 42 is so nice. We really recommend visiting Foundry 42 if in the Port Jervis area.
Noble Coffee Roasters
Noble Coffee Roasters is located in Campbell Hall, New York. They roast their own coffee and have a wide variety of options. They had many delicious baked goods and coffee options. We tried coffee and sandwiches, that were both so good. I loved the melted cheddar bagel. We even were able to pick up some samples of different types of their coffee to take home for only $1. The seating area is really large and would be a great place to hang out and catch up with friends.
Valkyrie Coffee Roasters
Valkyrie Coffee is one of my very favorite coffee shops ever. We have been here several times when we go anywhere upstate. Valkyrie Coffee Roasters is located in Chester, New York. They roast thier own coffee in house and have wide range of super unique drinks. My favorite drink is their S’mores latte that comes complete with a toasted marshmallow on top and a graham cracker sprinkle. Their café has a beautiful vibe and is the perfect place to relax with one of their amazing drinks.
Tusten Cup is a super cute coffee shop located in Narrowsburg, NY. I was really surprised by this coffee shop. I loved visiting the Tusten Cup. It has an outdoor theme, has a lot of nice indoor seating, and outdoor seating deck. The deck overlooks a beautiful bridge and river. I tried a delicious coffee with sweetened condensed milk that was absolutely delicious. The shop also has many other local items for purchase in addition to their coffee and food items. Totally recommend this wonderful shop in Narrowsburg.
La Taza Cafe
La Taza Cafe is located in Middletown, New York in the Emporium Square marketplace. It is a cute little café with many options. Even though it is small, there is plenty of seating and free wifi. We ended up getting their homemade lemonade here, but they have so many coffee and tea options also. The lady working was super friendly and kind. They recently opened and I look forward to watching them grow!
2 Queens Coffee is a fabulous coffee shop located in Narrowsburg, New York. They have coffee, tea, and honey (collected from local bees kept by one of the coffee shop owners!) The design is beautiful. There are flowers covering the walls and a small sitting area. The carry many different drinks and other products such as coffee, tea, and roasted beans to take home. Our stop here was quick, but I would definitely like to return here.
Where can I find more information on the Upstate Coffee Crawl?
More information regarding the Upstate Coffee Crawl can be found at: https://www.upstatecoffeecrawl.com/
Note: the 2021 Upstate Coffee Crawl has ended, but check back on the Upstate Coffee Crawl website for updates on the 2022 Coffee Crawl and other related events.
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