OSSINING, N.Y. -- Coffee rules. Especially at 7 am on a Monday. Or 9 a.m on a weekend you’re your morning cuppa soothes the soul.
Who Brews Westchester's Best Coffee?
The Black Cow Coffee Co., Croton, Pleasantville
Coffee Lab Roasters, Tarrytown
First Village Coffee, Ossining
The Kitchen Table, Pound Ridge
The Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill
We asked for your favorites; five are now in the running in our DVlicious contest for Westchester's best. Each is being profiled this week. Let your fingers do the clicking while you sip, savor – and vote.
Voting ends at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. You are allowed to vote multiple times, albeit once per day.
What Makes It "Strong": This recently opened cafe -- four months old in January and owned by husband and wife Luis and Kathryn Corena -- is proud to partner with specialty coffee roasters, Irving Farm, a Hudson Valley-based roasting company which focuses on direct relationships with farmers, sustainable practices, and a philosophy of quality over quantity.
First Village also uses premium-quality dairy from Battenkill Farm in all of its milk-based drinks and the Barista Series for almond and soy milks.
A majority of the cafe's products -- from the coffee, to the dairy, to the baked goods -- are sourced within New York state. First Village is also committed to being an environmentally responsible business.
"All our take away products are compostable or made from post-consumer recycled materials and we offer travel mug discounts," said Kathyrn. "In the spring we’ll be offering our coffee grinds to customers to use in their compost and gardening."
She added that the goal of First Village was to create "an inviting community space that serves high-quality products in our hometown."
Get A Cuppa: 123 Main St., (914) 236-3765, www.firstvillagecoffee.com/