Welcome to Caffeinating the City! My name is Corinne Boonstra and I am the voice behind this blog. I’m a Minnesota native, so you could say I enjoy drinks that can thaw me out during a frigid winter. Currently, I attend The King’s College in New York City where I am majoring in Business Management with an International Business minor. Since moving here, I learned that coffee is either one of two things: a super-quick pick-me-up on the way to work, or a piece of art to be enjoyed slowly (not typical of your average New Yorker – everything here is done at the speed of light).
I’m here to explore both ends of this spectrum, from intense, triple-shot beverages to beautiful, floral lattes. Coffee is something that many people enjoy, but in so many different ways.
I have been a fan of coffee for as long as I can remember. From drinking flavored instant decaf coffee in elementary school to downing cup after cup of black light roast on finals week nights, I’ve had my fair share of this crazy beverage. I designed this blog because there are SO many coffee shops here in New York City, and sometimes it’s hard to find the really solid ones. Some places have amazing cold brew, but no seating if you need to get work done. Others are major tourist hot spots, but their coffee is just “eh.” My hope is to travel around the island of Manhattan and bring you, the reader, the best of the best when it comes to the coffee, the atmosphere, and the accessibility.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed in a city of 8.6 million people, but I find that coffee shops are a haven for when I’m feeling frazzled. My hope is that in exploring the city, I can not only find you the best options when it comes to coffee, but also overall atmosphere. Taking a few minutes out of my busy schedule to sit, think, and really enjoy a good cup of coffee is one of the simple pleasures I’ve taken advantage of since moving to New York in 2017. So sit back, relax, and let me do the heavy lifting in an effort to caffeinate the city.