I’m a coffee shop worker. I love the atmosphere, the people, and the workspace. Each coffee shop has a different vibe with different people and thats what makes each one unique. My goal is to visit a new one each month, whether it be totally new or revist somewhere I haven’t been in a while.
My absolute favorite coffee shop is Flux Coffee in Farmingdale. They have a wide variety of pour over coffee and tea’s paired with light snacks and desserts. If you stay with a hot coffee or latte, they serve it in a mug to give more of a “homey” vibe. I tend to be simple and just get a black ice coffee or cold brew but if I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll add almond milk and Stevia to give it more flavor. They play light, calming music that allows you to get work done while you’re there as well. The music isn’t overbearing either which is nice. I can sit and do work with headphones in and not even realize there is music playing outside my bubble. The decorations and lighting are light and airy giving the shop an uplifted look. Some coffee shops have a dark, almost bar-like feel to them which isn’t very appealing to me. Flux also has an outdoor seating area in the back surrounded with plants in the back. It’s closed off by a fence so that you’re not looking out into a parking lot of cars.
My next favorite is Mongo’s Coffee in Syosset. This is probably the largest coffee shop I’ve ever been to (aside from the Starbuck’s Roastery in Manhattan). Mongo’s, similar to Flux, has a light and airy feel to it. With the mixture of comfortable chairs, couches, tables, and high stools, you have choices between a comfortable home vibe or strict table and chair seating arrangement depending on what’s on your agenda for the day. If you’re like me and need to be sitting upright and at a table to get work done, you tend to sit on a stool at one of the high tables or at a regular table. If I go to just hang out, I’ll sit on the couch with my friends. Another thing I like about Mongo’s is that they host small business events, parties, and social gatherings. The facility is large enough to host 20+ people without everyone feeling like they are stepping on each other’s toes.
Crawford’s Coffee Shop
Another favorite of mine is Crawford’s Coffee Shop in Great Neck. This coffee shop is right down the block from where I work. Crawford’s is typically my go-to spot when I need to get away from work on break. Crawford’s is a mix between a restaurant and coffee shop. They sell complete meals along with all different kinds of coffee. The food is healthy and everything taste’s fresh. I love their coffee because it is brewed just right. It’s not too strong, not burnt, and has a smooth flavor to it. The table’s are spread out just enough so that you are not sitting on top of other people.
If anyone has recommendations for coffee shops to try drop them below or send them directly to me and I’ll review them as well!