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Churn, the soft-serve ice cream shop from the Lloyd Taco Factory people, reopens April 16 with churro sundaes and cold-brew coffee to tempt customers. At 1501 Hertel Ave., next to the original Lloyd Taco Factory, Churn started dishing up cones and sundaes last year, along with a coffee program developed with West Side roaster Tipico. The new season brings changes inc…

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The Coffee Culture chain may have closed up shop and left town last year, but the culture of coffee is flourishing in Western New York. While corporate caffeine delivery systems like Tim Hortons and Dunkin’ Donuts still dominate local market share and the curated allure of Starbucks is fading like the foam on your flat white, a handful of small and independently owned new…

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Are you dying for some caffeine? Need to kill the urge to fall asleep?Perhaps you’re urn-ing for a latte? Or you need to “wake” up now?Well, get ready to pay your respects to Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery. Because if you think coffee is crucial for you in the morning, it’s going to be a life-or-death venture for Sara Heidinger and Bill Metzger.Pardon us if we’ve bur…

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If you're a coffee lover, Tuesday is your day -- your #NationalCoffeeDay, to be specific. We're compiling a list of local coffee shops that are offering deals in celebration of the day. Public espresso + coffee, 391 Washington St. in Hotel @ the Lafayette: $2 pour-over coffee and 10% off retail coffee and our coffee CSA program. [Read Lizz Schumer's recent exploration i…

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Twenty years ago, grabbing a coffee with friends wasn’t the casual hangout that it has become today. Then Caffe Aroma opened. “When we opened our doors a regular customer used to say, ‘Before Caffe Aroma people in Buffalo thought a cappuccino was Al Pacino’s brother’,” owner Dave Cosentino said in an email interview. Caffe Aroma helped revolutionize how Buffalonians thin…

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Learn how “third wave” coffee enthusiasts treat coffee with all the focus and care that goes into great wines at a March 30 seminar. Hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Slow Food chapter, the 6:30 p.m. presentation in Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St., will include lecture and tastings. $5 suggested donation. It'll include presentations and samples from Public Espresso…

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Grindhaus Cafe is moving forward. After a slow winter, progress is resuming on Buffalo’s only all-vegetarian restaurant, at 160 Allen St., corner of Park, the old New York Pizzeria. “We were at a construction standstill for the past several months, but we’re finally getting back on track and resuming work this week,” said owner Megan Stewart. “I’ll have running water, isn’…

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This morning, and in mornings to come, Public Espresso's third-wave coffee kiosk inside Hotel @ the Lafayette will bring to downtown Buffalo some of the finest breakfast pastries, bagels and treats in all the land, by which I mean Erie County. Public Espresso offers fresh-roasted coffee made with an atomic-bomb-level focus on source materials, handling and production. Exc…

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Public Espresso is opening its first establishment Wednesday in Hotel @ the Lafayette. The opening will bring Buffalo its first "third wave" coffee kiosk, offering custom-brewed coffee backed by an artisanal approach to coffee bean sourcing, roasting and production. It opens in the lobby of the hotel, at 391 Washington St., at 7 a.m. It's located in what was once the hote…

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Along with fresh pavement and newly painted parking spaces along Main Street in downtown Buffalo, you’ll find a new restaurant waiting to offer that first morning cup of coffee, fresh sandwiches, desserts and evening treats. Buzz Coffee Shop, which opened this fall at 698 Main St., in the heart of the Theatre District, boasts almost 20 different types of beans for grindin…

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Daily Planet Coffee Co. plans to open on Hertel Avenue on Black Friday. Carside service will be available after 5 a.m., for shoppers looking for a caffeine infusion, said owner Michael Caputi. The building, at 1862 Hertel Ave., at the corner of Parker Avenue, was known as the former Parker’s Pharmacy, but was most recently Encompass Coffee. Caputi wants his business to …