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Iced coffee season for the most devout cold caffeine consumers knows no time limits, but for the rest of us casual drinkers who dabble in hot coffee (depending on the weather), the iced coffee season runs approximately from 70 to 105 degrees, or usually June through September. For the brief window of time when our hands can benefit from holding an icy beverage, here are…

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In the First Ward, an out-of-the-way coffee-and-sandwiches oasis rises above the rest. At Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery, the enticing, invigorating scents of house-roasted grinds and hearty, creative sandwiches dance to the imaginary tune of an undead mariachi band depicted on a bright back-wall mural. An eclectic choir consisting of departed icons like David …

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Don't stand between the Parkside neighborhood and a cup of good coffee. JAM Parkside, a coffee shop led by Amber Small, Monica Cichon and Jesse Crouse, opened to the public at 10 a.m. March 30, the completion of what's been a concerted community effort through an uncommon strategy. JAM, which stands for "Jesse, Amber, Monica," has more than 70 investors in the projec…

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On March 24, Mambrino King owners Anita and Drew Pfeiffer will lead a procession down Main Street in East Aurora, from their old location, at the intersection of Pine Street, to their new digs at 640 Main, the former EA Wireless. The Pfeiffers hope to have their business back in action, following the move, in the middle of April. Open since 2016, Mambrino King has grown…

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For legions of sleepy Buffalonians, coffee is just a drink — albeit a vital one. It’s poured hot and black, with no importance attached to its origin or intricacy of taste. It’s more medicinal than it is experiential. Whether served as a regular, double-double or as an extra large through a drive-through window, it’s a necessity to keep the day rolling. For others li…

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Working from home often sounds better than it is. Just when you've brewed a cup of coffee in the Keurig and you're ready to sit down and work in your pajamas, you're suddenly reminded of all the cleaning you need to do, plants you need to water and dogs you have to walk. So, you travel to your office-away-from-the-office: your favorite coffee shop. Cafes have a lot o…

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We've seen a wave of all things "craft," specifically pertaining to beverages. The word latches onto all types of beverages: craft beer, craft cocktails, craft soda. It's an ambiguous meaning that's largely up for debate, but meant to imply that the beverage was created with better ingredients and more innovation than say, normal beer, cocktails and soda. In  Niagara Co…

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Powered by a second round of loans from its customers, Five Points Bakery has opened the second story of its West Side establishment, expanded its hours, and its offerings. The whole-grain bakery at 44 Brayton St., run by Melissa and Kevin Gardner, is the rare business funded by its customers. After raising $150,000 in loans from loyalists, projects including the openin…

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A Spot Coffee Express Cafe is now open in the new West Seneca Community Center & Library (1300 Union Road, West Seneca). The cafe serves the usual Spot beverages (coffee, tea, espresso and blender drinks) along with multiple food options from baked goods to desserts, breakfast and lunch and lighter fare. The cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is accessible…

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Downtown North Tonawanda will soon see two major developments: the opening of a nano brewery and an overhaul of the former North Tonawanda History Museum building that will bring a SPoT Coffee and other new tenants to the street. The former G.C. Murphy's department store at 54 Webster St. is about to get a significant face-lift. The aluminum and glass façade will be red…

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Perks Café will be opening an expanded version of its café in the Horsefeathers Building on Connecticut Street. The space at 346 Connecticut St. was previously Lait Cru Brasserie. The sandwiches, coffee, salads and shakes at its current 448 Elmwood Ave. location will be joined by expanded brunch and alcohol options, Julie Leone, Perks’ director of operations, said in…

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Grateful Grind has closed, leaving University Heights without a classic coffee shop. "We have out grown our Main St location and will be searching for a new cafe space in the Southtowns," its owners announced Aug. 28 on Facebook. The cafe, at 3225 Main St., opened in March 2017. After making the announcement on Facebook, owner Angela Kunz said the space has been l…

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The Perks Café location in downtown’s Sidway Building is closing until its ventilation system can be ruled safe by city inspectors. The building, at 777 Main St., has a first-floor restaurant kitchen served by a hood and exhaust system that has been described as a fire hazard by city fire safety inspectors, said Perks owner Bob Newman. “We’re closing today,” he said.…

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Hertel Avenue coffee shop and live music hub Daily Planet Coffee will unveil major changes when it reopens to the public Aug. 24. Owner Mike Caputi explained the business' new approach in a press release, highlighting a new food menu, an international source for coffee, additional sustainable practices and an event partnership. These changes go into effect beginning …

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On a brick street edging the Erie Canal in Lockport, the whiff of freshly roasted coffee beans infiltrates the air as you walk into Steamworks Coffee. The cafe is brimming with quirky details -- a chalkboard wall filled with scrawled signatures and doodles in funky colors, a shelf maxed out with board games, gear patterns stained into the handmade wooden tabletops, whic…