Make Time for Sweetleaf Coffee and Tea

In my fantasy life, I wake up 10 minutes early and do things like clean my dirty dishes in the kitchen sink, stretch enough to be able to finally touch my toes, and stop into the Sweetleaf Coffee & Tea shop for a cup of Stumptown and freshly-baked Pepper, Pear and Goat Cheese scone before work. In reality, I am 10 minutes late times the number of times I hit the snooze button and eat a bowl of cold cereal at my desk.

The reason I should try harder is that Sweetleaf’s recent renovation provides customers with a Laptop Room for working (or Facebook) and a Vinyl Room for spinning rekkids, in addition to several tables in its cozy main space. The lighting is mostly au natural, and there’s even a window inside to the kitchen so you can watch all of the goodies being baked on premises (be prepared to drool).

The homemade fare includes vegan offerings, muffins made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with honey (I recommend the Apricot Coconut Bran), Salted Fudge Brownies, Rosemary Ginger cookies, Lemon Mascarpone Blondies and more all floating around $2.50-$3. Coffee starts at $2 for a regular drip, but next time I’m going for a Hair Bender Expresso made on the machine they call “Dorothy.” They also offer Mighty Leaf and Ten Ren teas and in the summer, a iced coffee deemed “Rocket Fuel”–a New Orleans-style drink with chicory, maple syrup and milk. Yep, I’ll be back for that.

Sweetleaf Coffee & Tea
10-93 Jackson Avenue at 49th
[Long Island City, Queens]

Photo Credit: The Coffee Beaners

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Jill Strominger - Budget Baller

Jill is an Ohio native and Boston University graduate who refuses to stop saying "pop" and wearing her Red Sox gear despite being heckled for doing so since moving to Brooklyn. She's been honing her thrifty ways since doing that silly thing people talk about when they ignore reason to follow their hearts and chose a career in the fulfilling but faltering music industry. She earns her beer money as a publicist and writer, and spends her spare time cooking, biking, and trying to decide if she's ready to get a cat.

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