Where to find the Best Coffee in the west Village of New York City

These are my top spots to get a quality cup of coffee in “The Village” in Manhattan, NYC.

If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram or my youtube, you would’ve seen that I’ve taken a couple trips to New York City in the last month. It’s a really nice treat to be in a place like New Jersey where on my days off I can take solo day trips into NYC. It’s crazy to me looking back now how before quarantine, I didn’t really take advantage of my close proximity to New York City.

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Anyway, in the last couple weeks I’ve stopped by some coffee shops in NYC that have been on my ultimate list of places to go (some for over a year)!

You could call this a continuation to this post I did a while back of The Best Coffee Shops in New York City.

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I decided it would make the most sense to to post this in parts based on location within Manhattan & create a coffee guide for different neighborhoods. So STAY TUNED for the other NYC coffee neighborhood guides to come soon.

First, let’s start off with the area I am most excited to talk about, the West Village. I wasn’t expecting it to be the village but it really is a local hot spot. Both of the spots I’m about to mention were very popular when I went, and rightfully so.


Cafe Kitsune

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Cafe Kitsune is a french cafe that has a location in Manhattan. They have a nice assortment of food and baked treats (even vegan/gluten free)!

First Impressions: My first trip here left such a good impression on me that I did end up going back. The baristas make a really nice & classic flat white: the milk isn’t too hot or foamy, just the way I like it.

I also was a big fan of their vegan molasses-type cookie. I noticed it’s also sort of a wine bar at night so once I find people to go with or the pandemic maybe slows down I’ll go back at night!

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Atmosphere: They had some outdoor tables as well as a few starting inside.

*NOTE* they say they’re a laptop free cafe. The second time I stopped by I was hoping to get some data processing done on my laptop but after seeing the sign I didn’t want to push it (also since they have limited tables to begin with).

Final Thoughts: Like I mentioned, I was really happy with the quality of their coffee and baked treats! I cant wait to go back at night for some wine.

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The Elk Coffee

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First Impressions: I honestly came across Elk accidentally. I’m sure previously I’ve walked past it but this time it was so busy with a line out the door. After a quick mental deliberation I decided I had to try it out.

I decided on one of their fall specials which was a cinnamon maple latte. It was pretty good – not too sweet. I also got a nice avocado toast to hold me over.

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Atmosphere: Not only did they have a steady line, but as I was sipping on my latte more and more people pulled up stools and sat down. Granted, this version of “sitting down at a cafe” was a couple nice tables but mostly single benches and stools. I knew they had a committed local crowd when a woman near me took a stool, put it up against a tree and whipped out her laptop to do work. After being at Cafe Kitisune (and it being a laptop free cafe), naturally I was comfortable to then whip out my laptop to work on my data.

Final Thoughts: It was really nice to be a part of that cafe “work culture” again. I really missed sipping on a coffee (although this one wasn’t in a ceramic cup) and being productive.

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If you liked this guide, or found it helpful please let me know! I’d really love feedback.

If you’re on the look out for more coffee guides:

Best coffee in NYC (also the most instagramable spots)

Best coffee in Portland, Oregon 

What to look for when choosing a coffee shop to spend your money at

Lots of love,

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WEEK IN MY LIFE: Trips to NYC + Grad School Update

Hello! Happy weekend. The past week has included a lot of running around for me so I took some extra time to get a grip on all of that.

Most importantly, this update will make much more sense if you read this first, I finished my new application to Tasmania for my masters yesterday. It’s been a long journey so I hope this time around all works out.

Thanks so much for all the support!

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You can watch a full update/week in my life here!

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Lots of love,

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WATCH THIS to get in the mood for fall

Wrapping up the week with a little Fall-themed vlog: more Target trips, Trader Joes pumpkin taste test & apple picking!

Check it out here

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Thanks so much!! Enjoy the last bits of your weekend.

Lots of love,

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Emo International Masters Update – this keeps getting harder

I guess you could call this part two of “road to my masters”. Just me being honest here.

I got another update on the graduate program I’ve been trying to apply to for very close to two years now.

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Here’s the next update:

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Thanks, as always, for all the support,

Ashleigh

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NEW SPECIALTY COFFEE ROASTERS + Sit Down Autumn Decor Haul

I sat down last night to unbox some fun new coffee roasts I got in the mail AS WELL as I think the sweetest coffee package I ever received in the mail.

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I have been hardcore getting into the Fall season (if you couldn’t already tell from my last couple posts).

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Normally I don’t get into seasons this much but since I get to stay in the Northern Hemisphere for this Fall (instead of being able to move to Australia for my masters), I guess I am appreciating the change of the seasons this time around a bit more.

Check out my full haul here!

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Have a great week everyone 🙂

Lots of love,

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GETTING READY FOR AUTUMN! Fall Target home decor haul, cute local coffee shops & Trader Joes Finds

Getting in the fall spirit with this weekly vlog! Gotta start this upcoming fall off with Target home decor.


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Super excited to test out my new Target home decor finds in some upcoming flat lay content! There’s just something extra cozy about fall. I used to not be a fan of fall because it always reminded how it was a new school year (and especially during middle/high school I wasn’t the happiest with that thought). But ever since going to college up in Maine and experiencing how magical fall truly is in New England I definitely appreciate the season much more now. Also, I hate hot weather so the fact that the season = cooler weather gets me completely on board!

Anyone else appreciate the fall season more over the years?

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This past week I FINALLY made it to this stunning, warm, boho chic inspired cafe up in North New Jersey. Sometimes impromptu coffee trips are all you need. I go into my experience more in my weekly vlog below but I was so impressed with Boca loves Anecho!

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I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend! Catch up with you guys later this week

Lots of love,

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My Entire Graduate School Journey + Updates

I decided to finally sit down and lay my entire masters journey out. Check out the video below (it’s a long one) while maybe sipping on a nice cup of coffee. I really wanted to create a cohesive bit with everything from how I got into marine science, how I chose my masters program and hopefully where I’ll be going from here.

*spoiler alert* there were A LOT of bumps in the road and there will continue to be – especially If you’ve read this post.

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I go into detail about my post graduate journey and what I’ve had to go through trying to get into a masters program for marine science research. This is what my undergraduate degree did not teach me and what I wish it did!

Grab a coffee and listen to me start with my college journey from the very beginning and hopefully where I will be going in the future. With my marine science background I get into how I decided on my college major and what pushed me to pursue a masters degree.

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Thanks for coming along on the ride!

Lots of love,

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I started a Youtube Channel

I took the next step.

Check me out on youtube

Join me on my journey!!

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Thanks so much for all your support. Lots more to come.

xx

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I got rejected by the research degree of my dreams

I first want to disclaim that I am not writing this for pity, I am writing this as the honest truth. I’ve been updating all of you on my masters research process over the last 6 months and this just happens to be the next update.

You can find my last update here.

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I submitted my final masters by research proposal & application back in early June. Since then, it was radio silent until a couple weeks ago; I received a very vague email from the University saying my application was “unsuccessful”.

My initial reaction was that I was rejected, but then as the hours went on I was more confused by the wording and vagueness of their email. It made it seem like something within my application got lost in translation.

The last three and a half weeks since receiving the email, I have never felt so lost. More than anything, the scientist in me, just wanted to know more information – anything at this point. I wanted to know what my options were moving forward. Over the last three weeks I have sent out countless emails to different points of contact at the University (including my proposed professor) …. and all I had was radio silence.

The inner turmoil of grievance and confusion has been the most exhausting part.

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So, let’s go to today. Today is Wednesday August 26th, 2020.

This afternoon I was near the beach while on the phone with my life coach (kind of like therapy but not). We were chatting about where I’ve been mentally and I mentioned “I’m about to hit my breaking point.”

And just as the “t” rolled off my tongue in “breaking point” I look up and see the tallest blowhole spout from a whale – not a coincidence.

So the day went on and yes that was weird and all but I do believe in signs.

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Tonight, after coming to the realization that sending emails isn’t enough to get answers, I made the decision to bite my tongue on the international call fees and call the University over in Australia. I finally was able to get more answers and closure regarding the inner turmoil I’ve been in the last three weeks.

Essentially, yes I was rejected. Science is expensive – so there’s limited funding and I didn’t make the cut. Of course I wish the email was a bit more descriptive than three vague sentences but… you can’t win them all I guess!


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That’s today’s update: The application I have been working on since February 2019 (yes I’m serious) has been rejected and I am still caught in this state of limbo where I have no clue when I’ll be able to move!

I hope once I hear back from my professor I’ll be able to get a better sense of my next step & hopefully move forward with reapplying in October.

Thank you so much for reading this far. This helped to ground me and piece together my thoughts regarding everything.

I hope to do a whole post on grievance and the pandemic soon because I have a lot to say.

Thanks

Ashleigh

July 2020 specialty Coffee roaster Favorites

The best coffee roasters I’ve brewed at home this past month!

(a bit behind on the months but that’s ok)!

I’ve been trying so many different coffee at home the last couple months so I figured it was about time to start doing a post on my monthly coffee favorites!

To read next:

Coffee Selection Guide – how to choose what coffee beans to purchase

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Methodological

Their Colombia – Frontera De Planadas had this GORGEOUS nutty undertone that popped beautifully once it started to cool.

I’m very excited to try out more from this roaster. Also, this packaging? hello? also gorgeous!

If you love coffee with a nice nutty undertone this coffee is perfect for you.

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Graziella

Graziella’s Coffee Company’s Ecuador – Loja is so flavorful! I was super impressed with the way the caramel undertones are not only present right after it’s brewed, but it sustains as it cools as well. Super nice toffee/caramel kinda cup!

Super sweet team as well over there 🙂

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Taza Manga

Taza manga – Signature Coffee from Taste the Origin is a super smooth and balanced single origin coffee from Colombia!

I was so happy to come across a site that highlights fair trade single origin coffee (coffee that’s farmed and roasted from the same place). This blend even has a subtle nutty undertone that pulls through as it cools!

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For more coffee content make sure to keep up with my instagram! I’ve been posting lots of full coffee reviews and unboxings over there.

Lots of love,

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