POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Dutchess County is full of places to get your caffeine fix, but if you want to perk up with the strongest espresso, the richest cappuccino or the most thoughtfully made cuppa joe, there are a handful of absolute musts -- at least according to Daily Voice readers who selected three among the best of the best.
Who Has The Best Cup Of Joe In Dutchess County?
Bad Ass Coffee, Wappingers Falls
The Crafted Kup, Poughkeepsie
Each is now vying for a spot in our ongoing DVlicious contest. The winner will be chosen Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m., soon after voting closes . In the meantime, here’s a brief profile of one our our finalists. Each nominee is being highlighted this week before the ultimate reveal on Tuesday, March 22.
So start sipping, savoring, and voting. You can vote multiple times, though only once per day. The winner receives a DVlicious certificate and the honors of being the county’s charismatic favorite.
The Fine Grind : Located in the Arlington walking district on the cusp of Vassar College, The Crafted Kup got so popular with students that it was losing customers because there simply was no place to sit. That all was fixed this winter when the café increased its seating to 68 from 24 spots.
In addition to the bigger space, Owner Tanner Townsend’s renovation project reportedly happily surprised customers with new furniture and bookcases, which he made himself. He also built a small stage for music and literary events. Now there are plenty of small tables and overstuffed chairs on which to perch, sip and savor.
Most Popular Brew : The Ethiopian blends and lattes get rave reviews as do the baked goodies. Townsend said he hopes to add soups, salads, and sandwiches to the menu soon.
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