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Let’s face it: In most corners of suburbia, the most convenient caffeination option is usually either a chain or just not that good. But in Westchester, things are perking up for those looking to get their fill of first-rate joe.
Pelham residents became some of the latest locals to get spoiled with the arrival of Caffé Ammi, which opened in June at 109 Sixth Street at the edge of a largely residential neighborhood.
The charming roastery-cafe is the brainchild of Ammirati Inc., the eponymous family-owned coffee wholesaler next door in business for 55 years.
Stepping through the door, it’s easy to think you’re in Gowanus or Greenpoint, and not just because of all the subway tile. There’s a neighborhood-y vibe here that simply makes you want to stay awhile.
It’s not uncommon to see a laptops open on one of the cafe’s several bistro tables. Exposed ceiling beams soar over a long marble-topped bar, stopping a few feet short of the establishment’s star attraction: a shiny, stainless steel drum roaster that roars to life on Mondays and Tuesdays when the cafe closes for production.
Caffé Ammi joins a growing number of Lower Westchester java joints roasting on site, including Larchmont’s Sunshine Coffee Roasters, Tarrytown’s long-beloved Coffee Labs and the newly opened The Roaster Cafe in Mamaroneck.
The baristas here are as serious as they come, armed with demonstrably honed-in craft and a duo of Faema and La Cimbali espresso machines.
The drink menu is focused and free of distractions but there’s no shortage of options. There’s a well-curated assortment of both blends and single-origin beans, offered with multiple brew methods.
Most varietals and growing regions are represented, right down to a micro-lot Kenya AA Thaitu, or dark roast Sumatra Mandheling. The house espresso, 109 Blend, is a medium roast that’s a well-bodied balance of a traditional Italian intensity and “third-wave” nuance: nutty, sweet and not overpowering.
It’s also worth noting Caffé Ammi was one of the county’s earliest adopters of oat milk, the latest dairy-alternative rage — demand surged so much recently that the leading label couldn’t keep up production fast enough, causing a shortage at cafes across the area.
The pastry case boasts a curated selection of city favorites imported fresh daily from Balthazar Bakery, Ceci Cela Patisserie, and Zaro’s Bakery. In its first month, fans were treated to the beloved teddy bear financier from Park Slope’s Colson Patisserie, no doubt a familiar face to the many Kings County transplants calling this commuter-friendly village home.
Whether to stay or go, Caffé Ammi has the morning grind you’ll actually look forward to.
If You Go
Caffè Ammi Roasting Co.
Where: 109 Sixth St., Pelham, 914-738-2511, http://www.caffeammi.com
Hours: Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Closed Monday and Tuesday for production.
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