Gotta Have A Cuppa Joe

shutterstock_391970491Coffee shops have been a tradition on Long Island. It is a place where folks start their morning and keep going throughout the day. Most people cannot start their day without a good cup o’ Joe. At coffeehouses, customers usually pick up a bit of local chatter as well as picking up a quick bite to eat.

On Long Island, there are three well-known chains that serve coffee, though there are a number of independent outlets as well.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is a mainstay in the coffee industry. Founded in 1950 by William Rosenberg in Quincy, MA, Dunkin’ Donuts is a global donut company and coffeehouse chain based in Canton, MA, in the greater Boston area. It is a popular U.S. franchise, each location individually owned.

Dunkin’s menu has expanded to include sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Dunkin’ Donuts also has colors associated with its brand. Originally yellow and brown, the logo now includes hot pink and orange, which are consistent with the insides of each location.

Check out Long Island Weekly‘s reviews of local tea and coffee houses


Starbucks was founded in 1971 by three former University of San Fransisco students: English teacher Jerry Baldwin, history teacher Zev Siegl, and writer Gordon Bowker. They wanted to sell high-quality coffee and were taught by coffee roasting entrepreneur Alfred Peet who taught them his style of roasting beans. The Starbucks Corporation is U.S. owned.

The colors of Starbucks are forest green and the interiors of most locations are coffee brown with low lighting, giving it a coffeehouse feel. Each location is owned by Starbucks Corporation. Although food is sold through the locations, breakfast sandwiches are not.

Check out more reviews of local coffee shops by LIW‘s Betsy Abraham

Caffé Bene

A new entrant into the coffeehouse market is Caffé Bene. The coffeehouse chain is based in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded in May 2008 by Sun-Kwon Kim, its CEO. The chain is trying to rapidly expand in the United States, since 2012. The food focus is the bagel.

For those who want the full coffeehouse experience, consider visiting these local places on Long Island:

COFFEED Sweet Comfort Cafe
5 Irma Ave.
Port Washington, NY 11050

Bean & Bean
210-21 Northern Blvd.
Bayside, NY 11361

The Witches Brew
311 Hempstead Tpke.
West Hempstead, NY 11552
♦ See our review!

The Cup Coffeehouse
3268 Railroad Ave.
Wantagh, NY 11793
♦ See our review!

Sip This
64 Rockaway Ave.
Valley Stream, NY 11580
♦ See our review!

The Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery Inc.
1045 Tulip Ave.
Franklin Square
♦ See our review!

Kookaburra Coffee Company
69 N Village Ave.
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Bellmore Bean
2718 Grand Ave.
Bellmore, NY 11710

Gentle Brew Coffee
151 E Park Ave.
Long Beach, NY 11561
♦ See our review!

Massapequa Perk
117 Front St.
Massapequa Park, NY 11762

Center Coffee Shop
Plainview Shopping Center
363 S Oyster Bay Rd.
Plainview, NY 11803

Simone’s Coffee Shop
501 Stewart Ave.
Bethpage, NY 11714

Georgio’s Coffee Roasters  
1965 New Hwy.
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Babylon Bean Coffee House
17 Fire Island Ave.
Babylon, NY 11702

Southdown Coffee
210-B Wall St.
Huntington, NY 11743

Bay Shore Bean
47 E Main St.
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Urban Coffee
101 Broadway
Greenlawn, NY 11740

Caffe Portofino
249 Main St.
Northport, NY 11768

Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company
41 E Main St.
Patchogue, NY 11772

Toast Coffeehouse
242 E Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Coffee Booths
226 Middle Country Rd
Selden, NY 11784

Tend Coffee
924 Montauk Hwy.
Shirley, NY 11967

Hampton Coffee Company (four locations)
194 Mill Rd.
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

272 Main Rd.
Riverhead, NY 11901

749 County Rd 39A
Southampton, NY 11968

869 Montauk Hwy.
Water Mill, NY 11976

SagTown Coffee
78 Main St.
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

North Fork Roasting Co.
55795 Main Rd.
Southold, NY 11971

Stars Cafe
17 Grand Ave.
Shelter Island, NY 11964

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee
146 Montauk Hwy
Amagansett, NY 11930

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Elizabeth Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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