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Best Coffee Shops in the Catskills

Joseph Satto


The Catskills area, the magnificent mountain region of New York state, is known for rolling hills and stunning scenery. Tranquil farms dot the lush terrain, providing fresh ingredients for artisan outdoor dining, and the community has the close-knit warmth of an old-fashioned county town. When the morning mist rolls off the mountain peaks and that crisp sunshine filters through the wispy clouds, the first thing on everyone’s mind is coffee. 

Perhaps it is the climate that makes a hot cup of joe so appealing, especially as nourishment for a frosty day of skiing or a rugged hiking excursion. It could be the country-style approach to brewing the beans. Or maybe it is simply the friendly smiles and hearty handshakes of neighbors meeting at the cafe that emboldens coffee culture here in this idyllic spot. Whatever the reason, cozy coffee houses are the norm in the Catskills – and no Catskills real estate guide is complete without an accompanying list of beloved coffee shops. Take your own tour of the best coffee in the Catskills with this ultimate list of must-try cafes, and get your hands around a warm mug of the good stuff.

The Mud Club

43 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock

Tucked away in a rustic cabin, the Mud Club is Woodstock’s hot spot for organic coffee and wood-fired bagels. The patio is heated and sparkles with fairy lights, creating a delightful alfresco setting on sunny summer days and crisp winter afternoons. Those famous Mud Club bagels are available with an array of cream cheese flavors or as hot sandwiches like the green eggs and ham option and the bacon, egg, and cheddar combo. The coffee here is just about as good as it gets, with organic beans supplying the full menu of drip coffee, lattes, espresso, flat white, and mochas.

Java Love Roasters

1577 NY-17B, White Lake

Perched atop a hill overlooking the pristine waters of White Lake sits Java Love Roasters, an artisan roaster and cafe. The coffee here is organic, fair trade, and sustainably sourced, and the proof is in the rich, aromatic flavor of everything from the coffee of the day to the specialty drinks. Even if your Catskills home is a vacation getaway, you can enjoy Java Roasters coffee year-round with their customizable coffee subscription.

Java Love embodies the sense of community that good coffee always seems to inspire, with second homeowners and locals sharing friendly conversation and catching up over a hot cup or two. During the season, Java Love expands its kitchen and menu to include farm-to-fork breakfasts, oatmeal, burritos, and homemade pancakes. But fear not – freshly baked pastries and quick bites are available all year long, and everything is always locally sourced and freshly prepared.

Blue Bee Cafe

114 Main Street, Delhi

Blue Bee Cafe will certainly get you buzzing. The coffee at this charming spot is strong and rich, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Nestled on a shady, tree-lined street in Delhi, Blue Bee Cafe is delightfully quaint in a classic Main Street way. The pastry case is always full of freshly baked scones, cupcakes, muffins, and cookies, and the lunch menu is equally mouth-watering. The quiche and salad are a perfect lunch for a sunny summer day, while winter afternoons call for a steaming cup of organic coffee and an oversized chocolate chip cookie, still warm from the oven. Locals are often heard saying they come in for the coffee but end up staying for the food.

Maeve’s Place

5569 NY-28, Phoenicia

The rich, warm setting of Maeve's Place sets the perfect scene for a classic cafe experience, and the commitment to helping others gives guests every reason to support this sweet coffee shop. Diversity is celebrated in this welcoming place, which provides employment opportunities to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The breakfast and lunch menus are colorful and delicious, with waffles being the item of choice for most patrons. The coffee selection is unparalleled, with classics like lattes, cold brews, and Americanos, as well as countless seasonal and specialty drinks. Winter days call for the snowman latte or holiday joy mocha, while treats like the snickers latte and peanut butter cup mocha are delicious all year long.

Higher Grounds

61 State Route 296, Windham

Classic coffeehouse vibes are on display at Higher Grounds Coffee Co., and this cozy spot offers everything you could want in a loungy cafe. Caffeine comes in all varieties, from caramel apple espresso drinks and iced coffee to mochas with whipped cream and seasonal flavors like gingerbread and, of course, pumpkin spice. You will find pastries and bagels for a quick bite, but Higher Grounds also features an extensive menu of paninis, soup, sandwiches, salads, and healthy grain bowls.

Log Cabin Cafe

795 Mountain Ave, Purling

Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Log Cabin Cafe is a favorite stop among Catskills locals. With all the charm of a rustic mountain lodge, the Log Cabin Cafe offers more than just a great cup of joe. Handmade artisan goods and hand-carved collectibles and gifts grace the gift table. The wooden salt and pepper shaker holders, ornaments, and coasters are a delightful reminder of the quaint lifestyle Catskills residents adore. Hearty breakfast fare and overstuffed omelets, with names like the lumberjack and the honey bear, fuel outdoor adventures, and the Log Cabin sandwich menu make this a must-stop for lunch on blustery days.

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Are you interested in exploring Catskills, NY, real estate? Contact upstate NY realtor Joseph Satto today to dive into this dynamic market. As a lawyer and second homeowner, Joseph keenly understands both the complexities of the market and the nuances of dual ownership. Joseph’s clients appreciate his strong listening skills, rapid response time, and professionalism. They praise his sound counsel and warm personality. Joseph and the entire team at Fresh Air Realty are happy to meet for coffee and discuss your Catskills real estate goals.

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