Although there are a number of places to get coffee on the East Side, the Coffee Exchange, frequented by hip locals, students ... More
The Coffee Exchange
Although there are a number of places to get coffee on the East Side, the Coffee Exchange, frequented by hip locals, students and visitors alike, remains one of the most popular and heavily used cafes in town for over 18 years. The company tries to obtain the very wide range of flavorful coffees from organic sources around the world. You can enjoy the pastries while seated inside or on the outside deck that affords a clear view of thriving Wickenden Street. This establishment accepts cash only. Toll free number: + 1 877 263 3334.
Their coffee and all of their coffee beverages and delicious food are great -- of course. Charles Fishbein knows the coffee industry like no one else -- roasts his own beans, has special buyers, buys selectively and ethically, and the like. But this place is good for more than just your palate. The crowd of coffee drinkers that fills up the Coffee Exchange each day makes the place a spiritual haven from the tough world outside. Plus, this was the guy (along with his brother Bill) who started Coffee Kids -- a charity that invests gourmet coffee profits back into the coffee growing regions of the world -- so those who pick the coffee can be economically self sufficient. Good for your palate, good for your emotional health, and good for your soul. What could be better?
The Coffee Exchange is off the beaten path so there is not alot of traffic.
The service is great, the coffee is exceptional and there is a deck to sit on for the warmer days. The espresso is out of this world.
There is also a variety of restaurants in the immediate vicinity from Thai to Sushi to sandwiches.
This definitely my favorite place to go in the city.
I have been a fan of this place for years. I live in CT near New Haven, so I am not there too often. But when I can I stop by. I like the friendly, intellectual, socialy conscious, tolerant, homey atmosphere of the place. The coffee is out of this world. The staff is helpful.
I was there recently, and though the staff is very nice and enjoyable, I witnessed the owner of coffee exchange berate an employee and treat her with complete disrespect about the food in a pastry case.
I cannot support a business owner who is so nasty to his staff.
I stop by Coffee Exchange almost daily in the morning on my way to work on College Hill. The coffee is superb-fresh, smells wonderful. The people are nice and friendly. Lots of college students trying to finish their work their. The only drawback is that the space is too small, it's difficult to find a seat in the morning.
Love to hang out there and get some work done at coffee exchange...Its got a vibrant atmoshere and beats doing work at home.. The only complaint I have is that it doesnt really have wifi service. There are some unsecured networks in the neighborhood but those signals are so unreliable I don't even bother trying to connect to them anymore.
I'm a "native" Rhode islander who has moved to Syracuse, NY (i.e., for job reasons) in February of 2001. I have been buying Kenya AA French Roast from the "Coffee Exchange" since 1988. I haven't been able to find any place in the Syracuse area that sells Kenya AA French Roast so I order it from the Coffee Exchange and have it shipped here.
I can't describe the feeling of a "good" cup of coffee (i.e., your favorite blend) in the morning! By the way, the "Coffee Exchange" has a great selection of gourmet pastries as well as an absolutely fabulous selection of coffees from around the world!
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