2016 has been a game of catch up (it’s only March!!), and, as an introvert, it’s become a little exhausting. I enjoy space and time with my loved ones and friends, but this past weekend I found myself sitting in my living room after a particularly hard gym session (working up to running 5 miles is proving itself incredibly challenging), planning out my day, when I spontaneously put everything I needed to do to the side, left the house, and drove away from the loud masses of society… and my own churning head.
Instead of driving toward the city where my auto repair shop, grocery store, and bank lay, I went out toward the edge of town where a fantastic little café and roaster resides: A&E Roastery. It was like a dose of medicine as I walked in: it’s a haven for writers, adventurers, and artists alike. I’ve been a frequent haunt of theirs, always getting that same cup of brew to go and never really taking the time to enjoy their store and atmosphere… but that day, I decided to stop and take a breath and enjoy my coffee.
Their menu is vast and exploratory. Next to their normal choices (cappuccinos, lattes, Americanos) are specialty drinks like breves, nitrogen-infused cold brew, and pour overs. I ordered the latter, which is essentially a more involved version of drip coffee in which the barista pours hot water into a filter full of grounds and allows the water to drip through slowly and patiently. I absolutely loved this version of a cup of coffee; they gave me the Rwanda blend, and I discovered it was more open and flavorful and, surprisingly, a lot less acidic than the normal brew version. They offer gluten-free snacks, sandwiches, soups, and there are always vegetarian options available as well. The store is adorably setup with cozy reading nooks complete with cushiony chairs and intimate seating. I ended up choosing a nice bar seat in front of a well-lit window to sip my hot drink and settle my thoughts into contentedness.
Besides the fantastic coffee and food, A&E Roasters is also incredibly involved with their community and have the friendliest staff. They feature their roasted coffee beans at local joints like Jajabelles in downtown Nashua and sell their own beans in-house. They are featured in The Hippo, a local newspaper out of Manchester, NH, and were nominated in The Hippo’s Best Of awards, which just goes to show how much of a local favorite they are.
It’s been a while since I had written a quality café review, and I felt this was a necessary revival. Cafés are a writer’s safe haven away from home and if I can find quality shops in my travels, I want to share them with you all 🙂
Do any of you have a favorite drink or order of choice at a nearby café? I’d love to hear new suggestions; I’m always looking for a good drink to try!
Until next time.