Photo by Roasting Plant

On a visit to New York City last week I had the pleasure of stopping by the Lower East Side branch of Roasting Plant, which has to be the ideal coffee place for geeky perfectionists like myself. The coffee is roasted in small batches on-site. When you place your order, the counter clerk touches the screen, and whoosh! a measured amount of your selected coffee beans are whisked through pneumatic tubes over your head, directly into an automated espresso machine that grinds, tamps, and brews the coffee. It’s like the canteen at the Willy Wonka factory. Oh, and the coffee tastes good, too.