Image courtesy of La Colombe

Image courtesy of La Colombe

These coffee shops are abuzz (pun intended) with NYC’s creative minds and espresso aficionados alike. Check out our top picks for serious ‘spro.

1. La Colombe Torrefaction
Manhattan's La Colombe trifecta is no less than awe-inspiring. This French import's approach to make “the coffee and the customers the primary focus” echoes throughout both product and service. Head to the SoHo, NoHo, or TriBeCa outposts for the intoxicating smell of roasting beans offset by a light, airy atmosphere, and lest we forget, an incredible cup of coffee.

2. Toby’s Estate
This Brooklyn-based small batch roaster has made its way across the East River and into Manhattan and can now be found tucked into two equally quaint city locations. Toby's Estate Flatiron serves as the aromatic storefront counterpart to Fifth Avenue's Club Monaco and is flanked by a botanically-inspired library, perfect for any lazy afternoon, rain or shine. The West Village location, complete with a "Brew Parlor," has stolen our hearts with its intimate setting and passion for spreading knowledge of the trade.

3. Blue Bottle
They had us at "siphon bar." Blue Bottle's inaugural Manhattan location, arguably the best of the bunch, features espresso drinks made on a La Marzocco Strada (the real deal), two types of iced coffee, and coffee individually brewed on bespoke pourover drip bars. Seasonally-rotating single origin coffees for both espresso and brewed coffee keep things exciting, especially when paired with freshly baked pastries and granola handmade at BB's Brooklyn kitchen.

4. Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Stumptown's two Manhattan locations may differ in size and ambiance, but both offer an outstanding sipping experience backed by serious know-how and a variety of brew methods to satiate any coffee lover's palate. Head to the intimately linear Ace Hotel brew bar or take it downtown to Stumptown's sprawling West 8th location; either way, this down-home microroaster will not disappoint.

5. Plowshares
The brainchild of master roaster Anthony Kurutz, fueled by passion of the trade and a Ramapo Valley-based roasting facility, has taken upper Manhattan by storm with its artisanal approach and an undeniably sumptuous cup. Plowshares opened its doors to the public just weeks ago with its very first brick-and-mortar location, a no-frills industrial outpost with limited seating and a friendly crew with a variety of single origins roasted to perfection. Trust us, it's worth the trek.