Hoboken Coffee – not the Hoboken, New Jersey. This spot is a bit outside of OKC, but is a wonderful, rustic coffee shop that you should absolutely go to. The owners are very much involved with the day to day and the roasting and you can absolutely see their passion and sense of community. The owners officially opened the doors of Hoboken in 2012, but they were working towards the goal much earlier than that. In chatting with the owner I mentioned I had just moved back from living in Seattle for the last 7 years and as we discussed he revealed he and his wife had spent time in Oregon learning about all things coffee. PNW is home to some of the best coffee roasters in the US and coffee is a huge part of the culture and identity. Heck, Starbucks was created in Seattle.
I think I am drawn to this coffee shop for a few reasons. 1) the coffee – they know what they are doing and they have a lot of experience and knowledge. They have taken what they learned in PNW and applied it to a small city in OK and it is working really well for them. 2) the space – their coffee shop is so eclectic and rustic yet there is something so comforting and homelike about it. It is inviting and warm and you just want to grab a book or sit back and listen to music while you sip your coffee. Let’s circle back to the coffee now. The beans, the roast, the temperature – so many things go into roasting coffee that I cannot even begin to know about. I am not going to say I am a coffee connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I love coffee and drink it often and can pick out flavor notes fairly well. I know what good coffee should taste like to say the least. Hoboken’s coffee has a distinct flavor to it – almost a bit acidic yet smooth. It is not bitter but still has a strong espresso flavor. It is unique and almost identifiable. I love that it is not overpowering – very much a medium roast. A lot of espresso tastes similar. You either have bitter, smooth or acidic, but Hoboken has achieved a combination that doesn’t yield the typical results.
If you are tired of me droning on about coffee beans and espresso flavors, I can’t blame you. Just go try Hoboken for yourself – make a day trip out of it (it is about 30 minutes from OKC) and spend some time in their cafe, taking in the sounds and smells and the history. There’s a story to tell in their space, so listen for it. And make sure to grab a bag of beans to take home with you so you can have their coffee all the time when you can’t make it up there in person. For the website and to look at the beans they sell, their hours, and their story – click here.
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