There is a new business in Hoboken and I am glad it is not another barber shop or nail salon! No, this time it is a coffee shop: Bluestone Lane Coffee. Importing the concept from Australia, you would wonder what this place has that is so different and unique. Well, it would not be the first coffee shop opening around here, Bwè being one for instance. No, but there are few things that I like about it. First is their coffee that varies from visit to visit. It is a single origin coffee that they source from the Rainforest Alliance that visits farms and certifies them for sustainability on three pillars of social, environmental and economic responsibility. They then roast the coffee in their roastery in Brooklyn, allowing them to control the entire supply chain, from the bean to your cup.
Presented on a wooden plank with some seltzer to cleanse your palate before you take a sip (they give you such instructions), it can come from any part of the world. The time we went, it was a coffee from Kenya. I like the fact that they give you a card with a description of the coffee you are tasting. Mine said:
Our Single origin coffee comes from the members of the Baragwi Farmer's Cooperative Society Limited in the central highlands of Kenya which sits at an altitude of 1700-1800 meters above sea level.
This sun-dried coffee was harvested between November and December and processed using a Kenya-style washed method at the Thimu factory south of Mt. Kenya.
Expect a cup that is full of bright melon sweetness with a juicy body and a caramel finish.
If you are not into coffee, they have a bunch of other options: milo, hot chocolate, tea, as well as cold pressed juices. I decided to get a fresh squeezed orange juice, but admit that I was a bit disappointed as it tasted watered down.
Food wise, they offer a limited menu, with mostly healthy dishes, some items being gluten free. Last thing to mention before telling you what we ate is that the bread is from Balthazar, fully mentioned on the menu as a sign of quality. So, Jodi went with the avocado smash (aka avocado toast) to which she added cherry tomatoes.
On my side, I got the salmon toast with a poached egg as a topping.
At first, I thought it would not be enough food, but I was wrong. Both were served with a multigrain Balthazar toast, mine being lightly toasted. The salmon toast had cream cheese and dill, with a generous portion of salmon. They were both good and I loved the fact that you can add items like egg, avocado, tomatoes, etc.
The food was good and the prices quite reasonable. My only complaint about Bluestone Lane Coffee is the proximity of the tables in the dining room that in the corner area where we were was not comfortable not only for us, but also for the staff who had to apologize to the table behind me each time they were bringing a dish. Otherwise, it is a great spot for a nice coffee and a healthy meal.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Bluestone Lane Coffee - 409 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030