Matthew Breitenbach | January 19, 2024

Start Your Morning at These 5 Hamptons Coffee Shops

Known for its affluent neighborhoods and perfect summer weather, the Hamptons have been a high-class getaway for decades. Located on the east end of Long Island, this grouping of picturesque towns offer a range of exclusive cafes and coffee shops to start your morning. Renowned from Westhampton Beach to Montauk, try these five cafes for the most impeccable coffee in the Hamptons.

Hampton Coffee Company

With six locations in Watermill, Westhampton Beach, Southampton, Aquebogue, Montauk, and Center Moriches, and a mobile espresso unit and catering services, the Hampton Coffee Company is ready to serve residents and visitors in the area. The family-owned business is Long Island’s largest independent coffee roaster and retailer, in business since 1994.

The company's artisanal coffee blends are made from 100% Arabica beans, which are bought from small coffee farmers around the world and roasted in small batches to a rich, dark flavor by the company’s very own roastmasters. Try the Hampton Classic proprietary blend to experience a refined coffee profile with notes of red berry fruit and hints of French roast. For those seeking a thrill, the Hampton Kona blend serves a taste of the golden Hawaiian coast. A smooth coffee paired with tropical citrus flavors, this blend is crafted from coffee beans grown in volcanic soil and nurtured by the Hawaiian sun. They also serve single-origin blends from individual farms through direct trade and organic blends free from synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. For those who abstain from caffeine, the Hampton Coffee Company offers a refined collection of teas and naturally decaffeinated options to satisfy all their patrons.

If you’re in town to look at Southampton homes for sale, you need to stop into this local favorite to get a feel for how the locals spend their mornings.

Sagtown Coffee

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Plan to be in the Hamptons to look at Sag Harbor, Long Island real estate, and want to find a place to get your morning started on the right foot? Sagtown Coffee is always a good choice. Located in the heart of Sag Harbor, this sophisticated coffee shop finds good company among the best upscale dining restaurants in the village. Stepping into their unassuming red brick building located at 78 Main Street, you’ll be greeted by their signature blue bar, warm wood-accented decor, and a menu consisting of more than just coffee. Founded in 2012, this haunt has served breakfast, lunch, and beverages for over a decade.

Their light meals include oatmeal, yogurt bowls, avocado toast, turkey clubs, açaí bowls, and various smoothies. For coffee, their signatures include Black Cold Brew, Oatmilk Draft Lattes, and, of course, the immaculate Black & Tans. Conscious of ethical farming practices, Sagtown sources its blends from La Colombe, a coffee roasting and packaging company based in Philadelphia. It is known for its exceptional quality coffee and long-term, fair trade agreements with coffee bean farmers. Despite the care given to their coffee blends, non-coffee drinkers are not forgotten — Sagtown offers a variety of the most popular teas or hot chocolate.

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

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This local favorite found its start in New York City more than 19 years ago and has expanded into the hamlet of Amagansett and the village of Sag Harbor. Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee is known for its unique take on the brewing process. Jack Mazzola, the founder, with his world-class engineering accomplice, invented a novel machine that stirs the coffee as it brews to extract the full flavor potential of the coffee bean. Mazzola’s theory of stirring the coffee as it brews is founded on a memory of his Italian grandmother stirring tomato sauce slowly and steadily to bring out each ingredient's finest qualities.

Indulge in a cup made from their proprietary blend: the classic Stir Brew Roast. This blend is produced from the highest-quality shade beans grown in South America, Central America, and Sumatra — all ethically produced. The blend and stirred brewing combine to create decadent cups of hot mocha lattes lavished with foam.

The knowledgeable and polite baristas are dedicated to customer service and community engagement to cater to all your needs. Stop by Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee before taking a morning trip to Foster Memorial Beach or while checking out the opulent Southampton homes for sale.

Grindstone Coffee & Donuts

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Grindstone Coffee & Donuts is another popular morning destination for those who own Sag Harbor, Long Island real estate. This coffee shop is dedicated to the art of creating the perfect cup of coffee. To prove it, they work every day of the year, including on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Their coffee is sourced from the San Francisco roastery Four Barrel Coffee, which boasts impressive qualities of cleanness, sweetness, acidity, and complexity. Their specialty coffees are highly acclaimed by patrons. Enjoy your choice of peppermint mochas and honey cinnamon lattes.

If you’re in the mood for a pastry, try one of their famous brioche donuts featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Freshly baked every morning, their donuts are made with European-style butter and natural, unbleached flour. All fillings, jellies, and glazes are made in-house using ingredients sourced from local farms. After waiting two days for the donuts to bake, the final product is a delicious buttery pastry with a golden crust.

L&W Market

Located in the exclusive hamlet of Bridgehampton along the Montauk highway and just minutes away from the most expensive zip code in America, the L&W Market offers a relaxing atmosphere and cheerful staff for those who value the ambiance of their eateries. Upon entering the market, you’ll be greeted by rows of shelves stocked with luxury farm-to-table preserves, butter, and groceries. An assortment of pastries and highly-rated coffee can be found at the counter. Breakfast and lunch-goers are treated to light meals like salmon soba bowls, smoked turkey sandwiches, and detox salads.

As a customer, you will have the option to sit indoors or outdoors. The former provides a comfortable view of the market’s rustic, farm-inspired interior design reminiscent of the Hamptons’ agrarian past without losing sight of its luxurious and modern reputation. The latter option offers a choice of tables along the beautiful tree-lined sidewalk. This is a perfect place to enjoy coffee while meeting neighbors on a morning walk. While limited, the coffee options are praised by all who visit the establishment. Their options are slow drip, matcha latte, nitro cold brew, and iced coffee. They source their coffee from the famous For Five Coffee Roasters, operating out of New York City.

Frequenting your favorite cafe is a wonderful way to start the morning. If you plan to be in the area to look into homes for sale in Southampton or one of the other areas in the Hamptons, you need to try out these fantastic local spots. Haven’t yet found a local realtor to help you with your home search? Reach out to Matthew Breitenbach for expert guidance and to see what’s on the market.

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