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Coffee Shop Review – Hudson Coffee Traders, Kingston NY

Coffee Shop Review – Hudson Coffee Traders, Kingston NY

Coffee Shop Review Hudson Coffee Traders New York

Bill Walsh tries out Hudson Coffee Traders in Kingston, New York.
By Bill Walsh

Coffee Shop Review Hudson Coffee Traders New York

Subject: Hudson Coffee Traders
Location: Kingston, NY
Free WiFi ? : yes
Rating: 5+ [see key]

In the grand scope of American history, I feel like we never really talked about pre-British colonies like New Netherland. We never really discuss that despite the failure of the Dutch to hold onto their colony long, two of their original settlements that they started ended up thriving through the centuries (NYC and Albany). And while the third original settlement really doesn’t get much limelight any more, the city of Kingston, NY still has its points of interest.

Situated on the Hudson River, Kingston traces its roots back to the 1650s, has been the capital of New York and was burned down during the Revolutionary War. Along with its history and beautiful geography along the Hudson, the city has a few other draws, one of them for me was local coffee operation Hudson Coffee Traders.

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Situated on Wall Street, Hudson Coffee Traders sits in a nice stone building with a majestic blue awning and large open windows that lead into a cozy (though a little cluttered) interior that has a back section that reminded me a lot of the Parthenon. As for coffee, they roast their own beans and after looking over the menu, I decided upon an espresso of their Espresso Blend and a drip of their House Blend. The espresso, pulled to a medium volume with marbled crema, held notes of bittersweet cocoa, lemon, garlic toast and sweet ginger, proving to have a nice balance with a decent combination of flavors. As for the drip, the House purveyed flavors of almond croissant, light chocolate, nutmeg, dandelion and a little pork rind all present within a medium body.

While I did not fall head over heels in love with Hudson Coffee Traders, I found the fare pretty scrumptious (i.e. the espresso and drip were both good but still had room for growth). If you happen to be passing through or in town for some local history, stop by this local coffeehouse for a decent cup of coffee.

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  • Hi Bill,

    We just moved to Kingston from Boulder, CO, Yes why, and we also look for good creamy and silky coffee and haven’t found one yet in Kingston.

    You are right in your review about Hudson Coffee Traders. Their coffee is not silky and baristas do not have the energy to learn and improve the coffee they pour. It’s a job for them. Around the corner at the end of Wall street there is a new coffee shop and bakery that looks like it will have some decent coffee in the near future. They use Stumptown coffee and they might be able to pour a good one. Their machine was not in yet.

    have you ever visited Square One coffee in Lancaster, PA. It’s a must when you visit that area.

    Thanks for the good work.

  • Robert,

    Great to hear from you and thanks for your feedback! Do you know the name of the new place serving Stumptown? I had not heard of it but I’d be interested in it the next time I pass through.

    And I have indeed been to Square One! They are a favorite in Lancaster, and fortunately, there’s quite a few others blossoming in the land. It’s a good time to be out east (especially if you consider how hard it was 5 years ago to find a good cup).

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