LITTLE FALLS, N.J. -- Passaic County is full of places to get your caffeine fix, but if you want to perk up with the strongest espresso, the richest cappuccino or the most thoughtfully made cuppa joe, there are a handful of absolute musts -- at least according to Daily Voice readers who selected three among the best of the best.
Who Has The Best Cup Of Joe In Passaic County?
Cafecito, Prospect Park
The Fine Grind, Little Falls
The Vreeland Store, West Milford
Each is now vying for a spot in our ongoing DVlicious contest. The winner will be chosen Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m., soon after voting closes. In the meantime, here’s a brief profile of one our our finalists. Each nominee is being highlighted this week before the ultimate reveal on Tuesday, March 22.
So start sipping, savoring– and voting. Y ou can vote multiple times, though only once per day. The winner receives a DVlicious certificate and the honors of being the county’s caffeinated favorite.
The Fine Grind: Grind works with a local roaster who processes the Fair Trade beans in small batches. Grind -- which says it’s more than a coffeehouse, it’s part of the community – hosts events like open mic nights and seminars.
Run by local residents Jon and Rhonda Mallek, it also holds an annual “Lucky Latte” contest. Purchase a cup (or two, or three) of this combination of espresso, white chocolate, steamed milk, and Irish cream flavoring topped with candy shamrocks and edible “diamonds” in March and, if your entry wins, you get free coffee and espresso for the entire month of April. Grind also sells sandwiches, salads, and hearty breakfasts like cranberry- orange oatmeal and “egg in a mug,” literally an omelette in a cup.
Most Popular Brew: Espresso-based drinks include "Caramel Overload," drizzled with caramel, and "Vanilla Snuggle," which is topped with whipped cream and marshmallows. Frozen hot chocolate is also a customer fave, the cafe says. The care also offers organic teas ranging from herbal to Yerba mate.