The New Orleans at Blue Bottle
Eight pounds of earthy beans and eight ounces of chicory are steeped in room-temperature water overnight and then strained in the morning. The concentrate is slightly sweetened, and milk and ice are added to order. 160 Berry St between North 4th and 5th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-534-5488, bluebottle.net)
Siphon at Stumptown Red Hook
The Portland, Oregon, brewer has mastered this bergeeky brewing technique. It produces a crisp articulation of any bean, but sweet, bright African coffees—such as the light and fruity Ethiopian Michelle Yirgacheffe—are favored here. 219 Van Brunt St at Commerce St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (stumptowncoffee.com)
French press at Egg
Williamsburg's go-to breakfast spot uses a dark roast blend—part Sumatra, part Yirgacheffe—from Brooklyn Coffee Roasters that can stand up to the Southern-style restaurant's rich offerings. 135A North 5th St at Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-302-5151, pigandegg.com)
Macchiato at Tillie's of Brooklyn
Go with the light-roast, slightly nutty Kitten New York blend, brewed via the shop's La Marzocco espresso machine. 248 DeKalb Ave at Vanderbilt Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-783-6140, tilliesofbrooklyn.com). $2.50--$3.25.
Pumpkin latte at Tea Lounge
This spiced sipper—made with a private roast from Maine—will help you stay focused enough to work until closing time (midnight for you night owls). 837 Union St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-789-2762, tealoungeny.com). $3--$4.25.
Cortado at Qathra Café
The expertly pulled cortado —a small cup of half espresso and half steamed milk, made with chocolaty Ethiopian Harrar beans—is like a potent and smooth-sipping mini latte. 1112 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (718-484-3322, qathracafe.com). $2.75.
Stumptown refills at Second Stop
They're just a buck. Beat that. 524 Lorimer St at Ainslie St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-6850)
Stumptown drip at Iris Cafe
The rotating selection of Stumptown beans are brewed strong, so lighten it with a splash of milk from upstate's Battenkill Valley Creamery. The ideal accompaniment: a homemade cinnamon-raisin sticky bun ($3). 20 Columbia Pl between Joralemon and State Sts, Brooklyn Heights (718-722-7395). $1.75--$2.25.
Stumptown latte at Marlow & Sons
The top-notch beans are matched with ultra-rich milk from Pennsylvania's Maplehofe Dairy's grass-fed cows in this creamy and classic latte. 81 Broadway between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-1441, marlowandsons.com)
Cappuccino at Milk and Roses
The milky concoction, made from dark-roasted, rich Italian Miscela d'Oro beans, is the perfect complement to a lazy afternoon within Milk And Roses' cozy environs. 1110 Manhattan Ave between Clay and Dupont Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-0160). $3.
Stumptown cappuccino at Roots Cafe
The genuinely friendly baristas do wonders with a steamer here; go for a whole-milk cappuccino with a double shot of bold, chocolaty Hair Bender espresso. 639A Fifth Ave at 18th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (205-246-2149, rootscafebrooklyn.com). $3.50.
Seasonal Stumptown selection at Breukelen Coffee House
The selection of Stumptown beans rotates seasonally here, but a recent favorite was the drip-brewed Ethiopian Suke Quto. It's a full-bodied, slightly citrusy blend that tastes bright and crisp on its own, or tempered with a splash of milk; try it with hemp, hazelnut, oat or soy (plus good old organic cow). 764A Franklin Ave between St. Johns and Sterling Pls, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (718-789-7070). $1.75--$2.
Spiced pumpkin latte at Common Grounds
The balance is spot-on in this seasonally inspired cup: It's sweet but not cloying, with just a hint of fall flavor peeking through the deep Porto Rico Importing roast. 376 Tompkins Ave between Jefferson and Putnam Aves, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (718-484-4368, commongroundsny.com). $3.25.
Bushwick egg cream at Little Skips
This is an espresso-laden, chocolate-syrup drizzled riff on the New York classic. 941 Willoughby Ave at Myrtle Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn (718-484-0980, littleskips.com). $3.25.
Spiked joe at the Lovin' Cup Café
The coffee—served black—is nothing special, but you can gussy it up with a shot of your favorite liquor (we suggest Baileys or Kahla). 93 North 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-302-1180, thelovincupcafe.com). From $2.
Vanilla latte at Postmark Cafe
Order this smooth, fragrant treat from a menu inscribed on glass panels. 326 6th St at Fifth Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-768-2613). $2.75--$3.75.
Gingermint latte at the Pulp and the Bean
Using a nutty custom Italian roast from Park Slope's Gillies as the base, this drink layers 1883 de Philibert Routin frosted mint and gingerbread syrups with steamed milk and a hush-hush blend of spices. 809 Franklin Ave between Eastern Pkwy and Lincoln Pl, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (347-425-8642, twitter.com/pulpandbean). $3.25.
Iced coffee at Black Gold Brooklyn
This remarkably smooth brew—made with New Jersey's Rook coffee—is superconcentrated then cut to your liking with water. 461 Court St between Luquer St and 4th Pl, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (347-227-8227, blackgoldbrooklyn.com). $3.
Iced coffee at WTF Coffee Lab
A mad-scientist setup at this Fort Greene shop produces a superlative 22-hour cold-brewed cup. The method works particularly well with floral Ethiopian beans, which yield a fruity, low-acid brew. 47 Willoughby Ave between Adelphi and Clermont Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (twitter.com/wtfcoffeelab).
"Australian iced coffee" at Café Madeline
Dessert and coffee in one: a double shot of chilled espresso over two scoops of vanilla ice cream with milk. 1603 Cortelyou Rd between 16th and 17th Sts, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (718-941-4020, cafemadeline.com). $5.