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COFFEE BARS

Barnes & Noble Café
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 20 Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-8183. A sunny browsing café that features Starbucks coffee, as well as espresso and cappuccino, chai and other teas. Also, a variety of cold beverages including Italian sodas, and a selection of sweet baked treats, as well as soup and panini. Featuring four cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory. Everyone’s welcome to bring books into the café. Serving 9 AM-10:45 PM Mon-Sat, 9-8:45 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Borders Café Espresso
Borders Books & Music, 59 Wolf Road, Colonie, 482-5800. There are plenty of tables in this upstairs café, which features pastries, desserts and a selection of coffees, teas, cold beverages and sandwiches. Bring books along; browsing is welcome. Poetry readings, live music and other entertainments are frequently scheduled. Serving 9 AM-10:30 PM daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V, personal checks. $

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Café Nora
Peter Harris Plaza, Route 7, Latham, 783-6880. Scores of different coffees, flavored and regular, as well as granitas (frozen flavored drinks), and espresso and cappuccino. Also featuring soups, sandwiches, bagels, croissants, muffins and desserts, including gelato. Serving 6:30-6 Mon-Sat, 8-3 Sun. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $

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Capital Grounds
Shaker Pine Plaza, Watervliet Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-3277. Fresh-roasted coffee. Espresso bar. Light fare including breakfast sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and muffins. Coffee available by the pound. All coffee roasted on premises. Takeout available. 6:30 AM-4:30 PM Mon-Fri, 8-2 PM Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

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The Coffee Beanery Ltd.
Crossgates Mall, 869-3039; Colonie Center, 438-1637; Rensselaer Amtrak Station, 463-8770; Albany International Airport, 242-4303 and 242-4302. The Coffee Beanery’s emphasis is on creating the “right roast,” roasting each different gourmet bean to ensure the perfect roast for optimum flavor. New flavors are served along with traditional favorites, specialty coffee drinks and gourmet pastries. Try the Italian-style cappuccino, made with the “espresso perfecto” roast. At the new Rensselaer Amtrak Station, there are also hot and cold sandwiches, soups, and chili available. Crossgates and Colonie locations open during mall hours. Amtrak: 5:30 AM-9 PM. Airport: 5:30 AM-9:30 PM daily. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Coffee Planet
100 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-9913. Classic and colorful coffeehouse. Traditional drip selection with brews changing daily. Flavors, decafs, Fair Trade and organics. Full espresso menu including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas. Chillers, coffee coolers, fruit smoothies and don’t forget mulled cider. Bagels and cream cheese. Sweet and savory scones. Cookies, shortbread, biscotti. Sandwiches, soups and dessert. Also, music and art. Takeout available. Serving 7-7 Mon-Sat, 8-3 Sun. Local personal checks. $

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The Daily Grind
204 Lark St., Albany, 427-0464; 258 Broadway, Troy, 272-8658. At the Troy location, a true coffee bar with several tables, offering coffee of the day, espresso, cappuccino, latte and such munchies as biscotti and muffins. Select teas, too. Serving 8-5:30 Mon-Fri, 9-4 Sat. At the Lark Street location, you’ll find more than coffee: Upstairs there’s a retail store specializing in fresh-roasted coffee beans, and downstairs there’s a European-style café offering an eclectic variety of light fare. Serving 7 AM-10 PM Mon-Sat, 7 AM-8 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $

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Francesca’s
See listing under “Light Fare.”

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Java Jazz Café and Bakery
Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-1727 (shares space with Seattle Sub & Pita Co.). Substantial line of gourmet coffees available, as well as espresso drinks. Special coffee flavors served daily, along with fresh muffins, scones and cookies. Newly expanded bakery features gourmet pastries and fresh pies. Regular art exhibits. Serving 7 AM-8 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-3 PM Sat. Closed Sun. Cash and checks only. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary
217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843. A light menu features sandwiches, salads, quiches, stuffed breads, croissants, bagels, pastries. Large selection of coffees, teas, fruit frappes, etc. Coffee is roasted on the premises. It’s all served in an eclectic, comfy atmosphere. Part of the Gift Basket Company program. On Fri-Sat evenings, enjoy live bands. Serving 7 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu, 7 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, 8 AM-10 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $

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Rock Hill Bakehouse & Café
Diamond Plaza Mall, Glens Falls, 743-1660. Rock Hill’s bread-based café menu makes for uniquely satisfying breakfast and lunch fare. Try the paisano, cinnamon-raisin or jalapeño-cheddar bread. Also featuring organic coffee, scones, biscotti and freshly baked bread. Serving 7 AM-6:30 PM Tue-Sat, 9 AM-4 PM Sun. MC, V, personal checks. $

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Stagecoach Coffee
90 State St., Albany, 436-7233; 54 James St., Albany, 434-6255. An extensive beverage list, including latte, cappuccino, chai, Italian sodas, specialty drinks, frappucino, fresh-fruit smoothies and 35 different types of whole-bean coffees. Fresh baked goods—including bagels, scones, croissants and danishes—plus soups, sandwiches and salads. State Street shop serving 6-5 Mon-Fri; James Street shop serving 6-4 PM Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Starbucks
Stuyvesant Plaza, 489-1064; Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-9498; St. James Square, Niskayuna, 381-9340; Newton Plaza, Loudonville, 783-4544; Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-9280; 9 Clifton County Road, Clifton Park, 373-5794. Contemporary Seattle-based coffee chain specializing in gourmet coffee drinks including cappuccino, latte, frappuccino and espresso, plus pastries, cookies and bagels. Call individual stores for hours. AE, MC, V. $

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Uncommon Grounds
1225 Western Ave., Albany, 453-5649; 402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-0656. Wide selection of aromatic, freshly roasted and freshly brewed coffees, teas of all kinds and obscenely wonderful desserts. Great bagels and muffins, too (scones in Saratoga). Albany store: serving 6 AM-11 PM Sun-Thu, 6 AM-midnight Fri-Sat. Saratoga store: 6:30 AM-11 PM Mon-Thu, 6:30 AM-midnight Fri, 7 AM-midnight Sat, 7 AM-11 PM Sun. Cash and local personal checks only in Albany; MC, V accepted in Saratoga. $

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