Veteran Coffee Roasters
opened in early February, serving beans from co-owner Merri Seymour’s former employer and the space’s sibling shop, Custom House Coffee in Middletown, Rhode Island. It’s a little quiet on a midday visit to the little shopping center on Tejon and Mill streets, but I’m told they’re doing well with bean sales. My cappuccino ($3.75/12-ounce) is made to American proportions, so a little more like a latte, in line with Seymour’s policy of welcoming coffee snobs but not solely catering to them. Crucially, it’s well-made, no burn on the beans or the dairy, and there’s a faint fruitiness lingering after each sip.
For a bigger caffeine dose with a nicely balanced sweetness, one could easily do worse than a FUBAR ($4.50/16-ounce), a signature cold-brew coffee drink. It’s creamy, almost like there’s condensed milk. Monin vanilla and Ghirardelli caramel don’t cloy, and with the flavor of the coffee, it resolves to a pleasant chocolatey bitterness.