Stop & Smell the Roasts at 5 LI Coffee Shops

People say life is too short for bad coffee—and that lends itself to coffee shops. Top-notch roasts, tasty pastries and lunch items mixed with a comfortable atmosphere make all the difference during a java run. Consider these five Long Island coffee shops your new home away from home.

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Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company, Patchogue

A hop, skip and jump from Pulse’s headquarters, a trip to Roast to recharge is common around here. The cozy, brick-walled hangout is ideal for the crowd that just wants to stay put for a while. There’s a large communal table that can be reserved for group meetings and small tables built for catching up with friends. And the roasts, oh the roasts. The menu is full of flavorful blends from around the world. There is also a large assortment of teas, smoothies, a soup of the day, pastries and occasional live music. Phone: 631-627-3966 | Address: 41 E Main St Click to go

Bay Shore Bean & Babylon Bean

Both Bean locations create a comfortable environment where visitors can sip warm lattes and listen to live music or enjoy open mic nights. There’s also free wireless Internet and high tables for those who need to get work done. Coffee flavors always run the gamut from hazelnut to toasted almond mocha to amaretto. Current seasonal favorites include the snickerdoodle latte (Bay Shore), rainbow cookie latte (Babylon) and Nutella hot cocoa (Babylon). Bay Shore: Phone: 631-647-7971 | Address: 47 E Main St || Babylon: Phone: 631-587-7729 | Address: 17 Fire Island Ave Click to go

Southdown Coffee, Huntington and Oyster Bay

Popular for its high-grade specialty coffee and a laid-back vibe, Southdown Coffee has a reputation for being addicting. Locals fall sugar-over-spoon for blends like the Las Lajas Yellow Honey loaded with syrupy sweetness, tropical fruit and a lively acidity, and the Kopakama with a deep sweetness and notes of raspberry. When visitors strike up an appetite, the shop has delicious egg sandwiches, burritos, tacos, salads and paninis. Huntington: Address: 210-B Wall St || Oyster Bay: Address: 49 Audrey Ave Click to go

The Coffee Nut Café, Long Beach

A pleasant break from the Starbucks routine, The Coffee Nut Café is touted as being a true “home away from home.” Furnished with small, intimate tables and warm lighting, the place just screams comfort. Visitors can arrange book club or business meetings and there is always free Wi-Fi. Choose from espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolate. And for those with a sweet tooth, yogurt muffins, cookies and brownies are also on the menu. Phone: 516-897-6616 | Address: 250 E Park Ave Click to go

North Fork Roasting Co., Southold

North Fork Roasting Co. is all about providing its customers with exceptional roasts and delicious brunch options. Between a corrugated metal coffee bar and a large communal table with plush benches, the place is the epitome of NoFo. Order a cup or two of any of the craft roasted coffee and take your tastebuds for a spin with the sausage sammy (fried egg, gruyere, sautéed kale, sausage patty, buttered and toasted English muffin) or the BLTA (bacon, greens, tomato, chipotle aioli, avocado). Phone: 631-876-5450 | Address: 55795 Main Rd Click to go