The Pantry Offers Artisanal Coffee In An Upstate Setting
The Pantry | 3091 Route 9 |

In a town with just two stop lights, Andy and Samantha Lutzer’s The Pantry has brought a little metropolitan flair to scenic Route 9 in Cold Spring, N.Y. “We’re a little microcosm of the city,” Samantha says, referring to the town itself, long lauded for its walkable stretch of charming antique shops and chocolate box setting. “Like the city, you just have to know what you’re looking for.”

Three years ago, the couple traded Bed Stuy for beds of grass, bringing with them a city-inspired passion for artisanal coffee. Their pantry brew, be it hot or iced, is handcrafted using wave and flat bottom drippers – optimal means for extracting grounds in an effort to produce high quality, strong-flavored coffee. By day, a rotating cast of coffee roasters feature all the known suppliers: Counter Culture, Irving Farm, Handsome, Cafe Grumpy, Intelligentsia, Ceremony, even Forty Weight (recently selected for Union Square Cafe). By night, craft beer dominates, with 50 varieties by the bottle, six on tap, and the option of taking a growler to go. Evening events will feature live music and throwback movies with themed craft beer pairings.

You ask most couples how they feel about running a business together and they either love it or hate it. From the mutual respect Andy and Samantha have for each other, it’s clearly the former. “Andy works really hard. It’s really the support of Andy that makes this shop run well,” Samantha says before Andy quickly adds. “Sam works endlessly, non-stop seven days a week. She’s immersed in the business and just wants everybody happy who works here. That’s so important to her. And everybody that walks in the door, when you see their face…” his voice trails off before turning to look at his wife and partner. “You’re doing a great job because everyone that walks in the door loves it here. And, it’s amazing to see that.”

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  “Because our shop is about taking the time to handcraft each cup of coffee, our logo is an etched pour over dripper with a design and layout that is meant to feel handmade (and perhaps could live in an Anthropologie store). We upcycled, or reclaimed, most everything in the space, including pantry tables, doors, shutters, old barn wood (even the iconic couch from our friend’s basement).”

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  “We make iced pour overs and bottle the concentrate for our customers to carry away and ice down at home (and then of course return for a refill). The design is supposed to stress quality and not quantity. ”

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  “There is a lot of handcrafted detail in the space. Hopefully the espresso machine will be powder coated white on your next visit.”

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  “The Pantry is a multi-roaster artisan shop with rows of reclaimed boxes filled with up to nine different specialty roasters beans. You can enjoy a small and thoughtful bite with your beverage.”

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  “In Beacon, Ella’s Bellas makes organic pesto spreads for some of our sandwiches, which we like to serve on Bread Alone’s organic bread.”

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6 comments

  1. Love this spot. It’s become the Sunday morning coffee routine – a 20 minute backroads drive from our house to the Pantry, but well worth it and rewarded with great coffee, a comfortable space and welcoming people. Great visual documentation.

    1. We love it too! So glad you it has become a part of your routine.

  2. Hey Northers,

    Your photos are simply amazing, they remind me a lot of some of our hostels by the style. It’s so interesting to read those stories behind a business/ restaurant, it makes this place more personal. A pity 99% of restaurants are missing this point.

    Keep it up,
    Matt

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Matt! It is really important to us to tell the “real story” behind the businesses we feature. Who are the people behind these beautiful and inspiring creations? That’s an authenticity we can really get behind.

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