The Pantry Offers Artisanal Coffee In An Upstate Setting
The Pantry | 3091 Route 9 | Cold Spring, NY
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.”