The Hippo


Aug 25, 2019








Afternoon pick-me-ups

Downtown options, plus a few worth driving to
• True Brew Barista (3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776, is open Monday through Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; it’s closed Sundays. Besides a wide variety of coffee blends and espresso drinks, the café sells nitro cold brew on tap, French press coffee and a wide selection of teas. 
• True Brew Café (45 S. Main St., Concord, 715-5833, is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The café offers the same basic variety of coffees and teas available at the Barista, but the cold brew is not nitrogenated.
• Granite State Candy Shoppe (13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591, offers the same pick-me-ups as its Manchester location..
• Crust and Crumb Baking Co. (126 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0763, is open Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; it’s closed Mondays. Hot and iced coffee is supplied and roasted by Flight Coffee Co. in Bedford (formerly CQ Roasters) and the bakery retails its custom blend by the pound. It also sells tea and, of course, a wide array of pastries like coffee cake slices, whoopie pies, tarts and more.
• Bread & Chocolate Bakery Café  (29 S. Main St., Concord, 228-3330, find them on Facebook) is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sundays. Pick up a chocolate truffle, cupcake or sticky bun, freshly baked by a master European baker.
• White Mountain Gourmet Coffee (15 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-3317, is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sundays. Try any of White Mountain’s locally roasted specialty coffee and organic fair-trade espresso drinks at its downtown café location. It also offers a selection of teas and frozen coffee drinks like the Espresso Shake and the Mochaccino Shake.
• A&E Coffee & Tea (1000 Elm St., Manchester, 578-3338, is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The coffee is all specialty-grade beans, batch-roasted in the state, and a large selection of loose-leaf tea varieties span from Earl Grey to Chinese Puerh. The café also has nitro cold brew coffee, including a unique batch of hopped cold brew.
• Baked Downtown Café and Bakery (1015 Elm St., Manchester, 606-1969, is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Sundays. In addition to a coffee selection with Sumatran and Jamaican blends, they offer espresso drinks like flavored cappuccinos. They also offer black, green, flavored and rooibos teas. You can buy cupcakes, danish fancies and more from the bakery.
• Café la Reine (915 Elm St., Manchester, 232-0332, is open Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The café offers Boston Common Coffee, Upton Tea Imports, espresso-based drinks and chai. Its most unique offering is the Espresso Cubano.
• Dancing Lion Chocolate (917 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4043, is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Espresso drinks are made from beans custom-blended by Riverwalk Roasters in Nashua and a rotating selection of loose-leaf teas can be prepared on site. Their most unique offerings are Mayan drinking chocolate and chocolate espresso.
• Republic Café (1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, is open for drinks Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Kitchen hours differ. The café bar offers beans roasted by Java Tree in Manchester, a variety of espresso drinks, French press coffee, chai and fair-trade organic teas.
• The Bridge Café (1117 Elm St., Manchester, 647-9991, ) is open every day 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The café offers a selection of signature coffee blends, freshly ground, and espresso drinks. Try their fresh fruit smoothies with an energizing “booster,” which includes protein, Forti-flax and daily vitamins.
• Queen City Cupcakes (790 Elm St., Manchester, 624-4999, is open Tuesday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. They may close early if they sell out. Each week they offer a new lineup of cupcake flavors, from Red Velvet to Boston Cream Pie.
• Granite State Candy Shoppe (832 Elm St., Manchester, 218-3885, is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Try their coffee ice cream, frappes and fudge. They also offer cold brew coffee and chocolate-covered espresso beans.
• jajaBelle’s Pastry and Coffee Shop (182 Main St., Nashua, 769-1873, is open Sunday 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closing hours are approximations. The café serves coffee, espresso, chai and tea and the Greek bakery has baklava, finikia cookies and more.
• Bonhoeffer’s Café and Espresso (8 Franklin St., Nashua, 883-6879, is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed Sundays. All their coffee is organically grown, Direct Trade varieties from Ethiopia, Uganda and El Salvador. They serve regular coffee and espresso-based drinks.
Crosby Bakery (51 East Pearl St., Nashua, 882-1851, is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sunday. The bakery offers things like eclairs, cookies and puff pastries as well as regular coffee, ice coffee and tea.
• Riverwalk Café and Music Bar (35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200, is open Monday and Tuesday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. They have regular coffee, espresso and a wide selection of teas. Frappes and smoothies are also available such as the “Wake up Call,” which includes espresso, milk, chocolate protein powder and banana.

3 p.m. pick-me-ups
Coffee, chocolate and other goodies to keep you going

By Ryan Lessard

 We’ve all had that feeling — the post-lunch energy slump that threatens to derail your efficiency and turn otherwise simple decision-making into a daunting task. The urban downtowns of southern New Hampshire offer an array of beverages and snacks that promise to rescue the weary workaholic.

Beans and leaves
Some of the fastest-acting and longest-lasting sources of mental alertness are, of course, caffeinated drinks.
“We have a variety of beverages that are excellent caffeine vehicles for people that are needing a pick-me-up,” said Emeran Langmaid, the owner of A&E Coffee & Tea in Manchester. 
She said regular cups of coffee or tea take about 15 to 20 minutes to kick in but they last long, whereas espresso shots are a faster-acting source of invigoration. 
“If you need something urgent and long-lasting, then a red-eye, which is coffee and espresso, is a great combination,” Langmaid said.
Café la Reine in Manchester makes Cuban espressos, which are prepared with brown sugar in the filter with the grounds. Langmaid said that helps to caramelize the sugars a bit, but few cafés offer it in this style because it increases the need for machine maintenance.
Places like Granite State Candy Shoppe in Manchester and Concord, jajaBelle’s in Nashua and A&E offer cold brew coffee. Langmaid said her nitro cold brew is produced over a 12- to 20-hour period and packs a caffeine punch.
If you don’t want to be bouncing off the walls but need something to bring you back from a semi-comatose state, your best option might be tea.
“The benefits I think tea has over coffee is coffee tends to be a little more energetic and tea is a little more zen,” Langmaid said.
Chocolate, sugar & carbs
Richard Tango-Lowy, a master chocolatier and owner of Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester, recommends chocolate with a relatively low sugar content, like 30 to 35 percent, to combat an afternoon slump. The sugar provides an initial boost in energy to get you started, but that’s short-lived. Since chocolate is made from cocoa beans that are packed full of nutrients and calories, good chocolate can provide the body with complex carbs, proteins and fats that can be broken down for fuel, Tango-Lowy said, and that fuel provides more long-term energy.
Chocolate only has trace amounts of caffeine, but it has a chemical called theobromine, which serves as a heart stimulant. In addition to that, chocolate provides up to six different neurotransmitters that improve your mood.
Tango-Lowy said the Aztec emperor Montezuma used to have his soldiers drink a bowl of liquid chocolate before going to battle.
Dancing Lion offers a chocolate espresso, which is a shot of espresso in a bowl of chocolate. 

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