Coffee During Covid

One of the benefits of having a temperate autumn is being able to sit outside at restaurants, especially at breakfast. Some people don’t want to sit inside during the pandemic, and taking in the morning Connecticut sun over a cup of java is a treat.

At home Kara and I are enjoying coffee on the patio as long as we can and there is a long list of amazing places to meet up with people for a morning chat.

I caught up with Congressman John Larson at the legendary Ken’s in Glastonbury, which dates back to the Reagan era. Owner Ken D’Attilio told the congressman and me business has been good despite the coronavirus, although he’s had a few customers who have been a little difficult about wearing masks. One even pushed a server.

Down Hebron Avenue sits another cool place, Berkin’s Blend. I interviewed owners Doug Barber and Andrea Hawkins a while back when I were featuring black owned businesses. They also own a shop in Hartford on Oak Street in the capitol courthouse neighborhood.

West Hartford Center has some awesome places for coffee as well, like the new Arethusa Farm, an offshoot of the one in Litchfield. I’m also a fan of Sally and Bob’s and the Spot.

Where do you like to go?

4 replies »

  1. For coffee in Branford we like Common Grounds on the town green. Although lately, with the weather so nice, and the town of Branford having WiFi and tables on the green, we get ice cream at Ashley’s and enjoy the green. It’s also decorated with scarecrows by town businesses.


  2. So great that you are passing the word along about these neat places! Kens has always been a cozy place with yummy food and friendly service. Try out Eneralds in South Windsor! Awesome!


  3. Hi Dennis, my husband and I love our Dunkin coffee, and yes we sit outside sometimes drinking it. I will have to give Kens a try. Thanks for the tip, enjoy your coffee and have a great day!


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