Cafes brew Stamford’s best coffees, snacks

October 21, 2018 GMT

T.S. Eliot once said he measured out his life with coffee spoons. The same can likely be said about many members of our society.

Coffee can be an integral part of a morning routine or an afternoon pick-me-up. These cafés are producing the best coffee, not to mention the finest accompanying snacks — doughnuts, bagels, cookies and more — in Stamford, according to our readers.

Humbled Coffee House has created an environment in which customers feel they are inspired to “come as they are.” They have attracted patrons meeting up with friends, working, settling in to read a good book and more.

It’s a customer-centric place, according to Dawn Vaccaro, owner of Humbled Coffee House. “We are serious about our customers — giving them what they want the best way we know. We do it because coffee is awesome and coffee people are even cooler,” she said.

In addition to its coffee culture, Humbled Coffee House offers baked goods, delivered fresh daily that include scones, muffins, croissants, bagels by Liz Sue Bagels — voted among the best bagel shops in the city — and more. They even offer gluten-free options.


Lorca is another shop in Stamford that prioritizes customer experience.

“Our staff truly cares about the experience of each customer,” said Joe Charles, operations manager. “You don’t have to be a ‘regular’ at Lorca to feel welcome.”

A “fresh and vibrant menu” and a “relaxed setting” is part of what makes Lorca special, according to Charles. New coffees are featured each month from “guest roasters” from around the country and the menu is also rotated seasonally.

Customers tend to have favorites at Lorca, including its London Fog Latte — earl grey tea with lavender syrup — and Alfajores — a South American sandwich cookie straight from the owner’s cookbook.

Lorca, which opened in Stamford in 2012, added a second location last December in Cos Cob through a partnership with Fleishers Craft Butchery.

Another great spot to dip in for a cup of coffee — or a full meal — is Cafe Oo La La. Owned by Faina Yelensky, Cafe Oo La La offers a variety of services, including lunch, breakfast and catering. Sourced locally with worldly influence, Cafe Oo La La offers coffee and dishes made-to-order.

The menu features drinks such as the Nutty Irishman, Mint Chocolate Chip Mocha, Mean Vanilla Bean and others.

Cafe Oo La La is open daily at its three Stamford locations: 177 Broad St., 2325 Summer St. and 263 Tresser Blvd.

To mix up your coffee and snack routine, whether it’s in the early morning, midday or late afternoon, check out the rest of Stamford’s finest: Lakeside Diner for muffins, DiMare’s Pastry Shop for pies, Café Silvium and Matthew’s Bakery for cakes.

Morgan Hines is a freelance writer. Email her at