First Village Brews Coffee and Community

First Village Coffee opened in late-September in downtown Ossining. The former bakery space is part of the urban renewal of this river town and historic preservation of landmark buildings. In fact, owners Luis and Kathryn Corena named their shop to reflect Ossining being the “first village” chartered by New York State.

As Ossining residents, the husband and wife team found something missing in their own backyard. Traveling as north as Cold Spring and along the rivertowns for good coffee, they jumped at the chance of opening shop when it presented itself.

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Not only did they want to support their local community, but also New York State by exclusively brewing premium Irving Farm Coffee Roasters from Dutchess County. The Gotham Dark Roast is a mainstay on their rotating coffee menu with a standard double shot espresso as the leading customer favorite.

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Dairy products, such as milk and yogurt, are also from New York State. And on any given day, you can find desserts by local businesses like Baked by Susan in Croton-in-Hudson, Five Hens Baked Goods in Beacon, and Ceci Cela Patisserie in Manhattan. Works from local artists grace the walls of the cafe and their pieces can be purchased, too.

The coffee shop is kid-friendly, offers free Wi-Fi, and is close to the Metro-North. Future plans include utilizing their full kitchen to provide lunch, introducing loose teas to the drink menu, and adding more bakery options (gluten-free, vegan, and paleo).

Lastly, First Village’s space is open to hosting community events. In two months, they’ve already had a second-grader run an arcade game fundraiser and knitting club meet-ups. Look for coffee education classes and possibly open-mic nights.

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First Village Coffee
123 Main St, Ossining
Hours: Mon-Fri: 6 am–6 pm; Sat: 7 am–6 pm; Sun: 7 am–4 pm

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