Ithaca Coffee Company
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7
3.89/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went to the downtown Ithaca coffee company because I have become a coffee snob. Did you know that coffee has a nose and a palate too and plenty of subtle nuances?
Anyway - I turned the corner in their store and they had all this beer. They had a nice little seasonal section, then a little back room where they had plenty of beer to choose from. None of the dates were rubbed off or conspicuously missing and I did not have to check my fresh beer list for location of freshness date even once. They had imports like la chouffe and some kind of flemish sour ale, they had celebrator, they had plenty of fresh stone beers, they had locals and near locals. They also had a nice selection of coffee, coffee brewing equipment, chocolates and a bar. Many of their singles were under two dollars each and that means I am going to bring a bunch of them home. Next time, as I am now prepared for what I will get there, I will pick up more exotic beers. They have a nice little table and chair section for enjoying a cup of their coffee as well as a bar in back for enjoying some beer on tap. Refreshing staff who weren't too aloof and who didn't mind that I ask dumb and obvious questions when I am testing a place out. Lastly there is no problem with the lighting being poor or with the idea that the prices are not marked. Everything was neat clean and in it's place. They did have some old beer but who doesn't? I would highly recommend it. They also put together mail order gift baskets which is how I discovered them.
My one peeve, the location. It's far from me. =)
09-18-2013 19:11:42 | More by utopiajane
4.16/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
If you can't get down to fingerlakes beverage center or just happen to be in the triphammer mall this is a good place to stop. Ithaca coffee have a pretty decent craft beer selection, 5-6 different beers on top for growlers, plus excellent coffee. The staff is always pleasant and helpful. As a previous post has stated since this location is a little less traveled they tend to have a few beers that the beverage center has sold out of. Overall I like the store, their prices are decent, and I usually pick up a few beers when I go in to get wine next door or pick up coffee beans
06-16-2011 17:33:23 | More by atr2605
3.59/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I will choose to go to the ICC only when I'm close to it. I'd much rather make a trip to the Finger Lakes Beverage Center but as some competition? This place isn't half bad.
In fact, it's probably much less traveled than FLBC so if you are looking for something that has sold out of FLBC, you might be able to snag it here.
I was able to find Ken & Fritz stout from Sierra Nevada and Red & White from Dogfish Head long after FLBC had sold out of it. So that was pretty cool, actually.
The one time I went to fill a growler, they were out of CO2 so I wasn't able to but they do have 4 or 5 lines with a pretty good rotation.
04-02-2011 19:46:28 | More by suspect
4/5 rDev +1.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
An ok beer selection in a very nice and large gormet store (along with a coffee bar). They fill growlers with about 6 lines. The selection was decent: IBC, Southern Tier, Ommerang, along with some farther away selections from Colorado and California. On a different rack are the Belgiums, and a small selection of other Europeans (Youngs, Murphys).
Lots of people around to help you out- when I checked I was asked if I wanted a cold bottle of anything I was getting.
Great value for a store that's pretty near my house and adjoined by a liquor store, but the selection pales in comparison to FLBC so I can't see going there too often.
06-05-2007 22:47:07 | More by zdk9
3.85/5 rDev -2%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | $
Go on, read a few of the other reviews to check out the layout of the place - they're telling you what the deal is. Me? I'll tell you about my experience there... So, I take my kid to the Y for swimming lessons, see? Well... ICC is pretty darned close to the Y. Heck, it's almost on the way home! So, what the hey, since I'm not going to FLBC any longer (my fault), I've gotta see what else is available locally, don't I?
I don't think the selection is really big. There are a few local breweries, a few Colorado breweries, a few other US brews and a smattering of Belgians. They've got a setup for growlers and a cold room in addition to storage on the ~3 double racks they have set up. Maybe they hide additional beer in the back somewhere, but on display there are only a sixer or two of each kind of beer.
I was helped within a minute of showing up in the beer section then that guy went away and another came over. Both of them commented on what I had already taken and had questions or suggestions based directly on those. Suggestions included maybe taking a bottle out of the cellar instead of off of the shelf (a pretty good suggestion). Heck, each of these guys noticed that I had a lot of bottles and offered to get a box for me.
I bought 7 different kinds of beer and each has been perfectly fresh and perfectly drinkable.
If you're up on the hill, this is a perfect place to get a beer for a special event. It seems a bit less likely to be where you'd shop for your everyday stuff.
Altogether pleased with the experience and I will be back. More comments to follow.
02-16-2006 22:35:35 | More by charlesw
4/5 rDev +1.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
I had always thought that there was just gourmet food and coffee here, very suprised to find some quality beer as well. There have recently added 4 or 5 taps for filling growlers. They had Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and a couple Ithaca beers for a while, they've added an Otter Creek selection recently. They sell two growlers one is a nice flip cap type for $20 and a screw cap "jug" for a couple of bucks.
The beer selection is good. All the beers are available as singles as well as six-packs so you can sample a bunch. They have a number of Stone bombers, and a couple Smuttynose Big Beer series beers that I haven't seen elseware. The number of beers isn't huge, which seems mostly limited by space, but what they do have is solid.
Another plus to the store is the gourmet cheeses that they offer, makes for a great one stop evening of entertainment.
03-14-2005 01:23:53 | More by JackStraw22
4/5 rDev +1.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Here's a nice little find in a city that is rapidly becoming a beer haven. This gourmet store is located in Triphammer Mall, one of several little plazas and malls near the intersection of Triphammer Rd. and Rte. 13 in Ithaca. The store shares an entryway with Triphammer Wines and Spirits, a fins wine store.
Although the name says Ithaca Coffee, the store sells much more than its namesake. It also carried a wide variety of cheeses, chocolates, sauces, spices, teas, jams, jellies, etc., all of which were gourmet. But on to the good stuff...
The selection of craft brew here is nice -- obviously nowhere near that of Finger Lakes Beverage Center, but nice nonetheless. Several local and Northeastern brews, such as Longtrail, Ithaca, Southern Tier, Wagner, etc. Also a nice mix of some of the easier to find, but quite tasty West coast microbrews like Stone, North Coast, etc. Good little selection of English and German ales, as well.
Most importantly, they have growlers. About six tap lines. When I was there, they featured Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout as the most impressive, with a few other brews that it would be nice to find at your local watering hole from time to time (I think there was a Paulaner or something like that, and maybe a Sierra Nevada and a Southern Tier... can't remember the rest).
The real great thing here is the prices. $4.00 to buy the growler jug, or a refill (of Brooklyn) for $7! All the other beers were approximately the same or lower price. Bottles were good too. A 22 of Stone Smoked Porter was about $3.50, pretty cheap I think.
Also, the store lets you mix and match singles into your own six packs, at pretty much the same cost as a solid six pack. Overall, a nice little beer store that can't compete with FLBC, but is a good place to check out for its growlers and prices from time to time.
12-29-2004 01:38:54 | More by bultrey
Ithaca Coffee Company in Ithaca, NY
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.