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The Coffee Club

Your morning brew may say more about you than you think. Here's how to order.

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There's a certain cache that comes with knowing one's way around a wine list — and the same now goes for the (most-likely chalkboard) coffee menu. With its complexity of flavors, vast range of growing and brewing practices, and rise of the status-symbol café, the coffee connoisseur suddenly finds himself of the same station as sommelier. We're even beginning to see the proliferation of "cupping," coffee's version of wine tasting, which is the formal process that farmers and roasters use to check the quality of the beans and product, into the mainstream. For better or for worse, placing your order at these newly crowned hot spots now comes with a side of judgement, so we sifted through New York City's best breweries and consulted the most refined palettes to guide us toward proper taste: