I'm going to have to make several trips up to N/E Massachusetts from Long Island, and that's going to mean leaving in the very early AM.
I won't have the time to get coffee (or, probably I'll want a recharge).
Are there any really good coffee places within a few miles off the Merritt Parkway in CT? I can change routes to make it something off Rt. 95, but the Merritt is certainly a nicer way to go. I'm flexible how far into CT the place is; I won't be turning north until New Haven.
Most important item: it's gotta be about the coffee. I don't care if it's cute or funky, I don't care if they have good desserts, or if they serve sandwiches or wraps. Just really good coffee--especially espresso. Heck, if they roast on the premises, that'd be great. I'd like a place that understands what you mean when you ask for a short shot and where the barista doesn't stare blankly at you when you ask for an Americano.