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Coffee & Tea Bars

Bailey’s Café Corner of Phila St. and Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. www.baileyscafe.com. A fun and friendly café located in a historic Saratoga landmark. Award- winning soups, creative salads, sandwiches and daily specials are offered. Full bar, coffee cocktails, espresso, lattes and cappuccino and tantalizing desserts. Fun foods including fondues and s’mores—toast your own marshmallows tableside.

Barnes & Noble Café Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-8183; 3029 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 583-7717; 402 Balltown Road, Mohawk Commons, Schenectady, 377-0349. A sunny browsing café that features Starbucks coffee, as well as espresso and cappuccino, chai and other teas. Also, a variety of cold beverages including Italian sodas, and a selection of sweet baked treats including California cheesecake. Everyone’s welcome to bring books into the café.

Borders Café Borders Books & Music, 59 Wolf Road, Colonie, 482-5800; 395 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1200; 3 Southside Drive, Village Plaza, Clifton Park, 383-2121. You’re always welcome to bring books along for browsing while you enjoy coffees, teas, cold beverages and a selection of pastries, desserts and sandwiches.

Capital Grounds 145 Vly Road, Colonie, 869-3277. Fresh-roasted coffee. Espresso bar. Light fare including breakfast sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and muffins. Coffee available by the pound. All coffee roasted on premises.

The Coffee Beanery Ltd. Colonie Center, 438-1637; Albany International Airport, 242-4303; Rensselear Amtrak station, 463-8770; 1900 Central Ave., 452-1231. The Coffee Beanery’s emphasis is on creating the “right roast,” roasting each different gourmet bean to ensure the perfect roast for optimum flavor. New flavors are served along with traditional favorites, specialty coffee drinks and gourmet pastries. Central Avenue location also features gourmet sandwiches and paninis.

Coffee Planet 100 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 884-9913. This cozy coffeehouse in the rustic village of Ballston Spa features a full espresso bar, fresh-baked scones, muffins, croissants, cookies, soups and sandwiches. Acoustic music every weekend.

The Daily Grind 204 Lark St., Albany, 427-0464; 46 Third St., Troy, 272-8658. At the Troy location, a true coffee bar with several tables, offering coffee-of-the-day, espresso, cappuccino, steamers, latte and such munchies as biscotti and muffins. Select teas, sandwiches, beer and wine too. At the Lark Street location, you’ll find more than coffee: Upstairs there’s a retail store specializing in fresh-roasted coffee beans, and downstairs there’s a European-style café offering an eclectic variety of light fare.

Java Jazz Café and Bakery Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-1727. Home of the Seattle Sub & Pita Co. Substantial line of gourmet coffees available, as well as espresso drinks. Special coffee flavors served daily, along with fresh muffins, scones and cookies.

JavaMan Coffee, 54 James St., Albany, 434-6255. Beverage list includes lattes, specialty drinks and a wide variety of fresh coffees. Baked goods include scones, croissants and danishes.

Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary 217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843. A light menu features sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, wraps, stuffed breads, croissants, bagels, pastries. Large selection of iced teas, coffees, fruit frappes, etc. It’s all served in an eclectic, comfy atmosphere, with a private study room available for students and live music on the weekends.

Stagecoach Coffee 90 State St., Albany, 436-7233. An extensive beverage list, including latte, Italian sodas, specialty drinks and 35 different types of whole-bean coffees. Fresh baked goods, including scones, croissants and danishes, plus soups, sandwiches and salads.

Starbucks Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-1064; Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-9498; St. James Square, Niskayuna, 381-9340; Newton Plaza, Loudonville, 783-4544; Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-9280; 9 Clifton County Road, Clifton Park, 373-5794. Contemporary Seattle-based coffee chain specializing in gourmet coffee drinks including cappuccino, latte, “frappuccino” and espresso, plus pastries, cookies and bagels.

Ultraviolet Cafe 290 Delaware Ave., Albany, 434-0333. Serving fair-trade gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, whole-leaf teas, desserts, panini sandwiches and more.

Uncommon Grounds 1225 Western Ave., Albany, 453-5649; 402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-0656. Wide selection of aromatic, freshly roasted and freshly brewed coffees, teas of all kinds and obscenely wonderful desserts. Great bagels and muffins, too. The Saratoga location is newly expanded and now has gelato!

The Whistling Kettle 24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664, www.thewhistlingkettle.com. Full-service tea lounge with more than 85 types of premium loose-leaf tea. Classy, comfortable atmosphere with outdoor seating and fireplace. Lunch and traditional afternoon tea menu. Free wi-fi Internet access. Bulk tea and accessories. Beer and wine also available.

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