New City Cafe in the Beechwood neighborhood opened in June, and it already has a number of regular customers. The cafe is part of 441 Ministries, a grassroots, faith-based organization based on Parsells Avenue. Its mission is to "re-neighbor" the community through a number of programs, including mentoring opportunities for teenagers.

New City Cafe was born from that mission. It employs teens from the neighborhood and provides them with skill-building opportunities. And it just might be the best coffee shop in Rochester. Our guests:

  • John Lee, director of New City Cafe
  • Chris Holdridge, founder of 441 Ministries

We sit down with a couple that is creating an unlikely small business success story. Tony failed out of college; Renee nearly died in a car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Neither event stopped their pursuit of owning their own coffee company.

Today, Fuego Coffee Roasters has expanded to two locations, Tony is traveling the country to compete in barista competitions, and Renee is working with a group in Guatemala to help disadvantaged children. In studio:

  • Tony and Renee Colon, owners of Fuego Coffee Roasters

The newest restaurant in Rochester is less than a week old: Swillburger, a throwback burger joint with a focus on great food and old-timey arcade games. And that got us thinking: what are the new-in-2015 food establishments in our region this year?

We asked listeners to chime in with suggestions on how to get out of our dining ruts and find new places. And our panelists fill us in on how their first year (or first week!) in business has gone. Our guests:

Some people will jokingly say that their favorite coffee shop is their "other office". A recent Washington Post article highlighted shop owners who will tell customers that their place of business is not a place to conduct business all day. 

How do you know when you've stayed to long at a coffee shop? We asked that to Leigha Dalton, manager of Pour Coffee Parlor in Rochester.

Get ready to be hungry this hour, we're talking wine, coffee, and bread.

First, the Wine Bloggers Conference is coming to the Finger Lakes next year, and that's a big deal. Why? We find out from Morgan McLughlin, executive director of Santa Barbara Vintners.

Then, we discuss coffee. We touched on the third wave of coffee in a previous show, and on Sunday, The Little Theatre is screening a film documenting this third wave called "A Film About Coffee". We talk with John Ebel of Pour Coffee about the film. 

We end with bread, an item that many restaurants bring to the table at the start of the meal. But this practice is starting to fade away in some places. Is Rochester one of them? We discuss this and more with chef Brian Antinore.

Fresh (and properly) roasted coffee is delicious. But, we wondered, if there’s a way to roast coffee at home? As part of our new “How Do You Do That?” series on “Connections”, Evan Dawson asked Renee Colon from Fuego Coffee Roasters how you can roast your coffee at home.


Two more "third wave" coffee parlors are opening in Rochester. So what is the third wave, anyway? Is it really that much better than the best part of waking up -- Folgers in my cup? (Yes, it is.) We explore the rise of this movement, which seeks to respect growers and to treat coffee like wine with our guests: Luis Colon from Fuego Coffee Roasters, John Ebel of Pour Coffee Parlour, Rory Vangroll from Joe Bean Coffee and the Rochester Coffee Society, and John Cannon of Founders Coffee. We also spoke with guests from Gimme Coffee in Ithaca.

It's America's favorite addiction: caffeine, and coffee. We chat with Murray Carpenter, author of the new book Caffeinated. He traveled the world in search of caffeine sources to find out exactly how much caffeine is in our coffee, our chocolate, and why it's so lightly regulated (This is not an attack on coffee -- he remains an addict!).

Later on, we broaden the conversation with two studio guests: Kathy Turiano from Joe Bean Coffee Roasters and Sarah Guilbert, registered dietician for UR Medicine.