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Character Coffee is community-driven and quality focused. 

Committed to providing a speciality coffee experience in downtown Utica, NY.

offering speciality Coffee, espresso bar, handmade teas, custom latte flavors made from real ingredients, hot cocoa + more

Character Coffee began as Blacksite Coffee in 2015 offering a mobile coffee service for weddings and special events.

Today our shop is located in the heart of downtown Utica offering the highest quality coffees from our roasters at Onyx Coffee Lab! We also offer a rotating snack menu from local vendors, delicious tea selection by Spirit Tea, and even a kids menu!

Our mission is to create an approachable coffee environment and share what speciality coffee is all about with the Greater Utica Area. We are passionate about providing Utica coffee and teas that focus on quality and sustainability - best of all we know you'll be able to taste the difference!

Our coffee bar is intentionally designed with customer facing equipment so you can see your drink being made, all while enjoying our inviting and wide open counter top, individual tables, lounge seating. with easily accessible outlets and wifi to use at your convenience - not to mention knowledgeable baristas happy to share the experience with you!

Character Coffee exists to tell the story of coffee from farm to cup and honor all those in the process.

 

Email

hello@charactercoffee.com

Location

171 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13501

Hours

M-Th 7:00am-4:00pm
Fri 7:00am-6:00pm
Sat 10:00am-6:00pm

order ahead

Download the Cloosiv app to order ahead and pay all from your phone!

Phone

(315) 570-3779

Coffee has a story, and you're a part of it. 

 

In The News

 
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FOOD & WINE:
The Best coffee in every state

"...Meanwhile, in Utica, perhaps the last place you'd expect to find something so up to date, Character Coffee is a multi-roasting outfit with a whole lot of appeal."
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Venue Report:
2018's Hottest New Café Openings Across the Globe

"Utica’s latest and greatest coffee addition, Character Coffee opened late last year and brings vegan donuts, nitro brews and more to the Monday to Friday grind."
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Mohawk valley living:
What's up downtown!

"They are intentional in all of their purchasing and focus on direct trade practices -- working with roasters who make sure farmers get paid a fair wage."

 

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Observer-Dispatch:
Downtown Utica cafe brews coffee with character

"Utica-area natives, Jesse and Katie Martin moved back in 2014 from Charlotte, North Carolina, where the 27-year-olds fell in love with the specialty coffee industry."
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Contact Us

Do you have questions? We'd love to answer them! Contact us and we'll get back to you within 24 hours. 

Character coffee

171 Genesee Street
Utica, NY, 13501

 
 171 Genesee resides in the heart of downtown Utica, offering Christine's Cookie Shop, Leatherstocking Ballet studio, event space for weddings and private parties, and now you can find Character Coffee in the lobby!   Contact us today to cater your event @171!       

171 Genesee resides in the heart of downtown Utica, offering Christine's Cookie Shop, Leatherstocking Ballet studio, event space for weddings and private parties, and now you can find Character Coffee in the lobby!

Contact us today to cater your event @171!