Rhody Gem: Coffee Grinder

May 2021


What it is:

This boutique waterfront coffee shop pours organic espressos and coffees, along with slinging from-scratch pastries like bagels, muffins, and crowd-pleasing chocolate chip banana bread made with organic ingredients.


Where to find it: 

Perched on the end of Bannister’s Wharf, you may have to give this coffee shop a double-take if you aren’t already familiar, but the tiny, weather-worn shack with green trim on the dock is in fact the place you’re looking for! Chairs outside make it the perfect place to enjoy a waterside view with a cup of joe.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Coffee on the water! Opening on the historic Newport harbor in 1997, Alyssa Gladchun has been greeting locals and tourists alike since with their regular brew or a fresh sandwich from her quintessential New England digs. Aside from the destination’s coastal novelty, the cafe also prides itself on their authentic Italian espresso drinks – prepared the right way, down to the petite white serving cups and saucers for diners eating in. The cafe is also known for personalized service, many customers remarking on Gladchun’s penchant for remembering the previous day’s order, even if they’d only visited once before. “Years ago, a customer purchased a berry pastry and told me it was like having a hug every time she had one,” Gladchun recalls. With true hugs having been off-limits this past year, a pastry resembling the experience is certainly the next best thing.

Coffee Grinder33 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport • @coffeegrindernewport


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