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Importantly, the coffee pours top-notch Java in Croton-on-Hudson

Questions Coffee, front coffee counter. Photo by Matters Coffee.

T:wo Westchester natives made their dreams come true by opening Matters Coffee, a Westchester shop focused on premium beans and the perfect brew.

Matters Coffee owner and co-founder Trevor Ashley and co-founder Jordan Garrett have been best friends for years. For the past four years, they have shared a mutual dream of opening a coffee shop.

“Let me know when you want to do it and we’ll do it,” Ashlyn recalls telling Garrett.

Co-founders Jordan Garrett and Trevor Ashley (left to right). Photo by Matters Coffee.

Shortly after finding the perfect location in Croton-on-Hudson, Matters Coffee opened its doors. The Westchester java shop emphasizes using only premium coffee that is sustainably grown, responsibly sourced and specialty brewed.

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The co-founders aim to provide their customers with the best of the best, from the morning coffee to the hospitality that comes with it. “Our brewing process is thorough and focused. Making a quality cup of coffee is in the hands of our highly skilled artisans,” says Ashley.

When they source their coffee beans from Costa Rica and Brazil, it’s up to the baristas to maintain the quality of the coffee. “It’s a very thoughtful process,” says Trevor.

Matters Coffee will offer seasonal items such as a salted caramel iced coffee, a current best-seller, and a s’mores iced latte. If you’re not a coffee drinker, the cafe is stocked with teas and frozen watermelon lemonade, the latter made with fresh blended watermelon.

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Homemade, custom-made, cold foam on top of the very popular Salted Caramel Iced Coffee. Photo courtesy of Matters Coffee.

Matters Coffee also has an assortment of baked goods, from cinnamon buns and muffins to apple turnovers and croissants, which they source from nearby Rockland Bakery and Ossining Bakery. In addition, the shop serves baked goods that Garrett made in his kitchen. She is a baker and her home kitchen is certified by New York State to serve homemade items to customers.

When Matters Coffee first opened, it only took hours for the shop to be packed after Croton Facebook pages. That’s how the area of ​​the cafe and lounge went under water. Two weeks later and the Matters team already knows the regulars’ orders.

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Dry cappuccino, iced mocha, cinnamon roll (left to right). Photo by Matters Coffee.

As for finding the location, it took months of searching for the perfect storefront and figuring out the logistics, but 50 Maple Street in Croton seemed to be calling their name. Ashley and Garrett were driving by the lot with the windows covered with newspaper when Ashley asked, “Why don’t we do it there?” Within a week, they had the keys in hand and Ashley was putting tape on the floor to map out where everything would go.

“This whole area was built around them [the customers], for them,” Ashley says of the store’s interior design. Benches line the large windows overlooking the coffee bar. At the rear is a work bar equipped with outlets for laptops and phones, a table with accompanying chairs, and two plush chairs with a sofa.

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Ashley and Garrett went through 19 different shades of gray to find the perfect match for their shop. The thin wooden pallets that run from ceiling to floor have been ripped apart several times to ensure they are straight. Now they look forward to the local artworks that will soon be hanging on them.

The brand’s ethos is in the name itself: ‘Essentials’.

“We value sustainably and responsibly sourced, specialty coffee because it matters. We value the art of coffee making through fine skills and vast knowledge of coffee because it matters. We value and support our people and our community because it matters,” says Ashley.

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The latte pour. Skimmed milk and special espresso. Photo by Matters Coffee.

It’s clear that coffee is where the duo’s passion lies.

“It’s a dream come true, something we’ve always wanted to do, but also with the community we wanted to do it with,” notes Ashley.

50 Maple Street, Croton-on-Hudson