Montclair gets a jolt of caffeine today on Bloomfield Ave., with Crazy Mocha, promising signature, “bold, not burnt” coffees, opening at 6 a.m. Crazy Mocha makes its home in a former bank building. The attractive, sprawling space offers plenty of comfy places to sip, sit, study or socialize.
Details from the original bank, built in 1923, have been preserved, inside and out, including exposed brick walls and the bank deposit drop at the front door. Custom-made furniture and fixtures, including tables from reclaimed wood and comfy couches, create several distinct seating areas – some designed for group conversations and socializing, others perfect for work or study.
“We’ve built our reputation on welcoming and comfortable environments in each neighborhood where we operate, in addition to a menu that has something for almost everyone,” says owner Ken Zeff.
— Crazy Mocha Roastery (@CrazyRoaster) September 14, 2016
The menu at Crazy Mocha Montclair includes frozen blended drinks like the “Cocamoca” (a mocha frappe) and “Chip Chopped Iced Coffees” (coffee slushies with added flavorings), and hot espresso drinks like the “Monkey Mocha” (banana and chocolate) and a marshmallow-flavored latte (dubbed “The Montclair”).
Traditional espresso drinks are brewed on a sparkling new Victoria Arduino White Eagle and baristas are trained free pour latte art designs, as well as pourover drip coffee options for afternoon and evening customers who would like a single origin or decaf brew.
Non-coffee drinkers will find an array of flavored syrups to create customized Italian sodas and an assortment of fruit smoothies. Tea enthusiasts can choose from more than a dozen teas; the Montclair location has a separate hot water tower for tea-making and coffee pourovers. Zeff also expects spiced and vanilla chai, big sellers in Crazy Mocha’s Pittsburgh locations, to be hits in New Jersey.
Crazy Mocha works with local providers — so you can find and enjoy Montclair Bread Company’s famous donuts and sandwiches, in addition to biscotti, muffins, bagels, oatmeal, yogurt and other treats.
Crazy Mocha, 491 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Free WIFI.