Thunder Island Roasters – Southampton, New York State



There’s a wealth of places for coffee, tea and cake in the small East End village. But not many of the wealthy go to our favourite: The guy who runs this Native Indian coffee shop on the edge of the Shinnecock reservation is Chief Thunderbird’s grandson and Princess Chee Chee’s son. Continuing the creative spirit in the family line.

Fancy a Cuppa, USA?Fancy a Cuppa, USA?

Fancy a Cuppa, USA? began as an American follow-up to our UK guide to 50 great places for coffee and tea, all with a story to tell. But as we toured the 27 states east of the Mississippi, this became something more than a guide to independent coffee shops and tea rooms in the USA. It is as much about the people as it is about coffee and tea. It’s also about Main Street America. Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too.


It’s coffee all the way here, with Ben’s different blends all named after local Indian tribes.  He roasts the coffee beans himself on the reservation about a mile or so behind the coffee shop. They’re all organic, fair trade beans, imported mainly from Guatemala, with Peruvian beans brought in when the Guatemalan is off-season. And probably the cheapest coffee we have had anywhere in the States, so great value.


52 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968

Contact details

Tel: 631-204-1110

Web address

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 6.00am – 5.00pm

Closed weekends – but Ben hopes to start opening at weekends soon so watch this space.



Getting there

Southampton village is on the East End of Long Island.  Take the Long Island Rail Road from New York: takes up to 2 and a half hours but is great value at about £12 for a one way ticket.  From the train station the coffee shop is about two miles west – we took a taxi from the train station but walked back and it was a very pleasant experience, though a surprise to locals because nobody seems to walk round these parts. There are two pricier coach companies running to New York also, and they run more frequently through the day than the train

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