Cafe Grumpy (Chelsea)

   Cafe Grumpy is anything but grumpy; it is a bright, pleasant shop putting out some of the best espresso in Manhattan. I had a chance to visit this charming little store and came to appreciate its uniqueness. Some things about it were delightfully enigmatic; it’s local but it has a catchy logo, its understated but extremely professional,…

Stumptown Roasters

       Oddly enough, my first experience with Stumptown was in New York rather than in Portland. Well, with the way specialty coffee is expanding as an industry, I guess it isn’t all that odd. Stumptown sets an precedent when it comes to roasting, service, technique, and products off the bar; simply, they are household name for…

Kaffe 1668

  Right around the corner from the WTC memorial is this chic, almost what I would call a “coffee club.” Kaffe 1668 has a distinct atmosphere and style all its own and is putting out top-notch drinks for the busy Wall Street crowd. One of the most notable features of this cafe is the atmosphere. As…

Gregory Coffee

Gregory was a surprising last stop on my trip to NY, suprising in a good way. Walking in off the street, seeing the logo, and the worker’s in uniform, I figured I was entering a local chain store and expected a comparable level of quality; satisfying but nothing to write home about. While the store looked like a…

Fika Coffee

Fika is a fast paced, Euro-inspired, production/output focused cafe that adequately reflects the “NY minute” attitude of the surrounding Financial District. Utilizing a Swedish motif, the cafe itself is visually impressive and “modern,” maybe even borderline showy. Overall, while I found the space appealing, it was a bit cold and sterile. The upscale cafe is much more than just…

La Columbe Torrefaction

  I saw more La Columbe coffee sourced to shops than any other bean while I was in the city. So, naturally, I had to check them out and see what the shop proper had to offer. This East Coast, NY local roasting company has shops all over the city that are putting out great…

Everyman Espresso

  Everyman Espresso is an incredible store that is devoid of the “smoke and mirrors” of the coffee industry but puts out some exceptional drinks. The bar at Everyman is efficient, functional, and “loved.” Despite the worn-in appearance, you can tell how much solid work gets done on that counter and how much the baristas…

Abraço

Abraço is, at least for me, one of the best shops I have ever been to, period. This is not just because the product is outstanding (and it is); these guys have hit so many high marks for location, atmosphere, attitude, service, philosophy, accessability, and overall skill that I would recommend it to anyone, especially to newer coffee…

Prima

In actuality, Prima is a restaurant, but one that does coffee well. Rather than treating coffee as “secondary” to the food, Prima puts an enormous amount of effort and resources into their coffee operation. As my introduction to NY coffee, I was definitely impressed by the quality of East Coast roasteries and what I perceived as a “more professional”…