MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,630 Location: Vancouver, BC Expertise: Professional
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Posted Sun Mar 30, 2008, 5:39am Subject: Re: NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008 by Liz Clayton
I also hear rumour of one of NYC's top restaurateurs travelling next week to get intensive one on one training to up their coffee game in their place o' business. I'm hoping Liz is going to be all over this.
Re "And last but not least, the big question looming remains — who'll be NYC's first local specialty roaster? Stand by for updates.".... poor Don S. :(
caferacer Senior Member Joined: 22 Mar 2004 Posts: 101 Location: NYC Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2008, 5:45pm Subject: Re: NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008 by Liz Clayton
Thanks for the great article Liz. I hadn't heard of El Beit and by coincedence my wife works two blocks away so I picked her up from work tonight and had a lovely espresso. Finally, drinkable espresso on Bedford. Will buy beans next time, had too much fresh Leftist at home already.
Thanks also for the props to Mike and Gimme. They are always so nice to me even though I'm a middle aged dork in a suit. It's all about the coffee with those guys.
fcsiv Senior Member Joined: 30 Nov 2007 Posts: 1 Location: NYC Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Tue Apr 1, 2008, 2:48pm Subject: Re: NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008 by Liz Clayton
Anything more on 49th Parallel coffees making it to NYC? This brief mention was tantalizing...
Thankfully, I am lucky enough to have a dear sister mule some Australian single blend to the east coast from BC periodically, but this arrangement won't last forever. Every time I get ready to order direct from their website I lose resolve when I see the shipping charge.
On another note, I, for one, was very sad to see the Ninth Street blend change. It was great to run downtown and get a fresh bag of beans every week. I even called Counter Culture to see if they were planning to sell the discarded blend. They took my name and advised any like-minded persons to also register a request. So, give 'em a call if you'd like to see it offered.
ultrarockrunner Senior Member Joined: 8 Apr 2008 Posts: 3 Location: New York City Expertise: Professional
Posted Tue Apr 8, 2008, 4:26pm Subject: Re: NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008 by Liz Clayton
Just a little tidbit about the roasting scene in New York: I'll be opening a specialty, micro-roastery in Queens coming up in the Fall of 2008. The name is Tabula Rasa Coffee Roasters. We'll be doing both a cafe and wholesale accounts. So if your in New York around October/November stop on by!
qwerty69 Senior Member Joined: 15 Feb 2008 Posts: 21 Location: Just outside Glasgow Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Apr 10, 2008, 12:10pm Subject: Re: NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008 by Liz Clayton
Great article, I really wish you'd written it (and I'd read it) before I went to Manhattan last November. When we were there with the exception of Starbucks I was unable to get a decent (term used loosely) Coffee/Espresso.
Posted Mon Apr 14, 2008, 2:20pm Subject: Re: NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008 by Liz Clayton
Thanks for the terrific article, Liz. I travel to the City about 3 times a year. In the past, I've had a heck of a time trying to find a decent non-chain to go to. In fact, I kinda thought NYC was a bit of an espresso black hole (if you discount the fact that Starbucks is on every street corner...twice!).
When I did find one, they obviously didn't take their coffee seriously and served garbage. Perhaps I was looking around the wrong part of town (the office I visit is in Times Square and when I can't stay at the Marquis, I like the financial district and the history surrounding it there).
Now it seems like good espresso will be just a short train ride away, if that. What fun!! And if I can get some great specialty beans to take home with me, all the better!
Hmmm...now how do I try to convince my colleagues to hold our next meeting in the City?!
Oak Senior Member Joined: 20 Jan 2004 Posts: 104 Location: NYC Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2008, 4:50pm Subject: Re: NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008 by Liz Clayton
Actually, there's already at least one mirco-roaster in NYC (Manhattan), although it doesn't make espresso and I'm not sure the blends would be well suited to it anyway. It's a really unique and visually pleasing place called Roasting Plant on Orchard just north of Grand. All the coffee is roasted in the store and then piped using vacuum to storage vessels (think drive through banking). From there it's suctioned on a per-order basis to some sort of super-auto brewing apparatus with the trade name "ergo" that produces a cup that is somewhere between an americano and drip. Very cool in that it has a completely self contained roasting and brewing setup that is both fun to watch and actually produces a pretty darn good cup of coffee. I'll avoid posting a link to their website, but it can be found through the usual means.
Puffskein Senior Member Joined: 31 Aug 2007 Posts: 2 Location: NYC Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed May 28, 2008, 6:01am Subject: Re: NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008 by Liz Clayton
One of the great places in Manhattan to get Counter Culture is Everyman, on E. 13th street, between 3rd ave and park. It was a 9th street location for a while, but is now independent. They're awesome, and on Wednesday mornings they play metal. Nothing like coffee and headbanging to get your day started :) Its also a close to Union Square Green Market.
ajknj Senior Member Joined: 25 Jan 2003 Posts: 2 Location: New York Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Thu May 29, 2008, 4:51pm Subject: Re: NYC Cafe Scene Report: March 2008 by Liz Clayton
Interesting article on the rapidly changing coffee scene here in NYC.
Just curious why the following are not considered as local specialty coffee roasters in NYC:
In no particular order and perhaps missing a few:
Dallis Coffee - I believe 9th St. Espresso initally started with their espresso but I may be mistaken. Gillies Coffee Gorilla Coffee Orens Daily Roast - Click Here (www.cupofexcellence.org) Coffee Labs Roasters - Runner up Micro Roaster of the Year 2007
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