The Benefits of Coffee Cupping and Where to Do It in NYC
|Gimme! Coffee Storefront in Williamsburg.|
Gimme! Coffee, 107 Roebling Street, 718-388-4595
Founded in Ithaca in 2000, Gimme! was one of the first specialty coffeehouses to arrive in NYC, opening in Williamsburg in 2003. Expanding modestly to three locations in the city, this company places great emphasis on an open and collaborative supply chain as well as on community activism, which reflects its business goal of "balancing nature, people, and profits." Gimme! Coffee occasionally holds free cuppings at its 107 Roebling street location.
Toby's Estate, 125 North 6th Street, 347-457-6160
Lauren Mowery Toby's gets VERY crowded on weekends.
Toby's Estate is an Australian import (it hails from Sydney) that opened a very popular and often crowded café, which also houses roasting operations, in early 2012; Manhattan got the second NYC outpost at 160 Fifth Avenue, where the coffee shop is part of a Club Monaco. The Williamsburg café offers $5 cuppings on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in its back lab; space is limited to five attendees (pre-bookings required).
Blue Bottle, 160 Berry Street, 718-387-4160
Lauren Mowery Long lines at Blue Bottle on the weekend. Why? It hand pours every coffee.
Blue Bottle, founded in the Bay Area in 2005, is known for preparing individual cups to-order; it's also one of the few coffee-mongers in the city to offer siphon coffee (head to the Chelsea location). The company expanded to New York in 2010 with a location on 160 Berry Street, where it opened a café and local roasting facility that conducts free cuppings on Thursdays at noon. Its three other locations in NYC -- the High Line (spring and summer), across the street from Chelsea Market, and Rockefeller Center -- will be joined by a fifth location at 85 Dean Street in Brooklyn, which should open in 2014.