Is Tim Wendelboe the Rene Redzepi of Coffee?

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Lauren Mowery
Rene Redzepi is on his way to becoming a household name -- at least within households whose tenants worship food and follow its global evolution. Well, meet the man some consider Redzepi's equivalent in the coffee world: Tim Wendelboe. Wendelboe was behind Noma's revamped coffee program, setting a new benchmark for coffee service -- one that will hopefully shame Michelin-starred restaurants into tossing their Nespresso programs that serve up overpriced, bad coffee along with insults to the chef's elevated cuisine and his or her high-paying customers (more on this in a future column).

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Happy Bones Imports a Kiwi Coffee Sensibility to NYC

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A thin, bright slice of a café near the edge of Little Italy, Happy Bones (394 Broome Street; 212-673-3754) is the by-default New Zealand entrant of the New York coffee scene. Happy Bones was founded by two artistic types (see a theme here?): New Zealander Luke Harwood, who previously co-founded Stolen Girlfriends Club, a boutique fashion brand; and artist Jason Woodside. The pair originally launched their shop in 2012 from the back of a Bond Street retail boutique. Now, along with New Zealand power IT couple Craig Nevill-Manning (Google's engineering director in New York) and wife Kirsten (previously of Facebook and Google), they bring you this joyous Bones.

The baked goods are from Ovenly, the tea is from Bellocq (to save you a trip to Greenpoint), which might give you an idea of the quality of the coffee.

Better yet, stop by, as we did, and ask a few questions....

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How to Really Enjoy Tea, Per the Experts at Harney & Sons

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Lauren Mowery

A family-run business launched over thirty years ago in upstate Connecticut, Harney & Sons (433 Broome Street), purveyor of fine teas, now runs two shops -- one in Millerton, New York, a small town of less than 1,000, and the other in SoHo where pedestrians numbers in the thousands every half hour. Recognized by Food & Wine as one of a handful of the top tea shops in the world, Harney & Sons is a tourist destination as well as a neighborhood boutique.

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The $10 Latte Is NOT the Point: Budin Serves Scandinavian Coffee

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Ask and ye shall receive? As if on cue, my request for a Nordic coffee shop to open in New York was answered a month later when Budin (114 Greenpoint Avenue), pronounced "booth-in" (and Icelandic for shop), opened in mid-February. The owners are a motley trio of artists; two are serious Scandinavia-philes, and one is an Icelander.


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Coffee Fest NYC Plies Attendees with Classes and Caffeine

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Lauren Mowery
Over the weekend, New York once again hosted the annual Coffee Fest trade show. Held annually in three of the key coffee cities of the US: Seattle, Chicago (as opposed to San Francisco?), and New York, it is one of the largest coffee trade exhibitions in the world, providing café retailers the opportunity to tour and talk with hundreds of vendors, as well as learn how to improve their business and provide a better customer experience.

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Midtown East Coffee Nightmare Finally Over: Where to Get a Good Brew

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Lauren Mowery

Sitting in an office chair all day is bad for your health. That's why the coffee break is a necessary, potentially life-extending, recess in one's workday -- that, and the chance to procrastinate on that Powerpoint presentation a little longer. Last winter, if you wanted to break for java in Midtown East, up north in the Plaza District, or a dozen blocks south near Grand Central, there were hardly any cafes worthy of a trek -- the area was a Mad Max-esque dystopic coffee wasteland.


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Great NYC Coffeeshops and an Explanation of Pricing From Coffee Champ Erin McCarthy

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Lauren Mowery
This is part two of a two-part interview with NYC's own Erin McCarthy, the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion. Part one, which was posted a few weeks ago, covered his experiences, personal preferences, and thoughts on coffee's third wave. This week, the focus is on the future of coffee, and we conclude with him settling the debate of how to brew coffee served cold.

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The 2013 World Brewers Cup (of Coffee) Champion Lives in NYC

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Lauren Mowery
With the Olympics fast approaching, it seemed appropriate to profile NYC's very own celebrity titleholder of sorts: the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion -- as in brewed coffee -- Erin McCarthy lives amongst us. McCarthy is on Counter Culture's wholesale technical support staff. Our conversation began with a few questions about his experiences, preferences, and thoughts on coffee, and we ended up off topic, comparing wine and coffee -- the industries, scoring systems, and several other parallels, details that only the most committed coffee fans would indulge. This is part one of our two-part interview, which focuses on his experiences and specialty coffee history.

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Get a Taste of Swedish Coffee at Kaffe 1668

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Lauren Mowery
Having looked at Australian and Japanese entrants to New York's coffee scene, I'd be remiss not to touch on the impressive coffee heritage of Scandinavia, especially Norway, and its curious lack of presence in the city. If you managed to read all of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, you'd have suspected correctly that Scandinavians have a thing for coffee (and lots and lots of sandwiches, although the implication may have been the editor's fault). Scandinavia is more of a Northern European concept here, not purely geographic, since Scandinavian ardor for coffee and culture surrounding it extends beyond the peninsula.

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Box Kite Café Now Serving Craft Coffee, Wine, and Beer

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Lauren Mowery
New Year's Eve marked the start of a promising 2014 for Cora Lambert and Erik Becker -- their long-awaited, permanent East Village café called Box Kite (115 St. Marks Place) finally opened to the revelries of the night. Their new space replaces the coffee bar pop-up adjacent to Maslow 6 in Tribeca that they'd run for a large chunk of 2013, and which is now closed.

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