Winter Openings: Grade Coffee, Brooklyn


We love when new cafes open. So much so, that each summer for the last three years we’ve embarked upon a globe-girdling, feature series peeking in on brand new and under-construction cafes from cities across the planet. But summer’s not the only time a new cafe can open, and we’re not seasonalists. So what if you’ve […]

In A Brooklyn Loft, Room For A Coffee Roaster And A Cat

Lofted Coffee Brooklyn SPrudge

Brooklyn’s a great place to establish your boutique business or maker-enterprise, but if you’ve ever thought about roasting high-quality coffee to Scandinavian standards of delicacy in your loft apartment, Sprudge has bad news for you. Lofted Coffee has beat you to it. Operating out of a just-shy-of-1000-square-foot loft in industrially zoned Bushwick, Lofted is either […]

Ninth Street Espresso Teams Up With Threes Brewery In Brooklyn

Ninth Street Espresso Threes Brewing Brooklyn Sprudge

As easy as it is to cross from Manhattan to Brooklyn, New York City’s coffee merchants haven’t always been interborough players. Most East River crossings have been westward, in fact, with roasters like Brooklyn-founded Cafe Grumpy, and national and international companies like Blue Bottle, and Toby’s Estate, who both roast in Brooklyn, gradually adding notable cafes in Manhattan. But few […]

How Culture (Espresso) Came To Midtown Manhattan

Culture Espresso Sprudge

Midtown Manhattan, to many, remains a coffee mystery. Way back in 2009, when Culture Espresso opened its doors at the highly unlikely intersection of 6th Avenue and West 38th Street, specialty coffee was still a twinkle in the neighborhood’s eye. In fact, you were far more likely to find a specialty button in this area, once […]

Southdown Coffee, A Long Island Cafe With Hints Of Brooklyn And Seattle

Southdown Coffee Long Island Sprudge

The third wave of coffee has fully broken on America’s shores, saturating most major metropolitan areas, and the tide is still coming in. All sorts of cutting-edge coffee experiences are finding their way onto Main Streets across the country. One of the big drivers of this trend is young, passionate people returning to their homes after sojourns in […]

Feel Good Drinks Of Fall: The Apple Betty Cappuccino From Tobys Estate Brooklyn


A month ago we announced our new Feel Good Drinks Of Fall series, where we celebrate the latest and greatest in cozy coffee drinks. The series was inspired in part by this out of control S’mores Gibraltar from Onyx Coffee Lab, which the internet (our staff included) just could not get enough of. Submissions have been […]

Toby’s Estate Announces West Village Cafe & Brew School

Toby's Estate West Village New York City Sprudge

The third U.S. Toby’s Estate café is slated to open next month in Manhattan, continuing the Sydney-founded brand’s growth in North America after launching in Brooklyn in 2012. In advance of that opening, Toby’s New York owners Amber Jacobsen and Adam Boyd gave Sprudge a peek into the forthcoming shop. The extensively renovated space sits among […]

Coffee + Curiosity at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn

Morbid Anatomy Museum-Death on a shelf watches over the coffee drinkers

The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, Brooklyn, stands near the banks of an infamous local waterway. A Superfund site, the Gowanus Canal is the tarnished legacy of Brooklyn’s industrial past. Foot-long oyster beds of old have been replaced by murky green water that can be smelled long before it’s seen. However, now a new cluster […]