From Barbershop To Navy Yard: Parlor Coffee Does The Brooklyn Expansion Thing


In coffee, the little pop-up that could is the ultimate princess story. From humble beginnings and organic growth are born some of coffee's most beloved names, and Brooklyn-based Parlor Coffee is living that dream today, in an unlikely corner of Brooklyn, beneath the nouveau-industrial shadow of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Parlor's founder, Dillon … [Read more...]

10 Beautiful Paper Coffee Cups From “Coffee Cups Of The World”


Let's be real. A staggering 500 billion paper cups are produced each year, most of which are not recyclable or compostable. Finding a reusable solution is far preferable, but in the meantime, one artist is photographing paper coffee cups and turning them into works of art. New York City based photographer Henry Hargreaves finds art in the … [Read more...]

A Whisper Launch For Blue Bottle’s Latest Manhattan Coffee Bar

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Blue Bottle’s newest New York City outlet quietly arrived 5 weeks ago at ABC Home in Manhattan. Continuing their trend of opening some of the smallest stands and shops in the city (like the diminutive Dean St. storefront in Brooklyn), this Murphy Bed of a kiosk is located among the dry goods of the ABC Market in the Flatiron, open on Saturday and … [Read more...]

Melt Down: The Many Frozen Coffee Treats Of Bubby’s NYC


When the going gets hot, the hot make ice cream treats out of locally roasted, artisanal coffee and coffee extracts, and New York City's comfort food hub Bubby's is no exception. The venerated restaurant, whose locations in Tribeca and at the foot of the High Line are famous for pies, pork, and the like, has been celebrated for their quality coffee … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Astoria Coffee In Queens, New York

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Most coffee companies start with a brick and mortar, a jumping off point to offer coffee service, whole bean sales, and all the community building goodness that comes from opening a coffee shop. Dennis Lee of Astoria Coffee did it the other way around, building his brand through a neighborhood coffee delivery subscription service before marshaling … [Read more...]

Swedish-Born Bulgarian Barista Champion Patrik Vilhelmsson Has Been Working At All These NYC Cafes


If there's a story behind every door in New York, you'd better believe there's a story behind every coffee counter. A few months ago, we discovered Patrik Vilhelmsson--a friendly barista working, at the time, at Bluestone Lane. That Swedish-born Vilhelmsson was pulling shifts at a Midtown espresso bar in an office building wasn't a tremendous … [Read more...]

First Look: Intelligentsia’s Herald Square Cafe at Urban Outfitters’ Latest New York Outpost


There are few things more exciting in Midtown Manhattan than a promising new cafe, and this week, Sprudge got an exclusive sneak-preview of the soon-to-be-unveiled Intelligentsia project opening this June in bustling Herald Square. The project is a progressive mixed-retail collaboration from the minds of Urban Outfitters, whose new space at 35th … [Read more...]

Fuglen in NYC – The Design-Fueled Prelude To An Eagerly Awaited Opening

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The global coffee / cocktails / design powerhouse Fuglen has come to New York City in the form of the Norwegian Icons exhibition, a collection of Norwegian design masters co-curated by Fuglen and Blomqvist that opened Friday, May 23rd at Openhouse in SoHo. In Oslo, Fuglen is a combination high-end multi-roaster cafe, craft cocktail bar and vintage … [Read more...]

Brunswick Cafe Launches In Bed-Stuy, As The Australian Coffee Take-Over of NYC Rolls On


Cafe owner and entrepreneur-about-town Alex Hall unveiled a new cafe Monday in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The cafe, called Brunswick, is the first in of a series of Brunswick shops throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, and is named as a nod to Hall's native Australia. Indeed, Hall, who is most famously the proprietor of Milk Bar on … [Read more...]

Sprudge Takes The Thermos Overnight Coffee Challenge With Ritual Coffee Roasters


Working on the front lines of coffee journalism, one gets a fair amount of strange emails from publicists. Do I want to try bouillion-style cubes of coffee? Not really. Do I want to sample some "naturally caffeinated" fruit juice? Might take a pass on that. Do I want the Thermos corporation to, in a fit of truly inspired stunt-istry, overnight me a … [Read more...]

Café Grumpy Owner Caroline Bell Talks Indie Brand Success And Opening A New Bar In Grand Central

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For New York City coffee enthusiasts of a certain age, the mid-2000s are now affectionately referred to as "the good old days". Before there was an FB80 on every corner (for instance, mine), there were the new-frontierians: Gimme. Grumpy. Ninth Street. To a lesser extent, but now also a frontrunner, Joe. Where Café Grumpy was in 2005 could barely … [Read more...]

Matt Buchanan Says Whatever He Wants About Coffee At The Awl

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The Awl is an online culture magazine founded by former Gawker editors Choire Sicha and Alex Balk, and over the years they've published quite a bit of interesting and original commentary on coffee. It's looking like that high quality streak will continue now that Matt Buchanan, a New York based tech & culture writer, is co-running the … [Read more...]

Online Foodie Emporium Mouth.Com Adds Coffee To The Curation Rotation


When small-batch, artisanal food leapt enthusiastically into the gullet of indie culture, it was no surprise that the fancy coffee world--that lower-calorie, daily addiction with packaging just as cute!--would quickly follow. It's similarly no surprise that the adorably curated, highly gift-savvy people at would turn to the coffee world … [Read more...]

Purina Is Popping Up A Cat Cafe In Manhattan


The arms race to open the first cat cafe in the Americas just had a warhead dropped in its water dish, in the form of a Major-Cat-Food-Brand backed cat cafe pop-up coming soon to New York City. Next Thursday, April 24, through Sunday, April 27, the Purina ONE Cat Cafe at is popping up in Manhattan at 168 Bowery. Rumor has it that service at this … [Read more...]

Nuova Simonelli’s New Espresso Gear Coming To NYC, KCMO, Oakland, and Seattle


The Nuova Simonelli Mythos One Clima Pro grinder and Victoria Arduino 388 Black Eagle espresso machine launched at HOST last October in Milan. After a busy launch event at the London Coffee Festival, these cutting edge coffee machines are finally starting to land in the US, starting Tuesday, April 22nd with an event at the Counter Culture Coffee … [Read more...]

Variety Coffee Fires Up A New Cafe & Roastery In Bushwick


If you've spent much time lollygagging in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, you've seen Variety Coffee. Or rather, you've been seen from Variety Coffee—from the bench out front in particular. This coffee hub, one of the first places to serve third-wave coffee in Brooklyn, is one of the neighborhood's prime people-watching venues—the Graham Avenue perch … [Read more...]