So you’ve swiped right, they’ve swiped right, and you made the first move. Texts have been traded and now all that’s left is to finally meet IRL. Chances are you’re planning on meeting for coffee or drinks, you know, keep it casual. That’s what Bumble is hoping anyway, and they’d further appreciate if you’d take that first date to Bumble Brew, the app’s new all-day cafe and wine bar in New York City.
That’s right, Bumble. The Austin-based dating app where “women are required to make the first move” (that is also now a friend finder and business connection app, apparently) has teamed up with NYC’s Delicious Hospitality Group, the team behind popular Manhattan restaurants like Pasquale Jones, Charlie Bird, and Ada’s Place, to bring a coffee shop and wine bar to the Nolita neighborhood. And to get the coffee program off the ground, Chef Ryan Hardy—a coffee-loving chef profiled previously on Sprudge—enlisted the help of none other than one Kal Freese, the two-time Finnish Barista Champion turned Sudden Coffee co-founder turned ready-to-drink adaptogenic coffee purveyor with his newest endeavor Taika.
With Freese at the helm of the coffee program, Bumble Brew will be serving coffee from Los Angeles’s Couplet Coffee and tea from Tekuno in San Francisco. Freese tells Sprudge that instead of putting the emphasis on single-origin coffees, Bumble Brew will instead focus on “super delicious and fun signature drinks.” The cafe will come out of the gate with drinks like a house-made pumpkin spice latte, a turmeric ginger latte “inspired by G&B [Coffee in Los Angeles],” and a burnt sugar rosemary latte.
“A year ago, chef Ryan asked if I’d help him design and implement a world class coffee program for Bumble Brew,” Freese tells Sprudge. “I jumped at the chance. I think NYC has been punching below its weight in coffee for a long time and I’d love to work on changing that. This collaboration with Bumble is the ideal scenario where I can focus on the creative aspects and have a world class operations team running the ship.”
Per the Bumble Brew website, the cafe is open now for coffee and breakfast between 8:00am and 2:00pm EST from Wednesday through Sunday. Lunch and dinner hours are still in the works and coming soon.
So if you’re in the Big Apple, single, and ready to do more than just digitally mingle, Bumble Brew is ready to help you take that relationship offline. We cannot guarantee your date will go well, but the coffee and food should be nice.