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 opened in the winter? We don’t have beef with that.

One such cold-weather cafe opening recently took place in demitasse-crowded Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where Grade Coffee joins the booming Brooklyn specialty coffee + masculine grooming cafe scene. That’s a trend piece in waiting, but in the meantime, let’s meet Grade Coffee and co-proprietor Grace Lowman, formerly of Blue Bottle New York, and learn more about this brand new Brooklyn cafe.


Can you tell us a bit about your new space?

We are nestled inside Fellow Barber (Williamsburg location), a well-known barber establishment throughout New York, San Francisco, and Detroit. We like to think we are the feminine to their masculine.

What’s your approach to coffee?

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Quality-driven simplicity. Striving to share the art and science of coffee to the community around us in a friendly manner. We feature two coffees from Tandem that will change periodically. I am encouraging guests to try them side by side in an espresso flight ($6) to illustrate the terroir of coffee.

Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?

La Marzocco Strada MP.
Mahlkönig K30 Twin grinder.
Fetco coming soon!
Mahlkonig Kenia coming soon!

Current Menu:

La Papaya (Saraguro, Ecudaor)
Time & Temperature blend (50% Ethiopia Kochere 40% Colombia Finca Costarrica 10% Kenya Mutheka)


What’s your hopeful opening month?

February! We just made it!

Note: we are closed Mondays!

Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?

Sam Buffa, Fellow Barber and Vinegar Hill House, owner and designer.
Isaac Friedman-Heimen, Souda, craftsman and designer.
Carlisle, painter.

What’s your cafe neighborhood like?

We are on a tree-lined, residential street. The neighborhood around us is rich with amazing restaurants, bars, music venues, parks, and one hotel (The Wythe).

You can find Grade Coffee open now inside of Fellow Barber at 101 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11249

Photographs are Courtesy of Grace Lowman and Grade Coffee.

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