Everyone knows New York City is the place to be for great food, entertainment, and fashion. Maybe less-known is that the coffee scene in New York is vibrant and diverse. A mix of chains like Starbucks and Gregory’s Coffee can be found alongside artsy independent shops catering to the needs of their communities. Seattle, Washington is the preeminent coffee destination in the US, but New York City is an emerging competitor. Just peep the coffee roasters in Brooklyn: a thriving community, evident in #brooklyncoffee on Instagram. If you haven’t tried any of their beans and brews, you’re missing out.
Perhaps you’ve heard of famous coffee roasting brands like Lavazza and Illy from Italy, Counter Culture from the US, or Switzerland’s Nestle. These roasting brands are giants, but if you rely on them, then you are missing out on some pretty amazing coffee roasted right here at home.
Coffee roasters in Brooklyn are first-class artists, crafting aromatic beans for vibrant brews at local specialty shops.
Spectrum Coffee roasts in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and you can order beans directly from their website, or enroll in their monthly subscription services.
The team at Spectrum are top-notch coffee with cool people who care about sourcing responsibly and being ultra-transparent when it comes to business. Their website has an entire page breaking down the costs of their operations. They’re thinking very deeply about how to share information usefully, including what they put on their packaging and how they present it.
We include all the basics, like elevation, process, varietal, producer, etc. Something we’re interested in doing soon is including the price per pound that we paid for the coffee. Transparency is cool, but it needs context. A lot happens along the way to bump up the retail price, and we’re working on a way of communicating that so our customers know what they’re paying for. Cupping score is another metric we’re thinking about adding to the label. We’re figuring out how to present it so that consumers understand how the score fits in the bigger picture. A lot happens along the way that affects price, for instance, Costa Rica has a high minimum wage (cool and good) which leads to a more expensive final product that may score equal to a cheaper Colombian coffee.https://sprudge.com/coffee-design-spectrum-coffee-in-brooklyn-new-york-141583.html
From this quote alone, it is clear that these coffee professionals care deeply about their work and are invested in making sure their product is enjoyed by many.You can purchase a cup of their coffee from cute coffee shops such as:
Dweebs in Bushwick
Babydudes Café in Crown Heights
Café Beit in Williamsburg
Their website has a full list of other stores. They are, without a doubt, one of the best coffee roasters in Brooklyn.
Parlor Coffee have such a cool story. The humble beginnings of this company start in the backroom of a salon in Williamsburg, roasting coffee for customers. They have now scaled up to their own store in the Brooklyn Navy Yard—aptly named Parlor Coffee—still roasting their own coffee and have now opened a tasting bar space and do their own free public cuppings.
If you’ve ever been to the amazing Stumptown Coffee Roasters, an international brand with retail locations across the US and Japan, then perhaps the aesthetics of the Parlor tasting bar might seem familiar. That’s no surprise considering the mind behind Parlor comes from Stumptown and other coffee greats like Blue Bottle. Let that assure you that you are in capable hands with Parlor Coffee.
You can purchase their coffee in store, or at other cafes across Brooklyn like:
Odd Fox Coffee in Greenpoint or Bedstuy
Coffee Mob is a gem of a spot, located in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. They roast their own coffee and sell the fruits of the labor in their shop. You can also purchase their beans and grind your own coffee depending on how you like to consume your caffeine.
Their specialty is in brewing espresso, so it is more apt to call Coffee Mob an espresso bar than a coffee shop. However, they also create different iced teas and hot chocolates depending on the season, so there is something for everyone here at this artsy little corner shop.
For anyone that loves blogs, the good folks at Coffee Mob have started a series where they highlight some of their regulars with fun, quirky interviews to learn more about the community that supports the Brooklyn roasting company. Stop in for a drink or some beans and quickly fall in love with Brooklyn’s best kept secret. And maybe get yourself featured on the blog!
Gorilla Coffee is in Park Slope, Brooklyn serving up freshly-roasted coffee since 2002. The vibe of their brand is an in-your-face bright red with a stylized gorilla.
Their Instagram is relevant and creative, with pictures of their coffee cups at exciting art exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s, murals across Brooklyn, and featuring cute dogs nomming on their food (a partnership with a local animal shelter).
The roasters at Landskap are also based out of Red Hook, Brooklyn. They have Scandinavian roots and their name refers to the natural landscape, the backyard of coffee farmers. You can order beans on their website and trust that they are fresh, as Landskap roasts every Monday.
The Landskap roastery has several retail coffee shops where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in person called Kaffe 1668. Alas, the locations are both in Lower Manhattan. But if you do visit, get ready for a cozy vibe with lots of fluffy, wood-crafted sheep lining the walls.
Venture into Manhattan to get this Brooklyn roasted coffee at:
There are more coffee roasters in Brooklyn to choose from.
If you hit up any of these places, hopefully you find coffee that is tasty and satisfying. But there is more to be discovered about the coffee scene in Brooklyn, so keep visiting new places and quenching your caffeine addiction wherever your heart takes you.