I’ve told you about my love for Brooklyn Roasting Company after they hit the BK coffee scene a few years ago, and since then opened up shop in Dumbo. Their coffees are all Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Organic certified, and BRC is serious about “green thinking.” The roaster uses recycled materials and refurbished equipment, as well as clean powered distribution, like bicycle and a bio-diesel van. So here’s what I’m drinking at the moment: The Mocha Java blend– with notes of berry, black cherry, and cashew, as the packaging clearly displays (so you know what you’re getting into). It’s rich and warm for chilly January days, and goes for about $13 a can. Even if you can’t stop by the Dumbo location or find it at your grocery store, you can get yours here.
So here’s some great news to end your week. Brewklyn Grind coffee (AKA my favorite coffee ever) is now available for purchase at Brooklyn Fare. The guys from the Grind dropped the freshly roasted beans off today, so it’s ready for you to get your caffeine fix right away. If you haven’t tried it yet, you may as well start running over there now to get your brew.
If you love Brooklyn as much as I do, I’d love for you to join me at my latest Brooklyn meetup, Brew, Beer, & Bonbons at 61Local on February 29th at 7pm. One of my favorite coffee roasters, Brewklyn Grind, will be there offering samples of their delicious brew and No Bake Makery will have non-baked treats for the perfect pairing. As usual, 61Local will be serving up their selection of local beer and wine.
I decided to combine three of my Brooklyn faves to create the ultimate meetup experience. I start my mornings with Brewklyn Grind coffee, and I know you’ll want to too once you try a sample. And what better to pair with a good coffee than sweet treats? I can’t get enough of No Bake Makery’s little bite sized desserts in flavors like Vanilla Honey, Coconut, and S’mores. And you’ve probably heard me rave about 61Local (pretty much every other week), but it’s because I love the bar’s concept. It’s a public house, and they are all about community and supporting local businesses.
Come by, bring some friends, enjoy some local flavor, and chat about what you love about this borough. RSVP here now.
I was thrilled to discover a new Brooklyn-based coffee roaster this week, but was even more excited when I learned more about Craft Coffee’s unique concept: coffee you can subscribe to. Their mission is to bring new, exciting coffee experiences to their subscribers, and being the local coffee fiend that I am, I had to give it a try.
So it works like this. You pick your subscription (starting at $19.99 per month) and then Craft Coffee brings 12 ounces of premium coffees from small artisan roasters to your door. I received 4 ounces each of Klatch Coffee, OQ Coffee Co., and Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., and so far, I’m impressed. Each blend has a rich flavor, but are distinctly different taste, so I can mix it up all month long.
I photo-documented my first Craft Coffee Journey; check it out below. Visit their website to get in a subscription, or get a one for a friend– it makes a great gift.
I don’t know why I’ve been talking about coffee so much lately. Maybe it’s my brain’s way of telling me I’m overtired? Anyways, sub-conscious blogging aside, I found a great way to drink your coffee on the go. Stumptown is now bottling their brew in these glass bottles. I found it at Stinky Bklyn, and it’s a great way to get that strong caffeine fix without having to take the time to make a pot. I like to add ice to make it super chilled.
I only buy local coffee. My latest local discovery? Brewklyn Grind Coffee & Tea Company born in in Bay Ridge and based in Red Hook. The three guys who started the coffee company are all about Brooklyn. They started making the coffee in their own home, deciding to combine their passion for great coffee and tea with their love for Brooklyn, so of course I’m obsessed.
I’m drinking the Ethiopia Queen City Harrar, and Im loving the rich flavor– it tastes almost cocoa-y. It’s also Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified, which adds to it’s appeal. The Brewklyn guys only roast in small batches, preparing each roast with the specific customer in mind. Plus, they only roast when they receive an order for ultimate freshness.
If you’re in the Red Hook area, you can get your Brewklyn coffee there, or contact them for more locations.
I’ve raved to you about Colonie‘s dinner and drinks, but I’ve fallen in love with the restaurant all over again after brunch this weekend. First of all, no exaggeration, Colonie is one of the prettiest restaurants that I’ve ever visited. The exposed brick, unique light fixtures, and gorgeous garden wall create an inviting atmosphere– especially for brunch when you are still kind of sleepy.
I started off with a french press of Crop to Cup coffee, served with large white mugs. I paired my coffee with the mushroom egg toast topped with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. The brunch menu also includes shrimp & grits, biscuit benedict, and duck hash with fingerling potatoes and a slow poached egg. If you prefer a brunch cocktail to coffee, make sure to try the blood orange mimosa or the bloody mary with vodka, tomato, tabasco, worcestershire, celery salt, fresh horseradish, lemon, jalapeno, and sherry.
If you haven’t made it in to Colonie on Atlantic Avenue, make sure to check it out soon, whether you’re stopping in for a drink, dinner, or brunch. The staff and owners are extremely helpful and friendly, and they will be sure to take care of your appetite.
Brooklyn Heights is beautiful, but it isn’t known for its new and exciting cafe scene– but there is hope! Just a couple weeks ago, Vineapple opened up on Pineapple Street near Henry Street. It feels like a living room, a very nice living room with comfy couches, exposed brick, and a bar. The cafe/wine bar is serving up (my favorite) Stumptown Coffee, fresh baked goods from Pickle Petunia Bakery, wine, and beer.
Vineapple is the perfect spot to bring your laptop (free wi-fi!), grab a coffee and a muffin, and kick back in a comfortable chair. Like Vineapple on Facebook and print out the coupon for a buy one, get one free beer.
Sure, you know all about local coffee faves like Stumptown and Gorrilla– but have you tried The Brooklyn Roasting Company yet? Based in Dumbo, the roaster is committed to offering best quality Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified coffees and espressos. The selection of blends includes a Mocha Java Eden Blend, Fair Trade & Organic Sumatran, Organic Guatemalan, and Tamper Tantrum Espresso. You can learn more about each blend on the website, where they even include a bean rating, which indicates the degree of roast. Buy your bag at Stinky Bklyn on Smith Street in Cobble Hill.
You’ve probably heard me rave about Stumptown Coffee before, as its my favorite NYC coffee brand and I can’t help it. When I want to buy my own to brew at home, I usually head to Iris Cafe or Choice Market to buy my bag, but I found a new Stumptown spot– Cafe Pedlar. An adorable artisanal coffee joint at 210 Court Street, Cafe Pedlar offers a wide selection of Stumptown bagged beans, with flavors like Hairbender and Holler Mountain (my choice).
Need a snack to go with your brew? The cafe serves up baked goods like apple tarts, chocolate chip cookies, and pretzel braids. The spot is owned by the owners of Frankies Sputino, Merlin Merchant, and Prime Meats, so you know it’s good. Visit Cafe Pedlar’s website here, and check them out on Facebook too.