19 OCT

Reviewed: Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe, West Village

Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe

West Village shop Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe is yet another Australian cafe with all day breakfast/brunch and a full slate of coffee drinks, both American standard and Melbourne specialties.

During one visit we consumed an espresso and a Magic, which is a double ristretto with steamed milk, in a cup slightly smaller than a cappuccino cup, giving it a supposedly “magic” ratio of 1 to 4, espresso to milk. Their house espresso is Niccolo, a darker-roasted coffee from Melbourne.

Read our review of Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe to find out more, both about the coffee and their Australian cafe experience.

17 OCT

Cobble Hill’s Roogla Has Closed

Roogla | Warren St (Smith St) | Cobble Hill

According to Eater, the strangely named and conceived Cobble Hill, Brooklyn coffee shop Roogla has closed, after a year and a half run. Most people thought the shop was named Roogia, due to poor font choice.

Roogla | Warren St (Smith St) | Cobble Hill

Roogla was one of the first New York City cafes to sport an Alpha Domininche Steampunk, a machine that produces coffee using a semi-automated method that’s somewhere between a pourover and a French press, but the coffee that came out of theirs was always too hot to drink. Otherwise, their coffee offerings were not bad, but we never had much of a desire to patronize the shop.

Roogla | Warren St (Smith St) | Cobble Hill

However, the unexplained focus on just-ok house-made rugelach, of which their name Roogla is apparently a diminutive, the odd seating choices, and lack of street visibility seems to have doomed them.

01 SEP

Reviewed: Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Gowanus

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, 3rd Ave

Maybe it was their expansion into the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, the summer pop-up at Orient Point on the North Fork of Long Island, or their burgeoning wholesale business, but somewhere along the line the pie at Brooklyn’s Four & Twenty Blackbirds lost its specialness. We review.

30 AUG

Cafe Grumpy’s Bakery Closes

Cafe Grumpy, Essex St

Cafe Grumpy’s in-house bakery, formerly located next to their Essex Street shop, has closed permanently as of this past Wednesday, August 27th, 2014. Although we don’t eat as many baked goods as we used to, whenever we wanted a savory biscuit, a Cafe Grumpy branch was where we headed, and we’re sad to hear about the bakery’s demise. Right now Cafe Grumpy is stocking products from Boerum Hill’s Bien Cuit, but owner Caroline Bell says there are more items coming to the pastry case in the near future.

30 AUG

Third Wave Coffee Shop Openings 2014 | New York City

Brew Bar | Mast Brothers Chocolate | N 3rd St | Williamsburg | Brooklyn | NYC

Although Foursquare seems to no longer be supporting Lists, at least not in mobile, we still find it the best way personally for us to keep track of cafes and coffee shops we want to visit, both locally and when we travel. Not only that, it’s the best way to for Project Latte to organize lists of cafes thematically so that we can share them with our readers without building lots of custom infrastructure into our website.

Budin | Greenpoint Ave | Greenpoint

We are a little behind the curve in getting our Foursquare list of Third Wave Coffee shop openings updated for 2014, but we’ve compiled our ongoing research into tips, added them to the list, and affixed the cafe opening date to the end of each tip. Please note that we only include independent Third Wave or Specialty Coffee shops, high end tea shops or cafes, and selected others, such as the new Mast Brothers Brew Bar. We might also include a chain cafe if it’s from a foreign country or has something else amazing about it.

There are most likely a bunch of cafes and whatnot that have opened so far in 2014 that we don’t know about, so please feel free to let us know in the comments if you don’t see your favorite in the list.

29 APR

Reviewed: The Bean, a Corporate-Looking Independent Coffee Shop Mini-Chain

The Bean | East Village | Project Latte The Bean | East Village | 1st Ave & E 9th St

Although their name, The Bean, makes you think they’re all about the coffee, in fact, this New York City mini-chain is anything but. That’s not to say we don’t like the place – when we want a seat somewhere that has guaranteed fast wifi and lots of plugs, we often head to one of their East Village branches. We prefer the 2nd Ave location, which has more comfortable seating, lower music volume, and more seating choices, but sometimes it’s too crowded and we’ll head over to the 1st Ave branch.

Click through to our review to find out more about The Bean.

26 APR

Park Slope’s 40 Weight Cafe Closes But Supercollider Is Coming

Sweetwolf/Forty Weight Cafe, 6th Ave 40 Weight Cafe

According to co-owner Matthew Marks, as of March 31st, 2013, 40 Weight Coffee Roasters has parted ways with Sweetwolf’s, a Park Slope restaurant on the corner of 6th Ave and 12th St that they somewhat awkwardly shared the space with.

Perhaps 40 Weight Cafe‘s former regulars will make their way to Supercollider, a daytime cafe and nighttime craft beer bar that occupies a somewhat dead stretch of 4th Ave near the uptown Prospect Ave R station and is supposed to open next Friday, May 3rd. Supercollider will be bringing in Danny Latte as head barista, and while 40 Weight Coffee has no ownership stake in the venture, they are providing coffee, training, and all initial setup and consultation.

We didn’t take any photos, since the gate was down when we arrived today, but blog South Slope News has a shot of the front. We’ll have more information and photos soon.

18 APR

Reviewed: R & R Coffee, the Financial District’s First Third Wave Shop

R & R Coffee | Fulton St (Gold St) | Financial District R & R Coffee | Financial District

With a prime spot on the corner of Fulton and Gold Streets in the Financial District, R & R Coffee is a Third Wave Coffee oasis in a chain and bodega coffee desert. In addition to specialty coffee, R & R brings much needed work space to a benighted area.

Read our review to learn more about R & R Coffee.

08 APR

Tar Pit and Skytown Team Up on Coffee

Skytown | Broadway | Bushwick Skytown | Bushwick

Tar Pit, a favorite cafe of ours in a desolate part of East Williamsburg, has taken over the coffee program at Skytown, a bar/cafe/restaurant straddling two other Brooklyn neighborhoods, Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick. Former motorcycle mechanic Kerry Sano, one of the owners of Tar Pit Cafe, previously owned a repair shop and became friends with Skytown owner Jeff Pan while working on his motorcycle.


30 MAR

NYC Coffee Shops Open On Easter 2013