If you are looking for a range of interesting coffees in New York City, look no further than one building–Grand Central. Inside this one building, four local roasters are showcasing some of the very best brews in all of NYC.
Stop One: Joe Coffee
Looking for a great third wave brew, look no further than Joe Coffee. The coffee that you bring home to your mother, quality, but interesting enough to live with for the long term. Check out our interview with their roaster out in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Stop Two: Cafe Grumpy
One of the earliest small batch roasters in the city, Cafe Grumpy roasts in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It used to be a coffee destination. You’d make a day of it, heading to the middle of a residential/light industrial area, far from subways in Greenpoint for the amazing coffee. Now, you can just pop in and get your dose of their adorable grumpy-faced logo and bright orange alongside your grumpy-face commute. Check out our interview with their roaster and step by step look at how they roast in Greenpoint.
Stop Three: Irving Farms
By far, the coolest location ever inside Grand Central for coffee is smack in the middle of the dining concourse (lower level) where you will find Irving Farms. Irving Farms has been roasting so long, they are more second wave coffee than third wave. They roast in Millerton, NY, next to a beautiful bike path in a cool Hudson Valley town. Known for their townhouse basement cafe near Gramercy Park, one of the first independent coffee shops to welcome neighborhood regulars, you can grab their brew and a delicious local donut (Underwest) without ever leaving the building!
Stop Four: Oren’s Daily Roast
Oren’s only serves beans, but that is probably fine for you since this is your fourth stop! I’ve been buying my beans at Oren’s for over a decade. While Oren roasts in New Jersey, he started in the back of his own shop on the upper east side. Oren, a local favorite, has been roasting since before the rest of these stops on our little Grand Central tour were in diapers. Check out our interview with Oren here.