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A "great" cup of coffee in Carroll Grds or nearby?

the_state Sep 17, 2008 12:00 PM

Do any coffee houses serve Gorilla/Joe & the Art of Espresso/similar styles of coffee in the Carroll Gardens area? I don't want to head to Park Slope every time I need that fix!

  1. lambretta76 Sep 17, 2008 12:09 PM

    Boerum Hill Food Co. used to sell Gorilla, but has since switched to (the far superior, IMHO) Stumptown Coffee.

    D'Amico often has several roasts available as well.

    Are you looking for dark roast coffee, espresso, or the "coffeehouse vibe" of the places you mentioned?

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    1. re: lambretta76
      the_state Sep 17, 2008 12:15 PM

      pitch black roast. i'll try boerum out. thanks.

      1. re: the_state
        EatsWine Oct 6, 2008 04:35 PM

        Pitch black = Burnt. do yourself a favor and try drinking some lighter roasts 'black'. Especially from Stumptown, you'll get worlds more flavor from your coffee.

      2. re: lambretta76
        yuriwebboy Sep 17, 2008 03:26 PM

        I've hear that Stumptown Coffee was coming to NYC. That's exciting.

      3. c
        cgchow Sep 17, 2008 12:26 PM

        I'm pretty certain I read somewhere recently (Times Dining section, I think), that a Stumptown will be setting up shop in Red Hook.

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        1. re: cgchow
          EatsWine Oct 6, 2008 04:39 PM

          Stumptown will have a roastery opening in Red Hook VERY soon. As for an actual Stumptown coffee shop, we'll likely have to wait until the new Ace Hotel opens. But hopefully the Stumptown wholesale presence in NY will be similar to what it is in Portland, OR - in regards to their rigorous training sessions, encouraged so strongly they're virtually required, that bring all businesses serving their beans up to snuff. I just moved to Brooklyn from Portland, and It is AMAZING how almost no one knows how to pull a shot. Sad.

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          Fleur Sep 17, 2008 12:26 PM

          TAZZA on Henry Street off Atlantic serves exceptionally delicious coffee.

          1. oolah Sep 17, 2008 12:38 PM

            Cobblestone Foods on Court has Gorilla by the pound and sells cold-brewed Gorilla iced coffee, which is pretty tasty.

            There's also a café on the corner of Union and Hicks that brews a good cup of Gorilla. I can't remember the name of the place, but you can't miss it -- it's on the west side of the BQE, across the street from Ferdinando's and next to Petite Crevette.

            Cobblestone Foods
            199 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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            1. re: oolah
              sad_otter Feb 11, 2009 01:35 PM

              The place on the corner of Union and Hicks is The Coffee Den.

              The Coffee Den
              144 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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              savoryhash Sep 17, 2008 01:44 PM

              Though not quite Carroll Gardens...Root Hill Cafe on the corner of 4th Ave and Carroll St. makes excellent cappuccino and espresso and also brews Clover Coffee.
              Also very good coffee at Naidre's on Henry St...the coffee is from "Porto Rico Importing Company" in the West Village.

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              1. re: savoryhash
                MB fka MB Oct 3, 2008 06:41 PM

                great to know about the clover!

                1. re: savoryhash
                  chocolatefancy Oct 6, 2008 02:06 PM

                  We really like "Root Hill" the people who work there are great as is the coffee and some of the food we tried. Also the atmosphere of the place is nice.

                  BTW---don't forget the Tea Lounge on Court. I love their coffee.

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                  BklnChicken Sep 17, 2008 02:00 PM

                  You might like D'Amico on Court, smack in the middle of Carroll Gardens. I find their coffee over roasted and bitter, but I found Gorilla the same way. So D'Amico might meet your requirements.

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                  1. re: BklnChicken
                    missmodular Sep 20, 2008 07:48 PM

                    Wow, I thought I was the only person in the neighborhood not thrilled with D'Amico! (I always get my coffee from Porto Rico Importing.)

                    Frankies 457 uses Stumptown now too.

                    1. re: missmodular
                      MB fka MB Oct 3, 2008 06:39 PM

                      I really liked the espresso I've had at D'Amico, tho'.

                  2. c
                    cgchow Sep 22, 2008 06:33 AM

                    I, too, am not a fan of either D'Amico's or Gorilla. I buy Fairway's Brooklyn Java.

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                      Nehna Oct 4, 2008 08:31 AM

                      I mainly go with Boerum Hill for Stumptown, Homage for Mud, and sometimes the little cafe on Court near Cobblestone for an iced coffee. I've only been to D'Amico once and took beans home, but I was quite happy with them (it was one of the brooklyn blends).

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                        robotcoupe Oct 24, 2008 10:04 AM

                        I think the short answer is no.

                        This neighborhood is crying out for real cafe that knows coffee and espresso. These places are in most gentrified areas of the city and brooklyn except this one. There was one on Atlantic between Hoyt and Bond but I just learned that it closed. Not sure why.

                        Entrepreneurs take note!

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                        1. re: robotcoupe
                          seb Oct 24, 2008 10:54 AM

                          Over the summer, there was a storefront being renovated on Atlantic between Smith & Hoyt with the sign Clover Tea & Coffee. I haven't walked by lately, so I don't know if they are finished, but maybe that will turn out to be what the neighborhood needs.

                          1. re: seb
                            Nehna Oct 25, 2008 07:05 AM

                            It looks more art gallery than coffeehouse (according to the signage in the window).

                            I agree that there is a real shortage of coffeehouses around here, and I've always wondered why.

                            1. re: Nehna
                              lambretta76 Oct 28, 2008 07:13 AM

                              There are a ton of coffeehouses, just no good ones. And the good ones have since closed (Brooklyn Bean and Tea on Atlantic and Mule on 4th Ave.)

                              Within 4 blocks of my house I have:

                              Flying Saucer
                              State Renaissance Cafe
                              Blue Marble
                              Building on Bond
                              Nascent Cafe
                              Boerum Hill Food Co.
                              Homage Cafe
                              One Girl
                              and coming soon Clover Gallery and Coffee

                              The problem is, other than Boerum Hill Food Co, which uses Stumptown beans, and Blue Marble, none of the other places make decent coffee. And none of these places make a decent espresso. I really wish Stumptown would open up in one of the boutique hotels coming to Downtown, or even Ninth St. Espresso or Grumpy.

                              1. re: lambretta76
                                Peter Cuce Feb 18, 2009 01:21 PM

                                Clover is great and uses Intelligentsia. I didn't like the coffee at Blue Marble -- maybe it's better now. They also have a Clover machine, but apparently they called the place Clover because they're named Clover. Pastries are from Ceci Cela.

                                1. re: Peter Cuce
                                  Nehna Feb 22, 2009 07:46 AM

                                  Both cups of coffee I've had at Clover were very good. It's a bit pricey for an every day cup of drip -- they make it to order as if you were having an espresso, hence the price I guess (~$2.50 - $4 depending on which of the 3 varieties) but the quality of the coffee reflects the extra care. I've only had the ethiopian both times.

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