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Feb 13, 2009 06:45 PM

Best Coffee in Chelsea

Even though I have lived in 4 out of the 5 boroughs, I have almost always worked in Midtown. Well, the gods like me and I'm finally out of midtown and am in Chelsea. Work is 20x better. I walk the streets and I'm not rushing to work or to the subway.

Anyway, I digress. I'm looking for some good coffee beans in Chelsea. Preferably, somewhere where they roast their own, so I know the beans haven't been sitting around for weeks OR to think that it's been shipped from South America to Seattle to New York. Though, I'm open. I just want some kick-@ss coffee.

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  1. Almost certainly Ninth St. Espresso at Chelsea Market.

    The Vegetarian New Yorker:

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    1. re: shivohum

      Hey, that person beat me to it! Ninth St. Espresso is amazing. And Amazingly Expensive too. $4.25 for a latte, one size only. They also sell the beans they use. Once you taste it, you know you've arrived at heaven.

    2. I really like Cafe Grumpy on 20th between 7th and 8th. I think they are a little less expensive than 9th Street but very good.

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      1. re: JeremyEG

        Agreed w/both Grump and 9th St.

      2. Ok, I've tried 2 in the neighborhood and here's my initial reactions. Joe The Art of Coffee and Ninth Street Espresso. I tried Ninth first. I loved it. At first, I felt their dark roast, Hair Bender, tasted lighter than most dark roasts. It was still amazing. Next, I tried Joe. I love that they offer coffee classes and everyone there was really nice. I had the espresso while I was there. It was great. There was a great bittersweet flavor. But, I wasn't as impressed with the beans I brought home. I have to agree, Ninth is expensive, but it is worth it.

        Next I'l try Cafe Grumpy...

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        1. re: yongjoo

          Joe uses Barrington Coffee and Ninth Street Espresso uses Stumptown. Cafe Grumpy uses a variety of roasters including Verve, Ritual, and Intelligentsia, although I'm not sure what they offer for sale.

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            The guy at Ninth Street did say Stumptown is opening a roaster (and probably it's own store? ) in NYC soon.

            1. re: yongjoo

              It'll be in the Ace Hotel, opening later this year at Broadway and 29th.


              1. re: squid kun

                So, I went into the Chelsea Market yesterday to get a cup of Stumptown. And, Ninth St stopped selling Stumptown. I forget the name of the coffee they are selling now, but the guy told me it's a blend that the roaster (in Chicago) is making specifically for them. Anyway, I had an Americano and it was delicious. But at the same time, I am bummed they are not selling Stumptown. I guess I'll be headed to the Ace Hotel...

                1. re: yongjoo

                  They switched to Intelligentsia. There's plenty of places selling Stumptown, but all the ones I know are in Brooklyn. Let me know if you want to know some.

                  1. re: yongjoo

                    I believe TBSP (20th bet. 5th/6th) just put out a sign indicating they now sell Stumptown coffee. I *think* i just saw that!