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Best Coffee in Chelsea

yongjoo Feb 13, 2009 06:45 PM

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.

  1. yongjoo Mar 5, 2009 04:44 PM

    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...

    6 Replies
    1. re: yongjoo
      Peter Cuce Mar 5, 2009 10:06 PM

      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
        yongjoo Mar 9, 2009 04:38 PM

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

        1. re: yongjoo
          squid kun Mar 12, 2009 06:36 PM

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


          1. re: squid kun
            yongjoo Mar 26, 2009 05:42 PM

            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
              Peter Cuce Mar 27, 2009 05:38 AM

              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
                drmoze Mar 28, 2009 02:16 PM

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

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        JeremyEG Feb 14, 2009 05:14 PM

        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
          Lucia Feb 16, 2009 02:08 PM

          Agreed w/both Grump and 9th St.

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          shivohum Feb 14, 2009 11:08 AM

          Almost certainly Ninth St. Espresso at Chelsea Market.

          The Vegetarian New Yorker: http://vegny.blogspot.com/

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          1. re: shivohum
            NestedCups Feb 14, 2009 12:11 PM

            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.

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