El Salvador: Variety Experiments and the Restoration of La Esperanza with Alfredo Pacas of Café Pacas (Financial District)

The Café Grumpy team invites you to meet Alfredo Pacas of Finca La Esperanza for a casual talk and tasting session at our Financial District location. Alfredo will focus on the work he does with Café Pacas, and discuss the development and restoration of La Esperanza, a farm we’ve been buying from since 2012. Attendees will get to taste four specially selected lots from this year’s harvest including red bourbon, pacamara, and Ethiopia heirloom varieties. We’ll also have a limited supply of sampler packs featuring each of the coffees. These will only be available for purchase at the event and for pre-order online.

Artwork by Tara Key (Fashion District)

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Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Tara Key is a photographer, painter and guitarist for the NYC rock band Antietam.

This show, Winter Count, consists of twelve mixed media paintings, each connected to a song on the forthcoming Antietam album Intimations of Immortality, due in September 2017. The release of IOI will launch Antietam’s new, self-owned label, Motorific Sounds.

Inspired visually by the marriage of iconography and calendar-based record keeping that is the hallmark of the Winter Counts of the Plains Indians, each of these paintings uses, as a basis, past and present time and place to trigger fact memory, source memory, and admittedly even false memory. Add emotion to data and mix well.

Hopefully, immersion in the minutiae of this lush life and acceptance of its, often, seemingly random nature will provide a road map back and forward: a tool that 1) spurs an acknowledgement of beauty even under life’s tornado watches and warnings, and 2) ultimately prevents loss from having the final say.

WINTER COUNT (WANIYETU WOWAPI): Winter counts are histories or calendars in which events are recorded by pictures, with one picture for each year. The Lakota call them waniyetu wowapi. Waniyetu is the word for year, which is measured from first snowfall to first snowfall. It is often translated as ‘a winter.’ Wowapi means anything that is marked on a flat surface and can be read or counted, such as a book, a letter, or a drawing. (from Lakota Winter Counts-An Online Exhibit, by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History).

Artwork by Akinobu Tsukamoto (Nolita)


New York-based Japanese artist Akinobu Tsukamoto launches his second solo show with us at our Nolita location. “Bizarre Flower Show” will be on display through July 9, 2017.

“His main pieces were inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflower series from 19th century. Akinobu reinterprets Gogh’s masterpiece and represents modern society with an overflow of information through his artwork.”

Time Out For Hunger

Time Out For Hunger & Cafe Grumpy
Help support Time Out For Hunger by visiting any of our cafe locations on Sunday, May 7th. We will be donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to Food Bank for New York City.

Artwork by Emily Jean Ullrich (Financial District)

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Emily Jean Ullrich
is primarily a photographer, but for this series of work the local Dumbo artist expanded her medium in order to explore an alternate and sparkly universe. Inspired by the layers of the cosmos, each piece acts as a meditation for the artist, via the process of creating them. When emily is not making art she is supermoming her magical twin baby girls.


Opening Party (Financial District)


Please join us in celebrating the opening of our newest location in New York City’s historic Financial District.

Enjoy beverages from Coney Island Brewery, treats from our friends at Marker Coffee and Matchaful as well as raffle prizes and giveaways.

Everyone welcome!

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This latte art class will help you to master free-pour designs and symmetry so you can impress all of your Crushtomers. We’ll cover proper milk texture for hearts, tulips and rosettas, and how to achieve maximum contrast in the finished composition. After a short discussion on theory and technique, you’ll get the chance to try your hand at pouring the aforementioned designs.
Taught by barista extraordinaire Thea Heilbron.

Limited to 8 students. $25 per person which includes a bag of our Heartbreaker espresso to take home.  Sign up online.