Apr 21, 2017

New York City’s 37 Best Coffee Shops

Refinery 29

Attention: Do not let the name of this carefree cafe fool you. Grumpy is filled with happy baristas serving up top-of-the-line java, keeping the customers gleeful. Not to mention the no laptop policy that encourages a little non-virtual, human to human, communication. With multiple locations across Manhattan, this coffee spot is the place for a personal cup of Joe.”

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Apr 17, 2017

Say Goodbye to Girls by Shopping Its Best Fashion Moments


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Apr 14, 2017

The Absolute Best Lattes in New York

Grub Street

“Founded on a Greenpoint corner and roasted next door, Grumpy has grown to eight locations scattered around town. Frowny-face name and strict laptop-deterrent policies aside, baristas tend to be affable, and locations adapt themselves well to their respective neighborhoods. (Grumpy at Grand Central Terminal tends to be all business, while the Chelsea outlet is the kind of place where its Madagascar vanilla-infused, smoked-salt-sprinkled, marshmallow lattes should be savored.) No matter where you go, traditional lattes are made with Heartbreaker, an ever-evolving house blend that always hits distinct notes of caramel and bright, subtle acidity.

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Feb 17, 2017

Future 50 Award Winner


Future 50 Award Winner Cafe Grumpy

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Feb 15, 2017

Cafe Grumpy Co-Founder Talks Miami Expansion

Barista Magazine

“We’re still independently owned and operated, so we have to think really carefully about our growth—we put the money we make at the stores back into growing the business. With opening a store in Miami, we really just wanted to go into a neighborhood where coffee was part of the daily routine. Because we know that to actually make this work, we need people to come in and buy the coffee. But generally, we just try to be nice to people when they come in and make it feel like they have a place they can go. We try to be transparent and open—if people ask questions, we answer them as honestly as possible. That’s worked so far, so we’ll see what happens.”

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Feb 06, 2017

With Eight New York Bars, Café Grumpy Sets Sights on Sunny Miami

Roast Magazine

“The company has just opened its eighth New York location since its founding in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood in 2005, and Café Grumpy co-founder Caroline Bell told Daily Coffee News that the company has signed a lease in Coral Gables, Fla., just southwest of downtown Miami, with an expected café opening this summer.”

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Feb 03, 2017

HBO’s ‘Girls’: Secrets of the Lena Dunham-created show


“The inclusion of Café Grumpy came straight out of Dunham’s personal experience in Greenpoint. It also helped that the coffee shop is located right next to Broadway Stages, a production studio where “Royal Pains,” “Blue Bloods” and “The Good Wife” are taped. “It’s the best coffee in the city, probably. Plus, at the time, we were shooting in Greenpoint and that was the place to go for coffee,” Munn said.

As a popular filming location, the shop wasn’t aware its name was going to be featured in “Girls.” “We didn’t even realize we were going to be a character on the show,” owner Caroline Bell said.”

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Jan 20, 2017

Brew French Press Coffee Like a Pro

Extra Crispy

“We spoke with Joe Monett, a barista at New York City’s Cafe Grumpy, to learn more about the brewing the perfect cup of coffee based on your specific likes and preferences. He explains the strength of your French press brew depends on three variables…”

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Jan 18, 2017

National Pie Day deals, brought to you by Waitress and Time Out New York

Time Out New York

Cafe Grumpy x Pie Day

Café Grumpy

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Pie lovers who mention “National Pie Day” at this coffee-shop chain will receive a free Waitress pie-in-a-jar with the purchase of any beverage (while supplies last)

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Jan 17, 2017

What Happens When Cafes Pull the Plug on Wi-Fi

The Wall Street Journal

“Café Grumpy, another local mini chain, is even more hard-core. It banned laptops in several of its eight locations.

“People were camping out at tables. People couldn’t chat with their friends,” says co-owner and chief executive Caroline Bell.

The result?

“It feels more fun, more interactive, more like New York City,” she says.”

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Jan 06, 2017

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce announces 2016 Brooklyn-Made Award winners

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“Brooklyn-Made is a wonderful recognition of quality that rewards businesses for making substantive contributions to their local economies and communities,” said BCC board Chair Denise Arbesu. “The winners of these awards have it all: Product design, development and assembly all take place right here in our borough.”

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Dec 12, 2016

Winter Survival Guide

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Nov 25, 2016

Gilmore girls’ guide to NYC: Spots Lorelai and Rory would probably hang out


“A Gilmore is never far away from a good coffee backup. If Lorelai and Rory weren’t feeling Tom’s — say Lorelai caused a neighborhood uproar of some sort — they’d grab their fourth cup of the morning at the original Café Grumpy, 193 Meserole Ave. in Brooklyn. The name would remind them of Luke himself, if the coffee alone didn’t.”

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Nov 21, 2016

The Best Places in Manhattan to Get Coffee

Manhattan Digest

“If you see grumpy coffee connoisseurs entering a coffee shop on W 20th Street and come out smiling and all caffeinated, you’ve just discovered Café Grumpy – Chelsea. They’ve got custom-drip whizzes that only single-origin roasts are known to produce with a hipsterish attitude.”

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Nov 17, 2016

Where to get caffeinated in NYC

Glitter for Breakfast

“Cafe Grumpy aka Grumpy/Grumpy’s is anything but, unless you try to use a laptop; there is a strictly enforced “No Laptops,” rule at least in Chelsea (I’ve never been to any others). Although Grumpy can get crowded on weekend afternoons, that is also part of what makes it charming. Let me explain. Because there are no laptops allowed, people come to Grumpy and sit with a book or the paper and just enjoy themselves, particularly at the high tops in the front. It’s the kind of place where no one bothers you and you can really get absorbed in your own world, whether that be solo or with a small group.”

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Nov 16, 2016

Grand Central Gift Guide | Kids, Tweens & Teens

Connections Magazine


Nov 14, 2016

Everyone says cut the morning latte. Here’s why I still buy one, without guilt.


“I happen to have a weakness for almond milk lattes, particularly the ones sold at the coffee shop a few doors down from my apartment. And while I don’t buy a latte every morning, I shell out $5 at Cafe Grumpy at least three times a week…”

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Nov 14, 2016

Love New York Awards Winner

Time Out New York

Best Cafe / Coffee Shop – Greenpoint

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Nov 10, 2016

What to Get for Everyone: The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Brooklyn Magazine


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Nov 09, 2016

The Most Amazing Coffee Shops NYC Keeps Secret


“Cafe Grumpy is anything but what its name implies. This delightful coffee shop impresses crowds in the heart of New York City. Serving coffee from countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania, and Guatemala, one can enjoy a bevy of selections from their in-house roastery. The signature house blend is something they refer to as the Heartbreaker Espresso – it develops and changes with each season…Cafe Grumpy has a strict no laptop policy that ensures that its guests are there for one thing – to enjoy the atmosphere while sipping a great beverage which keeps tables open and spirits high!”

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