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“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.”Read more
“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.”Read more
“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.”Read more
“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…”Read more
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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)
“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.
“It feels more fun, more interactive, more like New York City,” she says.”Read more
“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.”Read more
“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.”Read more
“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.”Read more
“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.”Read more
“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…”Read more
Best Cafe / Coffee Shop – Greenpoint
“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!”Read more
“At Café Grumpy, it’s all about simple, quality coffee. The independently owed and operated coffee company, also pride themselves in sourcing socially responsible beans and highlighting the different flavoural profiles in each coffee they roast. The Chelsea shop, nestled in a tree-lined block, also has a cute courtyard at the back, which is a peaceful sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city”Read more
5. Graham Latte
“I’m a sucker for a latte with chocolate, honey, and cinnamon. It tastes like a Teddy Graham and is perfect as a nostalgic afternoon pick-me-up.”
-Joseph Monett, barista, Café Grumpy
“Since appearing on the hit show about 20-something New Yorkers trying to figure out their lives, the cafe has gone gangbusters and now has six locations across New York. The original store, which opened in Brooklyn in 2005, has become a pilgrimage site for fans of show with lines out the door.”Read more