Sep 29, 2016

From bean to brew: New York’s coffee history

PIX 11

“Bell didn’t feel like there was a place in the city where she could get a really good cup of coffee, so she and her husband decided to launch their own business in 2005. Now the company roasts about 1,000 pounds of beans in Brooklyn every day and they’re on the verge of opening their eighth location…”

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Sep 29, 2016

Freaky Brewing with Café Grumpy

Coney Island Brewing Co.

For Freaktoberfest, Coney Island Beer used our signature Heartbreaker Espresso blend. This is currently a blend of beans from Guatemala, Colombia and Ethiopia. The espresso blend has a full body with interesting tasting notes of vanilla and caramel which works well with the pumpkin and spice in Freaktoberfest. The flavor is freaky and delicious!

For the limited edition SuperFreak, the brewers at Coney Island Beer used the single origin selection from Rwanda called Nyarusiza. With tasting notes like bing cherry and lemon verbena, the complexity of this coffee really worked well with the beer. We were blown away when we tasted SuperFreak – super unique and delicious…”

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Sep 23, 2016

An inside look at Café Grumpy, the ‘Girls’ Greenpoint coffee spot


“There’s more to the logo than a grumpy glare.  As simple as this secret may sound, you probably overlooked it. The recognizable logo for the cafe is just a frowning face, right? Wrong. It’s actually a coffee bean. The center crease found on the beans created the perfect canvas, Bell said. Add two eyes and scorning eyebrows and you have the logo. It was created by her brother Andrew Bell, the graphic designer behind Brooklyn-based brand Dead Zebra…”

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Sep 16, 2016

Café Grumpy Extends Fundraising Efforts for Burundi Shamba Mushroom Project…

Coffee Talk

“Café Grumpy has joined forces with East African entre­pre­neuse Angèle Ciza in an effort to support economic growth and diversity in Burundi. The Brooklyn-based roasting company has been working with Ciza since 2013, buying her Shamba coffee from the Terimbere Coöperative in Kirundo…”

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Sep 12, 2016

100 Gates Project wraps up…

New York Business Journal

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Sep 08, 2016

New York Coffee Festival: Café Grumpy, Birch, more to bring caffeine aplenty to NYC


“Café Grumpy likes to keep things simple and straightforward – just like most New Yorkers…”

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Sep 06, 2016

Caroline Bell’s Cafe Grumpy Interview

Kevin Sinnott's Coffee Companion

” have always been intrigued by Café Grumpy. Never have I heard so many scary rumors of the tough love treatment of consumer electronics, coupled with praise for their beverages…”

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Aug 17, 2016

Inc. 5000


We are proud to have made Rank: #2172 in the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies 2016.

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Aug 15, 2016

Cafe Grumpy Cold Brew


“The ready-to-drink cold brew has no milk or sweeter added, but retains the cleaner and more chocolatey flavor with an electrifying dose of caffeine.”

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Aug 12, 2016

Coney Island Brewing Company Launches in New England


Freaktoberfest is a hauntingly complex, copper-hued pumpkin and espresso ale. Caramel aromas intermingle with hints of allspice and cinnamon. A roasted, rich body is highlighted by Brooklyn’s own Café Grumpy’s specially selected espresso beans and is finished with sweet pumpkin, with an ABV of 6.2%.”

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Aug 04, 2016

Afternoon Coffee with Descendents


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Jul 23, 2016

These Are New York’s Best Coffee Shops to Get Your Caffeine High


“This homegrown New York cafe prides itself on sourcing responsible, interesting beans from all over the world which it roasts right here in Brooklyn. Founded in Greenpoint, Cafe Grumpy now has seven locations around New York, not including its roastery.”

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Jul 14, 2016


Fairweather Magazine

“…as an independently owned and operated business and it is sometimes hard to be competitive with the resources we have compared with the resources other coffee shops backed by bigger corporations have. We are extra careful with every decision we make and try to grow organically and remain committed to creating a positive environment for customers and for our staff (some staff have been with us since 2006).”

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Jul 08, 2016

Café Grumpy Launches Its First Ready-to-drink Bottled Cold Brew

Coffee Talk

“…it’s hard to find a bottled cold brew that matches the quality of a café’s care­fully prepared small-batch cold brew. Yet this new beverage does it. “It may sound simple as the only ingre­dients are coffee and water, but it’s a chal­lenge to replicate the craft-style cold brew we make in small batches, and scale up that process to produce big batches of a great-tasting beverage,” says Café Grumpy co-owner and CEO Caroline Bell. “It took us months to get it right — to source the best coffee specif­i­cally for our cold brew, create roast profiles with our roasting team, and develop the brew recipe. We are thrilled with our results and excited to share our cold brew with an audience beyond our retail café loca­tions.””

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Jul 08, 2016

Café Grumpy Releases Cheery Take on Bottled Cold Brew

Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

“We wanted to make a product that is portable and approachable,” Café Grumpy Co-Owner and CEO Caroline Bell said in an announcement of the product this week. “Customers want to grab a cold brew bottle and take it to the beach or office or gym and be able to carry it around comfortably and easily.”

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Jun 01, 2016

We’re taking a coffee break at the Cafe Grumpy roastery…

The New York Times


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May 27, 2016

The Film Business Works For New York City

The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment

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May 20, 2016

Small-business owners benefiting from film-spending return the favor


“Our first year in Greenpoint was super slow except for the movie studio business we got,” Bell said, referring to Broadway Stages, the full-service production facility. “It was people coming in during their breaks from filming and ordering a bunch of coffees at once that kept us in business. Also the little boosts from productions renting our space, even a few hours, kept the business alive and helped us expand.”

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May 18, 2016

3 Coffee Kickstarters That Put The “Fun” In Fundraising


“Angele Ciza is the owner of the 360-member Terimbere Cooperative in Burundi. Along with Café Grumpy, Ciza has started a GoFundMe campaign to help the co-op get the supplies they need to help the farm workers grow mushrooms in coffee’s offseason. With a short growing cycle, mushrooms provide workers with a source of high-protein food and an additional means of making money. And growing mushrooms will also help the coffee…”

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May 03, 2016

Best For NYC Finalist

Best For NYC

Café Grumpy was recognized by the City of New York as a Finalist in the 2015 Best for NYC Campaign. We’re proud to be a company that is committed to doing well and doing good – for our workers, for our community, and for the environment. We completed the B Impact Assessment, the leading global tool for impact measurement, underwent a rigorous verification process, and have demonstrated our commitment to measuring and improving our social and environmental impact. Café Grumpy is proud and excited to be using our business as a force for good, striving to improve NYC and the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

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