Monday, September 1, 2008

Cafe Grumpy

I just picked up some coffee beans from Cafe Grumpy.

I was especially disappointed in the cup of coffee I made this morning from beans roasted at Porto Rico Importing Company, and I decided that it was time for a change.

Jason first told me about Cafe Grumpy a few years ago. It used to be his neighborhood coffee shop.

They were one of the first coffee shops in the city that starting using the Clover. It's the only place that I've had coffee made on a Clover, and the coffee made from those machines are definitely special. They are winey and complex. And they are more acidic, in a good way. I usually like coffee that tastes like dirt with no acidity, but the coffee from Cafe Grumpy is an exception. I love their coffee.

I didn't get them to brew me a cup today. I was more interested in getting some beans that I could brew at home. New York really does not have any exceptional coffee roasters that I've ever heard of, although I read that the situation might be changing soon. Cafe Grumpy has high standards, and I figured it wouldn't be a bad idea to piggyback on their coffee picks.

They suggested a roast from Intelligentsia Coffee which is based in Chicago. The price was not cheap. If I can't tell the difference between it and the roasts from Peet's, then I might as well start doing mail order from Peet's again. I'll know by tomorrow morning.

Update 9/6/08
So I can definitely tell the difference between Intelligentsia's coffee and Peet's, at least with the specific Guatemalan roast I got from Grumpy. The coffee I made from Intelligentsia's beans was winey and complex. And more acidic, in a good way. Now I'm not sure if Cafe Grumpy is special because of the roasts they use or because of the Clover. It is probably because of both. A test is in order. I saw that Porto Rico Importing Company has a Clover in their Bleecker Ave shop, so I'll have to try out a cup of coffee there before I draw any more conclusions.

Cafe Grumpy
224 W 20th St (btn 7th and 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10011


Jason said...

Mail order is probably cheaper, but you can pick up Peet's coffee beans at the ING Direct Cafe in midtown. And I think I got a bag at the Gourmet Garage in the West Village.

David said...

Is the ING Direct Cafe actually a regular cafe? That's so weird. I'll try to check it out.

You're right about Gourmet Garage. I'd forgotten about that. It's the only place you can get Peet's Coffee beans in the city (with the exception of ING Direct I guess). I think it comes out about the same price wise, but they never have Major Dickason's Blend as whole beans (it's always ground), and the beans are about a week older than if you get it through the mail.

Anyway, thanks for the tip and the reminder. I'll know where to get my quick Peet's fix from now on.