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Ultra-Modern ‘Steampunk’ Coffee Brewer Gets a Showcase Cafe in Brooklyn

(Photo: Jonsar Studios)

(Photo: Jonsar Studios)

New York City is saturated with coffee places, so how does one separate themselves from the pack? Well, one way is to invent your own brewing element. Extraction Lab has done just that with an original craft brewer called Steampunk. The device, which looks like a cross between a French press and a draft beer tap, is so ultra modern it’s operated by an iPad app and designed to combine all the elements of drip, French press, and espresso brewing. The whole process is like watching a coffee dance– I recommend checking the whole mesmerizing thing out here.

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Martha’s Country Bakery Brings Homemade Sweetness To Williamsburg

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Martha’s Country Bakery, a local Queens-based baked goods store and coffee shop with locations in Astoria, Bayside, and Forest Hills, has just opened their first Brooklyn location on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. According to the shop’s Facebook page, they opened their doors just yesterday, on October 3. That’s right—while you were reveling in the same Mean Girls quote for yet another year, you could have been shoveling in some serious chocolate mousse cake.

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Stop Everything, the Gilmore Girls Wanna Give (Very Few of) You Free Coffee

In case you forgot, Gilmore Girls is making a triumphant return to Netflix on November 25, just in time for the show’s Sweet 16. If you just can’t wait till then to cozy up with your best friends on Earth these strictly TV-only characters who you’re just somewhat mildly familiar with, and a piping-hot cuppa Joe (the Gilmore Girls official beverage of choice, duh), then Netflix has something sweet (but mostly just bitter) to hold you over.

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Take a $13,000 ‘Steampunk’ Brewer For a Spin at CoffeeCon

The "Steampunk" at Onyx Coffee Lab in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Photo courtesy Tarra Culbertson)

The “Steampunk” at Onyx Coffee Lab in Bentonville, Arkansas. (Photo courtesy Tarra Culbertson)

CoffeeCon is relocating to the borough that burnt its tongue drinking coffee before it was cool. The “Consumer Coffee Festival,” which previously took place at Broad Street Ballroom, will be catering to the caffeine-inclined at Industry City this Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Tickets range from $22.50 to $45, and perks include prizes, samples, brewing and tasting classes, a presentation of Café Cinema film clips; panels on the Future of Coffee and Sustainability; and for *sedimental* value, a Chemex Pop Up Museum with a collection of “75 years of coffee making history.”

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On Bedford Ave, an El Beit Revival that’s ‘Barista Owned’

El Beit set to be reborn as Cafe Beit in about a week (Photo: Nicole Disser)

El Beit set to be reborn as Cafe Beit in about a week (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last fall, when El Beit went the way of Verb Cafe and closed on Bedford Avenue, we worried the seven-year-old coffee shop might give way to more artisinal soap. “That’s the thing,” former El Beit barista Chris Miller told us. “We found out that apparently some of the other offers [for the space] were a bunch of high-end boutiques. I think one was a glasses store and we were just like, ‘Yeah, because four isn’t enough, we need five separate high-end eye-glass stores, maybe another haberdashery and we’ll be all set– we can just start doing costumes every day.”

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Bedford Ave’s Verb Cafe Now in G’point, Serving Hot Coffee Sans ‘Cold Interactions’

Verb Cafe is back, this time on Nassau Avenue (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Verb Cafe is back, this time on Nassau Avenue (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It was one of the last vestiges of a bygone Williamsburg– a grungy, cavernous little coffee shop with worn-down wood floors and a lifetime of coffee grounds seemingly plastered onto every surface. Verb Cafe, which opened in 1999, was nothing fancy– no one went there to get a pour-over or fawn over bespoke beans with tasting notes. But when the place closed in June 2014, there was more than a bit of sadness (which was compounded when life imitated every joke ever told about Brooklyn hipsters and the coffee shop was replaced by an artisanal soap boutique with handmade, organic cupcake soap).

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Smile! Cafe Grumpy Is Coming to Nolita

(Courtesy of Cafe Grumpy)

(Courtesy of Cafe Grumpy)

Cafe Grumpy, the Greenpoint coffee roaster that shot to fame as Ray and Hannah’s place of employment in Girls, is opening a seventh shop in Nolita. The roaster just signed a lease at the Brewster Carriage House, the luxury condo building on the corner of Mott and Broome where John Legend lives.

News of the 15-year lease comes via broker Eastern Consolidated. The 19th-century building was once home to a factory that built carriages used by the Astors, Vanderbilts, J.P. Morgan, and Abraham Lincoln, the press release notes.

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Food + Drink: Juno Grand Opening

Schwartz, the head bartender, at the bar (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Schwartz, the head bartender, at the bar (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last Friday, Juno — John Barclay’s stylish new restaurant, bar, and coffee spot just down the way from his raucous Bushwick dance club, Bossa Nova Civic Club — “quietly opened” its doors. When I stopped by yesterday, just a few people were sitting pretty, peering around the place (and allegedly dining too), inspecting it like a brand new spaceship had just landed off the Central Avenue stop. There was no pounding music to be heard, nor a fog machine in sight. But the food is stellar and the cocktails supreme. Get there for the grand opening, DJs start at 11 pm and cocktails go all night.

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This New Malaysian Coffeehouse Has the Crab Balls You Crave

Stuffed Crab Ball with pulled tea (Credit: Joshua Alvarez)

Stuffed Crab Ball with pulled tea (Credit: Joshua Alvarez)

Kyo Pang, co-owner of the newly opened Kopitiam on Canal Street in Chinatown, is pulling off the rare and improbable. With remarkable concentration, she pours steaming Malaysian tea, teh tarik, from one aluminum pot to the other, lifting her hands above her head to extend the stream of tea. This is what is called “pulled tea” in Malaysia, which is something of a lost art in the Malaysian community in New York.

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This Weekend, Hit a Coffee Expo and Take the Edge Off at a Beer Fest

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Coffee and beer — one wakes us and the other sends us to our slumber. Oh, how we’d suffer without these dark elixirs. This weekend the two lifebloods upon which modern civilization hath been built receive their due celebration in the form of the New York Coffee Festival, taking place at The 69th Regiment Armory, and the 5th Annual Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival at the Brooklyn Expo Center.

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Lorimer Stop Gets a Nice New Place For Quaffing Coffee

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

The area off the Lorimer stop has never been as coffee congested as Bedford Avenue, but that’s starting to change. In the former home of Tedone Latticini Dairy Products on Metropolitan Avenue, Black Star is now offering pastries and sandwiches made in-house, and of course COFFEE!

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