As one of the most fast-paced places in the world, it’s no wonder that New York City is home to millions of coffee fanatics. It’s hardly a weekday morning if you don’t hear grumbling on the subway or in the office about “needing coffee ASAP.” Thus many readers will be delighted to know that today, September 29th, is National Coffee Day and plenty of free coffee will be handed out all over the city. Here are a few places you can enjoy the quasi-national holiday, the coffee-centric celebrations that follow, classes about coffee, or just a great cup of joe.
National Coffee Day
Locations around the city
Last year’s National Coffee Day brought an impressive roster of deals, with Krispy Kreme, Peet’s Coffee, Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, and McDonald’s all offering free coffee or a comparably delicious discount in celebration of our national obsession. Check out #NationalCoffeeDay on Twitter to plot out your free coffee runs for the day!
October 12th-14th, 2018
125 West 18th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues
New York, NY 10011
Events range from latte art demos by the best baristas in the world, to tastings and interactive workshops, to a celebration of coffee-based cocktails accompanied by art and live music. As you enjoy your favorite beverage, watch top baristas compete in the competitive Coffee Masters, while you can feel good knowing that 100% of profits go straight to Project Waterfall, a charity that works to help coffee-growing communities all over the world gain better access to clean water.
Tickets available here.
Under-the-Radar Coffee Shops
309 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
A true Brooklyn staple, D’Amico Coffee Roasters (pictured above) has been roasting small batch coffee since 1948. When D’Amico Foods began, started by Sicilian immigrant Emanuel D’Amico, most coffee was mass produced. Small batch coffee was a great unknown, and Emanuel’s AJ Deer Royal Roaster could only roast 10 pounds at once, meaning that all of their coffee was fresh. Though the operation has expanded quite significantly over the years—and now has a wholesale business—D’Amico Coffee Roasters uses the same techniques and approach to roasting that Emanuel did 70 years ago. The company has now been in the family for three generations, all of whom clearly take pride in their work.
394 Broome Street between Mulberry Street & Centre Market Place
New York, NY 10013
Many argue that Happy Bones serves the best coffee in the city. The brews are made by top-notch baristas in a cozy locale with local art and quality magazines to enjoy while sipping premium joe. Started by New Zealanders who brought with them two decades of espresso culture experience, Happy Bones is a celebration of the potent caffeinated beverage loved around the world. Happy Bones is known for its industrial-chic aesthetic and is nestled in a spot that was once an abandoned alleyway.
49 West 27th Street between Avenue of the Americas & Broadway
New York, NY 10001
Located in NoMad’s swanky Made Hotel, Patent is far more than your basic coffee shop. This shop’s single-origin beans are in regular rotation, so you never know quite what options you can expect on their menu— a menu that regularly offers everything from nitro cold brew to matcha. Enjoy your beverage with a cookie or croissant if you’re also in the mood for a snack.
51 35th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11232
This Brooklyn-based coffee empire is on the cutting edge when it comes to their growing, processing, roasting, and brewing. This next-level café experience lets customers watch the entire process that goes into making each cup of joe. With a laser focus on precision, the Extraction Lab has innovated app-controlled brewing technology, and allows customers to choose their brews based on “origin, variety, brand, roaster, processing methods, and more.” The Extraction Lab is truly a first-class coffee experience and features coffee and tea from all over the world.
125 North 6th Street between Bedford Avenue & Berry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
44 Charles Street between South 7th Avenue & 4th Street
New York, NY 10014
In addition to being a truly excellent coffee shop in its own right, Toby’s Estate operates a Brooklyn and West Village Cupping Lab to spread the art of coffee making to beginners and experts alike. Toby’s Brew School offers classes seven days a week and class start times range from 9:30AM-4PM daily. Featured course offerings include “Home Brew Methods,” “Espresso Foundations,” and “Latte Art,” a class that teaches the art of milk preparation and costs between $100-$150. To get a taste of Toby’s education style, check out a Public Cupping session for $20 and learn about the “history and practices of cupping in a full sensory experience.”
40-37 23rd Street between 40th & 41st Avenues
Long Island City, NY 11101
Birch co-founder Paul Schlader is a Certified Q Grader—a distinction earned from the Coffee Quality Institute—essentially making him one of the city’s few true-blue coffee experts. He’s dedicated to teaching consumers about specialty coffee. As part of that mission, he teaches courses at Birch’s Roast House including Barista Training & Technical Skills, in which students learn espresso theory, milk texturing, and drink assembly. Beginners can opt for Coffee 101 & Home Brewing, where Schlader teaches coffee history and the three main home-brewing techniques: Chemex, Drip, and French Press. You can also opt for the Public Coffee Cuppings in which you’ll learn how to cup coffee and sample and master the distinctions of coffee flavor.