Sleepy Brooklyn Heights has been getting a whole lot more caffeinated lately. Back in November, Iris Cafe opened up on Willow Place Columbia Place, offering coffee-lovers an alternative to Starbucks and the nabe's two Tazza locations. Recently, rumors had been percolating that Crop to Cup Coffee Co., would soon be opening a location on Atlantic Avenue in that long vacant storefront between Henry and Clinton. You know the spot--it's had stones piled up in front of it for years.
Today is the lucky day. The stones have been formed into a pretty little entranceway, and the doors to the antique-strewn shop flung open this morning.
Although Crop to Cup has somehow been left out of (or escaped) the recent media craze over artisanal, Brooklyn-roasted coffee, their beans are, as the name would suggest, of a certain pedigree. They call it "family farmed" coffee, and the beans are sourced from small-batch growers around the world. The Uganda Bugisu is a single-origin Arabica coffee from Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda; the Mexican Decaf hails from Chiapas.
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The beans are roasted in Brooklyn--at Ozzie's in Park Slope and Gillies Coffee Company on the far western edge of South Slope--then brought to the new storefront, where you'll have plenty of drip choices. You can lighten your cup of joe with local Battenkill Valley Creamery milk from fifth-generation dairy farmers in upstate New York, which they're selling by the gallon as well.
Of course, Crop to Cup also whips up frothy coffee concoctions. An iced espresso horchata, made with organic, house-made horchata, a Latin American rice milk beverage that's spiked with cinnamon, is the highlight of the fancy coffee drink menu. It's a particular favorite with co-founder Taylor Mork, who says that they've been testing it since last summer.
The shelves are lined with McClure's Pickles, Nunu Chocolates, Early Bird Granola, and Kumquat Cupcakery's miniature cupcakes, which are baked in-house, (they're planning to hold a contest for a Crop to Cup-exclusive cupcake flavor in the coming weeks) and the cafe will sell their own baked goods like muffins and oatmeal cookies. These locally sourced foodstuffs are a welcome addition to the area--until now Brooklyn's homemade bounty has been harder to find in Brooklyn Heights than in Williamsburg or Park Slope. Crop to Cup will also be a delivery spot for people who sign up for Basis' Good Food To You drop-off program, a weekly CSA-style service that delivers locally sourced fruit, produce, meat, and dairy.
In the meantime, the doors are open, the coffee's brewing--bring on the strollers and the laptops. 139 Atlantic Avenue between Henry Street and Clinton Street; no phone yet; www.croptocup.com.
Text by Sherri Eisenberg; sent by Annaliese. Photos courtesy of Crop to Cup.
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