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3 Noteworthy Cafés within the Borough of Brooklyn, N.Y.

We discover three standout Brooklyn cafés: drip, BKG, and Espresso Venture New York.


Cowl photograph by Nelson Ndongala through Unsplash

Whether or not you’re a New York native or planning your subsequent NYC journey, you gained’t need to miss out on Brooklyn’s vibrant (and continuously evolving) espresso scene. In the present day, we’re exploring three of Brooklyn’s standout cafés: drip, BKG, and Espresso Venture New York

Nigel stands with arms crossed in front of an exposed brick wall, wearing a shirt that says "handsome coffee roaster." Four pour over setups sit on the wooden blovk counter in front of him, and there is an acoustic guitar leaning against the wall in the background.
Nigel Value, founding father of drip espresso makers. Photograph courtesy of Drip Espresso.

drip espresso makers

After abandoning a profession in finance, Nigel Value determined to pursue his ardour for espresso by spending over a decade working in a number of NYC espresso outlets. Throughout this time, he developed a community of like-minded espresso professionals, changing into a part of a neighborhood of baristas, roasters, homeowners, and low patrons. 

Two gloved hands pour a perfect rosetta into a white Not Neutral mug.
In January 2020, drip opened its first brick-and-mortar location.

“The multi-roaster pourover-centric mannequin for drip espresso makers was born out of years on the bar, and my favourite shifts had been when somebody introduced in a bag of espresso and we dialed it in,” Nigel shares. In 2018, to show the idea that prioritized the ”gradual bar,” he started popping up throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan with a customized espresso cart, geared up with a Mahlkonig EK43 and a few V60 pourovers, to share the nuances of small-lot and single-origin coffees—one cup at a time. 

By January 2020, drip opened its first brick-and-mortar location. Three years later, there at the moment are 4 places all through the town: in Bushwick, Brooklyn Heights, SoHo, and Williamsburg. 

The front of BKG Roasters in Clinton Hill. There is a large window with Coffee and Espresso painted on the outside, and light fixtures and tables just visible inside. Outside the window is a black slatted bench and a black sandwich board sign that has the company logo, a B with a pigeon outline inside it and capital K and G.
Tucked away on Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, BKG has been a neighborhood staple for greater than a decade.

BKG Espresso

Small-batch espresso roasting firm BKG was based by three brothers, who hint the beginning of their journey to a Brooklyn condominium in 2003. Right here, they roasted their first batch of espresso—an experiment that will remodel their curiosity in espresso from a interest into what they now name a “full-fledged espresso obsession.” The brothers would finally launch their very own solar-powered roastery, adopted by their innovation lab and flagship retailer.

A tattooed barista serves two customers, an adult and child, at the pastry case inside BKG, which has donuts, waffles and croissants on serving plates.
“In spite of everything these years, we’re nonetheless family-run with a ardour for our craft and neighborhood,” says Craig Farrelly of BKG.

“Our flagship retailer is positioned on Myrtle Ave. in Clinton Hill,” Craig Farrelly of BKG shares. “It’s been a neighborhood staple for over 10 years serving the local people and close by Pratt Institute. We provide a coffee-centric menu highlighting our seasonal coffees from single origins to our basic blends. The store’s menu additionally consists of our ready-to-drink cans, single-serve coffees, and packaged retail baggage.”

“At BKG, we’re devoted to the unyielding pursuit of espresso perfection,” he continues. “(And) in spite of everything these years, we’re nonetheless family-run with a ardour for our craft and neighborhood.”

The bar area inside CPNY has black hanging lamps, a black Synessa espresso machine. and black felt menu boards. Retail shelving with coffee bags and brewing methods is to the left.
Espresso Venture New York opened their Fort Greene location in 2018.

Espresso Venture New York 

Based in 2015 by ChiSum Ngai and Kaleena Teoh, Espresso Venture New York began within the East Village, and their downtown Brooklyn location opened in 2018. What units Espresso Venture New York aside is that it isn’t only a cafe, but in addition an training middle. CPNY’s Lengthy Island Metropolis location consists of New York’s solely Specialty Espresso Affiliation (SCA) Premier Coaching Campus. The campus provides courses on latte artwork, pourovers, tasting, and extra to each espresso professionals and residential brewers alike.

A small white counter with tall stools shows a Hario pour over set up for a customer, with Kyoto cold brew stands and other coffee implements behind the counter.
Espresso Venture New York’s Lengthy Island Metropolis location consists of their Specialty Espresso Affiliation (SCA) Premier Coaching Campus, the place they provide courses on latte artwork, pourovers, tasting, and extra. 

CPNY was named TimeOut New York’s “Most Cherished Espresso Store” in 2016, 2018, and 2021, and so they’ve continued to domesticate a loyal native following through the years. Their Brooklyn location is positioned in Fort Greene—you should definitely cease by to attempt their nitro float!


Based mostly in Los Angeles, Emily Meneses (she/her) is a author and musician enthusiastic about tradition and collective care. You may commonly discover her at Echo Park Lake, ingesting a cortado and journaling about astrology, artwork, Animal Crossing, and her desires.


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