On May 3rd, Greenpoint gained a new destination for coffee with some special bells & whistles – most notably, the thoughtful outlook and welcoming sense of humor of its owner. Clare Spikerman opened Propeller Coffee (984 Manhattan Ave) this spring after years of experience in food service and coffee brewing all over the world – from Canada to the UK to Australia to right here in New York.
Her commitment to offering high-quality caffeination is evident in everything from her hilarious chalkboard messages outside the cafe, to her remembrance of regulars’ drink orders, to the various comfortable seating nooks she arranged and furnished around the shop. Propeller Coffee serves Toby’s Estate roasts and Ceci Cela pastries – and is a place where you’ll feel welcomed. Continue reading
An excellent espresso is a cafe’s best business card. On Sunday October 2, 2011, Rebecca from I love Greenpoint, Mike & Charlie from Brooklynauts and I tasted a total of 19 espressos from every cafe* in Greenpoint in order to determine the champion of the Greenpointers 2011 Espresso Tour. The density of outstanding espressos in this neighborhood was impressive and made the tour difficult to judge, but we have a winner!
Each cafe was notified and generously donated 3 espressos. We judged using the following score sheet adapted from the World Barista Championship:
TASTE EVALUATION OF ESPRESSO:
• COLOR OF CREMA (hazelnut, dark brown, reddish reflection) 0/10 ___
• CONSISTENCY & PERSISTENCE OF CREMA* 0/10 ___
• TASTE BALANCE (harmonious balance of sweet/acidic/bitter) 0/10 ___
• TACTILE BALANCE (full bodied, round, smooth) 0/10 ___
• TEMPERATURE** (hot but not too hot to drink) 0/10 ___
• CORRECT ESPRESSO CUPS USED (60-90mL w/handle) YES/NO
• SERVED WITH ACCESSORIES (spoon, napkin & water) YES/NO
After judges’ individual scores were added, the highest possible score was 156. Results ranged between 97-142. (Only the top 3 scores are revealed.)
*We were unable to contact Ashbox and the cafe was closed on Sunday.
2011 GREENPOINTERS ESPRESSO TOUR RESULTS
*** 1st Place: Cup on Norman ***
Top Score: 142
2nd Place: Upright ( Score: 139)
Best on Franklin St: Veronica People’s Club
Best on Manhattan Ave: Upright
Best near McGolrick Park: Variety
Best Overall Experience: Veronica People’s Club
Best Coffee Bar: Troost
Best Presentation: Le Gamin & Cafecito Bogota
Hottest Barista: Janna at Van Leeuwen
Best Team: Cookie Road
Most Unassuming: Garden Spot Cafe
Most Charming: Milk & Roses
Best Value: Royal & VPC ($2)
Congratulations to CUP, the 2011 Greenpointers Espresso Tour Champion!
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