Cafe Grumpy has kept us busy this week hosting two separate cuppings with industry titans Andrew Barnett and Peter Guliano respectively. Excited about the imminent grand opening of their new space Grumpy has flooded the west side of Manhattan with coffee buzz. Crowding the new space coffee fanatics from near and far gathered around to sniff slurp and spit with each other, listening in awe to stories from their numerous travels to Origin. Afterwards the crowds migrated towards the two Clovers (yes I said two) installed in the first cafe on the East Coast to offer brewed coffee strictly made to order via the Clover. No Bunn. No Fetco. No joke. Chris and Caroline worked overtime this week to host these two action packed evenings, and I for one appreciate it greatly. While simply excited to see friends put the finishing touches on their new baby, it's always great to pack a room with people who understand the trials and tribulations involved in what we all do. Add Andrew and Peter and you've got a world class coffee party. Of course warming up all the equipment in a brand new cafe is never without it's bugs and as the last few of us slowly finished wiping down counters and backflushing, Owens noticed a smell that anyone who has ever fried electrical equipment is well familiar with. Uh oh. We quickly traced it to the
right side of the Synesso and started taking it apart. While we didn't discover anything we decided to just unplug it and deal with it in the morning. The shop isn't open yet anyway, no need to leave it on all night. Hopefully it all works out for the best.
Thank you once again to Grumpy, Andrew, and Peter. This week was a special treat for the NY coffee scene.