Boutique coffee shops are taking over the city, espresso by espresso, unseating Starbucks as the king of coffee corners. New Yorkers’ desire for high-end, artisanal coffee continues unabated as shops like Stumptown and Blue Bottle open new spots in nooks and crannies and even atriums.
Curated coffee is also becoming a must have in new residential, retail and office projects, with developers wooing small batch coffee baristas rather than the de facto Dunkin Donuts.
Developer Jeremy Salzberg, a partner in Sugar Hill Capital Partners, was creating a new residential rental in Harlem at 3610 Broadway between West 148th and 149th Streets. The rental agents — Karen Cantor and Andrew Ding — suggested adding a coffee shop and The Chipped Cup was born.