NY’s Café Grumpy Competing for America’s Best Coffeehouse
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, July 21 2014 @ 02:32 PM EDT
Café Grumpy will be going to Portland to compete for the title of DaVinci Gourmet’s America’s Best Coffeehouse this October at Coffee Fest Portland! Coffee Fest, a tradeshow for specialty coffee since 1992, will be holding this year’s final rounds of their DaVinci Gourmet’s America’s Best Coffeehouse in Portland, OR, at the Oregon Convention Center on October 17-19, 2014. Café Grumpy earned its seed at Coffee Fest New York this past March where it was named as a regional champion. They were named as DaVinci Gourmet’s America’s Best Coffeehouse for the eastern region. The six regional champions will come together to compete for the top prize of $10,000 and the title of America’s Best Coffeehouse of 2014.
Café Grumpy has six locations in New York including Chelsea, the Grand Central Terminal, Greenpoint, and the Lower East Side. Since opening their first café in 2005 in Greenpoint, Café Grumpy quickly became a neighborhood favorite spurring them to open five more locations around New York City. They are known for their relaxing, comfortable environments and coffees derived from wisely roasted beans. For more information on Café Grumpy, please visit http://cafegrumpy.com/.
America’s Best Coffeehouse is conducted thrice annually for three regions of North America (East, Central and West). Every coffeehouse/café in America and Canada are welcome to participate by applying to compete at the Coffee Fest in their region. There are three winners chosen from each region and the first place winners move on to compete in the bi-annual national championship. The 2014 national competition is being held in Portland this October with the top six coffeehouses competing. From the eastern region: Peregrine Espresso from Washington D.C. and Café Grumpy from New York, NY. From the central region: Palace Coffee Company from Canyon, TX and Ipsento from Chicago, IL. And from the western region: Klatch Coffee from Upland, CA and Slate Coffee Roasters from Seattle, WA.
“Café Grumpy’s roast profiles are delicately balanced which brings out incredible nuances in their coffees. They wowed us at Coffee Fest New York and we are excited to see how they compete nationally,” commented David Heilbrunn, show manager of Coffee Fest. Competitors and judges have worked tirelessly this year to be and find the best in this year’s competitions. Coffee Fest Portland will determine who the best coffeehouse in the nation is. To learn more about Coffee Fest please visit www.coffeefest.com.
About Coffee Fest
Coffee Fest has been celebrating coffee long before coffee was “hot”. In 1992, they gathered coffee professionals together in Seattle for their first coffee festival. After several years of hosting thriving consumer events, Coffee Fest turned its focus toward the specialty coffee, gourmet tea and alternative beverage industry bringing retailers, distributors and manufacturers together for its first retail "trade only show" in 1998. With a mission to help attendees build and refine their specialty coffee businesses, they coupled a relevant educational program with a friendly, informative, and enjoyable trade show floor creating a successful show that serves as a touchstone for many in the specialty coffee industry.
Today Coffee Fest produces three trade shows annually, strategically positioned in Atlanta, Chicago and Portland. Coffee Fest remains the industry’s top-performing show, consistently providing retailers with relevant information to hone their business skills and up their bottom line and manufacturers and service companies the face to face opportunities to build their businesses.