04/16/15 12:08pm
Photos by Jane Bruce

Photos by Jane Bruce

Amy Marshall still remembers her first cup of coffee: Sumatra, loaded with a ton of sugar and half and half. And after 10 years of professional roasting experience under her lid, the new roast master at Brooklyn Roasting Company still thinks it’s okay to add a little cream and sugar to your coffee.

Marshall joined the coffee company in September and is committed to having people know their coffee beans as well as they know their farmer. She’s stripping down the pretentiousness of terms like “going to origin” (that means visiting a coffee farm for us regular joes) and approaches each roast with equal parts dedication and fun.

“This one smells like green pepper,” Marshall says, splitting open a bean. It’s hot in the roastery, located in the entrance of the company’s Dumbo café, and the heat only adds to the spicy punch. “This is something I like to do–take one bean, this is the Nicaragua, and split it down the middle. Smell it. I do that with almost every bean, every roast.” (more…)

07/02/14 9:35am
Maison Premiere's freedom day should be quite the soiree.

Maison Premiere’s freedom day should be quite the soiree.

Whether the rest of your family are hippy west coasters or you’re stuck working early on the 5th while your buddies head upstate for the long weekend, fear not, for there are many delicious things to eat and drink right here in Brooklyn. (more…)

06/06/14 2:28pm

celebrate national donut day

As I was sitting at my makeshift office in Brooklyn Roasters this morning, it started to feel a little Groundhog’s Day. “Good morning.” “Good morning.” “Did you know it’s National Donut Day?” Cue purchase and shoving in face of Dough deliciousness. While the baristas and I agreed this must be a product of the thriving donut lobby forcing us to eat these circular godsends, we discovered a startling truth: started by the Salvation Army in 1938, the day is actually intended to commemorate the female volunteers who served behind the front lines during World War I by providing donuts to soldiers. It’s still celebrated on the first Friday in June, which means eating a donut today is nothing short of doing your patriotic duty. (more…)

04/22/14 2:15pm
Brooklyn Roasting Co. Launches A Cup-Sharing Program To Curb Waste

Image: Mug Me Up

Last year, Forbes published an article about coffee consumption in the U.S. and shared the not-so-new news that we here in New York City are crazy about the stuff, spending three times more on coffee than the rest of the nation. So, just imagine how many coffee cups we dispose of everyday. The number is probably staggering.

That’s where Brooklyn Roasting Company comes in. 

Yesterday, the coffee purveyor launched a new program  described by the Daily News as ‘Citi Bike for coffee’ where customers pay $5 for a reusable coffee cup that they more or less rent. Here’s how the program works: