Following in the footsteps of Stumptown, which entered the New York market through their swanky cafe at the Ace Hotel, Intelligentsia has just opened their first outpost in the city nestled in the lobby of the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. The space is currently deceptively small, with just a few bars and couches in the lobby, but soon will expand to include both outdoor seating and a larger inside seating area (see the photos from Sprudge for a glimpse).
I tried an Eva Solo brew of their Zambia Ljulu Lipati, which was my first time ordering anything made with the Eva Solo. I could taste the cranberry and molasses suggested by the tasting notes, but the brew method was a bit too sediment-y for my liking and left a bitter finish. After that, we tried the El Salvador Los Inmortales, prepared on the Kalita Wave, which was approachably sweet, but unsatisfyingly soft-edged.
The single origin espresso, on the other hand, was a perfectly pulled shot of the Indonesia Eko Java, describe as follows: “Notes of dates, apples, and raisins create a mellow acidity and smooth mouthfeel. A subtle lemon note brings a hint of juiciness and brightness to the finish.” Delicious.
I’m familiar with Intelligentsia from their cafes in Los Angeles, so I know how great their coffee can be, and I’ll look forward to returning in the future as things settle in at this new location!
180 10th Avenue, New York, 10011
Hours: 7am – 7pm / Monday – Sunday
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