Chi-Sum Ngai grew up serving traditional condensed-milk–splashed coffee at her parents' cafe in Malaysia before studying the dark stuff at Portland's American Barista and Coffee School. Though trained on the West Coast, Ngai imbues the earth-toned, studio-size café she runs with partner Kaleena Teoh with Northeast touches: The drip coffee cups are from New Haven and beans are sourced from Red Hook's Gotham Coffee Roasters. The drinks menu includes drip and espresso staples, a nitrogen cold brew on tap and a rotating cast of progressive pour "projects." Project 1 is a deconstructed latte flight separating lightly pasteurized milk, espresso and a composed latte into three stemmed glasses to highlight each individual flavor. Those with a minute to spare can swing by the slow bar, where Ngai offers more time-consuming cups via Chemex or siphon. Beyond coffee, find chai teas, hot chocolate and Korean misugaru (an imported rice-grain drink), as well as scones from the Union Square Greenmarket and cheesecake from College Point's La Cheesecake.
|Venue name:||Coffee Project New York|
239 E 5th St
|Cross street:||between Bowery and Second Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:30pm; Sat 8am-7pm; Sun 8:30am-5:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average drink: $4. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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Coffee Project is such a lovely neighborhood cafe, the owners are so nice! They are very informative about their beans and coffee,very passionate and knowledgeable which shows in how they treat everyone who walks through the cafe.
They started with their first coffee project which is the deconstructed latte which starts off with coffee, raw milk and then the finish product of the latte with a small bite and seltzer water to cleanse the palette.
They just celebrated their 1st year and I hope for many years to come seeing their cafe family grow.
The Coffee Project is my favorite neighborhood shop. They serve the best cold brew I've had in NYC and their nitro brew is a special treat. The whole team is friendly and brightens my mornings. Coffee Project recently celebrated their first anniversary in the East Village and I hope they have many more years to come!
I love cafe hopping in the city, and I always like to explore new cafes. So I barely go back to same cafes. But Coffee Project is def the one and only exception. Plus the baristas there, 😱!go check out then u will know what I am talking about!
This coffee shop is the greatest! Kaleena and sum, the owners, have managed to not only put a personal style on their delicious creations, they've ushered in the return of true coffee house charm. They are the anti-chain. They are devotees to their craft and their guests! The shop didn't open the morning of their 1 Year Anniversary until 11am and we were all DEVASTED! Then they gave us free lattes so it was all better. I ❤️ Coffe Project NY!
I've never met more friendly baristas than at this place. Also, the deconstructed latte is fabulous. I love taking visitors here to impress them. It's an inexpensive way to treat yourself!
Coffee Project is a quaint little shop in the East Village that truly focuses on customer service. Upon entering, I was warmly greeted with a smile and welcome. I ordered the fan-favorite "deconstructed latte" (which must be consumed on-premise) aka can't take it to-go! The concept is really fun and drinking the espresso followed by the milk and then the latte really does enhance the flavor of the latte. The owner, Sum explained the whole concept & process to me and even followed up a little while later to see if I liked it. And it's served with a small glass of sparkling water to cleanse the palette and a small wafer cookie. I'm a huge fan of experience over anything and this is definitely what you get at Coffee Project. Highly recommend for a spot to meet a friend for a chat!