Folks, I will not hide the fact that I've been a fan of San Francisco's Blue Bottle Coffee for several years. So when I moved to NYC in 2005, I was convinced that in the ways of coffee, my new home town could never fully meet my needs. Sure 9 St. Espresso did much to fill the void, but I was always left with a small pang in my heart for the good old days of Blue Bottle Coffee, with it's line-up of uber-baristas.
Today however is a different day. It is my pleasure to inform my fellow NYC coffee hounds that our coffee landscape has changed seismically. Jamie McCormick, the massively talented and gregarious barista from the Blue Bottle team in San Francisco, has just opened his own coffee shop, called Abraco, at 86 East 7th St. The individually prepared drip coffees and espresso drinks are simply outrageous. Jamie is truly a master of the craft.
It should be noted that Jamie is supported by an all-star cast of food aficionados. With coffee this amazing and small food plates, both savory and sweet, in support, I’d recommend getting there soon…time will surely lead to long lines!