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Giving love to gimme coffee

tom philpott | Mar 24, 2004 07:43 AM

Hipped to the existence of Gimme Coffee (Williamsburg, BK, Lorimor near Grand) by Brooklyn coffee guru and chowhound user Fortune Elkins, I finally trecked over on my bike recently.
It rocked.
The espresso has that long, slow-delivering flavor that sticks with you minutes after you drink it--full-bodied with a complex flavor featuring sweet, bitter, mildy sour and dark-chocolate espresso goodness. I picked up a pound of fair-trade organic Guatamalen and it was also first rate. The beans are roasted in Ithica, and are very fresh. I like that the roaster uses a different roast for each variety, acknowledging and teasing out nuances from each variety and not simply burning everything black, like a certain omni-present chain does. I also like that it's a kind of temple of espresso--no $5 milkshakes passing off as "coffee drinks."
The interior--it's a long, narrow space--is unremarkable but pleasant; instead of tables, it has booths. The staff is very friendly, and obviously trained in the craft of pulling an espresso and creating a proper capuccino.
Gimme coffee, gimme an outpost in Prospect Heights. Please.

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