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It’s a Gimme! Coffee joint to expand

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Gimme Coffee is ready to give us more!

The eight-year-old Lorimer Street java joint will set up a new shop on Roebling Street near N. Sixth Street later this month, giving Williamsburgers another place for pour-over coffee and frothed-to-order cappuccino.

It’ll even include a “cupping lab,” where patrons can sample an international selection of beans brewed three different ways: espresso, drip and pour over.

“We’ll schedule these free tastings regularly,” said manager Sheena Heise. “That way, people can sample our full menu.”

One of Gimme Coffee’s caffeinated triumphs is its Finca San Luis beans, which are straight out of Colombia — and it’s better in a Clever Dripper, a cone that lets the coffee steep perfectly. It’s $2.50 per cup, but it’s a small price for a chocolate- and berry-tinged brew that needs no milk or sugar.

Also look for the Gibraltar, an off-menu specialty that’s only served to stay. The drink comes in a double-shot glass and is like a cross between a macchiato and a cappuccino.

And even though the new Gimme Coffee is just a stone’s throw away from the original shop, Heise doesn’t foresee any problems maintaining a strong customer base at both locations.

“We wanted to stay in this neighborhood and be as close to our regular customers as possible,” Heise said.

Gimme Coffee [2107 Roebling St. between at N. Sixth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 388-4595].

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Mike says:
Yet another good coffee shop in Williamsburg. When will these cafe owners realize that there's a completely untapped and underserved market just a few miles south? The Fulton & Lafayette area near BAM desperately needs a single good cafe, and now Williamsburg has about 20 of them.
Feb. 15, 2011, 9:20 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Give me Dunkin Donuts anyday...but I will make an exception for cute baristas.
Feb. 15, 2011, 10:28 am
excuseMe from morningside says:
the "original" in Brooklyn is not actually the original -- that would be in Ithaca.

#MiddleKingdomSyndrome ?
March 7, 2011, 9:11 pm
Frank from Williamsburg says:
Gimme is not a local establishment. They're from Ithaca and this new shop will be their seventh. And they've opened it one block away from a true indie Williamsburg coffee shop, Oslo Coffee Roasters, on a block with minimal foot traffic. Not that it matters to Oslo, but stunts like this by a company that brings in $10,000,000/year gets under my skin. I agree with Mike: Brooklyn is huge; spread the coffee wealth!
July 28, 2011, 10 am
Calvin from Fort Greene says:
$10,000,000 a year?!? Are you serious?! That's the funniest thing I've ever heard.

Gimme has been a Brooklyn staple since 2003. They were the first. Before Gimme and 9th Street, there was no specialty coffee in this city. They are still the best.

Coffee shops help each other out. The more businesses that open on a block, the more foot traffic arrives. It creates more choice. It makes it a destination. There is more than enough business in Williamsburg to support many more coffee shops. Do you think Gimme flipped when Second Stop opened up across the street? I don't. It's about building community.

I would LOVE if there was more choice down in Ft. Greene, though. Someday.

For now, I'll travel up to Williamsburg to get the very best coffee in the world. At Gimme!
Oct. 18, 2011, 10:10 am

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