Java man! New Hook roaster offers the best beans ever

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No, you actually have never had a good cup of coffee — yet.

But that’s all going to change once Stumptown Coffee Roasters — the brew that made Portland famous — opens its new roasting facility in Red Hook next month.

Already, caffeine connoisseurs are enjoying the best coffee in the country at Roots Cafe and Frankie’s 457, but the new plant will allow dozens of restaurants and coffee bars to join the roast revolution with even fresher beans, said owner Duane Sorenson (pictured), who moved to Carroll Gardens a year ago to oversee his company’s eastward expansion.

GO Brooklyn got a taste from Sorenson the other day — a savory cup of joe that coats the mouth with a thick, chocolate-y richness.

Sorenson said the taste is a result of buying coffee at fair trade prices from growers in Africa and Central and South America, roasting their beans properly and training baristas in the art of making the perfect cup — a skill he’ll teach when the Red Hook plant opens.

There will also be coffee tastings, as well as a Frankie’s cafe, serving a smiliar menu to the popular Court Street eatery.

“I always stopped by Brooklyn on my way to or from our farmers in Africa and knew it would be the place for us,” Sorenson said. “But the timing was never right. Now it is.”

Roots Cafe [639A Fifth Ave., between 18th and 19th streets in Park Slope, no phone]. Frankie’s 457 [457 Court St., between Fourth Place and Luquer Street in Carroll Gardens, (718) 403-0033]. Stumptown Coffee Roasters [168 Van Brunt St., in Red Hook, no phone].

Updated 5:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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coffee geek from Park Slope North says:
Stumptown is ok - far better than any swill you'd get at Starbucks. It's definitely what many would consider 3rd wave, but Intelligentsia is waaay better. Check out South Side coffee on 6th Ave. and 19th St.
June 22, 2009, 4:16 pm

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