With this week’s flip by Ninth Street Espresso from using Stumptown Coffee (blue pins) to Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters and Tea Traders (red pins), the infiltration of heavy outside forces into NYC’s coffee scene is raging harder than ever. (Hey, remember those four months when the only coffee for sale anywhere was from Counter Culture?) For armchair spectators, here is a little map of where things stand now. I don’t assert that it’s complete, and I didn’t include restaurant accounts or businesses that aren’t primarily cafes (though you can probably assume any hip restaurant in town is pouring Stumptown).
It’s safe to say this terrain will change a lot in the coming year, especially if more out-of-towners make good on their threats to move in on the scene. Hopefully we’ll see increased activity from people who have already been operating within the NYC community for awhile now, too.