Coffee has a special place in many people's lives. For me, I love the invitingly warm aroma that's like a hug from an close friend. It's a comforting yet stimulating drink, that somehow helps create an intimate atmosphere.
Earlier this week, my friends and I took an impromptu trip to American Apparel but were then enticed by Swiss Water's pop-up. Walking by I could just smell the coffee and I had to stop by; The bitter aroma lured us in.
Ever have those moments when you want coffee but can't because you have to be up early? Me too. Specializing in decaf coffee (yes, decaf), Swiss Water aims to serve the best possible tasting coffee without the caffeine. There are times when I want to unwind with a cuppa and still be able to fall asleep. I've never been one for decaf coffee but Swiss Water has changed my outlook on it.
All their coffee is organic, fair trade and is decaffeinated naturally, no chemicals are used.
Set in a minimalistic studio, their pop-up allows you to experience their coffee in different forms: cold brew, black and speciality made. Each station allows you to explore the background and versatility of the coffee. If you have time, you can also take one of their coffee classes then sit back and unwind to the live DJ. If not they have covers available.
At the moment they have three blends of coffee: Panama, Ethiopia and "Wink."
Panama (Paso Ancho): Stone fruit, caramel, milk chocolate
Ethiopia (Duromina): Peach, brown sugar, black tea
"Wink" (Blend of Brazilian, Ethiopian & Guatemalan coffees): Chocolate, creamy, delicious
Lattes, cappuccinos, mochas..anything your little coffee lover heart desires, they'll make it for you--Latte art included.
The final station we visited was the grinding station. Swiss Water lets you choose your favorite blend, they then blend according to your coffee maker (french press, chemix, etc) and pack it for you to take home.
I had a wonderful experience at Swiss Water and I'm hoping to go as many times as I can before they close. If you're interested in buying their coffee, they will be selling them at cafés around NYC such as Joe's Coffee and Café Grumpy to name a few.
You can find Swiss Water's pop-up at 300 Lafayette St. in Soho across the street from REI. Their pop-up closes up on November 8th. They're open daily from 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Happy coffee drinking~