Abbotsford Road: Inside The Sweetest Australian Coffee Shop That'll Put Your Starbucks Dreams To Shame
For busy city girls, few things are more satisfying than enjoying a warm cup of creamy coffee on an early morning. We're not talking about Starbucks lattes, we're talking about pure, perfectly-roasted, fruit-flavored espresso from the far corners of Australia.
If you're thinking to yourself "where would I even get such a coffee in NYC?" We've got your answer: Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists!
This chic boutique coffee shop uses the highest quality beans to create delicious, smooth coffee drinks made for the New Yorker palatte. Located in Gowanus, Brooklyn, this minimalistic café is both a working roasting plant and a welcoming hotspot for neighborhood locals.
Its co-owner, Logan Kedwell, sat down with us to explain the process behind their unique coffee blends. Telling us of his roots and of his love for pure espresso, he said that the secret behind his delicious joe is, in fact, the balance between perfectly-roasted coffee beans and fresh fruits. Many of his popular mixes, he claimed, are also mixed with nuts, spices, caramel and even dark chocolate.
Compare that to a Grande Skim Latte!
When we went in to try Abbotsford Road's tasty mixes, we were served a beautifully crafted almond milk latte.
"Heavy and deep or light and sweet?" The barista asked. We went for the light – it was, after all, our second cup of the day.
To our great surprise, the sweetness of the fruit-nut-infusion with the frothiness of the milk and the stregth of the coffee, made for an incredible flavor that warmed us to the very core. As Kedwell explained, "We're trying to create a coffee that when a person tastes it, they just want to keep on drinking... When we ask 'would you like another?' Our hope is that they will say, 'oh, actually yes!'"
The concept that Kedwell and his partners are trying to create with this cofee shop is somewhat innovative to the NYC community, yet relates to a more European way of living that we should all certainly learn to embrace. It is the idea of sitting down at a table with friends, relaxing for a few minutes, or even hours, and just sipping on a delightful cup of coffee to brighten up your day.
Tell us that doesn't sound like perfection!
Take a look at their three main blends and kick your day off right at Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists!
- Forza: full bodied and strong with hints of dark chocolate, hazelnut and caramel
- Crema: balanced and smooth with hints of butterscotch, malt and nuts, and
- Vivo: fruity and sweet with hints of cherry, honey and toffee. Also offered will be distinct single origin roasted beans such as a rare Panama Don Pepe Estate Geisha, a single origin estate green bean program where customers can choose their own roasts, and a bean subscription service.
Abbotsford Road is located at 573 Sackett Street, Gowanus, NY, 11217. Its founder, Phil Di Bella is Australia’s #1 coffee entrepreneur and 2016 Golden Bean champion. He developed the concept for the Brooklyn hotspot.