This was posted on gravesendblend.com back on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.
I’m working on a week-long project in a neighborhood far from my home. The hours are long and because of my commute the day is even longer. I have to wake up much earlier than most people because I have to rely on a subway and it takes 90 minutes whereas a car would be about 15-20 minutes.
Two people were towed yesterday so I’m not going to complain.
I try to get as much sleep as possible so I skip coffee at my house and hope I find something good along the way. On day one I’m walking to location and I see nothing. Not only are there no coffee spots, there isn’t even a simple store along my route. Just when I think I’m in trouble I find some round black stairs with the word Espresso painted in white. This is not a busy place so I expected the worse, instead I got great service, fresh coffee and a very interesting atmosphere.
The coffee they brew in the morning is very earthy coffee which reminds me of Ethiopian coffee. I prefer a crisp coffee in the morning so the coffee wasn’t bad, in fact it was very good, I just prefer another type. The service was great. Friendly but not slobbering. Happy but not fake.
I decided to get something to eat as well. I’m not a scone type of guy but I see these scones, one is bacon, cheese and scallion and the other is rosemary and cheese. Wow! They were so good that when the shoot was over I went back and bought all of their scones to eat later next week.
One more great moment happened when I went back to the café after we wrapped. I asked how fresh the coffee was because at that hour, it could be quite old. The response was, “We only make fresh coffee by the cup at this hour.” Sold!
The café is located inside a real estate office if you look for it but can’t find it.
Their website doesn’t include the location I’m writing about: Sweatleaf (update April 2014, it does now)
Here is an article about their expansion into Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Sweatleaf in Williamsburg
My cup of freshly brewed coffee with a pumpkin doughnut hole.