Kenya and Dark Peru are September’s Coffees of the Month

This is going to be a September to remember for lovers of superb, sustainable coffees.  This month Brooklyn Roasting Company will feature our Peru Sol y Cafe, roasted dark, opposite our Kenya Nyeri Gura. These coffees offer a broad spectrum of roast and flavor profiles.


peru2Peru (roasted dark in cafes only)

This particular lot is Certified Fair Trade and Organic, as well as shade grown. This practice is much more ecologically responsible and promotes biodiversity by hosting many species of flora and fauna. Unlike sun-grown coffee, there is little need for chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers as the ecosystem provides a natural balance. Practices such as this greatly improve carbon sequestration as well as well as promoting biodiversity.  The dark roasted Peru offers a bit of a bolder cup, but its inherent sweetness and savory notes still come through. This is a coffee for black coffee drinkers and mixers alike.



Kenyan coffees are regarded as some of the best coffees you can get, and are used consistently in roasting and barista competitions. This Kenya Nyeri Gura stands tall with all the other Kenyan offerings we’ve had. Due in part to the soil and elevation of Kenya’s growing regions, but also due to varietal selection. Though the varietal designations of SL## may look a bit confusing, this is only a designation given by a company called Scott Laboratories. There are many identified varietal with such a designation, but not so many have had the success and flavor profile of the SL28, and SL34 varieties.

Also, BRC will be offering very exclusive Coffee of the Week for the month of September.  Don’t miss your chance to try these rare, small lot roasts.

September 5-11: Honduras Natural
September 12-18: Panama Geisha
September 19-25: Hawaiian Peaberry

News In Brief:

New York Times posted a list entitled 12 Tips for Living a Longer Life.  #1 on the list? Drink coffee!

BRC is proud to be #4 of The Farm Soho’s list of the 22 Best Coffee Shops in NYC!

Study Suggests a Link Between Gene and Coffee Consumption

FrontAccording to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, your love of coffee may have as much to do with your genes as your tastebuds.  Summarizing the study in a recent post, Refinery 29 wrote “the study, found that people with a DNA variation in a gene called PDSS2 tend to drink fewer cups of coffee than those who did not carry the specific variant. The researchers said that the gene might reduce cells’ ability to break down caffeine, causing it to stay in the body longer… The researchers found that people with the DNA variation in PDSS2 tended to consume fewer cups of coffee than people without it. On average, those who carried the variation had around one more cup of coffee per day than those who did not.”  We’ve mentioned studies that link coffee with genes previously, but this study is the first to call out the PDSS2 gene specifically.  Give your PDSS2 what it craves by picking up a tin of our Coffee of the Month, Bali, which is $1 off for the rest of August!

Brooklyn Roasting Company Cafe Now Open at Main Street West Elm in DUMBO

image2Brooklyn Roasting Company is now open at West Elm’s 2 Main Street location in DUMBO.  Come visit us here for our menu of superb, sustainable coffee and espresso drinks.  Additionally, we have a selection of pastries, oatmeal and our line of In Your Face sandwiches available for purchase.  BRC opened an outpost in West Elm’s 50 Washington Street DUMBO location for some time now and we are proud to partner with them at this location.  2 Main Street is located right on the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront and offers amazing waterfront views.  Come visit!

Caffeine is the “Performance Enhancer in the Kitchen” and a “Soldier’s Salvation”

IMG_8705An interesting piece in The Wall Street Journal caught our eye today over our morning cup of coffee. According to research, caffeine consumption “can confer a 1% to 2% benefit” to competitive athletes, allowing them to jump a bit higher and run a bit faster.  This slight increase may seem nominal but, in sports where tenths of a second could determine a winner, it can make a huge difference.  Sports products with caffeine infusion have become very popular in recent years.  However, we feel there is no substitute for the taste of a cup of sustainably sourced, fresh-brewed BRC coffee.


We at BRC have also been a fan of NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters and wanted to share their recent look into coffee as an American soldier’s “salvation” from the Civil War to present day. “Nobody can soldier without coffee,” a Union soldier wrote in 1865.  Recently, two Marines started a coffee company after a tour in Afghanistan that now provides coffees for active soldiers.



Stop By Our ‘Coffee Court’ in Brooklyn Bridge Park

IMG_3404Brooklyn Roasting Company has set up one of our mobile Coffee Court at Brooklyn Bridge Park!  Located close to Deborah Kass’ monumental yellow sculpture OY/YO, our Coffee Court is constructed from vintage, reclaimed basketball courts and is partially solar powered.  We will be open seven days a week, from 11am-7pm, for the duration of the season and will be offering freshly brewed iced and hot coffee as well as bottled water.  Stop by and enjoy our superb, sustainable coffees on your scenic riverfront walk.