Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cafe Grumpy Pink Saturday

By popular demand, CoffeeGirl, aka Buttercup, is back to writing about coffee. It's been a long hiatus in Buttercupland, though I've kept up in InstagramLand @buttercupnyc. But I wanted to do a little more than one photograph and fifty words, so I've returned with a visit to Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea. I picked a rainy Tuesday for my coffee excursion and it was a great place to while away a dreary late morning in January.

For my reentry to coffee reviews I chose the neighborhood -- Chelsea -- because I hadn't been there in awhile and I knew there were fun coffee places to visit. I googled "best coffee in Chelsea" and the name, Café Grumpy, caught my eye. It was in close proximity to my subway -- important on a rainy and cold day -- and it turned out to be anything but grumpy. It was cheerful enough for  Pink Saturday.

Café Grumpy is actually four independently owned cafes/bakeries and a roaster in Brooklyn and they serve a great cup of coffee. My choice, iced coffee from Colombian beans, is not listed here, but it was excellent. I plan a return visit to try the Kenyan coffee, with its tasting notes of Big Cherry, Black Currant, Clove and Grapefruit. The pastries looked delicious, but as I am still Pastry Abstinent, I only looked and drooled.

Café Grumpy has some of the best packaging of any store I've seen lately and I was captivated -- lots of photographs -- by the coffee bags and the mugs. Since I recently sorted through my vast mug collection, I abstained here, too, but it was a challenge.


As long I was literally just a few blocks away I paid a visit to St. Peter's Church Chelsea. It stands on land donated by Clement Clarke Moore in the 1830s. Clement Moore gave us one of the most notable Christmas poems, "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Hence St. Peter's is also known as the Christmas Church.

As an update to my journey of 1,000 miles I am happy to report I am right on track for January. I've walked 67.1 miles and I'm hoping to complete 85 miles by the end of the month. So far the weather has been very cooperative for walking out of doors and I am most grateful.

As ever, thanks for visiting. Friends in Georgia, prayers for safety from the tornados in the area. Dear friends, keep safe and take care!



Denise said...

We have been blanketed in fog for three days. Today I could not even see the homes on the other side of the park. Good day to stay inside and drink coffee. It would be great to live in a city and walk.


Was there anywhere they explained WHY the name? Cafe Grumpy???? The mug was seriously cute.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Carol. What a delightful place to visit on a rainy day. I love the doors at the entrance to the cafe. The mugs are really bright and cute. Congrats on your walking! I believe the worst of the severe weather is over here in GA. My heart goes out to those in the southern part of our state who have suffered such tragedy.
I wish you a lovely start to the new week.

Barbara Praying for Grace said...

Thanks for the heads up on my blog, Buttercup! I've never had a desire to be a New Yorker, or even visit, but you sure made Saturday coffee sound inviting!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love those Cafe Grumpy mugs you pictured. Reminds me of myself before coffee in the morning. I'm going to have to be on the lookout for some of that Kenyan coffee, It sounds wonderful! Hope you have a great Monday !

Mevely317 said...

What a great name and logo! Plus, I'm really taken with those front doors in your first picture.
I wonder if you've ever tried - or acquired a taste - for Cuban coffee? I used to enjoy that particular brew while in Tampa, but haven't discovered any places that make it out here.

Wandering Wren said...

Hello dear Buttercup - here I am on a stormy Melbourne summers Tuesday needing the grumpy mug - we're a bit sleep deprived from the storm last night, but stopping by to muster a cheery "Good Morning" One day we will meet for a coffee catch up!!
Byeeeee :)
Wren x

Mimi said...

Happy dreary Monday! I just found you in Instagram. Yay!

Susie said...

Buttercup....I love that church . I did get to visit it when I came to NYC...but it had some scaffolding in front. We were still allowed inside. I love that you are trying out coffees again. Oh boy wish I could go along. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Devilish Angel said...

I like that mug. Happy weekend!