Your regular morning cup o’ joe has been getting a serious upgrade for the last twenty years. Now that national chains like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks have relegated terms like cappuccino and macchiato into a near meaningless set of multi-syllabic verbal dribble, the coffee cognoscenti are in need of new lexicon.
Enter WTF, a new cafe that recently opened at 47 Willoughby near Adelphi in Fort Greene. It’s not the first coffee shop of its kind to open in New York City, but it is the first we’ve seen with this many chemistry sets in this part of Brooklyn.
The cafe is the brainchild of entrepreneur Asio Highsmith who owns the speakeasy Hideout on Adelphi and the trendy footwear store, Pedigree, next door to the new cafe.
At WTF, you can have your espresso made on a “pimped” shiny new La Marzocco GB5 according to Serious Eats NY. You can also have your coffee brewed on “Chemex, French press, syphon, ceramic pourover, and woodneck, or “sock filter” devices.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on there Pierre Curie. Syphon, sock filter what? Are we still talking coffee?
Author Liz Clayton broke it down for all us lay folk who only ate our first coffee cherry five years ago. Apparently that means “they’re brewing super-slow, hyper intense ‘Kyoto’ style drip cold coffee” that tastes “so punchy and far out it’s almost boozy.”
Well, WTF, that sounds delicious. I think? More booze references please.
Highsmith summed up the new WTF cafe by saying “we’re going to have a lot of fun with coffee…drinks are important. Cocktails are important. This is your morning cocktail. Every day.”
A morning cocktail? Sold. Can I get that to go and an everything with a schmear please?