Gotham Coffee Roasters debuts in New York City
Coffee veteran Chris Calkins, owner of Prodigy Coffee in New York City’s West Village, launched his latest venture, Gotham Coffee Roasters, in late January. His newest coffee bar is situated in a landmarked 1908 building in the Flatiron District.
Gotham Coffee Roasters features some of the same coffees served at Prodigy but also has single origin coffees and microlots from seasonal offerings, curated and roasted by Calkins and his small team at the Pulley Collective in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Much of the coffee is also direct trade. “We believe that coffee is a very personal indulgence, it is our responsibility and pleasure to be a dependable source for great coffee,” he says.
Located at 23 W 19th Street, the Gotham Coffee Roasters shop, is the flagship for wholesale roasting business. The 450 square-foot space will also be used for training as well as sales. “Our primary goal is to combine our talents and deliver the highest quality coffee to both our retail and wholesale customers,” says Calkins.
Calkins opened Prodigy Coffee in 2012. Noting the different name for his newest coffee bar, Calkins said, “I decided not to name the new location Prodigy because I am truly not interested in creating a multi-unit chain,” says Calkins. But one thing has not changed—the attention paid to customers. “As important as coffee is to us, it is no more important than how we treat our guests, we ask our team to treat each and every customer with the kindness and respect that they would want for themselves. This has been true at Prodigy and Gotham will strive to provide the same experience.”