Sunday, November 9, 2008

El Beit: for the coffee-curian in all of us

coffee-curian: A person who loves and knows good coffee, somewhat elitist, addicted to bold flavors and caffeine. Thinks coffee beans are semi-precious amber jewels.

I am not a coffee-curian but I like good coffee, let's just say I know good coffee when I taste it. Blue Bottle is my favorite in San Francico but nothing has captivated my palette here in NYC. Recently, I found my Blue Bottle equivalent.
Here comes a new breed of coffee shop in Williamsburg where the coffee takes center stage. El Beit cares about one thing: amazing espresso and coffee without the unnecessary frills of syrups and concoctions (like at some coffee establishments located every 2 ½ blocks.)
The latte is strong, yet there is no bitter after taste, just smooth and bold.
Like Blue Bottle, they always make a design in the latte, a beautiful leaf that not only demonstrates the deep hue of espresso but the creamy foam on top.

They have a beautiful orange Marcazzo espresso machine, which provides the only color in contrast to the metal pipes and wood tables. It stands out as a sleek mean coffee machine. The "baristas" take time and care with each drink, something you rarely find at most coffee shops.
The only downside is the location; the ubber trend master hipster location can make it unbearable. But I am happy these hipsters can appreciate I good European espresso.

El Beit
158 Bedford Ave
(between 8th St & 9th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Dee said...

That coffee establishment has inflicted us with their presence every 2.5 feet too. Sadly, no El Beit here. However, we do have our Malaysian equivalent that many not be as pretty, but gives you enough bang for your buck.

Good to have you back.

Manger La Ville said...

Dee: Thanks..The malaysian equivalent sounds interesting and delicious. What is it like?

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Ooh, I have to try!

Manger La Ville said...

Jessica, I know you tried Abraco...they were both featured last week in the New York Times. I still need to try Abraco, and will compare.

MrOrph said...

You know, when I go to coffee places, I am lost. I have no idea what to order. It is a shame too, because I love a good cup of coffee. I like mine black and strong!

Vera said...

Amazing espresso is such rare find! I wish this place was nearby!

ncfoodie said...

Here in Chapel Hill, the best coffee place is always packed with hipsters. I guess they do know good coffee:)
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Lori Lynn said...

Sounds great. You have to appreciate it when a business takes the time to do things right.

sara said...

Mmm. I can't wait to try this place. And I really want to check out the espresso machine. Fortunately, it is nice and close to me!

Anonymous said...

I need to check out that place too!
Thanks for the tip.

Tartelette said...

I am always in awe of barristas and their coffee/cream skills.