Photo and text by Felicity Slater.
Pushcart Coffee Beans are back in the bulk bins at the co-op. This is seriously exciting news for lovers of their flavorful, fair trade, organic roasts. You may be familiar with Pushcart’s coffee shop locations in Manhattan. There’s one in the Lower East Side, and one in the Gramercy neighborhood. They both feature sleek interiors, homey vibes, and delicious pastries. Pushcart’s locations are regarded as go-to coffee shops in the city.
In addition to operating its brick-and-mortar stores, Puschart is a wholesale bean roaster and distributor. They import whole Stumptown beans and roast them on Wednesdays for distribution the same week. They encourage wholesale customers to attend ‘cupping‘ events, and to ask questions about their beans. Pushcart roasters ‘obsess about quality and transparency at all levels of the coffee’s process, from farm to cup,’ meaning that they’re equally meticulous about origin and taste. A full description of bean origin and roaster approach is listed for each of Pushcart’s offerings here.
The co-op is currently stocking two Pushcart roasts: Guatemala and The Undertaker. The Guatemala variety originates in the aforementioned country, on a farm named Miralvalle. ‘Miralvalle’ translates to ‘Look at the valley,’ and was chosen as the name for this farm because it’s the highest elevated farm in the San Pedro Necta mountain region. The Undertaker, Pushcart’s signature espresso, is a smooth blend of 50% Ethiopian and 50% Guatemalan beans. It’s spicy, sweet, and syrupy. It gets its name from the word ‘entrepreneur’ – which, when translated literally from the original French to English, becomes ‘undertaker’ – as in someone who ‘takes upon [themself] the immediate responsibility, risk, and conduct of a concern of industry, whether upon [their] own or a borrowed capital.’ According to Pushcart, the word represents ‘an individual who gets down in the trenches, and works from the bottom up’ – the kind of person who drinks a lot of espresso.
Pushcart beans are fair trade and organic.
Guatemala roast, price per pound: $11.16 (mem.)/$15.75 (non. mem.)
The Undertaker, price per pound: $9.92 (mem.)/$14.00 (non. mem.)