My Recent Favorite Local Café
Many people have a local coffee shop they frequently visit for a quick grab or a breezy conversation with their friends. For me, I tend to seek after the calming ambiance and a cup of Cappuccino to boost my focus and speed to complete the tasks of the day. I used to travel for an hour to the city with my laptop and my camera for good coffee shops, which, in return, would waste more of my time despite the environment coffee shops give. It was a frustrations that you don’t know who to complain to for the lack of good coffee shops in your neighborhood, except for the over-crowded Starbucks you are stuck with. All that has changed until I found Presso Coffee in downtown Flushing not far from where my parents live.
My friend Jess introduced me to Presso Coffee as she’s one of the baristas there. My immediate impression when I walked into the cafe was that: “This is not real. This is in downtown Flushing?”
In this amazing multi-cultural yet undermined neighborhood because of its location in NYC, you can discover things not limited to street corner foreign foods and tiny foreign fashion boutiques you don’t usually find in the city. It seems like Flushing had almost every exotic thing you can find around the world, but, surprisingly, it was lacking a local cafe to serve the neighborhood’s needs.
With the opening of Presso Coffee, I relinquished the thought of even traveling far for cafes. A coffee shop with a spacious set up, tasty snacks, cozy ambiance, and comfortable seats for you to sit on for as long as you want (if you can resist the smooth and aromatic latte); this is all you need to get through the hardest tasks of the day.
Why do I like Presso Coffee? The reasons are simple. I am just loving their location in Queens, the use of Stumptown coffee beans, and the seasonally updated bakery menu!
I had a conversation with Presso Coffee’s manager, Rodrigo, while enjoying the Rainbow Latte he freshly made.
FC: What is so special about the coffee here?
Rodrigo: We use Stumptown which has one of the best quality coffee beans in the U.S. right now, and it’s really popular in NY. We decided to choose Stumptown because there’s not another Stumptown here in Flushing. We are basically the biggest Stumptown [consumer] here in Flushing. In Astoria, there’s a lot of nice coffee shops that use Stumptown also. When we receive the coffee [beans], they are from the day before, so they are really fresh, because they are roasted everyday. Their coffee beans are roasted in Brooklyn, but are imported from South Africa and Central America. We actually had free classes from Stumptown.
FC: What does your cafe have that others don’t?
Rodrigo: Latte art. For some coffee shops here in Flushing, they don’t care, even in Starbucks. It’s kind of weird to see a nice latte art over there. However, when you start making a nice cup of coffee with the perfect milk, the latte art is simple. Many people say that latte art is so complicated. It’s not. If you put the right coffee and the right milk, and you combine it, the latte art is so easy to learn, because you have perfect balance between the expresso and the milk.
FC: What’s Presso Coffee’s mission?
Rodrigo: You have a nice coffee shop where they serve salad and sandwich. Providing great food and a great ambiance is our mission right now. We try to make this one location with completely everything. Somebody might just come sit down to have a nice time with just internet or sometimes we put sports on the TV and music for your friends. That’s our mission right now.
FC: Why did Presso open in Flushing?
Rodrigo: Not too many places around [Flushing] have great quality coffee. Not too many places offer what we are offering. People, little by little, start to taste the difference of our coffee. Stumptown now is one of the best three companies for coffee. There’s not too many good coffee here in Flushing.
FC: What’s popular here in Presso Coffee?
Rodrigo: We have a selection of salad and sandwiches. The breakfast and the Egg Benedict is really popular here right now. Right now we are getting the new menu. We used to make waffles, but we are bringing it back soon in the new menu as Chicken & Waffle. It’s going to be a hit.
FC: How do you envision the future of Presso Coffee?
Rodrigo: We are still improving the cafe. We will be getting rid of a stage we don’t use. We are getting new tables and chairs soon. We are going to perfect the cafe and hopefully soon, open more Presso Coffee around Queens. We need more advertisement as well. We are good but we are sure that we can do better. We are excited for the new menu which is going to be a big change for Presso.
Presso Coffee has become one of my favorite local cafe! If you would like to know more, click here for Presso Coffee’s website.