The outside of Porto Rico, a Greenwich Village coffee shopTour guide Justin Rivers enjoying espresso inside Joe Coffee

Coffee lovers rejoice! This January, Untapped New York is launching a brand new experience: Greenwich Village Coffee Tour and Tasting! On this small group walking tour, we will discover the surprising history of coffee in New York City while exploring its iconic birthplace: Greenwich Village. We will learn how New York and coffee go hand-in-hand both in cultural and economic development. We will hear the story of one of the most successful coffee entrepreneurs of the early 20th century, who’s first shop was in Grand Central and who was a woman! In between sampling coffee at some of the retailers that popularized America’s favorite beverage, you’ll get a crash course in coffee history from its ancient discovery in Africa to its sustainable farming movements of the past few years. We will also highlight many of Greenwich Village’s hidden historical gems, like the Minetta Brook, and explain their connection to coffee. By the end of this experience you will have tasted: an espresso, a drip coffee, chocolate covered coffee beans and a cappuccino… so you will be caffeinated!

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Tour guide Justin Rivers enjoying espresso inside Joe CoffeeTour guide Justin Rivers

Tour Highlights:

  • Drink a cappuccino from NYC’s oldest cafe
  • Discover the former cafe that became the unofficial birthplace of the off-off Broadway theatre movement
  • Taste coffee treats from New York City’s oldest whole bean retailers
  • See NYC’s first espresso machine
  • Learn how NYC coffee culture played host to the first Stock Exchange and was considered to be the world’s first internet

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If you are an Untapped New York Insider, you can join us for a special members-only preview of this tour on Friday, January 24th or Saturday, January 25th, before it launches to the public! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long.

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