Exterior of Caffe Reggio in Greenwich Village
Caffè Reggio houses the oldest espresso machine in New York City.

From Greek diners serving bottomless coffee in the forever classic Anthora to-go cups to $10 latte’s, coffee is a staple in New York City. This is certainly nothing new — coffee culture goes way back. In the late 17th century, women throughout the city were often found roasting coffee beans in their homes, filling the air with blackened smoke. Later, in the middle of the 19th century, New Yorker Jabez Burns would invent a sample roaster, allowing for big batches of coffee beans to be roasted for use by the masses. Gillies Coffee Company, the country’s oldest coffee merchant, would get its start in 1840 on Washington Street in lower Manhattan and America’s first espresso machine, built-in 1902, can be found in one of the best Greenwich Village coffee shops, Caffè Reggio.

On November 18th at noon be sure to grab a cup of your favorite brew and check out our virtual Greenwich Village Coffee Tour, which will cover the surprising history of coffee in New York City.

During this virtual talk with Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer Justin Rivers, guests will learn more about the former cafe that became the unofficial birthplace of the off-off-Broadway theatre movement and how New York City’s coffee culture played host to the Stock Exchange and was considered to be the world’s first internet cafe. It will take place online and is free for all Untapped New York Insiders. You can get your first month free using code JOINUS. Below is more information on the Greenwich Village coffee shops that will be featured in the tour.  

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Greenwich Village Coffee Tour

1. McNulty’s Tea and Coffee Co.

McNulty's Tea and Coffee Co. where customers can check out their unique coffee and tea blends from around the world.

Since 1895, McNulty’s Tea and Coffee Co. has served members of the Greenwich Village neighborhood. With dark hardwood floors and burlap sacks scattered throughout, McNulty’s resembles an old supply store more than it does a coffee shop. Regardless, the store’s selection of exotic coffee and teas transport customers to faraway lands across the globe. 

Known for its affordable prices, this shop provides multiple offerings from oolong and herbal teas to Rwandan Coopac and Uganda Bugisu coffee blends. Much of the shop’s tea scales and chests date back to its opening, giving customers a chance to travel back in time. When visiting McNulty’s in person be sure to also check out their tea steeping essentials and coffee brewing kits.