I’m a 22-year-old budding coffee enthusiast, who recently graduated from New York University. Until I arrived in New York City, coffee was never something that was on my mind. As a student, grabbing coffee with friends was cheaper than spending money on a full meal, and I found that I could study more effectively with white noise than in the library or school facilities.
It took me a while, but I’ve finally graduated from Starbucks lattes to independent, local coffee shops around the city. Since then, I’ve become passionate about venturing out and exploring the rich coffee culture that we have in the city.
Now, apart from my full-time job, I am a volunteer barista at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and I explore coffee shops around New York at least once a week.
What is Coffee Hour?
Coffee Hour is a personal, ongoing project that I created to combine my passions for café culture, quality conversations, and interesting individuals.
I am based in New York, and I will be exploring coffee shops wherever I travel—whether it is in the city, nationally, or globally. Most of my reviews will be based on Manhattan or Brooklyn.
Grabbing coffee has been a way for me to go beyond the small talk and the rushed “Hey, how are you’s” of everyday interactions. Through coffee, I have learned to slow down and have had deeper discussions about topics like values, people’s struggles, and definitions of success.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet many interesting people, and I want to share that aspect of my life with you. In this project, I will be interviewing 100 individuals that attract my curiosity or have impacted the way I think. Conversation themes will include their passions, transformative experiences, current projects, and more. In doing so, I aim to highlight these individuals and expose myself to new perspectives.
If you or someone you know would potentially be interested in this kind of conversation, please contact me. I’d love to grab coffee if you’re in New York!