With gastronomy & cooking education still demonstrating a significant influence in current culture, New York’s O Cafe offers an interesting alternative for those of us who consider coffee our preferred vice. Founded by Brasil’s Fernando Aciar, O Cafe will celebrate the glorious coffee bean – particularly those grown in the lush (and warm) beauty of Brasil. O Cafe’s weekly eight-person laboratories will include discussions on French press techniques, cocoa farming and sustainable agriculture, while standard fare at the cafe will include traditional (and inspired) Brazilian treats like pão de queijo, Minas cheese, and pão de mel (honey cakes) – among others. Come spring, Amazonian açai will be making a come-back.
We found O Cafe interesting for its passion & dedication to bring the local coffee & flavor of Brasil to a global market like New York, its accessibility to education about coffee-brewing techniques and traditional Brazilian treats, as well as its ecologically-responsible practices – to all be very much aligned with the current cultural sentiment.
O Cafe is located at 482 Sixth Avenue, at 12th Street