South American coffee connoisseur, Fernando Aciar, is launching O CAFE in the former space of beloved local coffee shop Joe’s Jr. Many locals are taking Joe Jr.’s sudden closure pretty hard as evidenced by all of the support left on their Facebook page. But Mr. Aciar will usher in a new era with a new flavor. He will be serving up his signature pão de mel (chocolate covered honey bread) as well as a traditional Brazilian cheese bread called pão de queijo and chocolates imported from Bahia and Pará. O CAFE is in the process of completing a green renovation that incorporates recycled lamps, reclaimed building materials, and LED lights. They intend to offer weekly “laboratories” for small groups of people interested in coffee and sustainable agriculture.
Per their website:
“O CAFE philosophy focuses on the production of high quality coffee accompanied by high quality service. Our values are rooted in ecologically responsible practices, supporting fair trade and sustainable agriculture. We recognize that our coffee is the result of both people and ecosystems and foster close relationships with our growers.”
O CAFE, 482 Sixth Avenue at 12th Street, (212) 229-2233 or www.ocafeny.com