Café Bon Ami, the CBD’s newest coffee hub, threw open its doors this week with Cafe Grumpy coffee and Belloq Tea (both from Brooklyn), plus baked goods (both vegan and not) from homegrown Levee Baking Co. (which also cooks up the baked goods at Congregation Coffee, Mammoth Espresso, and Cherry Espresso).
The owners, Bonnie Dye and Amy Dye Domangue, are sisters, native Louisianians, and former baristas.
Cafe Grumpy coffee has become a nearly iconic brand in New York, partly because of its role in HBO’s Girls and partly because of the thoughtfully sourced beans from a staff that includes certified Q Graders (the coffee equivalent of a sommelier).
Meanwhile, Bellocq Teas are single-estate teas. They’re whole leaf, organic teas that are still assembled by hand.
The building that houses Café Bon Ami was built in 1858, and originally served as a cotton exchange. According to a press release, visitors can see and step into one of the original vaults at the cafe.