Graziella Coffee Company - Queens, NY
Growing up in Graziella's founder's family meant being blessed with immigrant grandparents who were farmers in southern Italy before coming to America. As you can imagine, having coffee wasn’t about breaking down flavor notes, or considering levels of sweetness and acidity. In the morning, it was the utility of that first cup that mattered. Usually paired with something as simple as toast with butter, coffee was the fuel to kick start the day. In the evenings, and particularly during family gatherings or when guests were over, the Bialetti moka pot came out and small cups of espresso were passed around as conversation carried on at the kitchen table for hours. Some drank it with sugar, others poured in Sambuca, an anise-flavored, intensely sweet liqueur that paired well with the deeply roasted coffee pulled from the cabinet or freezer. The smell of espresso and Sambuca carries fond memories of family, which brings us to one of the reasons the founder got into coffee in the first place - coffee builds community. Whether it be with family, friends, or people we’re meeting for the first time, sharing a cup gives us the opportunity to connect deeply in a world that is growing ever more digital and disconnected. Coffee brings us together.
The goal at Graziella is to buy, roast, and package something worth sharing, all while paying close attention to where their coffee is coming from, how sustainable methods of production are, and how well the farmers are being compensated for their work.
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