Coffee, scones and capitalism at Crop to Cup

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Coffee drinkers of the world, unite — Soviet-style ownership is dead at Crop to Cup.

The cooperative coffee joint, which closed its Atlantic Avenue shop last year, reopened on Friday on Third Avenue in Gowanus — and this time around Marxism’s been jettisoned for good old American Capitalism and even better Burundi beans.

The café, formerly on Atlantic Avenue between Clinton and Henry streets in Brooklyn Heights, used to share their space with three other vendors. This collective style of ownership was nice in theory, but in reality it meant there was no one boss to ensure a reliable supply of those delicious asparagus sandwiches.

Now Crop to Cup is the sole tenant at the Third Avenue location, and will serve as a top-notch coffee shop and as a coffee college.

The “campus” is still under construction, but co-owner Taylor Mork is installing a “coffee education station” for tastings and classes on coffee production.

To keep pace with its curriculum, Crop to Cup has upgraded its brewing, too.

Gone are the olden days of massive drip coffee makers. Crop to Cup now prepares its cups one at a time by pouring hot water through state-of-the-art, Japanese-designed porcelain cones.

“Single-cup brewing really highlights the flavor of our beans,” said Alexis Grossman, an employee.

Add to that chocolate, cranberry ginger, cheddar thyme or apple corn scones from Melissa and Emily Elsen at Four and Twenty Blackbirds down the street, and you’ve got a reason to cheer the fall of Soviet Union.

Crop to Cup Café [541 Third Ave. between 13th and 14th streets in Gowanus, (347) 850-2707].

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018: The re-opening was first reported by Park Slope Patch.
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