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Park Slope’s famous Gorilla Coffee is expanding its habitat.

The owners of the Fifth Avenue java joint known for its intricate foam designs in bright red cups will open a second outpost in Gowanus this summer.

The new coffee outlet, eight blocks away from the original shop, will be the proverbial Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory of coffee houses, with a coffee bar and a roastery inside basketball-court-sized space on President Street that was formerly a printing plant.

“It will be our new home,” said co-owner Darleen Scherer, who bought the property between Nevins Street and Third Avenue with her business partner Carol McLaughlin to grow the Gorilla enterprise. “It’s going to take on a life of its own.”

Scherer said the new Gorilla space will be a coffee playground where trained staff will conjure up new blends, crank out a variety of beans, and sling lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos.

Java enthusiasts will also be invited to tasting classes and tours that will teach visitors about the journey of the coffee bean.

“There are so many steps in coffee from the moment it’s a seed to the moment we prepare it,” she said, adding that the same kind of training required for employees will be open to the public through classes. “Our hope is to improve the dialogue between the customer and the staff.”

The dialogue between workers and ownership is another are Scherer is versed in.

That’s because irate workers at the Park Slope storefront walked out en masse three years ago after tensions boiled over between staff and ownership, and the cafe closed for two weeks.

Employees cited the reason for quitting as “a perpetually malicious, hostile, and demeaning work environment,” that was “unhealthy” and “unworkable” in a letter that workers posted to the front door.

But Scherer said that she isn’t worried about any Gorilla warfare happening anytime soon.

“We have an amazing staff now, all really talented and confident in coffee and in their personal endeavors.”

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.
Updated 10:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
"Fifth Avenue java joint known for its intricate foam designs"

I'd rather find a place that's known for its good coffee at decent prices.

I'm sorry, but you gotta be a special breed of idiot to care enough about the 'foam design' in a cup of coffee to seek out a specific place.
April 26, 2013, 10:28 am
Steve from Park Slope says:
Way to go! Will there be bike parking at this location too?
April 26, 2013, 11:22 am
Steve from Park Slope says:
Way to go! Will there be bike parking at this location too?
April 26, 2013, 11:22 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Why would anyone by coffee from these folks? Their employees quit en masse in Park Slope and the owners of the company tried to sue them for slander. There's plenty of other places to buy coffee where the employees are treated well.
April 26, 2013, 11:27 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
" a talented and passionate staff..."

1. It's a coffee shop. Etching foam with a DB Cooper Mustache is not talent. I'll give a pass on the roaster.

2. The rest of yo: IT'S EFFIN" COFFEE!
April 26, 2013, 12:12 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Hi Pat I. My name is John Wasserman. I have a question for you, and I'm thanking you in advance for pardoning me:
April 26, 2013, 12:42 pm
Pez from Downtown says:
8 blocks away? I count 2. To a desolate block in Gowanus. What's the point? Would have thought Cobble Hill or Downtown would be better.
April 26, 2013, 3:16 pm
diehipster from tazing Tyler says:
Gowanus!
Coffee!
Brooklyn!
Yaaaaaaah!!!!
Breaking newsssssss!
April 27, 2013, 8:06 am
scott from park slope says:
Pat, Die Hipster (German for "the hipster woman"), you should give Gorilla Coffee a try. It's said to be extra high in caffeine, and caffeine can help you with the terrible migraines you get during your PMS. You could take your cuppa down to the canal to commune with the rest of the native turds that gather there.
April 27, 2013, 10:39 am
Moishe from Boro Park Heights says:
OMG! Coffee! In a red cup! Kosher?
April 28, 2013, 9:55 pm
Greg from P Slope says:
The most expensive iced coffee in the city
April 29, 2013, 5:38 am
Greg from P Slope says:
The most expensive iced coffee in the city
April 29, 2013, 5:38 am
Greg from P Slope says:
The most expensive iced coffee in the city
April 29, 2013, 5:39 am
Greg from P Slope says:
The most expensive iced coffee in the city
April 29, 2013, 5:39 am

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