by Aaron Baird
As a Real Estate Broker in NYC I am presented with all kinds of crazy requests. But this time the request was a challenge that I was excited to accept. I had been renting apartments in a building on West 129th Street for several years. The owner of that building came to me with a concern. He had empty commercial space in the building and he needed me to find him a company that was willing to lease his commercial space and put in a coffee shop. LIGHTBULB! I love coffee and I am a Real Estate Broker. Why find someone- I know I can do this, I want to do this! Out of that request came LENOX COFFEE. Harlem’s Premier Coffee Shop.
Roasting coffee transforms the chemical and physical properties of green coffee beans into roasted coffee products. The roasting process is what produces the characteristic flavor of coffee by causing the green coffee beans to expand and to change in color, taste, smell, and density.
This statement may not mean much to most-but to us it is TRUTH!! We are absolutely passionate about quality coffee. So naturally when we were deciding what coffee to serve at LENOX COFFEE we were picky picky picky! We decided on 49TH PARALLEL COFFEE ROASTERS. The company is based out of British Columbia and like LENOX COFFEE they strive to tailor their coffee products to serve the customers specific needs. The coffee is rich in flavor and the espresso is a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. You have to come by and have a cup! Or two! And while you are enjoying our coffee you might want to enjoy one of our breakfast items including, pastries, baked goods, bagels, sweet breads, and cookies. Keep coming back because we are always changing our menu.
Who is WE? Glad you asked….We are JEFF and AARON! Nice to meet you. We have known each other for over 10 years. We met at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. After working oversees in symphony orchestras we both ended up back in the USA in the amazing city of New York working in Real Estate.
Yesterday someone asked us why we would open a coffee shop in Harlem. Why not??? We love Harlem. We work here, eat here, and play here. Why not invest here! So we decided to contribute something we love- QUALITY COFFEE!! Why not bring coffee education and a community meeting place together. We think the idea is brilliant and the result is LENOX COFFEE! And of course if we were going to open a place for everyone in the neighborhood to gather we had to decided to also involve our second love. ART! We host open mic nights where friends of the community can come and read poetry or share their music. Come in to the coffee shop and you will see local artists work hanging on our walls. We want to encourage Harlem’s rich cultural arts scene new and old.
Our cafe is on WEST 129th Street between Lenox Avenue and 5th Avenue. We are open 7am-7pm M-F and 8am-7pm Sat and Sun. Our neighborhood is growing and we are super excited to be apart of that positive growth.