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Gimme! Coffee
Company typePrivate
FounderKevin Cuddeback
HeadquartersIthaca, New York

Gimme! Coffee is a coffee roaster and third-wave coffee shop, based in New York, US, with espresso bars in Ithaca and Trumansburg. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gimme! in 2020 closed the Manhattan and Brooklyn-based locations, and began an Ithaca-area delivery service.[1][2] Gimme! Coffee also has a wholesale service that caters to coffee and espresso establishments.[3] In January 2020, Colleen Anunu replaced founder Kevin Cuddeback as CEO after he had served 20 years in the role;[4] Anunu then made the company into a worker-owned cooperative, which it remains in July 25, 2022.[5] Gimme says that it forms relationships with farmers who grow coffee; farmers may receive a price premium which can help them improve their operations.



In 2006, the New York Times named Gimme! Coffee among the best espresso bars in New York City.[6] Gimme! Coffee received a Good Food Award, in the coffee category, for 2011[7] and 2012.[8] Roast magazine chose Gimme! Coffee as winner of their 2013 Roaster of the Year contest (macro category).[9] Dark Forest Chocolate collaborated with Gimme! Coffee to make an espresso based chocolate bar that won a Good Food Award in 2019.[10][11]



In May 2017, the upstate New York Gimme employees formed a union through the Tompkins County Workers' Center.[12][13] In February 2018, the group ratified its first union contract.[14] In March 2021, the baristas voted to decertify their union, citing interpersonal challenges and unresolved issues with Workers United. [15]

College Partners


In August 2014, Gimme! opened an espresso bar in Gates Hall on Cornell University main campus.

Subsequently, in 2017 an agreement was reached with Ithaca College to begin serving Gimme Coffee on campus.

See also



  1. ^ Burke, Stephen P. (17 April 2020). "Gimme! Coffee: to Go (From NYC)". Ithaca Times.
  2. ^ Snow day in April? Stay in bed. Order delivery (Photo). Gimme! Coffee. 10 April 2020. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24 – via Instagram.
  3. ^ "Inquire about Wholesale".
  4. ^ "New Gimme! Coffee CEO talks union, future of the company". The Ithaca Voice. 2020-03-03. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  5. ^ Jordan, Jimmy. "A Labor of Love: Gimme! Coffee becomes a co-op". Ithaca Voice. Retrieved April 14, 2023.
  6. ^ Peter Meehan (September 13, 2006). "Espresso's New Wave Hits Town". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Good Food Awards, January 2011
  8. ^ "Good Food Awards, January 2012". Archived from the original on 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  9. ^ "Roast Magazine, November 2012". Archived from the original on 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  10. ^ "Dark Forest Chocolate and Gimme! Coffee collaborate on a Coffee and Dark Chocolate Bar". Buffalo Rising. 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  11. ^ "AWARDS". dfcm. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  12. ^ "Gimme Coffee Baristas Ratify First Union Contract, Boosting Wages With Management Support | The Cornell Daily Sun". cornellsun.com. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  13. ^ "Gimme! Coffee Baristas Vote (94 to 6%) to Organize Union in Workplace – Tompkins County Workers' Center". www.tcworkerscenter.org. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  14. ^ "Gimme! Coffee baristas ratify first union contract". The Ithaca Voice. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  15. ^ Jordan, Jimmy. "A Labor of Love: Gimme! Coffee becomes a co-op". Ithaca Voice. Retrieved April 14, 2023.

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