Gimme! Coffee

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Gimme! Coffee
Private
Founded 2000
Founder Kevin Cuddeback
Headquarters Ithaca, New York
Number of locations
7
Website gimmecoffee.com
The Gimme! Coffee bar on North Cayuga Street in Ithaca, New York, opened in 2000.

Gimme! Coffee is a coffee roaster and third-wave coffee shop, based in New York, with espresso bars in Ithaca, Trumansburg, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Gimme! Coffee has a wholesale service that caters to coffee and espresso establishments.[1] The espresso made at Gimme follows a rigorous quality control from beans to roast to cup, including a precise "dialing in" and logging of their Leftist espresso blend on a daily basis.[2]

Relationships[edit]

A focus at Gimme is to form relationships with farmers who grow coffee. As part of this bond between consumer and producer, the farmer may receive a price premium, which in turn, can help them improve their operations. For example, since 2009, Gimme has worked with a farmer in Colombia,[3] helping the producer to attain organic certification and win awards.[4]

The director of coffee at Gimme is working with Boyce Thompson Institute to map the arabica coffee genome[5] to improve taste and make arabica beans less susceptible to disease.

Awards[edit]

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]

Home brew[edit]

Gimme offers guidance and advice on equipment and technique for the home coffee brewer. In 2013, Gimme switched to biodegradable coffee bags, which can be composted.[10][11]

Unionization[edit]

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] It is the first known baristas union with an aim at paying workers a living wage, ensuring the workers are not fired without just cause, and guaranteeing an excellent work environment.

College Partners[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inquire about Wholesale". 
  2. ^ "Learn". gimmecoffee.com. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Finca San Luis and the new mill project". 
  4. ^ "Good Food Awards - Coffee - 2011". Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Gene to Bean to Global Scene". College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - International Programs - Cornell University. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  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
  9. ^ Roast Magazine, November 2012
  10. ^ "How to Compost your Gimme! Coffee Bag". 
  11. ^ "Gimme! Coffee". Package Design. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  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. 

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