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Devoción owner Steven Sutton gambled when dedicating this airy, industrial Williamsburg roastery and café solely to Colombian coffee. While the South American leader in arabica production has long held a reputation for good coffee, it wasn’t until recently that pioneers like Sutton, spending regular intervals at the origin, pursued traceability while scouting for truly distinctive coffees. Colombian born, Sutton spent his formative years in the U.S. to escape his homeland’s steady state of violence. But FARC-fueled unrest finally has been squeezed into more remote corners, allowing Sutton to source across Colombia’s trio of mountain ranges from 400 small farmers. The café features a two-story vertical garden, a design feature intended to draw the outdoors in (and a nod to the many cafés in Bogotá that incorporate same). Pastries and sandwiches fill the stomachs of caffeinated patrons high on exotic cultivars, such as gesha, served up in a variety of brewing methods. Toss in complimentary Wi-Fi and the ease of finding a seat at a table or on one of the distressed-leather couches, and Sutton’s project should be a longstanding success. 69 Grand Street, Brooklyn 11249, 718-285-6180,

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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 13, 2015


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