by Nick Brown
Long Island City, Queens-based roastery COFFEED (emphasis on feed) has opened its first Manhattan cafe, inside a building owned by children’s charity The New York Foundling.
COFFEED regularly donates portions of proceeds from each of its shops to charities, and the new shop at 590 6th Ave., in Chelsea, will donate 10 percent of drink sales and 5 percent of food sales to the Foundling, which helps underserved and abused children and families.
It was a busy 2014 for COFFEED and its owner Frank “Turtle” Raffaele, who opened COFFEED's Long Island flagship cafe in 2012. While planning the Foundling shop, COFFEED opened its first international location December 2014, in Seoul.
The company is also planning a large anchor cafe on the first floor of a new development in the Stapleton Homeport section of Staten Island. It is also taking over the Fort Tyron Park space occupied for the past 13 years by New Leaf Restaurant & Bar.
COFFEED roasts its own, working with numerous importers, while the shops feature a fairly traditional European-inspired espresso drink menu, with some New York twists. The Foundling location represents the debut of a food menu created by New York chef Corey Cova, founder of Dough Loco, who has joined the COFFEED team on a permanent basis.
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