DBP: Why Downtown Brooklyn?
CS: We love this neighborhood. Kaleena and I both love theater and art, and this location is so close to BAM, BRIC etc. We thought we would be able to hang out a lot after we are done with work. Not to mention, it’s near the park and it’s a destination full of cultural activities (like at Ashland Plaza).
DBP: Any tips or advice for those wanting to start their own business?
KT: I think being flexible is the most important thing. Going into the coffee world as a barista is a little easier, but if you’re really looking at starting your own coffee shop, the best advice we can give is to walk into the job with a problem-solving mindset, regardless of what problem is thrown at you. Be very flexible in dealing with things.
Since its inception in 2015, Coffee Project NY has expanded to four locations across NYC — one of which is a roastery where beans are roasted and classes are taught.