The Feed first look: Sweetleaf Williamsburg
The Queens coffeeshop opens its first Brooklyn outpost.
Coffee ace Rich Nieto will bring the game-changing La Marzocco Strada EP, the Porsche of espresso machines, to his first Brooklyn outpost of Sweetleaf when it opens on May 14. Most machines blast out highly pressurized water automatically, but this sleek gadget features an "EP"—a state-of-the-art electronic paddle, similar to a handheld gas pedal, that allows baristas to adjust the pressure as they pull a shot, resulting in a smoother, fuller espresso. While the Strada EP offers more control, it's much harder to master, and Nieto spent a few hair-pulling months tinkering with it. He thinks the effort is worth it: Baristas can tailor the pressure, as well as the temperature, to every single coffee, whether it's a delicate, floral variety or a robust, chocolaty brew. (Nieto was the first to debut the machine on the East Coast in his Queens flagship, but since then Toby's Estate Coffee has acquired one.) Brooklynite bean nerds can also get a cup of joe from the Hario V60 pour-over bar, or pick up top-notch tools (Bartaza Virtuoso grinders, press pots) and java from roasters like Ritual and Stumptown. But it's not all about serious coffee geekery: The laid-back, 30-seat spot also features a foosball table, comfy chairs and a communal wood table, plus home-baked goodies, like ham-and-cheese croissants and carrot cake. 135 Kent Ave at North 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (no phone yet)