Coffee Project New York envisions a coffee community we can all be proud of.

In 2015, Coffee Project New York co-founders Chi Sum Ngai and Kaleena Teoh quit their jobs and opened a coffee shop as a passion project in New York City’s East Village neighborhood.

Seven years, five more shops, and thousands of coffees later, our business has expanded to include roasting, wholesale, and education.

Our Mission

Our mission as a coffee business is to improve the quality of life for every person in the coffee supply chain, from producers to consumers.

Photo courtesy of Mizar Coffee.


Our coffees are carefully selected to reflect the ethos of contributing to one’s community. Many are sourced from cooperatives and family farms that focus on improving work and living conditions for farm workers.

We use our purchasing power to promote fair pricing for coffee producers. When direct trade isn’t possible, we work with responsible importers who care about the livelihoods of coffee farmers.

Photo courtesy of MNKF Creative and Mighty Peace Coffee.

Training Lab

Coffee Project New York’s Long Island City location includes New York’s only Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Premier Training Campus, created to serve coffee professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Equipment includes the Ground Control Cyclops batch brewer, a Tone Touch 3 pour over brewer, a variety of grinders and manual brewing devices, and five espresso machines: a Faema E71E, a Sanremo Cafe Racer, a La Marzocco Linea PB AV, and a Victoria Arduino Eagle 1.


Our roasting team, overseen by Head Roaster Chi Sum Ngai, uses diligence, quality control, and attentive sampling to develop roast profiles that showcase each coffee’s unique story.

Our roastery retails worldwide, wholesales nationwide, and offers roaster training classes.