Our Story

Coffee Project New York was founded in 2015 by Chi Sum Ngai and her partner Kaleena Teoh to share their passion for coffee with New York City’s East Village neighborhood. The pair's dedication to the craft and the community was profound, and they garnered wide recognition when Coffee Project New York was named Time Out NY's most loved coffee shop in New York. From deconstructed lattes to delicious pour overs, they championed the skill of their baristas and connected with the community over a love for coffee.

Five years and three locations later, Coffee Project New York has opened a roastery and the state’s only Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Premier Training Campus (in Long Island City, New York), to serve coffee professionals and enthusiasts alike. The equipment in the coffee campus includes the Ground Control Cyclops batch brewer and five espresso machines: a Faema E71E, a Sanremo Cafe Racer, a Sanremo Opera, a La Marzocco Linea Classic, and a Victoria Arduino Black Eagle.

Our roastery has three machines on site: an Ikawa, a small San Franciscan for sample roasting, and a large San Franciscan for retailing worldwide and wholesaling nationwide. Chi Sum is a certified Q grader and roasting championship competitor, and personally oversees the company’s roasting program.

Coffee Project New York coffees are carefully selected for quality and social impact, and they reflect the company ethos of contributing to one's community. Our mission as a coffee roaster is to improve the quality of life for every person in the supply chain, from producers to consumers.

Many of our coffees come from small cooperatives and family farms who focus on improving work conditions, wages, and benefits for farm workers. We use our purchasing power to support experimental varietals, processing, and farming methods, and to promote fair pricing for all coffee producers, and our coffee price premiums more than exceed the Fair Trade minimum. Most of our coffees are purchased directly from producers or cooperatives, which ensures price transparency and traceability, and strengthens the global coffee community. When we can’t use direct trade, we work with responsible importers who care about the livelihoods of coffee farmers.

Coffee Project New York envisions a coffee community we can all be proud of. We want to honor and support coffee producers everywhere, and we want to promote sustainable practices that will keep the coffee industry, and its workers, thriving.

We hope to share our passion for coffee not only with the East Village, or New York City, but with the world.

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