In 2015 Chi Sum Ngai and her partner Kaleena Teoh opened the first Coffee Project NY in the East Village. Their
goal: to share their passion for coffee with the neighborhood. Soon the duo
for brewing delicious pour overs and deconstructing latte to elevate the coffee experience; paying tribute to the
craftmanship of the professional barista.
Three years later, they opened a second location in downtown Brooklyn, one designed to be a playground for baristas thanks to advanced commercial equipment and an interior that highlights the barista’s skill and allows customers to observe them working-- giving them the spotlight and ownership of that brewing moment.
Inspired by the community of coffee professionals who assembled at their Brooklyn location, in late 2019 they opened a third location in Long Island City.
This 3,725 square-foot Coffee Project NY locations features New York State’s only Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Premier Training Campus, where Sum, Kaleena and team teach certified classes to coffee industry professionals seeking to further their education and career opportunities.
The LIC location includes the Ground Control Cyclops 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, which is the official espresso machine in World Barista Championships; a retail café that is open to the public, a library section with coffee-related literature and magazines; and a roasting facility equipped with San Franciscan Roasting Co. roaster Sum, who is a certified Q grader and roasting championship competitor oversees the company’s roasting program.
Now, Coffee Project NY has grown from a two-person-team to a team of professionals specializing in different facets of the industry .