bwè kafe

bwè kafe now open in Hoboken, NJ

5/6/2013 Update:

Below is a photo gallery of bwè kafe – which opened on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 1002 Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ.

Overall – this establishment was immediately embraced by the community, as residents and visitors loved the vibe of the coffee cafe. Free Wi-Fi (no password required), tasty coffee and espresso – and pastries which have been selling like hot cakes. The place has a “coffee shop buzz” as if it’s been around for ages. Very impressive for a brand-spanking new business. I guess they did it right!

My typical drink is the largest iced cup you can get, with four shots of espresso in it. bwè kafe’s largest size is only 16 ounces, which would be nice if it was upgraded. But the taste of their offerings makes up for it mostly. My beverage cost around $4.50, which is naturally a bit higher than the going rate.

Otherwise – looks like the coast is clear for bwè kafe to become a Hoboken mainstay!

bwè kafe set to open in Hoboken in about a week

4/23/2013 Update:

Those excited about the prospects of a new coffee shop coming to Hoboken, will have their desires met in about a week.

Spoke with folks at bwè kafe yesterday – and they said they hoped to be open “within a week to 10 days.” We had a peek inside, and it’s definitely pretty roomy for a coffee shop. In addition to their new exterior sign, they were excited that they received delivery of their fancy Japanese cold drip coffee maker in time for the grand opening.

Bwè kafe in Hoboken NJ opening May 2013

bwè kafe coming soon to 1002 Washington St. in Hoboken

2/25/2013:

bwè kafe coffee Hoboken NJThe other day – I noticed some activity going on at the old Savvy Salon spot 1002 Washington.

The construction permit indicated that a new coffee shop / cafe was in the works.

Some of you might remember – the spot two doors over which is now Casual Thai used to be a favorite coffee shop / cafe called the “Secret Ingredient.” So this area hasn’t had a dedicated coffee shop in what seems like a decade. At first, I was sort of excited for bwè kafe to open as a potential alternative to Starbucks for my daily espresso drinks.

I saw this sign in their window yesterday:

“Bwè kafe is committed to providing great coffee and a friendly environment to the Hoboken and surrounding communities. As a social enterprise, a portion of the proceeds go to ensuring children and youth in Haiti have access to safe drinking water and quality education. Not your usual coffee shop, bwè kafe is a gathering space for people who see the value in coming together with neighbors in an open and welcoming setting while having their cup of coffee make a difference in the world.”

They plan to be open by April 2013.

bwè kafe Coffee 1002 Washington Street Hoboken NJ

Description: Bwè kafe is a coffee shop that donates money to Haiti.
Address: 1002 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: www.bwekafe.com

8 Responses

  1. ktbc says:

    I think this sounds absolutely lovely. I appreciate the owners’ efforts to help those in need, and I appreciate their full disclosure. I do not typically frequent coffee shops, but I will be sure to stop by here. Welcome to Hoboken!

    • schwab says:

      Tell that to someone who had their home trashed in the hurricane, or who’s kids school burned down.[quote comment=”219621″]I think this sounds absolutely lovely. I appreciate the owners’ efforts to help those in need, and I appreciate their full disclosure. I do not typically frequent coffee shops, but I will be sure to stop by here. Welcome to Hoboken![/quote]

  2. julius says:

    I’d rather have the choice to opt-in to donating than be forced to. Can’t they just have a donation jar near the register?

  3. Snip119 says:

    I think it is good that they tell you up front what they are all about and where the money goes. If you like what they’re doing, fine, you can go there. If you don’t like what they’re doing, fine, you know what they’re about and you don’t have to spend your money there. Some people will applaud their efforts, some will say the money should stay home – everyone is welcome to their own opinion. Starbucks donates money all over the world to different environmental causes that interest them – many companies do charitable donations worldwide – so why not this new place?

    I think for most people the real bottom line is going to be 1- is the coffee any good? and 2 – is it reasonably priced?

    By the way, on the corner of 14th and Bloomfield at The Gate (or as one person put it the Bermuda Triangle of retailing in Hoboken), there is also a coffee shop going in – its going to have outdoor seating in the better weather. I’m curious to see what their prices will be. In this economy, that’s really the bottom line to everything – quality and price point. I wish both new places much success – I’d rather see thriving businesses than empty storefronts, no matter where they donate their money.

    • Swaby says:

      I couldn’t have said it better myself Snip119. There will always be those who are for something, and then those who are against. This is no different. And like you said, the bottom line will be the quality of goods offered, and at what price.

      And I’m also in agreement that I hope these new coffee shops can be successful. I’ve only been in Hoboken for about 6 months now, having crossed over from the other side of the Hudson; and Ill be honest, the amount of retail turn over is alarming. It seems as though every other week I’m reading about one store/restaurant/nail saloon etc closing, while another opens. [quote comment=”219625″]I think it is good that they tell you up front what they are all about and where the money goes. If you like what they’re doing, fine, you can go there. If you don’t like what they’re doing, fine, you know what they’re about and you don’t have to spend your money there. Some people will applaud their efforts, some will say the money should stay home – everyone is welcome to their own opinion. Starbucks donates money all over the world to different environmental causes that interest them – many companies do charitable donations worldwide – so why not this new place?I think for most people the real bottom line is going to be 1- is the coffee any good? and 2 – is it reasonably priced?By the way, on the corner of 14th and Bloomfield at The Gate (or as one person put it the Bermuda Triangle of retailing in Hoboken), there is also a coffee shop going in – its going to have outdoor seating in the better weather. I’m curious to see what their prices will be. In this economy, that’s really the bottom line to everything – quality and price point. I wish both new places much success – I’d rather see thriving businesses than empty storefronts, no matter where they donate their money.[/quote]

  4. bwekafe says:

    Thank you for giving bwè kafe your time and thoughts on Hoboken411. As a cafe inspired by our love for Haiti, bwè will specialize in Haitian blends and is excited to serve top quality coffee through various brewing methods and techniques. A new cafe with a new taste! Working closely with a highly respected, ethical and earth conscious Philadelphia based roaster, La Colombe, as well as makers of delicious teas, refreshing juices and healthy foods, our aim is to offer Hoboken a new space to come together, while giving back to the birthplace of bwè kafe. As a team of five Hoboken residents, we’re very much looking forward to meeting you all, sharing our story and hearing yours.

    We can’t wait to read your follow up article after stopping in for a cup!

    ~bwè kafe

    • hoboken411 says:

      Will definitely stop in for a cup. Hopefully I can get a quad espresso for around $3! You have prices posted anywhere yet?

      And please be sure to have heavy whipping cream on hand, and not just the low-fat, soy stuff. [quote comment=”219641″]Thank you for giving bwè kafe your time and thoughts on Hoboken411. As a cafe inspired by our love for Haiti, bwè will specialize in Haitian blends and is excited to serve top quality coffee through various brewing methods and techniques. A new cafe with a new taste! Working closely with a highly respected, ethical and earth conscious Philadelphia based roaster, La Colombe, as well as makers of delicious teas, refreshing juices and healthy foods, our aim is to offer Hoboken a new space to come together, while giving back to the birthplace of bwè kafe. As a team of five Hoboken residents, we’re very much looking forward to meeting you all, sharing our story and hearing yours.
      We can’t wait to read your follow up article after stopping in for a cup!
      ~bwè kafe
      [/quote]

  5. Snip119 says:

    Welcome to Hoboken Swaby – I too made the move over from NYC some years ago. Stores are doing the same open/close/open/close routine everywhere – whenever I go into NYC I see many closings and then new things coming in. I think its a combination of the recession and then, just as business was starting to improve, the devastation of superstorm Sandy. Its a tough retail environment right now and about to get uglier with all these layoffs the banks and other companies are announcing (like Chase) .

    I think some of the new store owners are figuring Hoboken is full of people with money to burn, and they think their exorbitant prices will fly. Hoboken is a wonderful mix of people of all ages and financial backgrounds – and not everyone is wealthy. Many average people live here too. Unfortunately some store owners have figured that out after they’ve had to close.

    In the meantime, I’m with Hob411 – real whipped cream and a reasonable price, and I’m there! – Note to 411 – its one of my few exceptions to the lo-carb style – and my cardiologist was almost giddy yesterday she was so pleased with the weight loss both myself and my mother have had over the past few months. Thanks Hoboken411 for the tips – but real whipped cream and quality java remains a must in my book! 😆

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