If you're looking for a group of individuals who really love and know coffee, this is certainly the place to be in New York City. They roast their beans with a breath-taking Loring Roaster in the back of the shop. Their roasting room isn't open to the public when I was there, but they allowed me to go back and take a look anyway. All the baristas and owners were more than happy to chat coffee, recipes, and other related things - so I'm very glad I stopped here. Also, I love the variety of plants and succulents throughout the shop. It feels much more homey. With Budin coffee not being open currently, this is my favorite NYC cafe for sure. I was  recommended by my friend Patrik Rolf of April Coffee Copenhagen. It seems that all of the Loring owners are friends.