El Condor Espresso Swoops Into New York; Nashville and Houston NextDaily Espresso Information by Roast Journal

Photograph by re-ad, courtesy of El Condor.

With desk service, open tabs and retailers at each seat, New York Metropolis’s El Condor Espresso Roasters hopes to maintain clients comfortably nested within the West Village.

The five hundred-square-foot cafe that opened final month additionally accepts reservations for its 18 seats amidst the festive but modern Palm Springs midcentury-modern-inspired inside.

The El Condor food-and-beverage idea is designed to enchantment to informal walk-ins or extra structured events reminiscent of dates or enterprise conferences.

El Condor food

Photograph by Melissa Hom, courtesy of El Condor.

“It is a espresso store, and I am not anticipating anyone to consider reserving a desk for [the casual coffee shop] sort of expertise, however we needed so as to add the comfort of probably doing it,” El Condor Co-Proprietor Nicolas Simon instructed Each day Espresso Information. “For all these totally different sorts of events, we wish our espresso store to be versatile.”

El Condor additionally focuses on its staff by a progressive package deal of compensation and advantages, plus alternatives for coaching and development. Wages begin at $20 per hour, and each front-of-house and back-of-house staff will earn extra revenue by a income sharing tied to the corporate’s roasted espresso gross sales.

El Condor coffee roasters

Photograph by Melissa Hom, courtesy of El Condor.

The no-tipping institution’s purpose is to offer a baseline annual pay price of $50,000, whereas maintaining staff incentivized, motivated and impressed.

“After I go to a basketball sport, these guys receives a commission whether or not they win or lose, and no person within the stadium on the finish of the sport goes to say ‘I like the sport, I’ll pay 20% further’ and that goes in the direction of paying the gamers,” mentioned Simon. “That is not the way in which it really works; it should not be working this fashion, and I do not perceive why the service business is the one one doing this.”


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Following consultations with Jacob Ibarra of Houston-based Tenfold Espresso, El Condor’s in-house espresso sourcing and roasting program entails a Bellwether roaster put in under the cafe.

El Condor Operations Supervisor Tyler Dorso now sources coffees by importers reminiscent of InterAmerican, Balzac Brothers and Falcon Coffees earlier than creating roast profiles for filter coffees and chilly brew made attainable by a Floor Management batch brewing system. Espresso comes by the store’s Faema E71 machine earlier than reaching customized ceramics made by North Carolina-based East Fork Pottery.

El Condor coffee bar

Photograph by re-ad, courtesy of El Condor.

From a kitchen seen to clients come recent, seasonal baked items, whereas Chef Youssef Aderdour creates breakfast and lunch choices for the all-day menu. The store additionally presents beer and wine.

Simon, who was previously an operations director beneath famend chef and restaurateur Alain Ducasse, co-owns El Condor with actual property dealer Mucjon Demiraj. The 2 are additionally companions within the hospitality consulting firm Wilcuma.

A second El Condor cafe is slated to open in New York Metropolis this summer time. Leases have additionally been signed for the third and fourth outposts, with projected openings within the Fall 2022 in Nashville and Spring/Summer season 2023 in Houston.

Every of the El Condor areas will keep the Palm Springs mid-century vibe with open kitchens and indoor/outside seating the place attainable, although every will probably be distinctive tailored to its locality, in keeping with Simon.

El Condor New York

Photograph by Melissa Hom, courtesy of El Condor.

“I might slightly attempt to not begin from a clean web page each time, however attempt to reinvent the story just a little bit each time,” mentioned Simon. “We need to keep a typical thread to the design and the model, however on the similar time we need to keep away from copy/pasting what we have achieved right here.”

[Editor’s note: This story has been updated. The original version incorrectly stated that El Condor had a separate conference room.]


El Condor Espresso Roasters is situated at 95 Greenwich Avenue in New York Metropolis. Inform DCN’s editors about your new espresso store or roastery right here.

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