Aug. 9, 2017 By Jason Cohen
Kinship Coffee opened its second location on Steinway Street today, taking over the space formerly occupied by Caffe Bene.
Kinship takes over the 32-14 Steinway Street location that had been occupied by Caffe Bene, a Korean coffee chain, which closed that store recently.
Stanley Rivera, an Astoria resident and co-owner of Kinship Coffee, said he decided the time was right to expand, since his cafe at 30-05 Steinway Street has done well in the three years since opening.
“We offer coffee from some of the best coffee brewers in the world,” Rivera said. “I think we are known all over Astoria.”
Kinship’s original Steinway location seats 18 and focuses primarily on coffee, tea and fresh baked pastries.
The new cafe seats 60 people.
Rivera said the new location will also offer a more extensive menu than the original location, serving items such as fresh and premade sandwiches for breakfast and lunch as well as cold pressed juices.
“It feels really good to be developing in the community,” he stressed.
The café is open seven days a week form 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
They’ve started out slow with service but with good coffee. Gotta balance the good with the bad. Can’t blame them for that type of service because they just started there. Give them about 6 months to prove themselves. Then we’ll see if they can hang with the big boys.
Stopped in over the weekend. Service was unbearably slow with only one person on register and one person making drinks. Waited almost 20 minutes for an iced tea and an iced coffee drink. They have nitro coffee on the menu but didn’t have any when we visited (on opening weekend??). We’ll try again but give them a few weeks to work out the kinks…hopefully
More coffee? WTF are we Athens, Greece now with a cafe on every corner?
Souvlaki stands or food trucks on many corners also. So smelly.
Their coffee sucks. Go around the corner to La Sabrosura Bakery. Their coffee is fresh, cheap, and delicious. Caffe Bene was lame. If only the Popeyes that used to be there wasn’t run by troglodytes…
Caffe Bene was junk anyway.
more decent clothing and shoe stores should be opening up –
So why don’t YOU open something up?
Nobody shops in stores anymore why do you think Sears closed
With all the crime going on in the neighborhood – is this really news worthy??
Good luck ,better you than some Korean chain .
You realize the co-owner has Latino heritage, right?
Yes, I’m happy a guy from the neighborhood is here instead of some Korean chain.
ANOTHER coffee shop. Just what Astoria needs.
Yes. People love good coffee.
another almost $3 cup of coffee expertly delivered with an attitude 🙁
Terrific! After this one can he open one on Ditmars?
We all wish.
you have OK Cafe, 60 beans, Starbucks, two dunkin donuts. where on Ditmars do you propose it? i tried to get a coffee shop in one of the spaces i represented past Dunkin Donuts on 38th Street and everyone was afraid of the location.