‘Café Integral’ to Open Nicaraguan Coffee Shop at Former Elizabeth Street Laundromat

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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At the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets, where laundromats previously ruled, a specialty cafe will soon sprout.

Nolita Cleaning Company, the self-proclaimed “premiere cleaning company” of its namesake neighborhood, vanished from the commercial landscape without a trace earlier this summer. The newcomer had replaced the long-running Zippy Cleaners at 149 Elizabeth Street, but barely lasted a year.

Now this brush with laundry service is wiped clean. Coffee shop coming soon.

It seems Café Integral is breaking out from the SoHo boutique it currently calls home – American Two Shot – and will open a standalone location at 149 Elizabeth in the coming months. Current paperwork on file with the Department of Buildings appears to confirm this.

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Photo: Cafe Integral

Floridian photographer César Vega opened Café Integral inside the American Two Shot store in 2012, when he was 24-years-old. The shop began as a one-man coffee roasting operation. Three years later, Vega brought the cafe concept to the Freehand Hotel in Chicago. Then, as now, the focus is on coffees originating in Nicaragua.

From its profile:

With complete vertical integration, Café Integral is a coffee company with an approach that stems from the grower’s perspective and sees the coffee through from shrub husbandry to the moment the beverage is served.

Integral’s rigorous work at origin and its commitment to the cultivation of coffee is at the core and forms the foundation for it’s work. We source coffees from four of Nicaragua’s finest regions; known for their characteristic depth and balance, but also for their dynamic and complex profiles. The relationships formed here are close, familial, and involved, they represent a spirited exchange that allows us to grow together.

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