Welcome to

fab cup

Gourmet Coffee Shop

ABOUT

US

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Maria Lozovskaya and Juan Becerra opened Fab Cup on a Wednesday — Dec. 10 to be exact — in West Brighton. And, these inaugural days at the gourmet coffee and tea shop come with some blessings for the wife-husband business team. Already, for instance, there are regulars to the store. "Let me guess what you're having?" asked smiling barista Carlos Sage to a customer. After the patron's nod for the go-ahead, Sage sprang into action. He metered out freshly ground espresso beans for an 18-gram serving — each order is measured on a digital scale — to fill a weighty porta-filter. He tamped down the grinds into the metal piece, twisted it into place and reached for a heated ceramic cup on the back of the machine. He set a timer for 25 seconds — sometimes he sets the clock for up to 30 seconds — and a twin pour of espresso began to flow. "In the morning when you come in you should always test a shot just to make sure," said Sage. He and his colleagues like precision. Every barista has a different touch, different pressure, Sage explained. And, when he hands over the espresso machine reins to a colleague as his shift ends, the cross-over should still allow for consistency. Ultimately, Sage says, hand pressure on the tamp of grinds, the waterflow from the machine and, yes, the grind itself all affect the coffee's flavor. Regular drip coffee is weighed as well. Sage can tick off those exact numbers by grams. "We're looking for the flavor," Ms. Lozovskaya said. There are no syrups at Fab Cup. "To me it's more important to get a good cup of coffee and get that flavor than add additions," said Ms. Lozovskaya. Also, on the beverage menu find hot chocolate, assorted loose tea leaves and flavored varieties like blueberry-green tea, decaf peach and Jasmine-chun hao, also of the green leaf genre. "We have soy, almond, 2 percent, Half-and-Half, whole milk..." said Ms. Lozovskaya. The shop set up a loyalty card program for customers. Ms. Lozovskaya makes some of the desserts herself including truffles and an apple pastry. BUSINESS IS BREWING Additionally in the mix of blessings for West Brighton residents Lozovskaya and Becerra: They have two so far successful fitness businesses — Next Level Performance at 861 Castleton Ave. in West Brighton and also at 79 Industrial Loop, Bloomfield. Ms. Lozovskaya works as an accountant full time in New Jersey. However, Becerra was laid off recently from his job. That matter potentially came at a tough time — Lozovskaya is expecting the couple's first child. But Lozovskaya sees the extra time on Staten Island as a good thing. The pair recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica, perfectly timed for the coffee bean harvest. Some images from the excursion are part of the shop's artwork. "Coffee is a berry," explained Ms. Lozovskaya. "When it turns to red, that means it's right. Then, it goes from the wash process and a dry process...They put it in 50 pound bags and ship it to the U.S." She held up a pound of Toby's Estate Whythe Filter Blend, roasted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This batch of coffee, like others from the craft roaster, is seasonal, she says. She keeps a modest inventory. "Good coffee lasts only two weeks after it's roasted. That's why we don't carry a lot," said Ms.Lozovskaya. Fab Cup is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and is located at 605 Forest Ave., (the former Claddagh Gift Shop) in West Brighton, FabCup.com; 917-593-3930.

Coffee & Tea

Crepes & Baked Goods

Catering

MENU

Drip Coffee

$2.00/12oz $2.50/16oz

Brooklyn and Winter blends from Toby's Estate

Pour Over (Decaf and Regular)

$3.00/12oz

Americano

$2.85/12oz $3.00/16oz

Flatiron Espresso Blend

Espresso

$2.75/4oz $5.00/8oz

Red Eye

$3.50/12oz $3.75/16oz

Black Eye

$4.00/12oz $4.25/16oz

Macchiato

$3.00/4oz

Cappuccino

$3.25/8oz $3.50/12oz

Latte (Hot or Iced)

$3.50/12oz $3.75/16oz

Mocha

$4.50/12oz $4.75/16oz

Hot Chocolate

$4.00/12oz $4.50/16oz

House Blend Cold Brew

$3.00/16oz

Protein Coffee Shake

$6/16oz

Chai Latte

$3.50/12oz $3.75/16oz

Tea

$2.00/12oz $2.50/16oz

Green Tea Matcha Latte (Hot or Iced)

$4.50/12oz $4.75/16oz

Green Tea Matcha Latter with Espresso (Hot or Iced)

$6.00/12oz $6.25/16oz

Add Almond Milk

50 cents

CREPES

SWEET $6.00 per crepe + 50 cents per topping

SWEET TOPPINGS: nutella, peanut butter, jelly, dark chocolate, caramel, banana, strawberry, blueberry

SAVORY $6.00 per crepe + 75 cents per topping

SAVORY TOPPINGS: ham, turkey, grilled chicken, american cheese, swiss cheese, egg, tomato

ACAI CUP

PEANUT BUTTER HEAVEN $7.50/16oz

Acai, Peanut Butter, Banana, Almond Milk Blend with Banana and Granola toppings

TUTTI FRUTTI $8.50/16oz

Acai, Banana, Almond Milk Blend with Banana, Strawberry, Blueberry, Cranberry and Granola toppings

COCO CHOCO $9.00/16oz

Acai ,Banana, Almond milk, Chocolate Protein Blend with Banana, Cacao Nibs, Coconut, Chia toppings

CHAMPION $10.00/16oz

Acai ,Banana, Almond millk, Banana Protein, Peanut Butter Blend with Granola, Pine Nuts, Blueberry , Strawberry, Goji toppings

ENGLISH MUFFIN TOASTS

VEGGIE LOVERS $3.99

Guacamole, Tahini, Sesame seeds

MEAT LOVERS $4.99

Egg, Ham/Turkey, American/Swiss Cheese

FISH LOVERS $5.99

Cream cheese, Onion, Tomato, Lox

DAILY BAKED GOODS SPECIAL

various

Muffins, Croissants, Scones, Cheese Pie, etc.

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(917) 593-3930

fabcupnyc@gmail.com

www.fabcup.com

605 Forest Ave., S.I., NY 10310

Hours: 7 Days in week 7:00 am - 7:00 pm