Corner coffee shop in Newport—Jersey City’s mixed-use community on the Hudson River—offers a reprieve from the hustle-bustle of Jersey’s second largest city center. “Bwé kafe” means “drink coffee” in Haitian Creole.
Faux-wood tables with padded seats, a fake deer head, plants, pottery and artwork contribute a bohemian-farmhouse feel. As winter gains a grip, Newport’s Elephant Park, halfway down the block, becomes a miniature ice-skating rink. Bwé hosts game and open mic nights, and partners with community organizations (creating, for example, a personal-care donation bin for Hoboken Community Center Pantry). Bwè also has two other locations in Hoboken.
Staple breakfast and lunch items join signature and seasonal beverages. Classics include sweet and savory toasts with add-ons—from avocado fattoush toast (pictured) to ricotta, honey and basil toast. Choose from bowls, salads, sandwiches, pastries and premade refrigerated items. Bwé sells its own fair-trade and sustainably raised Haitian and Colombian coffee in light, medium and dark roasts. Products from health-conscious businesses include reusable bamboo utensils, serums, candles and more.
On weekdays, Wi-Fi is free, but on weekends, it’s totally unavailable. The block is buzzing, especially on weekends, when there’s a sizable line and few seats available.Click here to leave a comment
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