Laura Sorensen, Owner of Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen Café, Brooklyn NYC
In addition to delicious house-made meals and locally-sourced ingredients, the Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen strives to raise the bar on sustainability. We were delighted to sit down with founder Laura Sorensen as she shares her vision, inspiration and enthusiasm for the café.
Q : What was it that inspired you to make Stonefruit a farm-to-table café?
I’ve always felt comfortable in and inspired by good cafés, so when I decided I needed a career change my thoughts drifted towards something that would bring me a similar vibe of fulfillment and community. The idea that sent a thrill up my spine was opening a farm-to-table café, not only for the community, connection and self-reflection it fosters, but for the inspiration and example I hoped to create in buying, and offering, delicious local, whole foods.
You can preach all you want about the merits of a farm-to-table lifestyle, but what really makes an impact is, quite simply, to feed people incredibly-tasty meals. That’s what’s going to wake them up to whole, seasonal, fresh, and plant-based ingredients.
Q : How did you end up with the name Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen?
I chose Stonefruit to be our name for a few reasons: simply, coffee beans are actually the pits of cherries— a stone fruit! But I also love the association that comes along with ‘stone fruit’— long, sweet, golden, juicy summer days, abundance, time, sunshine, play. And the marriage of ‘stone’— masculine, cold, hard; with ‘fruit’— feminine, juicy, sweet; this mirrored the balance I hoped to create in our brand.
All of that to say: Stonefruit seeks to provide good vibes for our community, nourish the body, delight the taste buds, and act as an example of ethical, eco-friendly ways to eat for a lifetime.
Q: What separates Stonefruit from other cafés?
I think the combination of specialty coffee, nutritious and delicious food, and the plant and flower shop are rather unique. As you’re sipping your lavender latte, you’re also surrounded by plants and flowers, begging to be taken home to bring your New York City apartment to life!
Q : What role does your business play in supporting the locals?
As a farm-to-table business, we purchase as much as we can from the farm systems surrounding New York City. We shop weekly at the Fort Greene Farmer’s’ Market, and we source a lot of the flowers for our flower shop from Tiny Hearts Farm in upstate NY. There is so much talent in and around New York, it would be silly not to plumb the depths of skill here.
Q : People love to photograph your shop. What inspired the design, décor, and layout?
I really wanted the shop to feel GOOD, so I looked for a space that would receive a lot of natural light. I kept the design a balance of modern and agrarian, masculine and feminine, and, of course, we filled the space with green growing things! While the layout is pretty simple, I wanted to layer some cozy textures, so we have a lot of layered blankets over cushion benches. We also added pillows for colour and texture play and included rustic barn wood alongside the cool concrete and tile for contrast.