A yoga studio owner and a former restaurateur and art dealer have teamed up on a coffee shop in Locust Valley. Karmic Grind, which opened the day after Thanksgiving.
The bright, 14-seat cafe takes over a former boutique in the heart of the hamlet and opens at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays to accommodate early commuters. Fair-trade coffee comes from Brooklyn's Devoción Coffee, and baked goods from Centerport's Hometown Bake Shop and Grassroots in Glen Head.
Regina Smith (who also owns the Gritty Buddha yoga and meditation studio in Glen Cove) said she and Alicia Scanlon had long felt the need for a spot to grab coffee in Locust Valley. "When you're looking to open a business, you think about both what addresses a need and what scratches your own itch," said Smith.
As the space was renovated to a clean, modern look, she and Scanlon were "obsessed" with finding a coffee that met the standards that their name implies, finally settling on Devoción, a roastery that sources its beans directly from farms in Colombia at fair-trade prices, then ships them the beans rapidly to the U.S. for roasting.
Among the coffee drinks are the usual suspects — lattes, macchiatos and cortados, among others, costing between $3 and $7, with oat and almond milk available as dairy alternatives. Devoción's cold-brew coffee is on tap, and the organic teas include chai and a ceremonial grade genmaicha, or roasted rice green tea. Woodbury's Organic Krush provides salads, and among the baked goods is an oversized bagel "bomb" from Hometown Bake Shop stuffed with eggs and pesto, for $8.50.
As befits Scanlon's background as a Singapore art dealer and a partner in a restaurant group, Karmic Grind has original artwork for sale on its walls. "Six pieces of art have sold so far," Smith said at the end of December.
Karmic Grind's weekday hours are 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but opens slightly later (and closes earlier) on weekends.
Find it at 2 Birch Hill Rd., Locust Valley, but note there is no phone. karmicgrind.com