In September, Portland's Stumptown Coffee
(a certain former Seattleite's favorite source for coffee, and known in the Bay Area for having mentored Ritual) opened a Manhattan cafe and
Brooklyn roasting facility. New York is a natural second
city for both roasters. The city hasn't produced a native microroaster of their caliber yet, and New Yorkers should respond well to both companies' precision and preciousness. We have an e-mail out to James Freeman asking for more information. Of course, if anyone has overheard the new competitors trash-talk each other, send us transcripts.
CORRECTION: Apparently my knowledge of specialty coffee brewing devices is deficient; a slow-dripper is not a siphon. Apologies.