Ithaca Coffee Company’s mission is to provide an inviting shopping experience, encouraging customers to discover and enjoy a unique variety of gourmet food and gifts, with a focus on local products. Through an engaged, approachable team of experts, we are innovative while creating a relaxed environment for the casual to frequent shopper.
Ithaca Coffee Company has two retail locations (Triphammer in Lansing and Gateway in Ithaca), as well as a separate building housing our coffee roasting/production facility and the Ithaca Coffee Company Bake Shop (Hancock St.). We take great pride in our vibrant and unique selection of seasonal, small-batch roasted gourmet coffees, available for purchase in our stores, for wholesale, and served in our cafes. Also served in our cafes are ICC Bake Shop goods and other satisfying breakfast, lunch, and tavern foods. The gourmet market in our Triphammer store features many locally made products as well as a distinct selection of artisan cheeses, provisions, chocolates, confections, and custom gift basket service. Our Gateway store also offers a selection of gourmet goods, as well as the most extensive selection of beer homebrew supplies in Ithaca. Each location also houses a Tavern with rotating lists of current and classic craft beers on draft, as well as an equally impressive selection of bottled craft beers with the option to mix and match your own six-pack
In June, 2004 Julie Crowley, third generation owner of Triphammer Wines and Spirits in Ithaca, NY, purchased The Gourmet’s Delight, a small local gourmet market and coffee roaster. She rebranded as Ithaca Coffee Company and moved the store within the Triphammer Marketplace to its larger, current location in October, 2004. The move allowed for the addition of an espresso bar, café, craft beer selection, and the expansion of existing product categories. This also served as the facility location for all coffee roasting and production.
In March 2007 we opened our second store in a new 2,100 square foot space, located in the Gateway Commons building in downtown Ithaca. Like the Triphammer location, the new store featured an espresso bar and café with food options including baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and grilled sandwiches. In addition to bottled craft beer, a Tavern was added offering draft beer and wine.
Continuing our expansion, in 2012 a homebrewing selection was added to the Gateway store including ingredients and equipment for the novice to advanced homebrewer. In addition, a Tavern was added to the Triphammer location which along with craft beer offers 16 wines by the glass from state of the art Napa Technology Wine Preservation Systems. Both Taverns also began to offer free weekly craft beer tastings featuring several varieties from a select brewery.
In order to accommodate a growing wholesale business, we purchased 702 Hancock Street in the City of Ithaca to house our coffee roasting operation and production facilities in July, 2013. The move also allowed for an expansion of the Ithaca Coffee Company Tavern at Triphammer, creating more space for seating and the off-premise craft beer inventory. By 2014, we had created the Ithaca Coffee Company (ICC) Bake Shop in a portion of the Hancock building. The ICC Bake Shop now supplies all baked goods sold at Ithaca Coffee Company cafés. In April of 2015 we acquired a new hand-crafted drum roaster which allows for greater control and variety of our roasted coffee. Under Julie’s leadership and eye toward the future, there will surely be more changes to come as the business continues to thrive.