Photograph by Katie Stuller
If you’re ever near Myrtle-Wyckoff, off the L or M trains, you’ll notice the hustle and bustle of bodegas, discount stores and the three massive Food Bazaars that are all strangely located within ten blocks of each other.
What you probably won’t notice, however, is the pair of majestic eyes peering down on you—like the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleberg in The Great Gatsby. These eyes are on top of a small, blue brick shop on Myrtle Avenue, between Linden and Grove streets, with nothing more than a window beneath it. This colorful window is Mixtape Bushwick, a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop that offers delicious cold brew, coffee, espresso beverages dazzled in latte art, fresh sandwiches and fluffy pastries.
Andrew Tran is the man who will greet you at the window with a genuine smile. He is one of the owners of Mixtape Bushwick, and the one who usually runs the shop.
“I just love coffee,” Tran says.
That was the motivation for setting up the quaint window a little over a year ago.
“I live in the area and I just love coffee.”
So why not? Shockingly, many people pass by without ever noticing the window is open and gourmet treats are pouring out of it. Cold brew is the top-seller during hot summer months, while lattes are more popular in the winter. Mixtape’s regular roasters include two unique flavors: Ritual and Oslo (featuring Huckleberry). Curious as to what Ritual tastes like? Go taste for yourself!
Mixtape Bushwick is open 7:30AM-7:00PM, Monday through Friday, and 8:30AM-7PM on the weekend. Check out their Instagram to marvel at the amazing latte art and fresh sandwiches created everyday at Mixtape.
Once you lock eyes with Mixtape, you won’t be able to unsee the beauty of on-the-go breakfast.