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New Bed-Stuy Coffee Shop To Offer Baking and Cooking Classes

By Camille Bautista | March 26, 2015 1:57pm | Updated on March 27, 2015 6:17pm
 A rendering of Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen, a new coffee shop slated to open on Bedford Avenue in April. The spot will host a variety of educational events and classes to promote
A rendering of Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen, a new coffee shop slated to open on Bedford Avenue in April. The spot will host a variety of educational events and classes to promote "conscious living."
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — The owner of a new farm-to-table coffee shop wants to bring “conscious living” to the community through cooking classes and composting.

Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen, slated to open in April at 1058 Bedford Ave., will serve up a variety of homemade, gluten-free and refined-sugar-free snacks along with organic tea, kombucha and espressos.

“Every aspect of this place is going to encourage and educate people to live a healthier lifestyle,” said owner Laura Sorensen.

The cafe features an open kitchen where patrons can learn about making healthy snacks and the coffeehouse space will serve as a gathering for book clubs, movie nights and local events," she said.

The shop also has plans to host activities like hiking excursions, as well as cooking and baking classes for adults and children. Stonefruit will also make composting available for the neighborhood, Sorensen said.

Sorensen, a 31-year-old Williamsburg resident, left behind a seven-year career in the beauty industry after being “inspired to bring food culture back to its roots,” she said.

A Kickstarter campaign launched for the shop looks to raise $20,000 to cover equipment costs for items such as coffee grinders, refrigerators and freezers.

“We’re promoting wellness from the inside-out and you won’t find any of those calorie-bomb croissants and muffins here,” Sorenson said. “This is geared towards leaving the community in a better place than you found it.”