The mission and vision of Gregorys Coffee is to be the world leader in Specialty Coffee, and to cultivate an unforgettable experience for our guests through product, service, efficiency, presentation and ambiance.
Gregorys Coffee opened for business in 2006 with one goal in mind: to provide you with the perfect cup of coffee. The story of how we got to opening our doors begins some 30 years earlier at a donut shop in South Brooklyn.
Our founder and CEO, Gregory Zamfotis, was practically raised in the food and beverage industry. From a very young age, he was immersed in his father’s businesses, and had the unique opportunity to be involved in every aspect of the operations. His father George began his career in F+B in 1973 at a donut shop in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. George would go on to become a serial entrepreneur, owning and operating donut shops, delis, pizzerias, sandwich shops and even a bar. Greg grew up in and around these businesses, from shaving carrots and making deliveries, to eventually helping manage some of the businesses. He was always hanging on his father’s words, and he was eager to help in any way possible.
Given the incredible experiences Greg had while working alongside his father, the logical choice would have been to continue in his father’s footsteps. However, Greg decided to study finance, operations management and philosophy at college, planning to make a name for himself in the field of banking. After a brief stint working in the field, he decided it was not the career for him. He then went off to law school, thinking that corporate law would be his future. History repeated itself, and after taking on his first legal job, Greg decided he needed to get back to his roots.
He realized that his true passion was service, and his dream was to create something of his own. He had recently become very intrigued by all things coffee, and he decided that it would be ideal to combine his life’s experience with his affinity for coffee. After earning his law degree, he persuaded his father to open a coffee company, and with the opening of the first Gregorys Coffee, Greg’s dream became a reality.
The invaluable lessons Greg learned while watching his father run his businesses became the pillars upon which Gregorys Coffee was built. We wanted to open a specialty coffee company in the heart of New York City, focusing on the three things Greg’s father taught him were essential to succeeding in the industry: friendly service, speed and a superior quality product. The results were amazing, and it didn’t take long for the father & son team to open more locations.
As the company grows, and more and more amazing people join the team, we continually defy the trend of sacrificing quality for size. Instead, we are hellbent on improving in all areas: from roasting our own beans and baking our own pastries to ensure superior quality, to our intensive barista training program to guarantee welcoming and efficient service, our focus is on improving every single day. It only takes one visit to any of our nearly thirty stores across three states to understand that at Gregorys Coffee, we and our (G)regulars truly do See Coffee Differently.
We work with the world's premier importers and exporters of coffee, who give us access to the best and most interesting coffees available. Our team works tirelessly to select coffees for our program and develop roast profiles to bring the absolute best out of each bean. We roast four days a week in our facility in Long Island City ensuring freshness. Our program includes Gregs House, our everyday blend, Night Vision, our one of a kind espresso blend, as well as a decaf blend that we are extremely proud of. In addition, we always carry three limited edition single origin coffees that we source for their unique, exotic and special flavor profiles.
Gregorys is more than just coffee. Our pastries and packaged foods are curated by our in-house registered dietitian and prepared from scratch daily by our amazing team of bakers. While we have a number of staple items in the food program, we take pride in our ability to innovate, constantly updating our offerings. From new and interesting health conscious items to familiar, comforting foods, we do it all. As proud as we are of the coffee program, our teams' ability to produce incredible baked goods, light bites and healthy options truly sets us apart.