Our Story

The Ink Corner Café is a premier, specialty coffee roaster/espresso bar in Cicero, NY just off Route 31. We pride ourselves on the craft of gourmet coffee, and above all else, on the freshness every coffee drinker desires. Every day, we deliver delicious coffee to our customers by relying on the best quality beans and brewing practices. But the story of how we made this happen wasn’t always so simple.

Our story begins in 1996 with a young couple’s decision to leave their home in Romania and move to the US. Bringing with them a distinct European coffee heritage, they grew up wanting to share their love for coffee with others. 22 years later, that becomes possible with the birth of Ink Corner.

At Ink Corner, our coffee practices blend classic and contemporary. Every step of our bean-to-cup process acknowledges a European past whose coffee culture is centuries old and centuries strong. Hailing from the Black Sea, our practices are inspired by Turkish traditions of coffee preparation and demonstrate the deep passion all coffee lovers share for the past.

As the only espresso bar in Cicero, NY, we bring a distinct style to the coffee scene in our town—we roast in-house because we insist on quality—and on demonstration. Coffee is as much a necessity as it is a chance to slow down and admire the beautiful science behind preparing the perfect cup. When we realized this, we knew we had to share our passion for coffee with the greater Syracuse community, a community we’ve grown to love.

Ultimately, the story of any espresso bar is impossible without high-quality coffee beans. After tasting over 100 sample cups, we finally decided on Sonofresco as our distributor. And suddenly, we knew we had hit the jackpot. So we committed. We promise you’ll find our blends smooth, strong, and tasty.

We invite you to stop by and give us a try. Bring a book or a group of friends—even make us a stop on your trip across New York State: we welcome all.