The Gillies Coffee Co. says it may be time to pack its beans and go.
The 163-year-old Brooklyn business has been ordered to pay a $400 fine for polluting the air with the smell of roasted coffee – and that has the owners steaming mad.
“There is nothing I can do to stop the smell of coffee,” said Hy Chabbott, a co-owner of the roasting and distribution warehouse. “If the [city] continues to find these smells offensive, we’re going to have to find another place to roast our coffee.”
Responding to a complaint last June, a city Environmental Protection Department inspector visited the 19th St. shop and discovered “heavy coffee odors.” With that, he issued a pollution code violation.