Popular Montclair Coffee Shop Expands

by Peter Candia
Paper Plane Coffee Co.

Paper Plane Coffee Co. opened in 2015 and quickly became one of the state’s best coffee shops. The team describes the concept as “a blend of traditional values and third-wave techniques.” With an expanded space finally here, Paper Plane is bound to take off. 

Paper Plane sources their coffee beans from the mountains of Colombia in an area they call “The Paper Plains.” The plains where they grow their coffee is also near where eucalyptus is grown to make paper. Hence, the play on words. Naturally, this was fitting for their shop’s name. 

The hip coffee shop focuses on sustainably sourced coffee that puts an emphasis on quality over quantity. For coffee aficionados, it is one of the premier coffee roasters in the Garden State. When shopping at Paper Plane, you can expect to enjoy classic drip coffee, espresso, cold brew, specialty lattes and more. Wholesale coffee beans are also available to bring home.

The only thing holding them back was always the size of their shop. The quaint shop lives on N Fullerton Avenue in Montclair and, during a rush, fills up rather quickly. However, as of today, the shop is expanding. 

Paper Plane bought the space directly next door on the corner of N Fullerton and Claremont Ave, which was previously occupied by a beloved staple in the community: Dem 2 Hands. The clothing boutique called the corner space home for over thirty years. When they sadly closed down last year, Paper Plane began the process of expanding into next door. 

The historic corner storefront is now the new Paper Plane sit-down cafe, while the original space is transforming into an educational hub for coffee: featuring classes, tastings and more. The new shop features airplane seats and mock windows to create the illusion of an airplane cabin. The coffee counter is dead center, featuring a beautiful espresso machine and taps pouring cold brew and iced coffee. The wall features a mural done by local artist, Olga Muzician, which reads “Come fly with me”—a nod to New Jersey great Frank Sinatra. 

Paper Plane Coffee Co. is entering a new chapter, but no matter the changes, they are still committed to the same thing that brought them to local fame: Really good coffee.

About the Author/s

Peter Candia is the Food + Drink Editor at New Jersey Digest. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Peter found a passion for food journalism midway through his schooling and never looked back. He is a former line cook, server and bartender at top-rated restaurants in the tri-state area. Peter never stops learning and he is always in the weeds.

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