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'Breaking Bad' Café Debuts in Brooklyn

At Walter’s, the menu is a periodic table and coffee comes in beakers
Breaking Bad
Photo: Ben Leuner/AMC

Brooklyn-based Breaking Bad fans, your time has come. After a Breaking Bad-inspired café called Walter’s opened in Istanbul last year, American fans were searching for their fix. Now, owner Deniz Kosan has opened an outpost of Walter’s Coffee Roastery in Bushwick.

At first glance, the café looks like another third-wave coffee shop—albeit one with laboratory undertones. As Kosan explains to Grub Street, “It’s Breaking Bad-inspired, not Breaking Bad-themed. . . . I can’t make it clear enough that this isn’t a theme park, but a unique coffee shop with just hints of the TV show.”

Those hints mean that the menu is written to look like a periodic table and there are touches of hazmat yellow everywhere, from the chairs to the sign outside. The coffee, which is sourced from Nicaragua, Ethiopia and Colombia, and is roasted in Red Hook at the Pulley Collective, is served in beakers that might give you flashbacks to high school chemistry.

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Inspiration for the café came from a scene in the third season when Walter White and his assistant discuss the science behind producing a great cup of coffee. As Kosan explains, “If you watch the TV show again and again for, like, the third time, you see hints and details you couldn’t see the first time, and there is a lot about coffee going on during the show.”

Who knew science could taste so good?

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