LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston Mayor Al Anthony, along with his fellow council members and members of the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce, recently cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially mark the opening of Livingston’s new coffee, tea and snack shop, Twisted Tulip.
“We are very happy to have you here and wish you much success,” Anthony said to the owner and staff as he welcomed them to Livingston. “We all love coffee.”
According to owner Eric Cohen, the founders of Twisted Tulip have lived in the area for decades and raised their families in Livingston. When it came to opening a café of his own, Cohen said Livingston was the obvious choice.
“I’m a big fan of cafés and the value that cafés provide a community, so we decided to open one,” said Cohen, who felt there was a need in Livingston for a “place where you could bump into your neighbor and have a spot to hang out.”
“We wanted a café that could serve as an extension of our customer’s family room,” he said. “Our mission is all about community. We felt we have to be great citizens of that community, so we made sure to bring in quality, locally made products and do it all in a way that was respectful of the environment.”
The popular new coffee café has been the darling of Livingston’s community Facebook pages since its opening and has garnered accolades from those who have sampled its caffeinated delights and baked goods.
According to Cohen, Twisted Tulip buys its fresh beans weekly from New Jersey or New York City and roasts them in small batches. The popular syrups, on the other hand, are all made in house.
“Lavender syrup is made from lavender picked from our manager’s garden and does not come from a factory,” he said as an example.
Twisted Tulip also partners with local bakeries for all of its snacks. In fact, the donuts, scones, muffins and cookies offered at last week’s grand opening came from local caterer The Danish Baking Girl and Squirrel & The Bee in Millburn.
A sampling of Facebook comments from local residents confirms that Twisted Tulip is already a Livingston favorite.
Stacey Walker wrote that the new shop employs “a fabulous and talented team,” while Wendy Sackstein Godel added that it is “definitely worth a visit.”
“I am so happy that we finally have a decent coffee place in our township,” said Janet Ching. “The staff is very friendly here.”
Neetu Jain shared her opinion about the interior, stating that the “modern” and “sharp” design adds to the “outstanding” gourmet coffee.
“I am meticulous when I roast and brew my own coffee, and I have had some damn good cups, but what Dee crafted for me the other day blew my mind,” said John Entrada.
Suzanne Gliniak Lampert expressed interest in the lavender syrup, which she said is “beyond amazing,” and Nora Leval Vickerman praised the creativity of the menu.
“Highly recommend Twisted Tulip if you want good coffee,” said Vickerman. “Why not shop local and support a new business?”
Cohen said he is very pleased with the reception Twisted Tulip has received.
“We actually underestimated this, as the support from the community has been even better than our high expectations,” said Cohen, sharing his commitment to providing high-quality coffee, delicious food, exceptional hospitality and a warm atmosphere to the community. “We want to be an affordable luxury for our customers—a place they can come to to relax, have some high quality food and drink, and be greeted with a smile. We want to be the place where everyone knows your name.”
Cohen also noted that the staff is working diligently to ensure the café is as “green” as possible by using recyclable containers and reusing items when appropriate.
He emphasized that in addition to serving high-quality coffee and food, service is also of the utmost importance to him.
“We care about the entire service experience, from assuring customers are warmly greeted, to the manner in which their food and drink are served,” he said.
As part of the shop’s local-partnership theme, Cohen said Twisted Tulip intends to carry clothes and crafts from local artists and to also host events for small groups. The shop also plans to support reading groups, poets, musicians and fine artists.
According to the owner, the objective is to “become a hub for the community—a place for people to meet, exchange ideas, enjoy an affordable luxury and even escape.”
Cohen emphasized that the shop is open to feedback and encourages customers to share suggestions.
“We want to be here a long time, so we know we need to thrill our customers so they come back,” said Cohen.
Twisted Tulip is now open daily at 277 Eisenhower Parkway.