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Build-Outs Of Summer: Tenfold Coffee Company In Houston, TX

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Though Austin is the easy answer to “best coffee scene in Texas,” Houston has quietly been very, very good for some time now. This is due, in part, to the fact that it is a coffee scene that largely keeps to itself; you won’t find cafes from Dallas, Austin, or San Antonio trying to make moves inside H-town, nor will you find Houston cafes looking to expand across city lines either. But don’t let the city’s insular nature fool you, Houston is home to a handful of cafes that would excel just about anywhere in the United States but nonetheless feel the most at home right where they are.

Adding to the menagerie that is the coffee scene in Texas’s largest city is a brand new outfit, Tenfold Coffee Company. After spending well over a decade as a coffee professional in Seattle and Melbourne, owner Jacob Ibarra opted to head down south and break ground on a coffee company of his own. Building off his time in big name coffee markets, Ibarra states his goal is to increase coffee education and accessibility in ways that haven’t yet been done in Houston. This will come via a completely refinished 3,000-square-foot warehouse expected to open some time in September. To learn more about Tenfold Coffee, we spoke with Jacob Ibarra digitally.

The 2019 Build-Outs of Summer is presented by Pacific Barista SeriesnotNeutralKeepCup, and Mill City Roasters.

As told to Sprudge by Jacob Ibarra.

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For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?

At the heart of it all, what we are trying to do is build better supply chains. We want to be advocates and great partners for the producers we step into relationships with, but believe to make it sustainable and profitable for all involved there has to be some strategy behind it. Practically, we understand that if we want the good we hope to do to be long lasting and profitable we need the consuming side to buy in. Thus, as our first step we are building a cafe/roastery that is more akin to a craft brewery. In Houston, there are just a few who readily invite people into the craft of coffee making and we believe no one has stepped into education and making coffee accessible like we plan. The hope is that with all this we begin to build an audience and customer base that is committed to the craft and genuinely curious about coffee at large. From here we hope this helps us take them on a coffee journey that leads to Tenfold creating better supply chains and more hopeful producer relationships.

Can you tell us a bit about the new space?

Our warehouse is within a three building development in a great, inner-city Houston neighborhood, the Heights. Currently there is an existing craft cocktail bar and in construction are a gym and barber shop in another building. We have the third building which is a 3,000-square-foot warehouse that has been ‘”re-skinned”. We will be taking over the interior and plan to finish it in a modern, yet fun way—taking many cues from the many years I spent in the Australian cafe scene. We have lots of natural light—nearly three whole walls—which gives the space warmth and great perspective. Also, we have a side room attached to the main space that is being converted into a lab. The lab and the main cafe/roastery space is attached by a deck, which will have a very clean yet artistic pergola and seating area that welcomes the neighborhood from the street and invites consumers to enjoy the outdoors.

What’s your approach to coffee?

Wow. Big question but as I have been hiring I have been sharing these three words a lot: quality, sustainability, and hospitality. We have named the company Tenfold because we believe it speaks to excellence. We want everything we produce, including those experiences we give a customer, to speak quality. Quality is a leading way we can distinguish ourselves from the rest of the coffee market. Regarding sustainability, I’d say that Houston is generally behind the curve from the cities I have been in over the last 15 years—Seattle and Melbourne. But, I come at it from a procurement perspective and it would clearly be ironic for me to tell farmers to take care of their land and then trash it with improper practices and culture on the consuming side. Thus, we are taking steps to have a sustainable lens in all the we do and am excited to see how we will grow in this. As for hospitality, I have witnessed too many specialty coffee shops forget the notion that we actually exist in the hospitality industry. At the core of it, we are called to be hospitable and if we can do this well, I fully believe we can progress our vision and aims within specialty coffee.

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Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?

On the main bar we will have a Marco Uber Boiler, two Nuova Simonelli Mythos Two grinders, a Mahlkönig EK43 grinder, Curtis G4 batch brewer, and the new La Marzocco KB90. The lab will have a Uber Boiler, La Marzocco Linea PB, Mythos One, two Baratza Settes, and an Ikawa sample roaster.

How is your project considering sustainability?

As mentioned previously, this is one of the bigger lens we are trying to look through. Also, we are trying to do this quite holistically. We are soon to start the B Corp “Pending” process, which is geared toward early stage businesses. We have a lot of respect for the B Corp community and know it will help shape our business practices. On the roastery/production side, we have picked up some newer technology called a VortX. Via this machine we will reduce our roasting production gas usage by more than half. The VortX uses water to cleanse exhaust from the roaster instead of a traditional natural gas burning afterburner. In the cafe we will heavily promote and incentivize customers to buy and utilize reusable cups. We are in discussion with Huskee and Frank Green to use and sell in the cafe and retail shelves. Both of these products do a tremendous job of blending beauty with function and in the cafe we will discount orders from those customers who utilize a reusable cup. Also, if you buy a reusable cup from our retail shelves we will grant the customer a free cup of coffee with that purchase. The last thing I will mention is that we will be exploring a “Greater Heights” series of merchandise where all proceeds go to a sustainable endeavor at origin and within one of the coffee communities we work with. I am quite close to the Long Miles Project of Burundi, and Ben Carlson is one my investors and strategic leaders at Tenfold. Ben is leading a new 50 year project to plants trees and re-flourish the Kibira National Forest. The Kibira forest is losing trees at an alarming rate and will change the environmental landscape for coffee farmers so dramatically that production might cease to exist in the province. We want to help and thus for the foreseeable future the proceeds from the the Greater Heights series will head to Burundi and the Trees for Kibira project.

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What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?

Late September

Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?

Yes, Swerdt Design Group was my architect. Fly Wheel Co collaborated on my brand identity and packaging. Vanessa Farris (who is actually also training to be our roaster) is a woodworker and building a number of our larger more communal tables.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Tenfold Coffee Company is located at 101 Aurora St, Houston. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Build-Outs Of Summer is an annual series on Sprudge. Live the thrill of the build all summer long in our Build-Outs feature hub.

Photos by Vincent Mercer Jr

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“More Than 35” Dead In Ethiopia’s Sidama Zone Following Civil Unrest

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There is civil unrest in Ethiopia’s Sidama Zone. According to the Ethiopia Observer, the past week has seen protests across the southern Ethiopian region—many of them violent—following the murder of a young man on July 18th. One protest in the Hagere Selam town of Hula Woreda was met with gunfire from federal police, killing 14 people, according to a witness on the scene.

New reports from the Addis Standard state the death total has reached “more than 35,” with hundreds more displaced.

Much of the unrest stems from the Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM), a group seeking an “autonomous region for Sidama ethnic group.” The Ethiopia Observer notes that many of the attacks seen in the Sidama Zone have been carried out along ethnic lines. “Non-Sidama ethnic communities were targeted, houses and government buildings burned, shops looted by an organized group.”

Among the buildings destroy were three orthodox churches in Hagere Selam, “Vehicles belonging to Yirga Alem town’s administration,” and a flour factory owned by a person born in a different region of Ethiopia. Also caught in the crossfire is the Aregash Lodge, “a popular tourist destination located in the outskirts of Yirga Alem” that was a frequent stopover for coffee travelers on origin trips. One member of the Aregash Lodge management tells the Ethiopia Observer that two of their vans (as well as one of their client’s vehicles) were burned and all of their tukuls—round mud huts with thatched cone roofs where visitors would stay—were looted; none were burned in the fires.

A referendum is expected to be held to decide the Sidama Zone’s quest for statehood, but many of the Sidama activists believe it is coming too late, per the article.

There is currently no official count of those who lost their lives as the violence continues to be carried out by protestors and police alike. According to the Addis Standard, internet has been disable across the entire zone and cell service is “hardly available,” so the final total may not be known for a while.

This story is developing…

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

Top image via the Ethiopia Observer

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The 1907: Inside Onyx Coffee Lab’s Stunning, Soaring New Arkansas HQ

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Northwest Arkansas’s Onyx Coffee Lab doesn’t operate in half measures. Anything they do, they do fully. When they compete at the US Coffee Championships, they are after the big trophies; to date, they have two national titles and too many finals appearances to count (across all five competitions), including a staggering total of five from the 2019 season alone. When they open a new cafe—as with their Bentonville lab a few years back, featured here on Sprudge—it exists somewhere in the realm between fantastical and extravagant.

So when it was announced that Onyx would be opening a new headquarters, the question was not if they would try to clear the high bar they set for themselves, but how. What sort of wonders would they employ? Would there be Willy Wonka-esque tubes overhead shooting coffee around all nimbly bimbly? What about slides? Will they have those, y’know, just because? Their answer to how to out-Onyx themselves is The 1907, a three-story, 30,000-square-foot cafe/roasting lab/headquarters/shared space in downtown Rogers, where owners Andrea and Jon Allen—along with a few of their fellow NWA maker friends—house a variety of ventures both in- and outside of coffee. And yes, there are Willy Wonka coffee tubes; only one slide though.

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The 110-year-old building that now houses The 1907—named in reference to the year it was built—was originally a Rogers Wholesale Grocer before becoming a Dollar Saver variety store in the ‘70s; faded whispers of that past life still appear scribbled across a green backdrop at the top of the historic structure’s red-brick exterior. When the Dollar Saver shuttered in 2015, Onyx jumped on the opportunity to develop a space to “showcase all the [post-origin] aspects of the coffee industry… under one roof, from roasting, cupping, baristas, bakers, coffee baggers, etc,” as Jon Allen describes. Three-plus years later, that dream has come to fruition.

Along with other ventures backed by the Allens—including The Foreman, an upstairs cocktail bar run by former Onyx Head of R&D Brendon Glidden, and Doughp (pronounced “dope”), the French-inspired pastry shop churning out buttery deliciousness for all Onyx locations—The 1907 is also home to Heirloom, a 20-person, seasonally-inspired prix fixe restaurant by chef/co-owner Jason Paul as well as the soon-to-open new outpost for Yeyo’s, a mezcaleria and taqueria from chef/farmer Rafael Rios.

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“The Foreman” cocktail bar.

At the center of all this, both conceptually and literally, is coffee. The progressive standalone coffee station is the unmissable nucleus of the entire building. Adorned in slatted light wood and white marble, the floating coffee bar keeps things clean and minimalist with Modbar espresso, steam wand, and pour-over modules. A Mahlkönig EK43S and two Nuova Simonelli Mythos II grinders have all been moved to custom insets in the back bar, along with all batch brew from the 3Temp system.

Aesthetically thoughtful as the bar is, the coolest feature is around the corner, at the finishing station. There, the most tenured Onyx barista acts as expeditor, QCing and finishing all drinks to ensure quality. With a single Modbar steam module, the final touches are added to each drink, including any sugar requested by the customer and even gently steamed cream to match the temperature of the beverage.

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Continuing the innovation, one new feature to the Onyx menu is nitro. Not simply just a nitro cold brew or some such single beverage, Onyx offers customers the option to nitrogenate any drink on the spot (using the same system from Dylan Siemens’ Finals run at the 2019 US Barista Championship).

Continuing to draw inspiration from the restaurant world, the roasting facility behind the coffee bar is completely open concept at every step of the process (sans green coffee storage). Everything from sample roasting to bagging is on full display, even the daily QC cuppings, though these are normally performed in the open-air upstairs walkways sitting above the coffee bar.

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And the roasting operation puts on a bit of a show for any interested onlooker. After a batch of coffee is dropped from the brand new, custom-painted Diedrich CR-70 roaster—one of the staggering six roasters in the facility that includes two Stonghold S7 Pro sample roasters and two S9 roasters dedicated solely to cold brew profiles—the beans are transported via the aforementioned Willy Wonka tubes to Onyx’s other new toy, the Sōvda Pearl Mini color sorter. Using high-speed imaging, the Sōvda uses puffs of air to kick out any beans that don’t meet the defined parameters. Jon Allen states that for Onyx, there’s a loss of roughly two percent of the total roast, resulting in a much cleaner cup. The kicked out beans are then collected and donated to area shelters, halfway homes, and soup kitchens (and not used to make cold brew, as I half-jokingly asked).

For Onyx, the open concept through line is done to promote transparency, and not just for transparency’s sake; the purpose, according to Jon, is as much for the customer as it is for themselves. “The intent is to show the level of detail, work, and talent that goes into running a roastery/cafe operation,” Allen tells me. “It’s been really good for the public to see and appreciate what we all do every day and I think good for our own staff culture to respect each others’ jobs and find camaraderie across the supply chain.”

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What is not seen but is as important to the guest experience, both in Onyx cafes and those of their wholesale partners, takes place out of plain sight, downstairs (or down the wooden slide if you’re feeling brave) in the training lab. In contrast to the clean-yet-cozy feel above, the training lab is dominated by stark whites. Enclosed in glass and very much looking like you would be required to wear a cleanroom suit to enter, the training lab is chockfull of all manner of espresso machines and grinders—all in white of course—to make sure they are able to train wholesale partners who come through on the machine combination they’ll be using back home. According to Siemens, Onyx’s Head of Training, everything is modular. The machine configurations can be moved to imitate—and if need be, suggest changes to—the physical layout of the home shops as well. It’s but another small but thoughtful detail in a 30,000-square-foot space full of them.

The 1907 is an encapsulation of who Onyx Coffee Lab is in 2019. Yes, there’s flash, a bit of a “why the hell not?” attitude that allows some of their more grandiose tendencies to play out in technicolor. Onyx’s flair for the dramatic is nothing new, mind you; this is the same company that shot the moon with their Bentonville build-out, the company that before that up and painted their portion of the strip mall façade, where their Fayetteville cafe is, in all black. But beneath it all—quite literally in the case of The 1907—there is a commitment to quality, to making sure the style is backed by substance.

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In the seven years since Onyx began their takeover of the Northwest Arkansas coffee scene, their relationship to the customer has undergone a seismic shift, from reactive to proactive. Where they were once the coffee shop with the drive-thru window to cater to the expectations of the clientele, they have become a brand that is constantly challenging—if not outright demanding—their guests to think about what they are drinking in ways they perhaps hadn’t previously. That mandate started in the coffee space with their Bentonville lab and continues today with The 1907, where it has expanded to include other food and beverage spheres. They are in no uncertain terms tastemakers, forward thinkers in Northwest Arkansas and the national coffee community at large.

And yet they still operate that same (largely unchanged) Fayetteville cafe. The evolution of Onyx is not one of outgrowth but of expansion, both geographically and thematically. It’s drive-thru windows and it’s Willy Wonka tubes, S’mores Gibraltars and finishing bars. It’s coffee—and cocktails and pastries and so on—for where you are and where you want to be.

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The 1907 is located at 101 E Walnut St, Rogers. Visit Onyx Coffee Lab’s official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

Disclosure: Onyx Coffee is an advertising partner on Sprudge Media Network.

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Venice Fines Tourists For Making Their Own Coffee

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Have you ever met someone who purports to love a thing but they always seem to find ways to suck all the fun out of it and you’re pretty sure they actually secretly hate it? That’s Venice with coffee. When it’s not charging tourist $48 for two cups of buck-fifty coffee, the city in northeastern Italy—no doubt replete with locals who will argue histrionically about how the way they do coffee is in fact the best in the world—is fining them over $1,000 for making their own.

According to the Independent, two German backpackers were sitting along the Rialto Bridge, taking in some lovely, lovely canal sights. When the pair of Berliners—presumably accustomed to the sort of brew available in their stellar coffee scene at home—grew thirsty for a nice cup of coffee, they decided to forgo the tourist upcharge and bust out their camp stove and make it themselves.

For their crime of coffeeing while in Venice, the pair was arrested by the local police. One city official stated the pair was offending “the rules of public decorum and respect,” and for this they earned a total of €950 ($1,065 USD) in fines—€650 for the male and €300 for the female—and a one-way ticket out of the city.

“Venice must be respected and those rude who think they come to the city and do what they want must understand that, thanks to the girls and boys of the local police, they will be taken, sanctioned and removed,” said Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor.

“From now on furthermore, we will also report them to the embassies and consulates of their countries of origin.”

Now, some might say the Berliners crime was having an open flame at a Unesco heritage site, which sure, that’s probably what Venetians want you to think. But if there’s any place an open flame is acceptable, it’s next to a body of water, like a canal. If the brewing goes sideways, you can just kick it in; it still wouldn’t be remotely close to the worst thing to have gone for a swim in those dirty, dirty waters, voluntarily or otherwise. What it really is is that they hate coffee, especially those who dare to not drink Italian coffee.

But them’s the rules. Dura lex, sed lex. So tourists, if you want to enjoy a nice cuppa next to a lovely canal, forget Venice. Go to Paris.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Build-Outs Of Summer: Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters In St. Thomas, USVI

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Out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean there is an island paradise by the name of St. Thomas. The US Virgin Island is but a short three-hour plane ride from Miami, but sadly it is equidistant from a good cup of coffee. Or at least it was, until Virgin Island Coffee Roasters came to town. Established in 2012, Virgin Islands Coffee has served primarily as a roaster/wholesaler to other cafes, but now, after seven years in the biz, they have opened their own cafe.

Attached to their St. Thomas roastery—the company also has a mainland roasting operation in Boynton Beach, Florida—VIC’s new cafe is serving tourists and locals alike a taste of specialty coffee. White sand and flat whites, what could be a more perfect vacation than that?

The 2019 Build-Outs of Summer is presented by Pacific Barista SeriesnotNeutralKeepCup, and Mill City Roasters.

As told to Sprudge by Ramsey Smith.

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For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?

Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters was created in the summer of 2012 with one goal in mind, bring specialty coffee to an isolated remote island community. From roasting and distributing for seven years to recovering from back to back Category 5 hurricanes we now have opened a first class third wave cafe attached to our roastery for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the fruits of a dynamic industry.

Can you tell us a bit about the new space?

Clean, simple, open, and transparent with our roasting in view for the world to enjoy and learn. We have focused our energy on creating a dynamic space with very cool finishes from all white penny tile bar to custom lights from London as well as floor to ceiling coffee bush illustration.

What’s your approach to coffee?

Transparency from producer to roaster to customer.

Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?

Nuovo Simonelli Aurelia Wave

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What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?

May 2019

Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?

Designer: Malachy Carron – Royal Carron
Bar: Zack – Zook Zook Industries, Optimal Construction

Thank you!

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Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters is located at 9718 Estate Thomas, St. Thomas. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Build-Outs Of Summer is an annual series on Sprudge. Live the thrill of the build all summer long in our Build-Outs feature hub.

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Applications For The 2020 Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp Are Now Open

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One of the largest takeaways from the 2019 US Coffee Championship season was the breakout success of Glitter Cat. The barista bootcamp created by two-time US Barista Championship finalist T. Ben Fischer that focuses on providing training and resources to under-represented groups in coffee competition placed two competitors into the 2019 USBC Finals with a third, first-timer Anthony Ragler, just a whisper away from making the final six. The Glitter Cat baristas were northing short of a force to be reckoned with in 2019, and 2020 looks to be no different.

Now in its second year, the Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp has expanded beyond just the Barista Championship to include the Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, and Roasters Competition. And applications are now open!

Taking place throughout October and November of this year, each of the four disciplines will have a dedicated, all-expenses paid two-and-a-half day bootcamp, instructed by both last year’s US champion and a Head Judge from that event. The schedule is as follows:

Roasters Bootcamp
October 25-26th, 2019
Mill City Roasters in Minneapolis, MN
2019 United States Roasters Champion Shelby Williamson and 2019 United States Cup Tasters Champion Jen Apodaca instructing

Barista Bootcamp
November 2-4, 2019
Dillano’s Coffee Roasters in Sumner, Washington
2019 United States Barista Champion Samantha Spillman instructing

Brewers Bootcamp
November 16-18th, 2019
Work Bench Coffee Labs in Kansas City
2019 United States Brewers Cup Champion Kaley Gann instructing

Coffee In Good Spirits Bootcamp
November 23-25th, 2019
Kohi Coffee in Provincetown, MA
2019 Coffee in Good Spirits Champion Matt Foster instructing

Fischer tells Sprudge:

I’m pretty dang excited for the 2020 season. 2019 was filled with ideas, growth, mistakes, and a development of a program that had a foggy yet fabulous future. After the glitter settled from last year, I got to sit down, journal, and truly think about where Glitter Cat was and where it could grow. We wanted to expand access but make sure that Glitter Cats were getting plenty of individual instruction and follow-up help. We also wanted to make sure that the positive impact was felt across the whole competition scene. The best way for us to do this was to expand to three other competitions and have four bootcamps with limited to ten participants each.

As with the inaugural barista bootcamp, Glitter Cat is seeking coffee professionals with varying levels of experience “who identify as part of a marginalized community,” including but not limited to “LGBTQIA+, womxn, racial/ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.” Applications will be accepted through the 15th of August and can be made via the Glitter Cat website.

For more information about Glitter Cat Bootcamp, the 2020 curriculum, or to apply, visit Glitter Cat’s official website. And make sure you have a Twitter account. When you’re climbing the ranks through the First Round, then the Semis, and ultimately into the Finals, you’re going to want to know every time Sprudge Live live-tweets your name.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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A Coffee Drinker’s Guide To Newcastle

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The vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne is known for its nightlife, its numerous bridges, its distinctive “Geordie” accent, and of course, brown ale. But if you prefer your beverages hot and caffeinated, you will not be disappointed with this northern city’s diverse and growing coffee culture.

Whether you are just visiting Newcastle, or already live here and are after a new place to get your coffee, there is no lack of great cafes in the city. There are also several roasteries based in the North East region, including Ouseburn Coffee Co., Tynemouth Coffee, Pink Lane, and longstanding classic Pumphreys. Furthermore, the many cafes and coffee shops in the area are varied in their atmospheres and approaches, resulting in a unique coffee scene and a lack of overt competitiveness. Newcastle offers everything from cozy hangouts with a focus on local produce, to sleek, minimalist, Aussie-inspired multi-roasters.

The locations of the shops included in this guide show that wherever you are in Newcastle, you are never too far from a decent cup of coffee. Whether you are exploring the shops of Northumberland Street, in the quiet suburb of Heaton or exploring contemporary art across the river in Gateshead’s BALTIC gallery, there is an excellent barista somewhere in the vicinity.

 

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Pink Lane Coffee

Anyone visiting Newcastle by train is lucky enough to have Pink Lane to greet them almost as soon as they step out of Central Station. Conveniently located on the eponymous cobbled lane, the shop has been open since 2012.

Pink Lane is recognizable by a copper sign adorning the exterior. Inside, you place your order at a simple white and grey tiled bar, garnished by a range of cakes (and often donuts!) and lined with white metal bar stools. The walls are adorned with illustrations including a coffee-sipping badger. The shop has plenty of smaller tables, popular with laptop-users, as well as some larger spaces and a much-Instagrammed pink neon sign towards the back.

The shop offers a range of filter brews, as well as the usual array of espresso-based choices and other hot drinks. Despite being a multi-roaster shop, Pink Lane is known for the coffee produced by its very own roastery. Using responsibly-sourced beans from around the globe that are roasted on the lighter side, this roastery produces stunning, unique coffee favored by baristas for miles around. The company has been known to support new and local businesses and is, perhaps, the highlight of Newcastle’s independent coffee scene.

Pink Lane Coffee is located at 1 Pink Ln, Newcastle upon Tyne. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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BLK

There is no shortage of cafes in Heaton—a suburb popular with students and families—but BLK stands out. This place would be easy to underestimate, not least due to its compact size. However, visit BLK and you will see that it is well worth straying from the center of town for. I have never had a coffee from BLK which I could fault, and it is clear that effort goes into every drink.

While many of Newcastle’s coffee shops are understandably loyal to local roasteries, it is refreshing that BLK has chosen to go the multi-roaster route. During a recent visit, the espresso on offer was Round Hill Roastery’s Costa Rica Unit Fourteen, while the range of filter offerings included Has Bean’s Ethiopia Tadess Roba (v60) as well as options for Kalita and AeroPress. Past guests have included beans from Berlin’s Five Elephant.

The minimal-styled shop has just a few seats and offers a small range of cakes and pastries. However, if you choose not to sit in, there are worse ways to spend a sunny afternoon than strolling through leafy Heaton Park and exploring Chillingham Road’s quirky shops with a perfectly poured flat white in hand.

* As of July 1, BLK has become Brew & Bite and has expanded its food offerings.

BLK is located at 214 Chillingham Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Camber Coffee

Located above Start Fitness on the city center’s Market Street, Camber Coffee [no relation to Camber Coffee in Bellingham, WA] is the definition of a hidden gem. Once you reach the stairs through rails of fitness gear and sportswear, you will find yourself rewarded by a spacious cafe with friendly staff.

Camber seems to have found the halfway point between minimalist and cozy, embellishing their tables with books and plants without creating a cluttered feel. With its generous seating and laid-back atmosphere, it is the ideal place for larger groups to meet up. Framed cycling jerseys adorn the walls, but you might just forget that you are in a fitness store once seated.

Camber offers a simple coffee menu, focusing on espresso-based drinks. The beans come exclusively from Pilgrims Coffee of Holy Island, showing their loyalty to local providers. Pilgrims is a small, rural roastery offering seasonal, sustainable, and ethically-sourced products. Camber’s food is all vegetarian and/or vegan. A new menu was recently introduced, and the kitchen now offers regular specials such as a black bean udon noodle bowl.

Despite being hidden in plain sight, Camber’s unusual location is a big draw, making it the ideal sanctuary from the crowds of shoppers in nearby Eldon Square.

Camber Coffee is located at 33-35 Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Backyard Bike Shop

By the River Brew Co opened in 2018 in Gateshead, just across the Tyne from Newcastle. Identifying as a “creative container community,” the waterside complex includes a street food market, a microbrewery and concept restaurant Träkol. In amongst all of this is Backyard Bike Shop, which has the capacity to both fix your bike and serve you some of the best coffee either side of the river.

The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming with a slight rustic edge. The space doubles as a cocktail bar by night, but during the day you can sit back with a coffee and enjoy a view of either the lively scene over the Tyne or the warm bike workshop, complete with fireplace. The container complex is a short walk away from cultural hotspots, including the famed BALTIC contemporary art center.

Backyard Bike Shop sources its beans from Pink Lane, and the coffee is consistently good. During my recent visit, the espresso was a creamy Peru Cajamarca San Ignacio, while the filter option was the floral Ethiopia Adado. A brunch menu consistent with the warm interior features dishes such as ricotta pancakes with berries and walnuts. Patisserie-standard cakes are always available too.

Backyard Bike Shop is located at Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2BA. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Laneway & Co

Laneway & Co is a small but significant addition to Newcastle’s range of coffee shops. Hidden away down a quiet cobbled street, this shop mingles with a range of independent stores and restaurants including vintage store Retro and gin-drinker’s paradise Pleased to Meet You. This street certainly stands out in a city largely dominated by big-name brands.

In addition to its location, Laneway’s stylish white and wooden interior and laid-back soundtrack make for a relaxed spot to grab a coffee. They are laptop-friendly and the staff could not be more welcoming or knowledgeable. There are impressive cakes, pastries and several breakfast choices to enjoy. The house espresso is from Allpress and the filter options are usually via the excellent Origin.

Laneway & Co is located at 17-19 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Also Worth Visiting

Ernest

This homey bar is based in the artistic Ouseburn area of Newcastle. The unique, quirky decor is clearly heavily influenced by Star Wars and it serves up some of the best brunch in the city. However, it is also a great place to grab a coffee, with beans from local roasters Ouseburn Coffee Company (OCC).

Pumphreys

Established in 1750, Pumphreys is by far the longest-established roastery in Newcastle. This family business offers training, equipment, and wholesale beans, but also has a “coffee centre and brewing emporium” located in the city’s indoor Grainger Market. While their beans are generally roasted a lot darker than those you would find in many third-wave shops, Pumphreys is certainly dedicated to the trade and are the beans of choice for cafes and tearooms all over the North East.

Emily Bolt is a freelance journalist and coffee professional in Newcastle. This is Emily Bolt’s first feature for Sprudge.

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Olympia Coffee Announces New Seattle Flagship Cafe

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A little over a year after the opening of their Tacoma cafe, Olympia Coffee is breaking ground on a brand new Seattle location. In a Sprudge exclusive, co-owners Oliver Stormshak and Sam Schroeder have announced the 1,750-square-foot cafe in the Columbia City neighborhood that will serve as their Seattle flagship.

Their third location outside Olympia and second in Seattle, the historic 1920s building at the corner of Edmunds and Rainier will be home to a cafe, training facility, and community room. Stomshak and Schroeder, the latter of which live in the neighborhood, are hoping to add to the Columbia City Landmark District’s “Main Street vibe, with an old movie theater, a great bakery, multiple ice cream and pizza shops, a collection of independent retail, restaurants, and bars.”

Per Stormshak, the cafe will build upon the menu and bar flow of the other Seattle location, but with a slightly expanded menu still in the works.

Construction on the new Olympia outpost is expected to progress quickly. The space Olympia is taking over was at one time a coffee shop, so all the necessary plumbing and electrical is already in place, significantly decreasing the overall construction timeline. Permits are currently in the works, and once they have been acquired, Stormshak and Schroeder expect the entire build-out to take four months from soup to nuts.

Currently, the Columbia City cafe is very much in the “we’re excited to announce” phase of things. For more information or to follow along with the progress of the build-out, make sure to follow Olympia on on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Olympia Coffee Seattle flagship is located at 4824 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98118.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Returns With A New Sponsor

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the show were Jerry Seinfeld—a comedian—gets in a car with a fellow comedian to shoot the shit over coffee, is returning for a brand new run of episodes. Now in its 11th season, though only its second on Netflix, the show will rely on a similar format as previous years: famous guests, fancy cars, and coffee. But there’s a new question for this season: what coffee?

In previous years, Seinfeld has visited everything from diners to big name specialty cafes like Intelligentsia, Coava, and the now-defunct Handsome Coffee Roasters. In an interview with Sprudge co-founder Jordan Michelman, Seinfeld even mentions purchasing a single-group Slayer espresso machine for home use, so clearly the man takes his coffee somewhat seriously. But for season 11, CICGC has shacked up with Italian coffee brand Lavazza. How will this affect what coffee makes the airwaves?
Will confirmed guests Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen, Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, Jamie Foxx, Sebastian Maniscalco, Martin Short, Mario Joyner, Melissa Villaseñor, Bridget Everett, and Barry Marder get to experience the entirety of the coffee landscape that have been seen in past seasons of the show? Or will they all be sipping from the same white and blue cuppa automatic brew, contractually obligated to look squarely into the camera and say, “mmm smooth”?

Or perhaps each show guest will be treated to a different member of the Lavazza family of coffee. Ricky Gervais seems more like an Espresso Armonico pod guy but I’d say Seth Rogan is more of a ¡Tierra! Nitro Cold Brew fella. I did think I spotted a Joe mug in Matthew Broderick’s hand in the trailer, but we’ll have to wait until the July 19th premiere to find out.

But hey, it’s hard to mad about someone for getting paid, even in the case of Seinfeld, who would be more accurately described as remaining paid. And honestly, I’ll tune in regardless; it’s still funny people being funny together, which I find to be, well, funny. There was just something exciting about seeing places I know and love getting some A-list screen time. It made the show better for me somehow. Hopefully that magic will still be there, regardless of the new sponsor.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Build-Outs Of Summer: Drip Coffee Makers In Brooklyn, NY

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We’re celebrating the thrill of the build all summer long. Big or small, we love ’em all. And they don’t get much smaller than today’s build-out, Drip Coffee Makers in Brooklyn, New York. In a city of fast paces, Nigel Price is offering denizens of the Big Apple a chance to slow down and enjoy a cup of coffee with his brand new pour-over coffee cart.

Surrounded by what Price calls “a glut of grab and go cafes,” Drip is the counterpoint. Featuring a Mahlkönig EK43S and a host of lesser-known pour-over devices, Drip is the solar-powered slow pour cart last seen serving Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Currently, Price can be found offering a slice of the slow life at farmers markets and corporate events around NYC, so keep an eye out for Drip Coffee Roasters. If you see them, sidle up and see what they have brewing that day. And take it easy.

The 2019 Build-Outs of Summer is presented by Pacific Barista SeriesnotNeutralKeepCup, and Mill City Roasters.

As told to Sprudge by Nigel Price.

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For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?

A pour-over coffee cart serving a rotating selection of the best single origins coffees from the country’s best roasters.

What’s your approach to coffee?

“Slow down and have a coffee.” Or “quality over quantity.”

There is a glut of quick grab and go cafes. Our goal is to recreate the traditional role of coffee houses.

Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?

Kinto, Kurasu, and other lesser known pour designers rooted in Japanese traditions.

How is your project considering sustainability?

Cart is powered by solar panels (yeti/goal zero) and all cups and paper products are composted. Zero waste!

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What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?

Currently working at farmers markets and corporate events in NYC.

Thank you!

Sayonara.

Drip Coffee Makers can be found around Brooklyn. Visit their official website and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

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