Opening a coffee roastery is a major operation. A good roaster can be more expensive than a new car, not to mention the cost of goods and infrastructure. But two young coffee professionals in Phoenix, Arizona are flipping the script. Harlin Glovacki and Niko Kovacevic, the duo behind Nom de Plume Roasters, have taken an unconventional approach to starting a coffee company. Inspired by Danish brewery Mikkeller, Glovacki and Kovacevic “ghost roast” their coffee. By renting time on Scottsdale-based Press Coffee’s Probat, Glovacki and Kovacevic are free to invest more of their capital in higher quality coffees. Although Nom de Plume is not even a year old, the company is already attracting some serious attention. …
Archives for January 2015
Joule is hard to pin down. Is the Raleigh hotspot a restaurant with a great coffee program or a coffee shop with a great food program? The table service and dinner menu points to the former, while the front counter- arrayed with a custom La Marzocco Strada and a Kalita Wave brew bar -suggests otherwise. Perhaps the question misses the point. Either way, the stunning café from James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen is brewing some of the best coffee in Downtown Raleigh….
For two years now Collective Espresso has been raising the bar in Cincinnati for specialty coffee. Given the popularity of their Over-the-Rhine café, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise owners Dustin Miller and Dave Hart wanted to take their multi-roaster model to more parts of the city. The newly opened Collective Espresso Northside is the first of a couple of planned 2015 expansions. …
Been there, done that…
For a little more than two years, The Coffee Compass has been dedicated to being your guide to craft coffee. Through café reviews, brewing tutorials, and barista interviews, we’ve tried to elucidate the complexities of the special coffee industry and point you to the best cup of coffee possible. Merchandise is an inevitable part of every business venture, and we’re excited to announce we’re printing our first t shirts.
We teamed up with Birmingham-based designer and coffee lover Ryan Harrison to make a shirt based around everybody’s favorite grinder: the Mahlkönig EK43. Each shirt will be screen printed here in Louisville, Kentucky on American Apparel 50/50 blend t shirts. Fifty-percent of the proceeds from each shirt will go towards backing a coffee related project on Kiva, a nonprofit micro-financing organization that offers zero interest loans to individuals who don’t have access to traditional means of financing. A flat fee of $25 covers shipping in the United States. Please contact us about international orders.
Shirts, which are available in black or gray, can be ordered here.