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Boston Stoker Expands from Dayton to Columbus

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Founded in 1973 in Dayton, Boston Stoker has a history with coffee that now spans four decades. The original store primarily sold tobacco products when it first opened, but soon introduced coffee as a way to keep people lingering in the shop for longer periods of time. Eventually the store began selling coffee beans and later graduated to roasting their own.

Today, Boston Stoker has 10 cafe and coffee bar locations in Ohio, including a new Columbus location at 1660 Neil Avenue adjacent to The Ohio State University. The new location is actually housed inside of the Credit Union of Ohio and managed by Erik Fenstermacher, the former head of training for Boston Stoker’s 80+ baristas.

“The prospect of being involved with the OSU store and moving to a new city intrigued me,” said Fenstermacher. “Columbus has an amazing coffee scene, and having the opportunity to become involved in it was too good to pass up.”

The coffee menu at Boston Stoker is simple and traditional. They serve five types of espresso drinks, loose leaf teas from Rishi, and manually brewed pour-over coffees.

“We implement one of several manual brew methods to brew each and every cup of coffee fresh to order,” explained Fenstermacher. “The brewing methods we offer are the Hario v60 pour-over method, the French press, the Chemex, and Yama siphon.”

Customers can choose which brewing method they prefer along with selecting one of three coffees featured each day. The process adds a bit of a wait time, but Boston Stoker aims to provide a perfect flavorful cup of coffee custom made to order.

Since opening in August, Boston Stoker has been well received by its customers, particularly the international demographic of OSU that has discovered their store.

“One of my favorite things about being located on campus is making drinks for customers and being told that our drinks remind them of coffee in Europe, or other American cities known for coffee like San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle,” says Fenstermacher. “That tells me that we are at least doing something right.”

Boston Stoker Columbus is open from 6:30am to 7pm, Monday through Friday, 8am to 2pm on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

More information can be found online at www.bostonstoker.com.

Photo via Boston Stoker.

From March 17th to March 23rd, Columbus Underground is celebrating Coffee Week! Throughout the week, we’ll be taking a look at various coffee shops, roasters, brands, businesses and the people that contribute to this rapidly growing local movement. Coffee Week 2013 is sponsored by Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, providing handcrafted coffee to Columbus, OH since 1991. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

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