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Brioso Coffee Expanding to Neighborhood Launch

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After 12 years in business, Café Brioso has outgrown their popular spot at the busy corner of Gay and High Streets Downtown. The small on-site roaster isn’t enough to keep up anymore, so a new larger roasting facility is planned to open next year in a portion of the old Faith Mission building at 315 East Long Street, now owned as a part of the Neighborhood Launch development.

“Our roasting operations have grown quite a bit, fueled by business-to-business sales,” explains Brioso Coffee President & Roastmaster Jeff Davis. “Plus we do around 400 to 500 pounds per week through customer retail sales in the cafe with our little five-kilo roaster, so we sense there’s potential to grow and we’re excited about that.

The new roasting facility will have enough space to triple the capacity for production with new state-of-the-art roasting equipment that Davis has already acquired. The location will also have retail sales and a coffee bar with a slightly different name: Brioso Coffee.

“We can’t reproduce the atmosphere that has been created at Café Brioso, so I don’t want to try,” says Davis. “The new place will offer most of the same coffee options, including a single-cup pourover bar, but we won’t be making any food there.”

Meanwhile, customers should notice few alterations at the original location. Everything brewed at the cafe will continued to be roasted on site, and the breakfast and lunch crowds will still find the same menus waiting for them.

“We don’t want to mess this place up for the folks who have been coming here for years,” adds John ‘JJ’ Justice, Operations Manager at Brioso Coffee. “We do have a loyal food business and pastry business, but to be able to grow our coffee business we need a more focused space with a better tempo.”

Davis says that they expect to begin working on the new space in April 2014 with a planned build out of 10-12 weeks to have the coffee bar and roasting operations up and running.

For more information, visit www.cafebrioso.com.

Photos by Walker Evans.

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