Build-Outs Of Summer: Alderaan Coffee In Milwaukee

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Today’s the last day for our 2014 Build-Outs Of Summer series, and this feature came in right at the wire! It appears that the fine coffee city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is getting a shiny new coffee bar in the form of Alderaan Coffee, founded by the team behind New York City’s Upright Coffee. Expect a […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Brew Five Points In Jacksonville, Florida Is Now Open

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Sourdough toast topped with kimchi jam, goat cheese, and arugula? The third wave of toast has hit Jacksonville. Say hello to a brand new craft beer and multi-roaster espresso bar, Brew Five Points in Jacksonville, Florida. This new bar opened up in the hip Riverside neighborhood and joins Bold Bean’s original outpost (we covered BB’s new beachside build-out earlier this summer). […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Bow Truss Coffee In Chicago, IL

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You are beautiful. This message, a campaign of sorts from Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman, is front and center at the new Bow Truss Coffee Roasters cafe, slated to open in a few short weeks in the Pilsen neighborhood. We think Bow Truss’ new space is beautiful, too. Bow Truss will celebrate its two-year anniversary at the new […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: ReAnimator Coffee In Philadelphia

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We’ve passed the All-Star Break here in’s third annual edition of the Build-Outs of Summer, our roving global series that features new cafes in the process of opening up shop. Big cities, little towns, bicycle cafes, green importer tasting rooms, doughnut shops, multiple airstream trailers…you name a service concept, and we’ve probably featured it […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Bunna Bike in Sitka, Alaska

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A bike-based coffee cart in San Diego makes perfect sense. A coffee bar mounted on a bicycle in east London seems almost too obvious for words. But a bicycle coffee set-up on Alaska’s wildly beautiful Sitka Sound? Now that, dear reader, is a story. Meet Bunna Bike, founded by Chris Bryner, a 4th grade teacher […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Coffee Cycle – San Diego, California


Since beginning Build-Outs of Summer in 2012, we’ve profiled dozens of unique coffee bars, training spaces, roastworks, and service concepts of all stripes. Today we’re featuring a bicycle–yes, a bicycle–but not just any bike: this one’s been outfitted with multiple grinders, an Astoria Gloria propane retrofit espresso machine, a fridge for cold brew & milk, […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Oh Coffee Company, Minneapolis

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What do monster movies and coffee have in common? For Jake Nelson, the two go hand-in-hand. Nelson, owner of Oh Coffee Company in Minneapolis, has spent the last decade building a career in both coffee and special effects make-up in Southern California. Nelson ran and operated a small roasting company next door to the Michael […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Pour Coffee Parlor, Now Open In Rochester, NY

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Earlier today we featured the smallest town in Build-Outs history on Sprudge: Cañon City, Colorado, home to The Bean Pedaler and a census population of only around 16,000. No one would ever mistake it for our next featured city, the humble Great Lakes metropolis of Rochester, New York, where we find Ryan Baker and Pour Coffee Parlor. Pour […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: The Bean Pedaler, Now Open In Cañon City, Colorado


We first met Erica Noel Koenig when she competed for Thanksgiving Coffee Company & Six Degrees Coffee Service at the 2013 Southwest Regional Barista Competition. “Since then,” Koenig told us in an email, “I was hit by a car on my bike, had to come home to the small town I grew up in, ended up in […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Ström Coffee In Richland, Washington (Now Open!)


This is not your average build-out. Kelly Nelson fell in love with coffee, and dreamed of one day opening his own cafe in the small city of Richland, Washington. That dream was nearly deferred because of a cancer diagnosis for his daughter, Miette, who loved cool trips and Airstream trailers. Thanks to a donation from […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: Bold Bean Coffee – Jacksonville, Florida

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The 2014 edition of Build-Outs Of Summer is in full swing. This series celebrates new cafes, small business, and communities in the making—or in the growing! We’ll be bringing Build-Outs of Summer features to you for the next several months, and we’re still taking tips on new projects. As long as white shoes and iced […]