In Las Vegas where the electric bills are staggering—the decor hog wild, and the entertainment saccharin—thank goodness for places like Vesta Coffee—serving up quality coffee in LV for the last five years. Vesta Coffee opened up its second location this year (the first was featured in Build-Outs five years ago) and we had to find out more.
As told to Sprudge by Jerad Jay.
For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?
Vesta Coffee is a specialty roaster that has been around for about five years now. Starting in the Las Vegas arts district, with a cafe, roastery, and food program. We also now wholesale, retail, and sell coffee via Whole Foods and Sprouts marketplaces in the Southwest US. You can also find our coffee at some of your favorite multi-roasters across the world.
Can you tell us a bit about the new space?
Our second cafe space is located on the west side of Las Vegas in the Summerlin/Lakes area. Throughout COVID restrictions and closures, the local community had an outpouring of support which cemented our expansion plans. So, we signed a lease Jan 1, 2021 and started buildout. This new location is unique as it gives us the challenge of serving specialty coffee via a drive thru, which we never thought we would do! But we are excited to be able to connect in different and unexpected ways. Our cafe is now fully operational with dine-in, drive-thru, and curbside options.
We wanted the space to feel very close to our original location. So, we continued the minimal, monochromatic black and white aesthetic that we have been know for. It’s essentially the same but with slightly updated finishes.
What’s your approach to coffee?
At Vesta Coffee Roasters, we strive to source beautiful specialty coffees from around the world. Highlighting exceptional producers, while working with trusted exporters, importers, and sometimes, the farmers directly. All of our traceable, fresh-crop coffees are roasted to their individual “sweet spot” aiming to highlight the rewards of hard work, terroir, and processing that make each coffee unique.
Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?
We are excited to be using two of the new Eagle One machines from Victoria Arduino. We have one two-group for the drive thru and one for the main counter. Nuova Simonelli (Victoria Arduino) are touting this as the most sustainable machine currently available. With about a month of solid use so far, it holds up to some abuse. We are diggin’ them! We also are using the usual suspects (for us) Curtis brewers, Corinth undercounter how water, Mahlkönig EK43s, Mythos Clima Pro’s, Puqpress, and Kalita and Fellow manual brewing.
How is your project considering sustainability?
Like I was saying above, we are excited to be using the new Eagle Ones! They use a lot less energy, and are super beautiful on bar. For finishes we went with birch plywood and an engineered countertop that uses recycled paper. The plywood is significantly lower waste than other methods, and we love the look of the exposed joinery and layers.
Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?
Our founder Jerad did all of the design, and Legacy Woodworking helped with the bar, millwork, and custom tables.