If you're opening up a cafe inside a maker space, then you might better utilize all the artisans and craftspeople taking up residence there. That's what Stauf's Coffee Roasters in Columbus, Ohio has done. For their fourth location, Stauf's is putting a coffee shop inside Columbus Idea Foundry, a 60,000-square-foot space filled with rentable tool shops, assembly spaces, and co-working areas. Basically, it's a big giant building inhabited by independent creative-types, the ones that are typically thought to live on coffee. And Stauf's tasked them with helping build their bar.
Of course, Stauf's is happy to be providing coffee to their newfound and very handy captivated audience. Dishing out their small-batch roasted coffee via a two-group Slayer for espresso and Marco SP9 for pour-over, Stauf's is fueling one of Columbus' coolest incubator spaces. It's not very often you can see a super sleek espresso machine in the same building as welding equipment, but there aren't a lot of places like the Columbus Idea Foundry, home of the newest Stauf's Coffee Roasters.
As told to Sprudge by Robert Metzger.
For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?
Stauf's is a wholesale roaster/cafe retailer, established in 1988 in Columbus, Ohio. We are a small-batch roaster dedicated and passionate about the art and science of specialty coffee, as well as the hospitality to support the experience.
Can you tell us a bit about the new space?
This will be our fourth Stauf's cafe, located inside Columbus Idea Foundry, a community of makers, in the Franklinton District of Columbus, OH.
What’s your approach to coffee?
We profile roast and prepare each single origin to maximize its expression in each and every cup we brew.
Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?
What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?
Late July/Early August 2017.
Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?
Our counters and tables are being fabricated by members of the Columbus Idea Foundry.