On Saturday, April 2nd our friends & partners at Stumptown Coffee will kick open the doors to their first cafe in the American south, in the great city of New Orleans. Located at 600 Carondelet Street in the Warehouse District, this is Stumptown's third collaboration cafe with the Ace Hotel, following locations in Portland and New York City. The cafe has been in the works since summer 2015, with Stumptown confirming the project to Sprudge in August of that year.
Located in a former carriage house adjacent to the hotel proper, Stumptown New Orelans is a “Cold-Brew focused coffee bar”, as per Stumptown Vice President Matt Lounsbury. Inspired by vintage European beer taps, the menu is anchored by the introduction of what Stumptown calls the “Cold Shot”—the brand's Hair Bender espresso blend, concentrated and infused with nitrogen. The resulting drink is “the equivalent of a cold, creamy shot of espresso.”
A variety of signature drinks will be on offer to mark the cafe's launch, including a caffeinated Mint Julep riff called the “Endless Summer” and a Cold Brew Arnold Palmer dubbed “The Duane Sorenson”, named for Stumptown's founder. Bar equipment from La Marzocco, ModBar, glassware by The Great Society, interior design by Roman and Williams, and a pastry menu by fellow Ace-dwellers Josephine Estelle round out the cafe's offerings.
This is the first new Stumptown cafe to open since the brand was acquired by Peet's and parent group JAB in October 2015. As per our interview with Lounsbury back in the middle of the acquisition hubbub, Stumptown's future expansion plans call for upcoming projects in Austin and Washington DC.
All photos courtesy Stumptown Coffee Roasters.