Central U.S. Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

The geographic center of the United States was like a disco ball reflecting all angles of specialty coffee in 2021.

From the Great Lakes to the Gulf and from the Great Plains to the Appalachians, ribbons have been cut on shops celebrating the coffee cultures of Australia, Scandinavia, Central America, the Middle East and more. Some shops have been designed specifically to rally black and Latin communities that have been under-represented in the specialty coffee space, while others have been inspired by environmental concerns, dogs, Dogecoin, the symphony or the scene.

Here are 21 of the biggest store openings in the central US in 2021, as covered by DCN:

[Editor’s note: This feature is part of our ongoing 2021 year-end coverage. Click here for additional stories, updated daily through Dec. 31. You can also tell our editors about your new coffee shop or coffee roastery here.]


Image courtesy of Coffeestamp.

With ties to Honduras, Coffeestamp arrives in Saint-Louis

The roast cafe was opened in the Fox Park neighborhood in the second half of last year by brothers Patrick and Spencer Clapp, who moved eight years ago to the United States from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

ZunZun Roastery Cafe is buzzing outside Houston

Sustainability-minded ZunZun Café has brought its new Loring S7 Nighthawk roaster online and will soon be welcoming guests to a conscientiously designed building in Cypress, TX just outside of Houston.

Australian-inspired coffee powers Detroit

The Australian-style cafe arrived in Detroit via Coffee Down Under, a new cafe serving Proud Mary beans literally under the bottom floor of a building in the downtown Financial District.


Image courtesy of the Berni Bean Coffee Company.

Costa Rica Coffee Jungle arrives in Dallas in The Berni Bean

A connection between Dallas and Costa Rica developed like a verdant jungle vine with the opening of The Berni Bean Coffee Company. The new downtown spot kicked off smoothly last month, selling infused coffee drinks and roasted Costa Rican beans in a space teeming with vibrant leafy greens, both painted and real.

SK Coffee gallops to the first retail cafe bar in the Twin Cities

The Dala Horse of Saint Paul, Minnesota finally has its own pasture. SK Coffee, whose colorful geometric logo takes the shape of the traditional Swedish toy horse, has opened its first retail cafe bar in the bright lobby adjacent to its roast on the ground floor of the Vandalia Tower in Saint Paul.


Image courtesy of Deeper Roots Coffee.

Deeper Roots Coffee opens largest branch in Cincinnati

When fully opened, the store will accommodate around 40 people in a bright, open space with high ceilings and a modern pendant light, with additional standing space to spare. At the center of it all is Deeper Roots’ long-standing coffee program.

Fresh food and fuzzy sensations at the Velvet Robot Coffee Lab in Rockford

Combining precisely brewed coffee drinks and a warm, fuzzy approach to customers, Velvet Robot Coffee Lab has opened a brick and mortar cafe in downtown Rockford, Illinois.


Image courtesy of Tinker Coffee.

Indy Roaster Tinker Coffee does not fiddle, opens its first two bars

Indianapolis-based roasting company Tinker Coffee has gotten to work with its first forays into retail, opening two new coffee bars in the past month, and a third is on the way.

Some happy feelings chains with the new Indianapolis roaster and bar

Certain Feelings Coffee, the latest addition to Indianapolis-based Small Victories Hospitality group, is experiencing those warm blurs with the opening of an elegant coffee roaster and coffee bar inside The Garage dining room, offering hot drinks. freshly roasted coffee for drinks and bags.

Coma Coffee is Wide Awake with expanded bar and kitchen outside of St. Louis

Following a pandemic-induced slowdown, Missouri-based Coma Coffee Roasters has found a new lease of life by opening a retail headquarters with an all-day fresh food and drink program in the suburbs. of St. Louis.


Image courtesy of Prequel.

Prequel is the new chapter of Longtime Chicago Coffee Space

Prior to owning and making Damn Fine Coffee in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, Josh Miller held several coffee jobs.

One of them was at Atomix Coffee, a coffee and food serving staple in West Town, which closed in 2019 after nearly 20 years in business. Miller and a team of cafes are now back at W. Chicago and Damen’s former Atomix space to open a brand new cafe, called Prequel.

Proud Cafe Hound Releases Food-Forward Cincinnati Roastery Cafe

It’s been a ‘hot’ pandemic year since Proud Hound Coffee moved its Loring S15 roaster to a 5,000 square foot space just outside of Cincinnati, though it ended in a real treat. : the grand opening of the Proud Hound roast coffee.


Image courtesy of Haraz Coffee.

Yemeni coffee meets modern methods at Café Haraz in Dearborn

At the store, beers using traditional Turkish and Yemeni methods can be purchased through decidedly modern means such as Dogecoin and Bitcoin.

Pioneer Collective Coffee moves to the Roastery Cafe in Massillon, Ohio

Exploring the frontier of quality coffee in Massillon, Ohio comes Pioneer Collective Coffee, a 2,000 square foot café that combines modern coffee with a vintage station aesthetic.

Nexus Coffee & Creative Expands Outward With New Little Rock Roast

The four-year-old company has run a major business in the past year, expanding its original cafe by 1,600 square feet by taking over an adjacent corner space. The combined 4,000 square foot Nexus coffee epicenter now includes roasting, performance space and an expanded retail area.


Image courtesy of Ascension Coffee.

The rise of Ascension cafe in Dallas continues under new leadership

Dallas-based Ascension Coffee is on a rocket trajectory this year as it opens or reopens Texas-sized retail stores, expands its roasting and cooking operations, and follows a new management team.

Lekko Coffee gets off to a good start with Cleveland Cafe

Opened by former classical musician Matt Ashton and architect Laura Ashton, Lekko offers drinks made up of Matt roasted coffees on an Arc Roaster, while partner roasters provide larger batches of beans.


Image courtesy of Parterre.

Coffee and cocktails share the stage at Parterre de Dallas

Occupying a space in downtown Dallas that was previously an Ascension cafe, Parterre offers the combination of a roast cafe, full kitchen, and a cocktail program first established in Reunion, catering to the needs of customers from early morning until evening.

Lucabe Coffee breathes new life into a Harry Weese building in central Indiana

Lucabe co-owners Tyler and Alissa Hodge coordinated with Nashville, Indiana-based architecture studio Daugherty Design Plus for a substantial interior remodel of the iconic glazed brick building, giving it a new life as a cafe while restoring and highlighting many interior details.

Houston White’s The Get Down Coffee Co. launches in Minneapolis

The 1,100-square-foot cafe in North Minneapolis is co-branded with Houston white clothing and accessories, a clothing company committed to “black excellence”.


Image courtesy of Monday Coffee.

Monday coffee elevates daily brewing in Chicago

The Conservatory Coffee Cart is the third outpost of black-owned coffee supplier Windy City, which also serves herbal teas and beans at the Retreat at Currency Exchange Cafe in Washington Park on the south side and at the coffee bar in the first floor at the Soho House Chicago Hotel in the Fulton Market neighborhood.

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