The downtown Chattanooga coffee shop scene has been around a while, and Greyfriar’s Coffee & Tea Company has been fueling their customers with unique coffees and breakfast offerings for quite some time.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/TheLoop)– For the better part of a decade, Greyfriar’s Coffee and Tea Company has been serving Chattanoogans quality coffee and pastries from the little shop at the corner of 4th and Broad streets.
Greyfriar’s is a full service coffee shop that features house roasted coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas and also specializes in such breakfast offerings as pastries, bagels, cakes and pies, all of which are baked in house.
The shop, along with the roastery, has inhabited the same building, located at 406 Broad St., since its inception.
Greyfriar’s coffee selection typically features seven to ten different single origin roasts and blends at a time, the shop’s head roaster, Kevin Ricks, said.
However, Ricks added that he is constantly experimenting with blends and each bean’s flavor profiles of caramel, or chocolate, or berries or even spices and how to harmoniously unify each characteristic.
“As far as blends, we don’t really serve them in the shop,” Ricks added, “We do blends for different restaurants.”
However, their coffee can only be purchased in the coffee shop or online, though Ricks recommends customers call before ordering to be insured of the freshest and most available coffee selections.
“The big companies have more priority and the market prices for greens keep rising, but the projections for next year’s beans are much better than this year’s,” Ricks said.
Greens are the coffee beans before they are roasted.
Ricks began his coffee shop experience on the retail end, but moved to being the roaster for Greyfriar’s in June of this year. Ricks said he is completely fascinated by the nuances of roasting coffee.
“I had not roasted before, but the opportunity presented itself. It’s a lot of fun, I learn something new every day,” Ricks said.
Ricks added that he would like to see the shop grow both retail and wholesale wise and also expand to offer more lunch offerings for their food menu.
“I want the shop to continue being a second home for people, to where they can feel comfortable and enjoy the laid back atmosphere,” Ricks said.
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