Eastern USADaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

Top left: Origin Coffee Lab in Arlington, Virginia. Right: Day Drinks in Manhattan. Bottom left: Three ships in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

For many coffee retailers, the hope for 2021 was a sort of “back to normal”. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans.

What the year has brought instead is increased creativity – both from newcomers identifying and filling new holes in the retail landscape, and from long-standing coffee companies offering the comfort of industry experience and brand familiarity.

From the experienced set, New York City gained the first retail outpost by a dozen-year-old wholesale roaster, Aficionado Coffee. The city is also home to Gumption Coffee’s second retail store, founded by Hazel de los Reyes, who achieved champion status over 15 years ago. In Tampa, Fla., Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea, 37, has opened a flagship cafe since shutting down its original retail operations more than two decades ago.

Simultaneously in the major old cities of the eastern United States, the mix has been stirred by young companies challenging traditional models of the owner/worker relationship, challenging the restrictions of “third wave” coffee or introducing coffees coming directly from the countries of origin of their owners.

As we close the book on a tumultuous 2021, here are 21 of the biggest coffee shop openings — of old, new, and midstream businesses — that have taken place in the eastern United States throughout the year (in roughly chronological order).


[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.]


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Jacob Alejandro Cafe. Images by Olivia Fischer, courtesy of Jacob Alejandro.

Jacob Alejandro brings comfort and luxury to Troy, New York

The union of two experienced specialty coffee professionals in business and in life has resulted in Jacob Alejandro, a new high-quality multi-roaster café in Troy, New York.

Gumption Coffee Shows continues its momentum with a second store in New York

2005 Australian Barista Champion, 2006 and 2013 NSW Barista Champion and 2007 inaugural Australian Cupping Champion, Reyes has cleverly designed both stores to engage and invite the public through bursts of festive color and an approachable, lively atmosphere.

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The Lost Sock Roasters cafe in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. Photo by Tom Sandner (IG: @tomsandner), courtesy of Lost Sock Roasters.

Lost Sock Roasters Succeeds: The Long-Awaited DC Cafe Opening

About two and a half years after announcing plans to open a cafe in Washington DC’s newly renovated Takoma Theater Building, Lost Sock Roasters has finally found itself serving food and drink to the public.

La Colombe Workshop Manager Hugh Morretta Opens Rowhome Coffee in Philadelphia

Hugh Morretta, operations manager of La Colombe Coffee Roasters’ small-batch, single-origins-focused workshop program, opened an independent cafe in Philadelphia’s Fitler Square neighborhood called Rowhome Coffee.

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Image courtesy of Origin Coffee Lab & Kitchen

Origin Coffee Lab & Kitchen finds destination in Arlington, VA

Exposed brick walls and an active production roastery provide an industrial vibe that’s enhanced by the Carrara marble and pine-fronted bar, emphasizing the drinks and food served at the Pentagon City spot, which once housed a Starbucks.

With decentralized management, Odd Meter Coffee dances to its own beat

Eric Moers and Angelica Chayes, partners and co-founders of Odd Meter, who opened the cozy cafe in Salem, Mass., in January, ditched the traditional top-down boss-to-subordinate structure in favor of a more collaborative and equitable environment . .

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Image courtesy of Greater Things Roasters.

Greater Things Roasters is aptly named in New York’s Hudson Valley

Good coffee just got a little better in upstate New York’s Hudson Valley with the opening of Greater Things Roasters’ first coffee bar.

Café Los Sueños Roasting Co. is a dream come true in Baltimore

The opening of Café Los Sueños coffee bar is part of an even bigger dream of co-owner and head roaster Carlos Payes, who grew up in a farming family in the mountains near Santa Ana, El Salvador.

Broad Porch Coffee offers an open house in the Shenandoah Valley

Inside a roughly 100-year-old building, the airy new store adds a touch of vibrancy to the town of less than 5,000 people, where local retail took a hit in the 1990s and 2000s with the arrival of big-box stores.

Atlanta Shop’s New Finca to Filter Pursues Equity and Inclusion from Seed to Cup

Inside a cramped 8ft by 8ft cafe space in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood, two large flags – a rainbow pride flag and a Black Lives Matter flag – strongly signal the the small store’s big ambitions for inclusion and equity.

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Image courtesy of De Fer Coffee & Tea

De Fer Coffee dares to open a pair of new stores in Pittsburgh

De Fer Coffee & Tea landed a specialty coffee double on the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene this spring with the opening of two jaw-dropping cafes.

Beans and Bling at Paradeco Coffee Roasters in St. Petersburg

A paradise of art deco design and freshly roasted coffee awaits the public in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at Paradeco Coffee Roasters. Roastery coffee went from vision to reality by Paradeco founders Thomas Maloney and Sonya Sarkar in over a year.

Narrative coffee roasters in Florida turn the page with new roasting coffee in Naples

About 13 months in the making, the new location spans around 2,500 square feet in a new building that the company has sought to make a bit more worn, as if it could fit in with New York.

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Image courtesy of Joffrey.

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea opens flagship cafe in downtown Tampa

Best known to vacationers as the official specialty coffee supplier to various Disney properties, including the Walt Disney World Resort, the 37-year-old company’s new cafe arrives more than two decades after the last of its original cafes closed in Cigar City.

Afficionado Coffee opens New York’s first cafe and launches an inventive line of cans

After more than a dozen years of sourcing and roasting coffee for some of New York’s finest restaurants, hotels and caterers, Afficionado Coffee Roasters has opened its own outlet, in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan.

New Rāko Cafe locations serving capitol capes and cocktails in Arlington

Virginia-based Rāko Coffee Roasters (referred to as RĀKO by the company) has returned to retail in a big way, opening two high-profile cafes four weeks apart.

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Photo by Echard Wheeler, courtesy of Three Ships Coffee.

Three Ships Coffee drops its second anchor with Roastery Cafe in Virginia Beach

On the cosmic black granite bar stands a matte black powder coated La Marzocco Linea machine that was rebuilt by Brad Ewing and his electrical engineer father to include Linea PB parts and features. The Ewings’ children, aged 5 and 8, are credited with creating the paint mixture that resulted in the soothing blue-green hue found on the facility’s walls – a shade the family has dubbed Stormy Sea.

In Pittsburgh, Honduras, specialty coffee brand Cafetano opens its first store in the United States

In Pittsburgh’s Strip District, the vertically integrated brand roasts these coffees on a 35-pound capacity Joper decked out in the city’s proud black and yellow colors. Roasted beans are sold directly to consumers online, to a growing number of wholesale customers, or they find their way into drinks at two separate cafes in the new store – one for the take-out service and one for in-store customers. interior.

Classic Italian espresso meets modern methods at Dell’Aria in New York

A 12-kilo navy Probat roaster shines in the middle of the room under a skylight, producing single-origin coffees and blends to appease customers looking for the latest specialty coffee trends or a high quality version of an old country approach.

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Drinks of the day at Chelsea Market. Image courtesy of Chelsea Market.

With cold concoctions, the drinks of the day light up Manhattan

“One of the cafes we have on tap today, my dad, Erwin Mierisch, grew up in Nicaragua; my sister Eleane transformed and ground it; my nephew Erwin worked with the Pulley Collective team to compose and roast it on site at Day Drinks on a 15 kilo Loring; and if you’re in our tasting room on my shift, I’ll serve it to you,” Steve Mierisch told DCN via email. “I guess that would make it one of the most commercial cafes on the planet.”

Argentinian Alex Coffee Roasters feels right at home in Brooklyn and Miami

A specialty coffee concept under the name Alex Coffee Roasters has exploded from the United States to Argentina and back, with two new stores recently opening in Brooklyn, New York and Miami.

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