The largest intact urban historic district in the United States, Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, now has a new-school coffee bar. Collective Espresso opened in the neighborhood last week, serving coffee and espresso drinks from monthly featured roasters.
The shop opened at 207 Woodward St., after extensive renovations and customizations led by owners and Ohio natives Dustin Miller and Dave Hart. The interior space is defined by a large bar with reclaimed wood. Miller and Hart recently shared their drink program plans with Soapbox Cincinnati:
Collective Espresso’s offerings are simple by design: they regularly serve roasts from Deeper Roots in Mt. Healthy and Quills in Louisville, plus add a guest roaster every month from a specialty shop further afield. “Right now we are pouring Four Barrel out of San Fransciso.”
Expect to experience different brew methods as well, including the Hario pour-over, Chemex and French press, each of which adds to the pure, multi-sensory coffee experience. Minimal serving sizes, a single milk option and helpful educational tips are all part of the process.
“We want to take people along our coffee journey,” Miller says.