As its name suggests, Atlanta’s forthcoming Taproom Coffee will have an equal focus on beer and coffee.
In one of the coolest examples of coffee machine repurposing we’ve seen, that dual focus will be reflected in the “Beerspresso” machine: a Linea 4 Group espresso machine that has been gutted and converted into a 12-tap beer tower, including a glass rinser mounted into the drip tray and three extra taps for chilled water, filtered water and sparkling water.
The Beerspresso machine is the creation of Taproom Coffee founder and owner Jonathan Pascual, a veteran barista and retail manager with stints at Chattahoochee Coffee Company and Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, among others. After the last two years as a stay-at-home dad, Pascual late last month launched a Kickstarter for Taproom Coffee in Kirkwood, eclipsing the $15,000 goal in a week.
Specific plans include coffee from Counter Culture, and Pascual says the goal is for each of Taproom’s baristas to become certified at Counter Culture’s Atlanta regional training center. The beer list will have a heavy local craft focus, rotating selections from other parts of the country, and some sweet and savory goods from local bakeries. Pascual says he hopes to have the shop open in May.
“Connecting to people in relationships is very important to me,” Pascual tells his crowd-fundning supporters. “And no matter how friendly I think I am, sometimes I feel like I just need a little something to grease the wheels of connection. I’ve come to realize that two things frequently (and easily) bring people together: coffee and beer.”
Creative Loafing Atlanta has more on what the new shop will add to Kirkwood:
Located in downtown Kirkwood, Taproom will join a growing number of restaurants and bars along that stretch of Hosea L. Williams Drive. Other newcomers include the redesigned and relocated Le Petit Marché, the relatively recent addition of Anna’s BBQ, Kirkyard Public House, Savor wine shop, and the future sister eatery of Little Five Points burrito joint El Myr. Despite this positive growth, however, Kirkwood hasn’t yet sustained a business with high-quality, rotating beer selections.