Coda Coffee celebrates the grand opening of its new location at 5224 West 25th Avenue near Sloan's Lake this Friday, September 18. The shop, which opened last week, is the first retail store for the ten-year-old roaster.
"Our wholesale company's done really well," says Timmy Thwaite, who runs the family-owned Coda with his brother Tom. He's excited for the Coda retail space, which gives the brothers a place to showcase their special-origin coffees and innovative brewing techniques. "We wanted a venue to…showcase the awesome coffees we have and be a test kitchen for new products," says Thwaite.
For the grand opening on Friday, the first 25 customers through the door will get a Coda Coffee travel mug and a $75 Coda gift card. The coffee shop opens weekday mornings at 5:30 a.m., so be sure to get there early if you want to snag these. Friday's event will also feature drawings to win a French press and other Coda merchandise.
There will always be four kinds of espresso on the bar, including one decaf and Coda's signature espresso. Two rotating espressos will complement these perennials. "Those are going to be higher-end single-origin, maybe a blend we're experimenting with," says Thwaite.
Right now one of those rotating espressos is a specific Ethiopian Geisha that can only be found at Coda. "The Geisha is unique in that there was only a little over a thousand pounds of it produced, and we just bought it all," says Thwaite. Coda will be featuring the Geisha at the bar until they run out.
Customers can enjoy a cold coffee brewed with Coda's Graham condenser — a special apparatus that cools coffee by "soft chilling" it without oxidization. "You can maintain that same flavor you get in a hot cup in a cold cup without adding any of that bitter, acidic flavor you get when you pour it over ice," notes Thwaite.
During Friday's grand-opening celebration, Coda will begin offering infused coffees — one of many coffee innovations the brothers Thwaite have been experimenting with. The infused coffees are made similar to a pour-over brew cup, with the infusers sitting on top and funneling through. Infusers will contain raw ingredients — so no added sugars or oils, just flavor.
"We've experimented with vanilla bean, hazelnuts, hops, a few different things," says Thwaite. "The hops were good. It had that aromatic, skunky, citrusy aroma you get off a nice fresh-hop IPA."
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The new Coda Coffee shop is also using a La Marzocco EP espresso machine. The unique machine allows baristas to pull shots based on specific pressure profiles, adjusting the pressure of the water to complement the characteristics of the bean and grind. "It's to make each coffee taste the best it can," says Thwaite.
The Thwaite brothers, who have a combined forty years of coffee experience, have a passion for both coffee and humanitarianism. Coda is focused on socially responsible and sustainable business practices, ranging from making sure farmers are paid well to offsetting electricity with wind credits and using eco-friendly delivery vans. Proceeds from Friday's grand opening will be donated to the nonprofit Girls on the Run.
This commitment to responsibility and sustainability extends to the interior of the new retail space. In addition to design touches like reclaimed wood and LED lights, the Thwaites are using an Everpure prototype reverse osmosis system for water filtration. It produces much less waste water than other filtration systems. "We chose the system because we knew down the road we could continue to be more sustainable and have awesome water."
For food, Coda is offering panini, baked goods and salads from Etai's to complement its certified fair-trade and organic coffees. The coffee shop is open Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.