The quiet strip along 55th St. that most recently scored Mioposto now has a coffee bar. Ventoux Roasters (say vahn-too, named after a stage in the Tour de France) and Hart Coffee Co. launched yesterday in Bryant (the neighborhood near U-Village and Ravenna for the uninitiated.)
Ventoux owner Carlos Salmeron ran a coffee stand on Pike and Broadway in Capitol Hill in 2013 and briefly moved it to Crown Hill before searching for a brick-and-mortar. He met Hart's Matt Ehresman, a coffee vet who most recently completed a three year stint at Fuel, when working in HR software. The two hit it off, and after Salmeron found the right space the guys spent three months on the buildout.
The interior is split into a cafe in the front with six tables and four cherry red Tolix stools by the window with the roasting space in back. Ehresman roasts on a Dietrich 2.5 kilo and is planning Friday public cuppings. In addition to Ventoux, Hart supplies wholesale to a few shops around town, including Cone & Steiner.
Ventoux Coffee, 3404 NE 55th St., Bryant, Facebook, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. M, W-F; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. SA-SU, Closed TU.