Beans By the Border
opened inside Newport’s Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center
. According to barista Jakob “Royce” Rupp, the new spot offers espresso, cold brew and loose-leaf teas, all made with direct-trade, often organic beans and leaves from A&E Coffee Roastery
in Amherst, N.H. Sweets and baked snacks come from Jocelyn & Cinta’s Bake Shop
, which is located toward the back of the building.
The coffee stop operates in tandem with the Tasting Center’s Newport Ciderhouse Bar & Grill
, which Rupp’s parents, Gemma Dreher and Rhon Rupp, took over earlier this year. That's where Zak Flanigan and Moises Reyes are serving Vermont beef burgers along with specials such lobster-laced risotto and other upscale treats.
Rupp says adding the coffee stop seemed like a good way to “bring more life and diversity to the Newport area.” Right now, it’s drawing more visitors inside the Tasting Center, which stocks local meats, maple syrup and cheeses, along with Vermont-made ciders, wines, spirits, and aperitifs.
“A lot of people see our coffee sign and come in,” Rupp says, “and they end up buying maple products or local cheese, and then do a wine tasting at Eden [Specialty Ciders
’] tasting bar. So it’s more than just a coffee shop.”