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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Last Call at Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 3:10 PM

House-roasted coffee beans at Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea - COURTESY OF UNCOMMON GROUNDS COFFEE AND TEA
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  • House-roasted coffee beans at Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea
Coffee will be free on Monday, Dec. 23, at Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea, when the well-loved Church Street Marketplace coffee shop serves customers for a final day after 25 years in business.

Owner Brenda Nadeau is retiring and closing the café and roastery that was founded by her parents, Skip and Beverly Blakely, in May 1994. Drip coffee will be free on Monday as a thank-you to her regulars, she said.

“We’re doing heavy discounts on everything, and giving away drip coffee,” Nadeau said. “We’re just trying to give back to our people.”

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Uncommon Grounds Manager to Open Café and Bakery in Essex

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 11:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Jacqueline Potter
  • Maya Crowley
The manager of Uncommon Grounds on Church Street will open her own coffee shop, bakery and roastery, Uncommon Coffee, next spring at the Essex Experience.

Maya Crowley told Seven Days she considered buying Uncommon Grounds, which will close by the end of the year after 25 years in business. But when Crowley calculated the finances, including what she said would be a sharp increase in rent, she concluded the business wouldn’t be viable.

“We had assumed that I could take over Uncommon Grounds, but due to a number of circumstances outside our control” it didn’t work, Crowley said.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

After 25 Years, Burlington's Uncommon Grounds to Close

Posted By on Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 2:29 PM

Uncommon Grounds in Burlington - FILE PHOTO
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  • Uncommon Grounds in Burlington
Update, Oct. 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. This post was updated with information about the closing date.

Uncommon Grounds
, a coffee shop that opened on Church Street in May 1994, will close by the end of the year, owner Brenda Nadeau told Seven Days.

Nadeau, 56, said she plans to retire and shut the business that was founded by her parents, Skip and Beverly Blakely. Over its 25 years on the Marketplace, during which numerous cafés have opened in Burlington, Uncommon Grounds established itself as a downtown hangout. Along with Speeder & Earl's and Muddy Waters, Uncommon Grounds is among the oldest coffee shops in Burlington.

“I always assumed that when I left, it would continue without me,” Nadeau said. “It doesn’t need me. It’s a good model, it works. I’ve just been the steward of it for a period of time.”

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Drink Up: Vermontte

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 9:08 PM

Vermontte special at Brio Coffeeworks - JORDAN BARRY
  • Jordan Barry
  • Vermontte special at Brio Coffeeworks
International Coffee Day is this Sunday, September 29. To celebrate, coffee shops in the Burlington area are taking a decidedly local approach and offering a series of unique coffee drinks, all dubbed the Vermontte.

Coffee drinkers will see Vermontte specials around town, with flavors, ingredients and concepts going beyond the usual espresso and steamed milk:  carrot juice at the Great Northern; maple matcha at New Moon Café, strawberry cheesecake with goat milk at Brio Coffeeworks; spicy maple at Uncommon Grounds; Japanese sweet potato at Scout & Co.; maple, pear and sage at August First Bakery; ginger infused maple at Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co.; apple cinnamon cascara at Carrier Roasting Company; chaga mushroom and maple at Nomad Coffee; and a cardamom and honey pour-over at Blank Page Café in Shelburne. 

The Vermontte event is organized by the coffee pros who run the Instagram account, Maya Nguyen and Gianni Paradiso, together with Lisa Espenshade, the director of donor relations at Grounds for Health, a Williston nonprofit focused on cervical cancer prevention in coffee-growing countries.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Maglianero Café to Become Kestrel Coffee Roasters Café

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 5:31 PM

L to R: Abby Holden, Charlotte Steverson, Johnny Steverson, Michael Jager - JORDAN BARRY
  • Jordan Barry
  • L to R: Abby Holden, Charlotte Steverson, Johnny Steverson, Michael Jager
Maglianero Café, the coffee shop in the Karma Bird House at 47 Maple Street in Burlington, will transform into Kestrel Coffee Roasters’ second café location at the end of the month.

Kestrel might sound familiar to anyone who has grabbed a sandwich at Maglianero recently — the roaster has been providing the food at the coffee shop since July. Charlotte and Johnny Steverson opened Kestrel's first sit-down café with sandwiches, soups and other house-made treats in South Burlington's Technology Park in 2018. That location will continue to operate as usual, in addition to roasting the coffee and preparing the food to be sold on Maple Street.

The Steversons met Maglianero owner and co-founder Michael Jager in a moment of coffee-fueled serendipity at the café in 2017.  Later, they worked with Jager at Solidarity of Unbridled Labour (formerly JDK Design) to establish Kestrel's branding and design.

"It's an example of a café doing what it's designed to do," said Jager of meeting the Steversons. "Cafés are crazy, beautiful supercolliders that can absolutely change the world."

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Front Seat Coffee Coming to Hardwick

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Tobin Myers Porter at Front Seat Coffee during renovation - COURTESY OF FRONT SEAT COFFEE
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  • Tobin Myers Porter at Front Seat Coffee during renovation
A former vegetable farmer is opening a coffee shop in Hardwick, where Front Seat Coffee will occupy the ground floor space at 101 South Main Street. Tobin Myers Porter will launch his business in mid-July with a grand opening planned for July 27.

The 24-seat café will serve coffee and espresso drinks made with beans roasted at Carrier Roasting Co., a  roastery in Northfield. Milk at the café will come from Sweet Rowen Farmstead in West Glover. Front Seat Coffee, currently under renovation, will prepare baked goods and other food in its kitchen. Menu items will include cinnamon maple toast, avocado toast, curried chicken salad, and tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Abracadabra Coffee Releases CBD-Infused Cold Brew

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 7:31 AM

  • Courtesy of Abracadabra Coffee
  • Chill Brew
In the past year, food and beverage producers have released everything from chocolate truffles to beer laced with cannabidiol, the cannabis compound said to relieve muscle pain, upset stomach, anxiety, autism symptoms and more.  Chefs have even prepared special meals with a dose of the stuff in every course.

Now, Abracadabra Coffee, the Woodstock roastery known for sourcing single-farm, single-origin beans, is set to release its first batch of CBD cold brew, company cofounder Sarah Yetter told Seven Days.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Abracadabra Coffee: Now Open Weekends on the Reg

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Sourdough doughnut and coffee at Abracadabra Coffee - COURTESY OF ABRACADABRA COFFEE
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  • Sourdough doughnut and coffee at Abracadabra Coffee
In Woodstock, beloved local beanery Abacadabra Coffee opened for regular weekend hours earlier this month. Visitors can now swing by from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for espresso drinks and cold brew made with house-roasted, single-source coffees.

Hungry? Stay for a snack: On Saturdays, Olivia’s Bagels (that’s former Wild Roots chef Peter Varkonyi’s roving breakfast outfit) is there slinging puffy sourdough rounds, and doughnuts. On Sundays, Lebanon, N.H.-based Tacos Tacos pulls up with homespun Mexican eats.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Coffee Education Series Debuts at Onyx Tonics

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 12:56 PM

  • Provided by Onyx Tonics
  • Coffee on snow

Last year, Jason Gonzalez of Burlington's Onyx Tonics Specialty Coffee offered a one-time coffee tasting, with the goal of sharing information about the differences between beans from different parts of the world. The class was a hit, and this year, he's offering a whole series. The sessions will occur on the second Tuesday of each month.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Nomad Coffee's Pop-Update in Essex Junction

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Nomad Coffee in Essex Junction - PROVIDED BY NOMAD COFFEE
  • Provided by Nomad Coffee
  • Nomad Coffee in Essex Junction
In November, Seven Days reported that Nomad Coffee — which, since August 2016, had been popping up caravan style near Five Corners in Essex Junction — would be moving to Sugarbush Resort for the winter.

At the time, owners Andrew Sepic and Nicole Grinstead were seeking an indoor Essex location to inhabit for the winter but hadn't yet found one. Now, they have.  Their new temporary spot is in "literally the closest building to our old location," Sepic said.

The "big, white building" at 9 Main Street, as Sepic described it, used to house a law office. Now, the second floor holds artists' studios and Nomad's brewing equipment. There, visitors can get all of the usual Nomad espresso drinks and Sweet Simone's pastries. The only difference, Sepic explained, is that they don't serve smoothies.

Asked to describe the new locale, he chuckled. "It comes with a modern, minimalist setting right now," he said. "There are plastic folding chairs around a table made of old doors. There are mandalas painted on the carpet to warm the space up a bit."

Photos on Nomad's Instagram show a clean, spare space decorated with tree branches and Christmas lights.

How are things going at the mountain? Sepic noted that the cold weather made for a quiet holiday weekend, but said that, overall, the response to the coffee pop-up has been positive.

"It hasn't been an onslaught, but we've had some really good business days," he said. "Overall, I'm pretty optimistic that it will work out well."

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