“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.” – The Rolling Stones
Taking its cues (or rather, its brews) from such sage advice is popular wholesale roaster Handsome Coffee, which opens its java joint downtown next week.
Owners and Intelligentsia alums Tyler Wells, Chris Owens, and 2010 World Barista Champion Michael Phillips cut out the frills (milk alternatives, sweeteners) to focus on what really counts: the beans. They source the highest-quality, seasonal small batches from across the globe and roast them in-house with a vintage craft roaster (situated behind a glass partition for your viewing pleasure). A pared-down menu (espresso, espresso with milk, brewed coffee) deftly showcases the finished product.
The industrial loftlike space (copper counters, exposed wood ceiling) has bar tops and common tables at which you can linger over your freshly brewed mug and pastries from Proof Bakery.
And at long last, get some satisfaction.
Handsome Coffee, 582 Mateo Street, between East Sixth and Palmetto Streets, Downtown (handsomecoffee.com).
Photo: Tyler Wells / Courtesy of Handsome Coffee