by Stefanie Kremer
They have been
talking about it since they were 15 years old. Now, about 15 years later, all it took was an evening
stroll through some back alleys on the way to The
Famous Neons Unplugged in Over-the-Rhine to stumble across the
perfect spot for their new start-up, Collective Espresso.Owners Dave Hart and
Dustin Miller had always dreamed of opening a coffee shop together. Lifelong
friends and Ohio natives, the two spent a few years
on separate journeys living in and being inspired by different
states along the West Coast and working in multiple restaurants and cafes along
"We kind of just
moved to Cincinnati with the plan that we would figure it out," Hart
explained nonchalantly as he reached for a cup and saucer behind the
bar. Cold November rain
fell outside during our interview, but the coffee and conversation warmed the already cozy shop
as I sat comfortably on a stool that Hart and Miller hand-made, at the rustic
bar that they crafted out of an old barn door. Just like the
simplicity of the shop's design, Miller explained that it's their goal to very
simply, "make great coffee taste great."
"There are a lot
of great natural things happening in this coffee," Miller explained, joining Hart behind the bar. "It's our job as baristas to make it look and
taste awesome. We want the coffee to speak for itself."
The shop, on the brink of
opening, will mainly serve Deeper Roots Coffee — which is local — and
Quills Coffee from Louisville, Ky. However, since they have a multiple
roaster format, they are excited that they have the freedom to serve anything
that piques their interest.
I watched in awe as
the duo made the perfect cup of coffee through a process known as the
drip method. This procedure takes about two and a half minutes and is performed
through several steps in a homemade set-up resembling a science
of coffee is made-to-order," Hart explained as he
smelled the complex aroma from the coffee. "We don't want
to be so slow that it's frustrating to get a cup of coffee here, but
we like the idea of people being able to chill out for a
few minutes and have a real coffee experience."
There are many ways
to get your caffeine fix at Collective Espresso including espresso,
macchiatos, cortado, cappuccino, lattes and mochas. The average price for a
drink is $2.50-$3.50.
recognized some great coffee shops that Cincinnati already has to offer, Hart
explained that they thought the Cincinnati coffeehouse scene was missing
something — Collective Espresso. With seating arranged in a
bar-like fashion, the shop provides a welcoming atmosphere to stop
in, have a cup of coffee over the daily news (CityBeat, of course) and meet or catch up with neighbors.
"If people are
as dorky about coffee as we are, we also want to be a place where people can
explore different brew methods and learn about different coffees," Miller
Just as the perfect cup of
coffee takes time, the finishing touches are being put on Collective
Espresso. The shop, located at 207 Woodward St., (off Main Street) is
expected to open very soon.
4 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Asking the beautiful, shiny revelers occupying the part
of Vine Street comprising Gateway Quarter to recall and meditate on the
April 2001 riots, curfews and economic boycotts that erupted after
then-police officer Stephen Roach shot and killed Timothy Thomas on
Republic Street is impossible.
Night Owl Market is a lively addition to OTR nightlife
2 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
NOM is a unique event in that it serves
multiple purposes for late-night visitors — it’s a great place for bar
hoppers to stop for some munchies and music, or to keep up the pace
after the bars close. But it’s also a fun, booze-free alternative for
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Some farmers are feeding cows discounted expired candy
supplemented with nutrients instead of grain to deal with corn shortages
due to drought. WORLD -2
7 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Washington Park is a social experiment so vastly successful Cincinnatians might be unaware of the nuances in its meaning.We’re still spastically drunk off the park’s new-park smell.
by Mike Breen
Weekly music, interactive musical fountains and more planned for renovated OTR park
Revitalization group 3CDC's live music programming throughout the past few summers has helped turn Fountain Square into the heart of Cincinnati's increasingly active downtown area, drawing thousands to the Square every week to catch everything from Reggae and Salsa to Hip Hop and Indie Rock. The group will be doing the same thing in Over-the-Rhine at the newly renovated Washington Park across from Music Hall. The Park officially opens tomorrow (July 6) with a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. The christening will be followed by tours of the park, then a free 5 p.m. World Choir Games "friendship concert" at the Bandstand.Like with Fountain Square, Washington Park's weekly music series will showcase local musicians, with live performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be "Bandstand Bluegrass" night, featuring some of the best area Bluegrass artists. The shows begin July 11 and will run every week, starting at 7 p.m., until Sept. 5. On Fridays, the Park features "Friday Flow," a night of R&B and Soul that starts July 13 and runs each Friday through Sept. 5.The lineups for Wednesdays and Fridays have yet to be announced, but more details have been made available about the every-Thursday Jazz in the Park series. Beginning July 12, the lineup has been curated by local Jazz pianist Chris Comer, who held a similar role on Fountain Square last year. The first Jazz in the Park concert is July 12 and features Comer and his quintet, plus special guest Napoleon Maddox from the progressive Jazz/Hip Hop group IsWhat?!Jazz in the Park performances run 7-9 p.m. through Aug. 30. Other shows in the series include the P&G Big Band (July 19); The Cincy Brass (Aug. 2); Steve Schmidt (Aug. 9), Ricky Nye Inc. (Aug. 16); and the Dick Sorice-Dan Jackson Quintet (Aug. 23).Along with many other special concerts — like Over the Rhine's (the band) free show July 22 and the rare joint performance featuring Cincinnati Pops, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet — the Washington Park summer schedule is filled with other types of events, from community festivals to "dog programs" to movie nights and special "Curiosity Saturdays" for kids. One of the coolest physical changes to Washington Park is the interactive Classical Music Walk of Fame, a project in conjunction with the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and InfoTrust which will enable visitors to use their smartphones and tablets to play various musical selections through the park's sound system or through the very cool "musical fountains," which will change appearance/flow/color depending on which music is selected. Here's a quick overview of how the interactive Classical Music Walk of Fame will work. To read about all of the things Washington Park has planned just this summer alone (remember, it will be a primary venue for the MidPoint Music Festival at the end of September) click here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The $54 million residential and
commercial development project Mercer Commons broke ground in
Over-the-Rhine June 26, paving way for 126 apartments, 28 condos, 17,600
square feet of commercial space, a 340-space parking garage and a
19-space surface parking lot.
by Mike Breen
Renovated park gears up for early July grand opening events
Veteran, internationally-acclaimed Cincinnati band Over the Rhine will be performing a free concert on July 22 in Over-the-Rhine (the neighborhood). The group is kicking off a series of "grand opening celebration" concerts this summer at the newly renovated Washington Park, which took 18 months and $48 million to complete. All events are free and open to the public.The first big event is Over the Rhine's July 22 concert at Washington Park's permanent stage on the new "Civic Lawn." An opening act will soon be announced.On Aug. 3, the Park will host a rare "joint performance" by the Cincinnati Pops, May Festival, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet. The full Pops Orchestra will perform a program of Classical, Broadway and Pop tunes, joined by the May Fest Chorus, singers from the Opera and dancers from the Ballet. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. On Aug. 4, the Over-the-Rhine Community Festival returns to Washington Park. The 28-year-old fest was on hold last year while the park was under construction. The event will feature games, food, kids' events, DJs and live music (TBA). The fest runs 12-6 p.m.Washington Park officially re-opens on July 6 at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. There will be a free "Friendship Concert" in the park later that day (5-7 p.m.), presented by the World Choir Games.Like on Fountain Square, 3CDC is bringing a full slate of weekly musical events (as well as Saturday night movies and family-oriented fare on the weekends) to Washington Park. Full details will come with the launch of the new Washington Park website in early July. Plans so far are to have Bluegrass on Wednesdays, Jazz on Thursdays and R&B and Soul on Fridays. Check out the park on Facebook here for the latest updates.
Freaky fixture in local arts scene brings creativity, community
2 Comments · Monday, June 11, 2012
The most successful
Cincinnati Fringe Festival since the annual event’s launch in 2004
wrapped up on June 9, boasting a nearly 9 percent increase in overall
attendance compared to 2011, from 7,177 to 7,728. More than 230 artists
performed, and the number of sold-out performances, 24, set a new