Nitro Cold Brew Company Column 15 opened its flagship location in Williamsburg, Va., showcasing all the elements of roasting and production alongside coffee.
About half of the 3,000 square foot space is taken up by the Column 15 bar and seating, from which customers can enjoy the operation of cold brewing equipment and a new Diedrich roaster on the opposite side. Before opening the new roasting, column 15 has carried out all of its roasting in a common roasting installation separate from its cold brewing operation.
“It’s a great way to start roasting without the initial commitment of buying expensive equipment,” said James Kroll, co-owner of Column 15 to Daily Coffee News, “but operate from multiple facilities and have to work with the production schedules of other companies can be a huge hassle once you start to experience real growth. “
The industrial interior is softened by potted plants and a seating area with plush seating. Reference to the brand, caffeine molecules, and motto – “The Science of Good Coffee” – can be found in column 15, the name of which refers to the place of nitrogen in the periodic table of elements.
“We wanted to reflect our passion for coffee and science, filling the space with the same comfortable yet unique twists you can get with our products,” said Cassidy Eissing, director of column 15 operations at DCN.
Eissing and Kroll were joined at a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month by wholesale and market manager Brittany Wyatt and co-owner Victoria Goldsby. Kroll said the team may soon be offering public tours and tastings to give customers a more in-depth look at coffee production.
In addition to its cold nitro brew, Column 15 also brews hot coffee and espresso drinks at the new bar, while also offering bags of roasted coffees.
“There’s a lot on the horizon for us,” Goldsby told DCN. “With our new roast and significantly increased production capacity, we can really begin to focus on growing our wholesale production and distribution of on-draft cold nitro beer, as well as roasted coffee in the Virginia Coast region. and in Richmond.
Column 15 Coffee is now open to 701 R, Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Howard Bryman is Associate Editor of The Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine. He is based in Portland, Oregon.