Partners brew up downtown buzz with plans for Methodical Coffee
Coffee aficionados will soon have a new place to get their fix when Methodical Coffee opens in October at the Bank of America building in downtown Greenville.
Will Shurtz, a certified Barista Guild of America (BGA) barista who currently runs Vagabond Barista, a traveling artisan coffee bar, will operate the new venture along with partners Marco Suarez and David Baker.
Vagabond Barista will be folded into Methodical Coffee, which will offer the same type of mobile coffee service to customers.
Methodical Coffee will treat coffee as “more of a specialty” drink, he said. “It will be more about the flavors and notes – like wine, craft beers and small batch whiskeys.”
Once open, Suarez plans to host “cupping nights” to teach people how to taste and drink coffee as well as provide a sampling of different coffees from around the world. Along with the coffee, espressos, cappuccinos and Prohibition cocktails – coffee and tea-based cocktails with no alcohol – will be on the menu.
Methodical Coffee will have different roasters from around the world, including a new local roaster in Greenville the partners are not quite ready to announce.
Pastries and some hot food items will come from a local pastry chef. They are planning to create “something that isn’t typical and that pushes the palate of Greenville, but not too far,” Suarez said.
Inside the new shop, customers will be treated to a “1920s cocktail lounge vibe without the alcohol,” he said. Customers can expect the requisite table and chairs but no sofas. Instead, they’ll find a large coffee bar and community table for large groups and tastings.
“We’re going for humble sophistication,” he said. An outdoor mezzanine area will provide additional seating, and the trio also plans to occasionally turn the space into a pop-up-shop area to bring in complementary businesses such as menswear or art.
“We want to celebrate the craft of things and the skills the people have and the people themselves,” he said.
The new coffee bar is the brainchild of Shurtz, a passionate coffee lover, who started discussing the concept with his friend, Suarez. As the ideas kept percolating, the pair brought in Baker and “everything just fell into place,” said Suarez.
Both Suarez and Baker have traveled extensively and noticed that Greenville lacked the kind of coffee shops they were used to frequenting in New York or Europe.
“Whatever we do, it will be very intentional, very well crafted and very well oriented. That is the essence of Methodical Coffee,” Suarez said.