This post is written by Mary Martineau, Marketing Director for the North Market. You can follow the North Market on Twitter @NorthMarket.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret…I don’t drink coffee. I regularly arrive before dawn to unlock the doors and turn on the lights at Columbus’ landmark public market and I even helped create an event at the North Market dubbed the “Coffee Roast”…all without indulging in what for some folks is a must-have-before-they-can-coherently-function-in-the-morning cup of java. I am most definitely a “Morning Person” all on my own. Aiding in the establishment of an event dedicated to locally roasted coffee perked my awareness of the growing coffee culture of Columbus.
At the heart of the North Market mission is the effort to support small, local, independent, artisan businesses, especially those who purvey foodstuffs. Among our cadre of merchants we have Ann Leonard of A Touch of Earth, whose family has been involved in the North Market for decades (her grandparents were the proprietors of the former Camp Chase Poultry). Ann and her trusty manager Shawn Slivinski had been selling locally roasted coffee beans, interacting with local roasters and mulling over the idea of creating some class of coffee event for a few years. They approached the North Market for partnership, we gathered a bevy of local roasting establishments, a brainstorming session was held and the North Market Coffee Roast debuted to great fanfare in March of 2012.
It was so much fun we decided to do it all over again on March 23rd this year! The fabulous crew from last year will be on hand and we have added two local roasters to the roster this year: LTown Coffee from London and Hemisphere Coffee who roasts in Mechanicsburg, but also operates out of a food cart on Indianola. Providing “Coffee Relief” in the form of a self-serve station, Boston Stoker from Dayton is adding to the festivities. This year’s event promises to be brimming with flavorful coffee samples and educational opportunities for attendees.
Participating local roasters include: Backroom Coffee Roasters (Upper Arlington), Bexley Coffee Shop (Bexley), Boston Stoker (Dayton), Café Brioso (Downtown), Crimson Cup Coffee (Clintonville), Hemisphere Coffee (Mechanicsburg/Clintonville), Impero Coffee (Short North), LTown Coffee (London), One Line Coffee (Columbus), Silver Bridge Coffee Company (Gallipolis), Stauf’s Coffee Roasters (Grandview), Thunderkiss Coffee (Columbus) and Upper Cup Coffee (Olde Town East). Representatives from each roaster will be on hand to answers questions about their coffees and techniques.
What goes better with coffee than milk? Hartzler Family Dairy and Snowville Creamery will also be on hand to offer a splash of dairy (maybe chocolate milk for a mocha) in your cup of java if that’s how you prefer yours.
The North Market Coffee Roast will host two sampling sessions on March 23, the first from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and a second from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $10. Admission at the door will be $12. Coupons good for $2 off same day admission are available at all participating coffee roasters while supplies last. Admission fee includes a souvenir coffee mug, a drawstring backpack and a passport to sample coffee from 12 of our participating roasters. Add your name and email to your completed passport and turn it in to be entered in a raffle of prizes provided by our participating local roasters. Admission to North Market and the demonstrations is free. For more information visit www.northmarket.com