Opening a wonderful specialty coffee store will be an arduous uphill climb, however with their worldly influences, technical knowhow and private drive, DreiBerge Coffee house owners Andrea and Ryan Cummings have been prepared for the ascent.
Inside a 1,400-square-foot area inside an environmentally progressive mixed-use growth within the East Village district of Des Moines, Iowa, Dreiberge Coffee helps locals and vacationers alike attain new coffee heights.
The phrase “DreiBerge” derives from the German phrases “Drei” and “berg,” which translate to a few and mountain, respectively. Whereas that truly refers back to the couple’s three kids which can be all named after actual mountains, patrons may simply as simply take into account the three peaks of DreiBerge’s identify and emblem as consultant of high quality, neighborhood and sustainability.
The environmental ethos is actually constructed into the enterprise, located as it’s inside a model new constructing’s distinctive and eco-friendly building out of dowel-laminated mass timber. There are about 200 mass timber buildings scattered across the U.S., however the Des Moines constructing made headlines for being the primary to make use of the dowel-laminated materials, which is heralded for holding no chemical compounds, VOCs or metallic nails, and virtually no glue.
Whereas the off-gassing averted within the absence of such toxins offers higher indoor air high quality for individuals within the constructing, mass timber additionally helps responsibly managed North American forests that act as carbon sinks. The manufacturing of every ton of mass timber is claimed to sequester 1,655 kilograms of CO2 from the ambiance.
The engaging pure tones and the fascinating means through which the timber layers and interlocks gave the DreiBerge workforce a formidable base from which to construct out the remainder of the store. The corporate employed out its electrical, HVAC and plumbing work, whereas working with Jason Wilson of Dane Fabrication in constructing the store’s tables, bars and seating.
“We constructed and put in virtually the whole lot ourselves within the store, from cupboards to counter tops,” Andrea Cummings instructed Each day Coffee Information. “We’ve labored onerous to maintain the whole lot seen — no kitchen space, no partitions, no massive storage areas. The whole lot we want matches into the cabinetry and tools we’ve got. The whole lot is easy, purposeful and clear. We needed to carry a easy, heat, and delightful area to Des Moines the place neighborhood will be fostered.”
Having lived in Germany, the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest, the couple’s love of rugged nature and appreciation for sure aesthetics are additionally carried forth. Reside-edge counters and tabletops carry the forest indoors, whereas hanging pendant lights, white partitions and clear, unadorned surfaces recall Scandinavian influences.
DreiBerge’s embrace of all issues native, in the meantime, extends each to customers and suppliers. A children’ play space and ample communal seating choices carry numerous factions of the city collectively, whereas regionally crafted pastries, kombucha and teas from native tea supplier Kettle/Black Teahouse are featured objects. The store’s espresso, cortado, cappuccino and latte cups all hand-thrown by Ames, Iowa-based ceramics firm Alfar Pottery.
Under no circumstances an afterthought, the espresso drinks delivered in these distinctive ceramics are ready on a three-group Sanremo Cafe Racer espresso machine and twin Mahlkönig Peak grinders paired with a Puqpress auto-tamper. A Curtis ThermoProX generates the store’s batch brew, whereas a Poursteady automated pourover machine hypnotically drizzles water for environment friendly and constant single cups.
Ryan Cummings sources inexperienced coffees by way of quite a lot of origin-specific small corporations reminiscent of Cafe Con Amor Farmers Undertaking coffees, Mountain Excessive JZ Coffee, Dos Niñas, Benchmark Coffee Merchants, and extra. He then roasts the corporate’s lineup of strictly single-origin coffees to spotlight the distinctive qualities every farm has to supply, utilizing a Diedrich IR-7 owned by one other native store.
“We have been planning an IR-5 for our store however bumped into points with the town and allowing,” stated Cummings. “Renting whereas getting off the bottom ended up being a fantastic resolution for us. With the amount we’re already pushing, a bigger roaster can be in our future.”
Not solely do they plan on bringing roasting on their very own roof, however sourcing, too, will sooner or later be carried out as immediately as doable.
“I believe this will get thrown round rather a lot within the speciality coffee trade however we will’t emphasize this sufficient,” stated Cummings. “Having grown up in Iowa, a lot of our household are farmers. We perceive the challenges of market pricing and high quality management. With our store opening this 12 months and doing all of the work ourselves, we didn’t get an opportunity to go to farms, however we will certainly be making journeys to origin throughout the subsequent 12 months.”
DrieBerge Coffee is open now at 111 E. Grand Ave. in Des Moines.
Howard Bryman is the affiliate editor of Each day Coffee Information by Roast Journal. He’s based mostly in Portland, Oregon.