Undercurrent Coffee Rides Wave of Assist into Charlotte’s Optimist Corridor

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The brand new Undercurrent Coffee bar at Optimist Corridor in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph by Jayme Johnson, courtesy of Undercurrent Coffee.

It’s been simply greater than a yr since Undercurrent Coffee opened its doorways for the primary time within the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, however already demand has crested over.

In response, house owners Todd and Erin Huber at the moment unveiled Undercurrent Coffee’s second location, contained in the newly renovated Optimist Corridor, a former textiles mill that dates again to the 1890s.

“It’s very intimate, with lovely, snug seating and big large open home windows,” Todd Huber mentioned of the brand new area. “It actually mirrors what we have been attempting to do with our cafe in Plaza Midwood, however on a a lot bigger scale.”  

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Photograph by Jayme Johnson, courtesy of Undercurrent Coffee.

Additionally open to the general public for the primary time at the moment after years of growth and anticipation, Optimist Corridor boasts an enormous indoor market that includes a few of Charlotte’s hottest and progressive meals and beverage purveyors. With Undercurrent offering the coffee circulation, the 135,000-square-foot constructing additionally homes a brewery, a paper provide retailer, a cocktail lounge and workplace area.

“We’re actually enthusiastic about it,” says Huber of the corridor. “Our area is gorgeous. We’re principally mirroring what we did in Plaza Midwood, so the meals and beverage program is just not altering an excessive amount of. It’s actually simply the area and the group that we’re doing it in.”

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Photograph by Jayme Johnson, courtesy of Undercurrent Coffee.

The brand new Undercurrent cafe options among the unique mill’s particulars, together with the excessive ceilings, huge home windows, and white brick partitions. Wooden accents surrounding the bar assist to melt the economic really feel and convey heat and coloration to the cafe.

The coffee, meals and drinks menu could look acquainted to these clients already conversant in Undercurrent, though they could discover one thing new atop the bar. Whereas the unique cafe at Plaza Midwood hosts a Kees van der Westen Spirit Duette, the Optimist Corridor bar has a La Marzocco Linea PB AVR.

“We simply needed to attempt one thing completely different, for selection and for instructional functions,” Huber mentioned, “so we’ve got some extra expertise if and once we develop any extra.” 

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Photograph by Jayme Johnson, courtesy of Undercurrent Coffee.

Supporting the Linea are two Nuova Simonelli Mythos Clima Professional grinders, with a Mahlkönig EK43 for grinding drip coffee. Stated drip is brewed by a Wilbur Curtis G4 ThermaPro, and Kalita Waves deal with handbook pourovers.

Whereas Undercurrent options coffees roasted by corporations primarily based far and large throughout the nation, roasts from Arkansas-based Onyx Coffee Lab are perennial.

“We are going to at all times have Onyx as a mix on batch brew and as our espresso mix,” Huber instructed DCN. “We additionally spotlight them for single-origin espresso and pourovers. We do deliver on friends roasters, however I don’t essentially think about ourselves a multiroaster, simply due to the consistency with which we use Onyx.” 

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Photograph by Jayme Johnson, courtesy of Undercurrent Coffee.

Alongside coffee, a full meals menu will embrace the prevailing cafe’s standard Plough Boy’s Grit Bowl and, after all, avocado toast. The store takes a seasonal strategy to its meals program, with the vast majority of elements coming from native and regional farms.

The fast success of the primary Undercurrent bar and the groundswell of help from the group at massive aren’t misplaced on Huber as he and the remainder of the Undercurrent workforce open retailer quantity two.

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Photograph by Jayme Johnson, courtesy of Undercurrent Coffee.

“We’re very grateful to have the ability to play an element in our group’s tradition and we’ve been very grateful for the help that we’ve had since we opened 13 months in the past,” Huber mentioned. “With out a sturdy group to help companies like ours, clearly we couldn’t exist. And the symbiotic relationship, it’s one to this point that’s labored rather well and we’re very appreciative to be part of it.”

Fionn Pooler
Fionn Pooler is a contract author and former coffee skilled primarily based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.