Coffee updates and such

There are a few people that I am really grateful for that have made the commonplace what it is today – those people know who they are. One of those people is Andre Chubb. We celebrate him this week as it is his birthday and call out the fact that we are all better...

Coffee

We are excited about a couple of new customers we will be working with starting this week. First, the artist hand gallery and coffee bar will be opening this week in Indiana, PA. Second the Gaslight café will begin using our coffee under their new ownership. The...

Restaurants

We have been trying to find places that are like minded with quality of food where we want our coffee served with integrity and responsibility a couple new ones you should visit: -Root 174 1113 South Braddock Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15218 (412) 243-4348 -Bar Marco 2216...

Coffee in Pittsburgh

The Commonplace is about to enter another major transition as we open our roastery in Pittsburgh. Our partnership with East End Brewing Company is nothing “new” but it has been a long time coming. We have had “issues” with our contractor who has ended up using every...

Vision

I have been asked several times by employees to restate the vision of the commonplace, a where are we going from here kind of question. So, below are my thoughts: The Commonplace was originally started to provide a place (for community buildup) and to provide the best...

Commonplace Voluto

When Barb, Amelie and I first sat down to talk of the future of Voluto I was as shocked as some of you are today to hear that they were ready to be done with coffee business ownership. I wanted to hear what they had to say and see where they wanted to go. I couldn’t...

9 years and counting

Tomorrow marks a major milestone in my life. Not only is it our ninth anniversary as the commonplace, it is also officially the longest I have every lived anywhere in my life. Growing up, my dad thought it was appropriate, for whatever reason, to move (on average)...

Coffee 2012

Direct trade coffee Last week we had a follow up meeting with another contact concerning a direct trade coffee. After the few farms that have worked successfully we are excited to be able to bring another direct trade coffee to our offering sheet. It is not official...

New question

question just came in: what should we take to our friends who have a chemex pot at home, papua new guniea? answer: chemex is for more nuanced coffees, png is more bodied – so, I would suggest a real fragile coffee like Ethiopian Harrar or Burundi Kayanza...

Happy 2012

we are excited about the new coffee stuff we will encounter in 2012. we will be moving part of the roasting operation to Pittsburgh. One of our baristas will be competing in the North East Barista Competition in NYC. We will be gathering some goals among our staff to...

Response to the post gazette article

The Commonplace started as a simple dream. Julie and I wanted to have a place where we could serve the best coffee we could make in a simple, unassuming place that would make the community of Indiana, PA feel welcome and comfortable. As the news is released today, I...

whats new in coffee around here

What is new in coffee around here? there are a lot of new shops in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. these new shops bring a new passion and excitement to the industry. there is more focus on single cup brewing in the area. additionally, there is more sensitivity...

Strada EP

Indiana, PA will never be the same for espresso. We are getting the most technologically advanced espresso machine. We will have more ability to dial in espresso than any other company with the new Strada EP. We are very excited. It should arrive next week....

New coffee arrival

We are anxiously awaiting a new arrival at the warehouse. It is a coffee I have tried a couple of times, I am excited about its appearance for this crop season. The coffee is dry processed with an informal hybrid (some wet process) From the importer: Sumatra Lintong...

Clovers are fixed

Just a heads up that both clovers are fixed and in proper working order. One can go to squirrel hill or Indiana to enjoy one of the finest extracted coffees.  

Growth and a new delivery van

It is exciting to grow – we continue to find people that want to be a part of the commonplace. Whether they are just looking for coffee or want the whole package of consultation, training, and equipment suggestions. It is rewarding to help others achieve their...

Coffee taste

We talk a lot about how to achieve coffee’s best flavor – but rarely write about it. Sourcing the best green is a part of it – roasting to a great profile for that particular coffee is another. I would argue that there a few other dimensions that are...

Coffee roasting

We spent a lot of time at the roaster today. We have been working on some new roast profiles and we have been training a couple of new people to roast, Dan and Jamie. We got a welcomed surprise today, Phil Johnson a seasoned roaster and barista at the squirrel hill...

Pour over

Many of you are aware of the pains we went through to obtain one of the last clovers produced before Starbucks made it impossible for anyone to purchase a new one. As the events have unfolded we have had to remove the clover from service in Indiana. This is not a...

Squirrel Hill

well, after 8 days of working really hard to get everything set up we had our first day of business at the commonplace squirrel hill. Andre worked really hard and produced some amazing coffees. Phil and I were also there putting out some nice beverages (Jake came by...

Preparing for Squirrel Hill

We are making the last minute preparations for Squirrel Hill. We are very excited to showcase our coffee in a new venue and be able to provide space for community building in a new space.  

Bunn single cup brewer

We ordered the new bunn single cup brewer (in the same idea of the clover) it will be shipping in 2 weeks. We can’t wait to spend some time dialing this device in. We are excited to bring you another tool to produce the best coffees possible. You can read more...

The Commonplace in Squirrel Hill

We are pleased to announce that we are moving forward with adding a location at 5827 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. Andre will be a part of the team again in his new location. We will be having more news soon – but for now we just wanted to share our excitement.