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...