Taproom Coffee & Beer owner Jonathan Pascual will open a new coffee shop in Decatur at 314 E. Howard Avenue in the space that last housed Ammazza. Opo Coffee will feature not just a coffee bar and roastery but a training center as well.
Partnering with East Pole Coffee Co, Pascual opened Taproom Coffee & Beer in Kirkwood in 2014 and there offers specialty coffee and craft beer to the community, along with pastries from Alon’s Bakery. Opo Coffee, according to Eater Atlanta, won’t serve the brews, but it will take a “holistic approach” to its operations and roast its own beans.
Chris Avirett, formerly of Thrive Farmers Coffee, will lead the brand’s coffee program, which, according to Eater, will feature drip coffee, espresso, nitro iced coffee, and latte specials. The shop will also bake up its own fresh pastries daily.
With the tag line “coffee with respect for all,” Opo aims to “use specialty coffee to make a positive impact in people’s lives throughout the world.”
“Opo Coffee is an Atlanta-based specialty coffee company serving in roasting, retail, and education with a values-based, holistic-impact approach,” shares Pascual on the brand’s website. “Opo is a communal effort from its inception, launching with a team of veteran coffee professionals and a wide community of stakeholders. I’m grateful to every person who chooses to be on this journey with us.”
The shop itself will feature indoor and outdoor seating and beans will be sold in-house as well. As far as the training aspect goes, Opo will house a fully-equipped coffee training center with certified courses through the Specialty Coffee Association.
The shop will reportedly debut this summer, and while the roastery and coffee bar are being built out, the brand has partnered with Peach Coffee Roasters to get a jump start producing their own roasted coffee. These beans are available for local delivery.
Find Opo Coffee online to learn more.