Courtesy of Brick and Mortar Coffee
Brick and Mortar Coffee
By Taylor Fox
For one Springfield company, coffee isn’t just a part of the morning ritual; it’s a science.
“We love the lab side of things,” says Jonathan Putnam, owner of Brick and Mortar Coffee. “To make good coffee, you have to have all the equipment to test it with, so we thought we would open it up to the public.”
Brick and Mortar, located just outside of downtown Springfield, is not a traditional coffee shop. Although customers can buy a cup of coffee there, the space isn’t intended for lounging, Jonathan says. It’s an educational coffee tasting room for those who want to learn more about coffee.
“There’s a lack of education about coffee, and that’s where we come in,” he says. “We want to be education-forward.”
They host coffee tastings every Saturday at 1 pm, provide brew guides, and encourage customers to buy their coffees from around the world and try brewing them at home with the skills they learned at Brick and Mortar.
Visitors should try the cold brew coffee—steeped for over twenty-four hours, filtered, and pumped through a nitrous oxide tap, like Guinness beer.