Iron Coffee Co. open in Hoosick Falls
Mike Milliron opened Iron Coffee Co., a small-batch coffee roaster and coffee shop, last month at 9 Main St.
He started roasting his own beans in his garage about a year ago. He's since upgraded from a small roaster to a commercial model. And his selection boasts beans from four regions of the coffee belt, and he expects to add more.
"I want people to enjoy the most of the flavor each region of coffee has to offer," Milliron said.
Milliron, a native of Middleburgh in Schoharie County, said he first came to visit friends who renovated the former St. Mary's school building on High Streets into new apartments. He liked the village, he said, and saw potential of a coffee roasting business. And he said the location really stood out to him: The highly visible, two-story space at the corner of Main and John Streets is in the heart of downtown and right on Route 22.
Sequence Development built the building on the former Dougherty's lot. The Troy-based developer says Iron Coffee is a sign of progress: An art gallery and antique shop opened in 2016. According to Sequence, a wine bar will open nearby in the next few months, three new restaurants are being developed and a liquor store is scheduled to open in the first half of 2017.
Milliron did much of the decorating and finishing touches inside by himself. Potted plants are perched on beams above the entrance. There are creature comforts, like comfy seating and a bar overlooking a large window with outlets to grab a charge. There's complimentary wi-fi for customers and live music is offered on weekends.
The menu is written on slate from the old St. Mary's schoolhouse. It includes standard coffee and coffee drinks, like lattes, as well as loose leaf teas, and hot chocolate.
Milliron's beans represent four regions of the coffee belt along the equator: Brazil, Ethiopian, Guatamalan and Sumatra.
"I like dark, bold coffee, and want to get the best flavor profile of each region," he said.
Other drinks with neat names: The Dirty Hippie, a hot chai with a shot of espresso, the "La D nk," made with nutella, espresso, and steamed heavy cream. A selection of baked goods, including pastries and muffins, come from the South Street Cafe in nearby Bennington, Vt.
Milliron roasts beans and sells them on site.
Milliron said that, in the future, he'd like to offer more food. And he'd like to someday expand into space next door to start a microbewery.
For more information, go to www.ironcoffeecompany.com, or the Iron Coffee Company on Facebook and Instagram, or call 518-205-5047.
Reach Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.
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