A look inside Boise's craft coffee boom
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
Move aside craft beer.
Move aside craft beer.
There's a new artisanal brew in town.
"The coffee scene has been growing a lot, there are a lot of new roasters that are opening shops up in town," said Joe Shafer, owner of Slow by Slow Coffee.
Craft coffee refers to brewing a high quality cup of joe, but also engaging customers in the story of coffee. From where the beans originated, to how to is brewed in your local coffee shop.
KBOI 2 News stopped by Slow by Slow to learn more about what sets these coffee connoisseurs apart.
"Because coffee is...it's more like wine in its actual agricultural home so what our roasters do is they find farms that are treating the coffee plants like a vineyard would treat their plants."
Shafer says they are considered a "multi roaster" like rotating beer taps. Slow by Slow brings in coffees from around the country, giving you the chance to try something new every visit.
"We do probably 10 to 12 a month and offer up to five at a time." Shafer says. "So we are kind of a good place to try as many coffees as you want from as many different growing regions as you can."
Next stop is Nekar Coffee, an up and coming craft coffee roaster you may have seen at the Boise Farmers Market.
"We firmly believe that fresher is better," says Grant Shealy, Nekar Coffee owner.
Shealy says his coffee is all about the community and offering seasonally sourced sustainable craft coffee.
"We source through a green coffee importer called Coffee Shrub out of Oakland, California and they travel all around the world and source direct from the farmers."
Currently based in Woodland Empire Brewery, Shealy says his company is taking its next big step, opening a Nekar Coffee shop on 10th and Main Street right in the heart of downtown.
"I always hesitate with putting a hard date on it but we are looking hopefully June-ish to be open to the public," he says. "We will probably burn a little bit of time getting our feet wet and getting cozy in the space."
On the other side of town in the central addition, Form and Function is the newest craft coffee joint to open its doors.
"We started roasting for home subscriptions that's kind of how we got started roasting."
Owner and roaster Kate Seward says the way they source their beans is all about ethics and intention.
"We source in a way that is sustainable, hopefully you know, spreading the dollar through the supply chain," Seward says, "We end up buying a lot of our coffees from farms that are creating quality initiatives and education initiatives in their communities."
She says they focus on making the best product possible from their beans and having customers enjoy the quality which, she says, is what craft coffee is all about.
"When you come in here you sip on your espresso and really appreciate the coffee itself."