Being the coffee-loving fiends that we are, we descended on downtown’s newest coffee shop for their first day in business. Black Tap Coffee has set up shop at 70 1/2 Beaufain Street, right near the Memminger Auditorium. It’s the first such venture for owners Jayme Scott and Ross Jett, who left careers in other fields in Sacramento and D.C. to open Black Tap.


The bright, photogenic space is filled with stylish details like bleached wood floors and black-and-white photography on the wall. Local woodworker Stephen Wain designed much of the furniture — the main table was made from wood rescued from a house fire on Rutledge. They offer a variety of blends like Baroida (Papua New Guinea), Idido Natural Sundried (Ethiopia), and La Frontera (Peru) with helpful descriptions of each. They also have teas, cold-pressed coffee, house-made flavored syrups, and treats from Wildflour.


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