Six Shooter Coffee: Brewing a fine neighborhood blend

If you’ve noticed some enticing smells coming from the Waterloo area lately, you’ve got Six Shooter Coffee to thank.  The new coffee shop opened at 16021 Waterloo Road this past weekend, and because of them the neighborhood is actually buzzing now.  They aim to further the coffee culture in Ohio through their locally micro-roasted beans.  Barista, I’ll have another!     

I stopped in this weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find the place already a neighborhood favorite, busy, and working like a well-oiled espresso maker. Here’s a bit of my Q&A with proprietor, Pete Brown.

Jen: What’s your background and experience in the industry?

Pete: I got my first coffee shop job when I was 16. And I have worked in different coffee shops in different cities ever since then. I didn’t really start to become aware of roasting until I worked at Stauf’s in Columbus in 2013. So I’ve been in the industry for a decade and been learning about roasting for about 3 years. Sarah (manager) and my wife, Tara, have also been in the industry for around a decade, so we have a ton of experience between all of us.

 Jen: Why Waterloo? What do you see for the future of this neighborhood?
Pete: I chose Waterloo because I wanted to do something bigger than coffee. I have a degree in education because I’ve always wanted to be a part of a community and something positive. Waterloo and Collinwood afforded me that opportunity. We are hiring people from the neighborhood and people from LEAP in an effort to affect positive change. In the not so distant future I see a total revitalization of Waterloo and E. 185th. These will have an immense impact on the entire Collinwood community. 
 
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Jen:  What will you offer? How about your specialties?
 
Pete: We have three things that I think are pretty special. We will have 46&2 hopped coffee on tap. We will also have Bearded Buch Kombucha on tap. We also feature a Cuban espresso. It’s just sugar and espresso, but it’s delicious and not many companies feature it.
 
Jen: What can you tell me about your beans and how they’re roasted/prepared? 
 
Pete: Our beans are from all over the world. We have specific countries and farms that we source them from. However, coffee is just like any other crop, so our offerings will always be changing. When I roast the beans I just try to roast in such a way that accentuates the origin. In essence it is somewhat like wine where territory is a huge part of the flavor profile.
 
 
Jen: Where else can people get your coffee?
 
Pete: Our coffee can be found at the Good to Go Cafes (those are Downtown and in Tremont), The Grocery OHC (Lorain Ave.), The Local and Slow Train (Oberlin), Wash Perk (Denver, CO) and Athens Uncorked (Athens, OH). We also sell coffee at the Crocker Park Farmers Market and Platform Beer Co. on Lorain Ave. has a Brewers coffee with 6SC on Tap.
 
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Jen: What kind of food accompaniment will you serve? And from what vendors?
 
Pete: We will have fruit, yogurt and granola, muffins, cookies, bagels, strudel, bread, and cookie dough balls. The bagels are from Cleveland Bagel. The bread and cookie dough balls are from Poison Berry. The strudel is from Lucy’s Sweet Surrender. All of these are local people. The rest of our stuff is from the grocery store on Instant Whip Akron.
 
 
Jen: Who are your customers?
 
Pete: Our customers are everyone! We have people from the neighborhood, and we have people coming in from Hinckley, Oberlin, Westlake, etc. It’s incredibly humbling seeing all of the support.
 
Once the weather breaks they’re even planning a weekly cigar club for those who are so inclined.
Six Shooter is located a stone’s throw from the E. 156th St. exit of the East Shoreway.  If you’re passing by, in the neighborhood, or even if you’re not…it’s worth stopping in.  And if you’re a native to the Waterloo area, this should be welcomed news that people are investing again, creating again and continuing to breathe life into this revitalized area.  You can support and sample Six Shooter Coffee online.  They ship their beans! Shop here.

More beer, please. Market Garden Brewery taking it to the next level.

There’s something pretty exciting brewing in Ohio City.  The craft beer industry is booming in Cleveland and the brew masters and business leaders behind Market Garden Brewery are striking while the iron is hot…and the beer is cold!

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There is a major expansion underway behind W. 25th Street.  Market Garden Brewery is turning their already impressive output into a potential powerhouse.  They’ve already installed seven 70 barrel fermenting tanks. How much beer is that?  (hint: 1 barrel=31 gallons)  That’s a lot of brewski!

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The ownership is growing from a single restaurant’s worth of brew, to a full scale production facility with plans for kegging and bottling their beers.  They’re also working tours, tasting and retail space in to their plans.

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MGB is renovating 5 old buildings behind the W. 25th Street block they already occupy, next to the back parking lot of the West Side Market.  It used to be a city block’s worth of houses.  Most recently it was a warehouse.  But when this project is all said and done, it will be an operation with the capacity for 80,000 barrels of beer.  Yowza.

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The creative and careful ownership group behind this project is taking steps to preserve the buildings’ character they’ve uncovered during the construction process.  Original, exposed brick walls still stand.

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Beautiful reclaimed wood is being re-purposed for doorways and other trim elements.  I love that they are staying true to the vibe of the neighborhood.

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Once they are fully operational, it’s time to get their family of beers out to the masses…on tap at bars and restaurants, and on display at grocery and beverage stores.

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At this point, Brewmaster Andy Tveekrem says they are in the “courtship phase” with beverage distributors, trying to find the perfect marriage of production and distribution.

If it wasn’t official already, with an institution like Great Lakes Brewing Co. around the corner, and sister restaurant/brewery Nano Brew down the block, the addition of Market Garden Brewery’s expansion certainly makes a case for this portion of W. 25th St and Ohio City as Cleveland’s Brewery District.  Cheers!