Move for Phoenix Coffee Marks the End of an Era


Since 1976, 1854 Coventry Road has served as home base for one coffee company or another. For the first quarter century it housed Arabica. Later, it was home to Caribou. And finally, it reverted back to Arabica.

That reign ended on Sunday, September 1, when Phoenix Coffee closed its doors, thus ending a 76-year run of coffee at that address.

But don't fret, coffee lovers, Phoenix didn't go far. At 6 a.m. on Friday, September 6, Phoenix Coffee will reopen in the former home of Delphic Books (1793 Coventry Rd.) at the corner of Hampshire and Coventry.

"The new location is a more sustainable investment," explains Phoenix CEO Sarah Wilson-Jones.

The new café, located near the northern end of Coventry, will feature décor that employs upcycled and reclaimed materials. Local artwork will adorn the walls. And a new "pourover bar" will be staffed by baristas who brew every cup to order.

To pay tribute to the longstanding Coventry Road "coffeehouse era," Phoenix will host a Community Candlelit Gathering in the vacant former Coventry Road space tonight, Thursday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m.

"We hope to honor the magic of the past connections and relationships that have been born on Coventry," adds Wilson-Jones.

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Douglas Trattner

For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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