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Developing community through coffee

Hillary McLain Published: June 12, 2013
Barista Jacob West pulls a shot of espresso while crafting a latte at Elemental Coffee Roasters in Midtown OKC. Hillary McLain/NewsOK
Barista Jacob West pulls a shot of espresso while crafting a latte at Elemental Coffee Roasters in Midtown OKC. Hillary McLain/NewsOK

 

Local products and a desire to educate are at the forethought of the owners of one Midtown coffee haven.

Midtown’s Elemental Coffee Roasters desires to raise coffee culture in the city in a friendly manner, co-owner Laura Massenat said.

They’re also excited about the potential for other new businesses and hope to encourage progress in the area.

“I feel like Elemental has become sort of an anchor of this block, certainly, and I hope that’s going to spur some development around us,” she said. “We definitely are here for community and to build community.”

The roaster and brewery is located at 815 N. Hudson Ave.  in Oklahoma City.

They began roasting beans for nationwide distribution in 2008, and added the coffee shop side in 2011. They brew coffee as well as espresso and offer drinks like lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos.

Elemental’s community isn’t just restricted to the Midtown area; they offer goods from other local businesses all over the metro like T, an Urban Teahouse.

In addition to tangible goods, the Midtown business also hosts classes for brewing, espresso making and home bean roasting, Massenat said.

Beneath it all, the shop’s love is the community — from city council members to longboard hipsters, and Elemental wants to share their passion for the bean.

“No matter what you do, it’s about connecting with people … And we do it with coffee,” Massenat said.

 

A latte made by Jacob West, complete with foam art, at Elemental Coffee Roasters.
A latte made by Jacob West, complete with foam art, at Elemental Coffee Roasters.

 

Elemental’s offerings include local goods from around the state:

 

 


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