From left: Derek McDaniels of Streetcar Cafe, Ironclad owners Kelly and Ryan O'Rourke, and roasting assistant Drew Vanlandingham cut the ribbon on the new Scott's Addition coffee roastery. (Photo by Stephanie Breijo)
Scott's Addition's Ironclad Coffee Roasters opened yesterday, located at 2904 W. Moore St. in the alley behind Boulevard Burger and Brew, for all your bean needs. Husband and wife team Ryan and Kelly O’Rourke first started roasting while living in Ireland, where tea is king. Hellbent on obtaining a good cup of coffee, Ryan purchased his own small roaster and gave it a go; before their return to the States, the two decided to pursue roasting full-time, and made plans to open up shop in Richmond.
"We love what Richmond's coffee culture has come to in 2016 but we see even more potential with working with the other coffee roasters," Ryan says, adding, "I think the potential for growth is tremendous, given what we've seen in the craft beer establishment and the restaurant sector, as well."
You can now find bags of single-origin beans, primarily sourced from Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Central and South America, at the roastery and at a handful of markets around town, with blends on the way. Who knows — there may even be a walk-up coffee window in the space's future. For now, just swing by for samples and a bag o' beans.
Ironclad Coffee Roasters is located at 2904 W. Moore St. and is open Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.