Cafe Brioso is ready to expand its operations in a new roasting facility in the Discovery District. But first, they're looking to customers to help fund the project.

Cafe Brioso is ready to expand its operations in a new roasting facility in the Discovery District. But first, they're looking to customers to help fund the project.

The second location at Sixth and Long streets Downtown (rendering above), will be based primarily around coffee and will be called Brioso Coffee, says roastmaster Jeff Davis. The hope is to open late 2014 or early 2015. The benefit for donors via the fundable campaign is a first look at the new space before it opens to the public, among other rewards, like beans from the first coffee roasted on the new roaster.

Though the bulk of the cost for the space is coming from a bank loan, Davis says, the crowdsourcing campaign will help keep the project on track. He plans to use the funds, should they hit their $20,000 goal, to lock in contracts with designers and contractors. The open roasting space will feature refinished wood floors and exposed brick walls, Davis explains. Inside the space that can hold 50 people, there will be a counter where customers can view roaster production, a second counter with a coffee bar and an open cupping station. "You can expect the same menu, just more coffee focused," Davis says. "We're making a new home for the coffee brand to flourish."

"My plan is that all espresso will come from the roaster so we can do an even better job with the coffee than we are right now," he says. The new roaster, three times the size of the current one at the Gay Street cafe, will help Brioso fulfill its growing wholesale client base. Roasting will continue at Cafe Brioso, but here they'll focus on small-batch, single origin coffees.