Roosevelt Coffeehouse hosts pop-up, begins construction

Anthony Dominic, Crave

This morning, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse held a sneak peek pop-up at the future location of its Downtown cafe. The build out is already underway at the 300 E. Long Street space, which owner Kenny Snipes hopes to have up and running by mid-December or January.

Roosevelt is exclusively serving coffee from One Line Coffee and Oregon-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters, drawn to both, Snipes says, for the quality of the beans as well as the companies' transparent, sustainable practices. At the pop-up, Snipes previewed two specialty Stumptown blends: Hair Bender, a floral espresso blend of Latin American, East African and Indonesian beans, and the fruit- and jasmine-leaning Ethiopia Mordecofe.

The bright, airy space spans two rooms and about 2,000 square feet. Between the coffee bar and high-top tables, the larger room will seat 40, while the smaller side room will seat 15, with the option of being closed off for private parties. A seasonal patio will extend into a brick alleyway off the building's west side, and a small parking lot is located on the east side.

Roosevelt's mission is to sell "good coffee for good," with Snipes donating all profits to seven social justice organizations, like Gracehaven, Food for the Hungry and Blood: Water Mission.