- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Pour-over coffee is about the details.

Visit Bittersweet Coffeehouse at the corner of 20th Street and 7th Avenue, and coffee flavors listed on the daily menu have more than just one- or two-word descriptions. They have a list of a few flavors that will be discovered with every sip.

Baristas make each cup by slowly pouring water into a ceramic or glass coffee dripper to extract more flavors for each cup. The locally owned shop is located in the same building and is under the same ownership as A Southern Company at 2001 7th Ave., and is unique in Huntington in its pour-over coffee technique.

When A Southern Company, a women’s clothing and decor retailer, opened in May 2014, a coffee shop was always part of the plan, said Madelynn Coalson, assistant creative director at A Southern Company.

“(Owner Rita Evans) travels a lot and knew there were no other pour-over coffeehouses in this area,” Coalson said. That brewing technique and a great location near Marshall University and the Village on Sixth Apartment Complex have contributed to Bittersweet Coffeehouse establishing itself as a popular gathering place over the past six weeks.

It’s now another place where one might find friends gathered to catch up and warm their hands around a mug, and students and professionals at work on their laptops.

Sam Hood of Huntington was among the latter on a recent morning. He frequents Bittersweet Coffeehouse for a few reasons, he said.

“It’s nearby. The coffee is good, and the people are nice,” Hood said.

St. Mary’s nursing student Kayla Goodwin said she visits the coffee shop a lot to study in a ‘cool environment’ free of the distractions at home, and to have some great coffee. She likes that it uses a lot of fresh, from-scratch ingredients. The coffee used at Bittersweet Coffeehouse is supplied by Lamp Lighter, a regional roasting company out of Richmond, Virginia.

“I also love that it’s a local store and I can come support a local business,” Goodwin said.

She’s among a broad range of loyal patrons, Coalson said.

“We have a diverse group of college students, medical professionals and there’s a group of guys from the steel mill who come all the time,” she said. “I think we have a little bit of everything.” The environment is a draw for many people, Coalson said, adding the building has been a great space to work with in terms of design and decor. The structure first opened as a cookie factory and then was home to Perfect Printing for 30 years. More recently, the address temporarily housed HYAMP, an all-ages concert venue.

“We’re trying to respect the integrity of the building,” Coalson said.

Managed by Bridgette Kidd, the coffee shop is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, https://www.herald-dispatch.com


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