This is the first of hopefully many future posts from Rob Yoder. He lives in and loves an area of town that I just don’t make it to very often so it’s great to be able to share first-hand info from a local. For his first time out he’s telling us about the new location of Sunergos Coffee
Rob is a Louisville transplant who’s on his way to the core through a musical, spiritual and culinary journey, a Yankee who’s working hard to embrace all things Southern – starting with cheese grits. Through no fault of his own, he’s becoming a food snob. Louisville is such a hotbed of talented chefs, that it’s a natural progression.
Helen and I are finding ways to slow our roll on the weekends, to find a counterbalance to the busy-ness that is our daily professional life. A welcome addition is our Sunday morning trips to coffee shops around town – a chance to unwind, catch up on our weekly Leo and NY Times and to savor time together.
Destination of the week was the new Sunergos Coffee in the Beechmont neighborhood. The quiet street evokes a small town’s main street vibe, perfect for relaxing with a cuppa. Inside, the shop is open and spacious, with a mismatch of tables and chairs, a couch and a coffee table seating area to provide a variety of places to park your bones. Deep earth tones offer a rich backdrop for the current series of paintings from the Psalms by local artist David Musselman. Along the back of the shop is a glassed-in room which, according to the barista, is to be the future home of Sunergos’s larger coffee roaster, currently housed in their warehouse. The aroma of roasting beans would be a great addition to the store.
Our choice this morning was a straight latte for me and a Black + White for Helen. Both were excellent examples of Sunergos’s wonderful beans. However, my second drink, an iced decaf, really showed off Sunergos’s roasting prowess. It was freshly brewed to order and was the perfect extension of our morning session. The baristas did a good job of describing the drink options and it is obvious that they know their way around the espresso machine. A curiosity is that in my admittedly few stops at either of the Sunergos stores, I have yet to meet a female barista. Perhaps I just need to visit more often.
The music streaming overhead was an interesting blend, from standard coffeehouse acoustic fare to a pleasantly surprising Daft Punk favorite which I had never encountered in a coffeehouse environment, but which blended perfectly. The room’s concrete floor and open beams provide for a bit of an echo, so I can imagine the acoustics can get a little loud when the store is full. However, it was fine for our Sunday morning session.
The shop has been open since July 7th and is located at 306 Woodlawn, in the shops near the wonderful Annie’s Café, just off of South 3rd Street. Free wifi is available for customers and drink prices range from $1.19 for a small coffee to $4.95 for a large Mocha Shake. Medium latte’s are in the $3.90 range. The shop also offers chai, hot chocolate, loose leaf teas and smoothies, as well as the standard bags of Sunergos coffee, home brewing equipment, mugs and t-shirts.