Margin Coffee Roasters Gains Edge with Roastery Cafe in Albany, OregonDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

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Inside the new Margin Coffee Roasters coffeehouse in Albany, Oregon. Photo by Marilla Kay Photography (website), courtesy of Margin Coffee Roasters.

Margin Coffee Roasters fills the specialty coffee gaps in Albany, Oregon, and this month celebrates the grand opening of its newest roasting cafe.

After finishing seasoning the new 10-kilo Mill City Roasters machine linked to Cropster a few weeks ago, Margin Coffee Head roaster David Hurley began roasting production batches for the company in a 3,000-square-foot building. square feet near I-5 which previously housed a carpet and flooring company.

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Photo by Marilla Kay Photography, courtesy of Margin Coffee Roasters.

The bar’s roastery and gleaming La Marzocco espresso machine are now two focal points for customers entering what is the company’s second cafe.

Margin Coffee Roasters owner Gabriel Anderson told Daily Coffee News that while the design of the new cafe represents an aesthetic departure from the coffee company’s original cafe – the latter featuring a vaulted ceiling and Period windows in a 120-year-old building – the focus on coffee quality extends to both cafes.

“I very intentionally set up the bar and roasting area to showcase the craftsmanship and science of coffee itself,” Anderson told DCN. “I wanted the material to be set up for the curious as well as for aficionados.”

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Margin Coffee Roasters Manager Emma Vassar. Photo by Marilla Kay Photography, courtesy of Margin Coffee Roasters.

Working within the confines of 1980s construction, including the building’s drop ceiling, Anderson set out to create a bright, modern atmosphere that exists in harmony with the industrial nature of the production roastery.

“The finished aesthetic is my own touch of industrial modernity with a little southwestern flair,” Anderson said. “Wooden slat walls, touches of green, matte finishes and a few cacti [are] a fun contrast to the jungle foliage in our original store. My hobby, woodworking, and the building skills of new Roastery Manager and longtime family friend, Emma Vassar, have brought it all to life over the past month and a half.


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The original Margin cafe opened in 2018, serving coffee roasted by bespoke Corvallis-based coffee roasters as well as guest roasters. At the end of 2020, a home roasting program came to fruition under Hurley, who quit his career as a chemistry teacher and began renting time on Bespoken’s 15-kilo Proaster machine.

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Photo by Marilla Kay Photography, courtesy of Margin Coffee Roasters.

“A lot of what I loved about teaching science, I also find in roasting coffee,” Hurley, who learned the craft partly under the tutelage of Bespoken owner Collin Schnieder, told the Daily Coffee News. . “Science can seem out of reach for many students. It is a great joy to be able to help students bridge this gap. Likewise, coffee has its own language and its own way of speaking which may seem inaccessible. What I enjoy the most is being one of the people who explore beyond what they know is coffee.

About half of the newly renovated building is dedicated to roasting, while the other half contains storage space, the retail cafe and a full kitchen from which the business will be able to produce baked goods and dairies. other menu items for both cafes.

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Photo by Marilla Kay Photography, courtesy of Margin Coffee Roasters.

“The heart of Margin Coffee Roasters has always been the community,” Anderson said. “We value community over competition; we prefer rest to haste; we value curiosity over pretension; we value the quality rather than the goods. So moving forward, we want to engage with our local customers and wholesaler relationships to that end. It’s not about building an empire, just a community. As our community grows, so will we.

Margin Coffee Roasters Oregon outside

Photo by Marilla Kay Photography, courtesy of Margin Coffee Roasters.


Margin Coffee Roasters is located at 2943 Santiam Hwy SE in Albany, Oregon. Tell the DCN editors about your new coffee or roast here.

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