- Courtesy Inertia Coffee Company
Less than a year after opening, Inertia Coffee Company (4650 N. Nevada Ave., inertiacoffee.com) has expanded into a second location. Owners Brian and Joanna Derheimer have hung their distinctive power-button shingle at a drive-thru coffee kiosk at 1807 N. Union Blvd., in a Walmart parking lot. The spot, which formerly hosted AV8 Coffee, opened in late May. The Derheimers discovered the place in late April. At the time, they were discussing expanding into a coffee kiosk.
"It had all the equipment we were looking for in a drive-thru," says Brian. "It had a brand-new espresso machine in there, a brand-new refrigerator, brand-new stainless steel counters... For us, it was such a turnkey operation that it was very easy to get it back open."
Brian and Joanna only roast a few days' worth of beans at a time for the café in order to make sure every cup is a little fresher. They've carried that approach over to the kiosk, along with most of their signature drinks, like the hazelnut/half-and-half/Brazillian espresso Concentrated Dark Matter shot. They will not, however, be offering pour-overs or French press coffees.
"Usually, folks are not looking to sit in a window for 5 to 10 minutes while you get a French press ready," Brian explains. Instead, they've added smoothies to the menu, something the quieter café won't have. For quick bites, they've sourced pastries from local Dutch bakery Boonzaaijer's, just like at the café, and they also offer pre-packaged fig bars, biscotti and other small items.