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A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea opens in downtown Manchester. Emelia Attridge photo.




A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea

Where: In the Brady Sullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm St., Suite 121, Manchester
Call: 622-7944
Visit: aeroastery.com

 





Coffee shops change hands
A&E Roastery expands into Manchester

07/24/14



 A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea of Amherst had been selling coffee wholesale to J Dubs in downtown Manchester anyway, so when  J Dubs owners Jim and Felicia Whitney decided to sell, it seemed logical for A&E Roastery to open its second retail shop in that Brady Sullivan Plaza space.

“Jim was looking to move on to a new adventure in life, so I knew that he was interested in selling,” A&E owner Emeran Langmaid said. “My business got to a position where we were looking to expand. The stars aligned, and we were both in the right place at the right time.”
A&E opened July 17, after being closed for a month of demolition and remodeling.
In addition to serving up coffee brews, the new Manchester location includes a retail space for coffee beans, whole-leaf tea and brewing accessories for both coffee and tea. If you’re just stopping in to pick up a cup, A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea’s Manchester cafe will serve drip coffee, iced coffee, espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and other coffee specialties, like Red Eyes and cortados.
Langmaid said the cafe will sell some treats, too.
“We work with several vendors already and we’re going to be expanding that list to incorporate Manchester vendors for baked items,” she said.
There are also frozen lattes and specialty drinks (like Blueberry Muffin Au Lait and Almond Turtle Latte), but Langmaid said that pour-overs will be a big feature for the Manchester store.
“It’s a very craft approach to coffee,” she said. “It’s in a manual brew method category. Manual brew method includes French press, pour over, stove top espresso. When you as a barista are able to manipulate all variables ... it provides a way to specifically extract coffee.”
Smoothies were particularly popular at J Dubs, and Langmaid said that they will continue to be on the menu. Also on the menu are infused lattes.
“Those are drinks that we are infusing milk and manipulating the milk with natural ingredients,” Langmaid said. “It’s a more culinary approach to the latte.”
That culinary approach is exactly what coffee drinkers in the Granite State are looking for, she said. 
“That’s something that is striking a really positive chord with our customer base. … The craft component of producing a great cup of coffee and creating those flavors is something that we really focus on,” Langmaid said. “There’s a better understanding of roasting and what happens chemically in the coffee, just from the scientific side. … The whole southern New Hampshire region is starting to embrace the coffee industry more than it has in the past.”
Langmaid said that customers also are learning more about the transparency of the coffee industry and are questioning where roasters are sourcing their beans. A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea is known for its integrity in sourcing organic and fair-trade coffees and its philosophy in supporting coffee farmers, Langmaid said.
“Manchester is a fantastic fit,” she said. “It’s really an opportunity to be where people work and live and play. So it’s a different customer base than where we are now [in Amherst].”
The next step for A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea is to remodel its Amherst location next year. 
 
As seen in the July 24, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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