New coffee shop, roastery Wasatch Roasting opens in downtown Ogden
A customer leaves Wasatch Roasting Company with a cup of coffee Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at 2436 Grant Ave. in Ogden.
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New coffee shop, roastery Wasatch Roasting opens in downtown Ogden

OGDEN — A new roastery and coffee shop opened its doors to Northern Utah’s coffee lovers Monday in downtown Ogden.

Wasatch Roasting Company held a soft opening on Friday, Feb. 3, and officially opened Monday, Feb. 6.

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The company, owned by husband-and-wife duo Darren and Tonya Blackford, began churning out custom coffee beans last spring. But a new shop in a small, historic brick building on Grant Avenue will give the company a brick-and-mortar home.

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Wasatch Roasting Company — a newly opened coffee shop located at 2436 Grant Ave. in Ogden — is shown Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.
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Ogden already has a decent list of cafes and coffee shops, but Darren Blackford wants the business to offer some extra perks.

“We felt we could take the coffee movement that is already here in Ogden and take it up a notch,” he said. “We are the only ones in town that will have both a roastery and coffee shop. Folks will come in and actually see their coffee being roasted.”

Ogden coffee lovers might recognize Darren Blackford’s name through his other side business, Wasatch Waggle Bee Company honey, which is sold at various coffee shops in town.

The couple has teamed up with Nick Cobbledick, an Ogden native who spent the past 16 years in the Denver, Colorado coffee scene.

Quick trips through the drive-through or the cafe to get a caffeine fix have their place, but Wasatch Roasting Company wants customers to experience a pure, simple, flavorful brew.

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Wasatch Roasting Company manager Nick Cobbledick, right, and Cody Sullivan work behind the bar Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the Ogden coffee shop.
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“What we’re offering is more of a slow bar. We’re going to have espresso, but when I say ‘slow bar,’ I mean pour-overs, French press — these processes that take about four minutes for a cup,” Cobbledick said.

The company sells coffee beans from across the world, including Guatemala, Panama and Ethiopia, and has various hand-roasted brews available at the shop. 

Wasatch Roasting Company is located at 2436 Grant Avenue. The shop will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Previous reporting by Leia Larsen contributed to this report.