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(WMC-TV) - If you live downtown, you may have noticed a unique coffee shop has claimed the corner of Gayoso Avenue and South Second Street. The main focus of Tamp & Tap will not only be coffee but, also, local beer.
The coffee and beer bar opened Monday, July 8. The new premium coffee shop is the brainchild of three people: Taylor Berger, Daniel Flanagan, and Mitch Buckner.
Berger and his business partner, Flanagan, approached Buckner about Tamp & Tap because there is nothing else quite like it in the area.
"There wasn't much in Memphis that does the pour over, the specialty type coffee," said Buckner. "So we wanted to do a good coffee shop that had a lot of options."
A lot of options, Buckner says, that will include cold brewed coffee, nitrogenized coffee, and craft beer. Buckner emphasized the process and quality of Tamp & Tap's cold brewed coffee, saying the end result is a neat process and a great taste.
"Keep the coffee in cold water, extracts the flavor, using our usual coffee, but since it's not using hot water, it almost chemically brews differently," he explained. "It doesn't extract the same solubles, parts that would be in the coffee, so it's actually a lower acid."
Buckner says the lower acidity could make their brews more appealing to those who generally do not drink coffee for a variety of reasons.
"With cold brew coffee, since you're using cold water to extract it, it has 60 percent lower acidity than regular coffee," he said.
The cold brewed coffee is already impressing customers, and what is coming next, is also bound to impress. Nitrogenized coffee.
"Like beer, it gives it almost the body of a Guinness or a stout without carbonation," said Buckner. "Nitrogen is used to push coffee out of the keg, same way you do draft beer systems, minus the CO2."
Buckner says the nitrogenization process will give the coffee more body.
Now that we've talked coffee ... let's talk beer.
Tamp & Tap is already selling bottled beer, and by the end of the week, they hope to have a variety of tap beers available for customers, too. What are they waiting for? Construction.
Buckner is having a stainless steel wall installed that will allow beer taps to connect to the walk-in fridge that will hold the kegs.
The ultimate goal of the beer side of the business is to draw attention to the craft beer industry that is growing locally in Memphis.
"There are some great, new, local breweries opening up in Memphis. Beer was an add-on. A lot of that stems from local new breweries. Goal is to have it as local as we can get and then go out regionally from there, or at least, craft beer."
But that isn't all this self-proclaimed "coffee geek" is planning for the new coffee and beer shop. Stay tuned to see how they will use fire and oil to make a unique brew.
"Fire... and there's oil and bubbling and two different chambers that sucks the coffee through. We're going to start doing it a little bit later, after summer is over, after the hot season is over."
Tamp & Tap announced its soft opening Monday on its Facebook page, just a few weeks after its baristas finished studying latte art at the Metropolis Roastery in Chicago.
The coffee and beer bar will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
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