Fuel up in Japantown

Roys Station coffee shop

Roy's Station coffee shop

Roy’s Station, the much-awaited new coffee shop in Japantown, has been open since Monday. The new shop is located in a former filling station that has been in the owners’ family for three generations. They’ve restored the building meticulously, and documented their progress on Flickr over the past year.

I’ve stopped in twice now, and they still have a couple of things to work out, like how much water goes into an Americano (if they ask me, it’s about equal to the amount of espresso), but they seem to have things well under control for a place in their first week of business. Their coffee comes from Barefoot Coffee Roasters, and their tea from Teance, both local suppliers.

Roy’s Station is located at the corner of 5th and Jackson Streets, and is open 7 days a week, until 9 pm most of the week and until 10 pm Friday and Saturday.

2 Comments so far

  1. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on February 20th, 2009 @ 9:47 am

    I like Barefoot – Have you been back? How are they doing?


  2. Matt Bruensteiner (thephoton) on February 25th, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

    I went back on Sunday morning. The place was packed (more so because it was drizzling so only a few hardy souls were using the patio). Our city councilman was there holding a (planned or impromptu?) citizens meeting out in the drizzle.

    I had a cappuccino. Like at Barefoot’s shop, they do wet style foam, not dry style like Starbucks. The coffee itself didn’t have the sour flavor that turns me off of Barefoot, so I guess they’re using a different roast or blend than Barefoot uses at their shop.

    They also had some good pastries (on my first visit, their second day open, there were no pastries; on my second visit they had a few croissants but I didn’t try them); I had an almond croissant, and it was excellent.

    It’s looking like the shop has caught on with the community, and they’re making good coffee and doing good business.



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