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Roasting and Reverie Meet at Dream Cloud Espresso in DuluthDaily Espresso Information by Roast Journal


Contained in the Dream Cloud Espresso cafe and roastery in downtown Duluth. All photographs by Emily Comnick, courtesy of Dream Cloud Espresso.

From its sunlit entryway to the comfortable, spherical glow of pendant lighting beneath its vaulted picket ceilings, the brand new Dream Cloud Espresso Roasters brews up a mellow getaway for friends in Duluth, Minnesota.

Opened by Charlie and Emily Comnick in Might, the 1,500-square-foot roastery, espresso store and tea bar was designed to supply a second of repose within the coronary heart of town.

Dream Cloud Coffee shop

“We simply wished one thing that was going to alter the sensation of a espresso store, gradual you down, make you’re feeling at peace — infusing a espresso store roastery with that type of tea room vibe and aesthetic, and utilizing colours which can be going to make your common ‘bro’ really feel uncomfortable,” mentioned Charlie Comnick. “It was additionally an try at creating the clientele that we would like. You already know, when you’re gonna get uncomfortable by a female house, then perhaps you don’t need to be in right here. We knew we needed to work right here on a regular basis, so we wished it to be like that.”

The previous director of espresso for Duluth Espresso Firm, Charlie Comnick at the moment roasts coffees for the store and different channels utilizing a San Franciscan SF6 roaster behind the cafe.

Dream Cloud Coffee bar

Comnick mentioned a single bean will typically be introduced by Dream Cloud at a variety of totally different roast ranges earlier than the availability runs out. Together with kindness, craft and high quality, the enterprise at its core embraces the journey over the vacation spot.

“I see espresso as a wonderful agricultural product that’s formed by human palms,” mentioned Comnick. “It’s a relentless pursuit to study extra about it, to open up these flavors and to share these issues with all of the those that I’ve been lucky sufficient to be surrounded by. I’m not roasting it the very same means each time. I’m positively not a line-follower. I don’t have something plugged into the machine that’s recording stuff. I’m much more romantic about it. I’m gonna attempt to make it just a bit bit higher every time.”

Dream Cloud Coffee seating

Resembling a dreamlike cloudscape, the espresso store surroundings is softened by mild blue partitions, white tiles behind the bar and a creamy white marble espresso counter inherited from the earlier occupant, a bakery. Gentle-colored pure wooden, a live-edge accent desk, contemporary flowers and Dream Cloud’s personal comfortable pink espresso baggage add to the serene vibe.

The store additionally encompasses a rising assortment of ceramic and stoneware items, created by hand by the Comnicks.

Other than espresso, the store additionally provides Hillside Tea, a home model Charlie Comnick created throughout some pandemic-related downtime that now represents a parallel ardour.

Hillside Tea

“I felt I fell for it laborious. All of the issues us espresso nerds search the world for are simply naturally current specialty tea. You get the florals, the fragile nature, the funk that we’re simply beginning to enter into with new kinds of fermentation,” mentioned Comnick. “I believe we will study quite a bit from it, particularly with honey course of coffees. The oxidation that’s been taking place for hundreds of years with free leaf tea — there’s a lot we will study.”

Dream Cloud coffees and Hillside teas might quickly be coming to a second Dream Cloud location, anticipated to open subsequent 12 months in Duluth’s North Shore neighborhood with a 1990 Probat L12 roaster.

Dream Cloud Coffee retail

“I’ve zero curiosity in pursuing wholesale as a basis for this enterprise,” Comnick mentioned of future progress plans. “The entire purpose for this was to permit us to proceed to pursue art work, and I view espresso and tea and that craft as an artwork kind. It’s permitting us to have the instruments we have to preserve doing that and be comfortable.”

A part of that happiness, Comnick mentioned, is derived from interactions with friends because the store strives to ship “variety service.”

“I really feel like that’s coming again,” Comnick mentioned. “I really feel prefer it’s hip to be a great server once more.”

Dream Cloud Coffee founders

Dream Cloud Espresso Founders Charlie and Emily Comnick.


Dream Cloud Espresso is positioned at 102 W Superior St. in Duluth. Inform DCN’s editors about your new espresso store or roastery right here

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