10 Speed Coffee gets in gear

September 28, 2005

Order a cup of drip coffee at 10 Speed Coffee Company on The Heights, and they don’t pour it out of a pot or pump it from an urn.

What they do instead is use fresh-ground coffee and make your drink right in front of you in their drip bar.

“It’s cool to taste coffee brewed this way,” said Bryan McGeeney, owner of 10 Speed. “It allows all the characteristics of single-origin coffees to come out.”

Whereas many coffees are blends — mixtures of beans from different areas — single-origin beans all come from the same location and often have very distinct flavors. “The Ethiopian Harrar has a hint of blueberry,” McGeeney said.

10 Speed, which has been open since Sept. 14, is themed around bicycles — the bar stools and the cream station are all made of old bike parts, and old cycling photos grace the walls.

“That was when they thought cigarettes opened up your lungs,” McGeeney said, indicating a photo on the wall from a 1930s Tour de France in which one cyclist is lighting another's cigarette while they race. “If you notice the look on their faces, they actually think they’re helping each other.”

Aside from bicycles, 10 Speed also focuses on presentation — everything that they serve is made fresh.

“We definitely focus on our hand-crafted drinks,” McGeeney said. “Nothing we make here sits in a tank.”

Along with coffee, the café also offers different breakfast sandwiches, pastries and “hearty” house soup that is served in a 14-ounce sourdough bread bowl. Wine and beer is also available.

10 Speed is open until “9-ish” Monday through Saturday, and McGeeney hopes that it will help bring people on the Heights together.

“There is no place on the Heights for people to go and sit and have a beer or some coffee,” he said. “We hope to create a local, loyal following.”

Live music will also be on hand at the coffeehouse every Saturday at 6 p.m. On the schedule for Oct. 1 is Midwestern, a folk/bluegrass band.

The café is open seven days a week — Monday through Saturday — from 6:30 a.m. to around 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This is different than anyone has tried before,” McGeeney said. “I hope the Heights is ready.”

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