Coffee house boom: Foxhound Espresso to open in Nevada City

389162_4302350005583_1176150095_nWe like to write about local entrepreneurs and job growth in our community, so we’re glad to report that Nevada County native Steffen Snell plans to open Foxhound Espresso (d.b.a. “FoxHound Expresso & Coffee Broaster”) on Spring Street in Nevada City, next to Nevada City Winery and Sushi in the Raw, in January.

With sushi, wine and now “third wave” coffee, the area could become a hip food lovers’ neighborhood. On top of that, KVMR’s new building includes a wi-fi tower for great wi-fi reception in downtown Nevada City. Steffen also will include analog record players and music for its patron’s enjoyment.

Sounds a little like what lower Commercial Street in Nevada City has become, thanks largely to Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.

“My expected build out is around the 10th of January,” Steffen told us.

It is the latest example of the coffee trend sweeping the region. Fable Coffee plans to open its own coffee house in downtown Grass Valley, next to the Del Oro Theatre, as we reported previously. Truckee-based Coffeebar, located on Jibbom Street, just opened a second store in Reno.

Steffen has been making coffee (professionally and passionately) since 1999 when he started as a barista in training at Dean and DeLuca in Washington D.C., where he rose to barista trainer and participated in local espresso competitions.

He now helps run the Alchemy Collective in Berkeley — a popular café. “The café is all about third-wave coffee and serves Verve on a La Marzocco machine,” as Berkeleyside.com has reported.

Steffen also taught a coffee brewing class when Wendy Van Wagner ran In the Kitchen Cooking School on Zion Street in Nevada City (now home to the BriarPatch Cooking School). This class was a comprehensive study session tracing coffees path through history, the cultivation process, roasting, and the ritual of pulling the full potential out of your coffee.

Steffen’s coffee beans are used in artisan ice cream too. In Nevada City, Treats’ Coffee Broaster ice cream is made using beans Snell.  It includes ice creams, milkshakes, sundaes and affogatos.

(Photo: In the Kitchen)

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