The next time you stop by Curiosity Coffee Bar, you can take your coffee in a whole new way: in a can.
The trendy North Main cafe inside a converted garage started selling cans of their nitro cold brew coffee last month and has begun to expand to sell on the shelves of other bars – including Transmission Arcade Bar on Main Street, WECO Bottle and Biergarten in West Columbia and Art Bar in the Vista.
“We wanted to do this for a while, it’s just more like figuring out the right way to do it the way we wanted the end product to be. I’m really happy with it,” said Greg Slattery, co-owner of the cafe that’s been in the North Main neighborhood for more than five years.
Slattery, who owns the place alongside his partner, Sandra Moscato, began the planning process in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, wanting to use the time provided by the pandemic to start researching something they wanted to do for years.
“When COVID hit, it became something we thought about because having something you can take home makes sense in a time when people weren’t staying indoors anymore,” Slattery said.
The cafe has cans for sale in store at the moment and Slattery said it is working on expanding distribution to local spots – Art Bar already has them and WECO Bottle and Biergarten and Transmission Arcade Bar will have them soon.
When Art Bar owner Andy Rodgers heard about the cans, he wanted some in his bar to support the shop.
“I was like shit, I can’t believe it, this is awesome,” Andy Rodgers said. “I immediately texted (Slattery)…I think this is an amazing opportunity to support a local business that does so much for the community.”
Art Bar began selling the cans on July 28, according to an Instagram post announcing it.
Slattery said the response from the community has been positive, with people commenting on the cafe’s Instagram post advertising the cans expressing their excitement.
“I think we just have the best community here, I think everyone here was thrilled to see this happen. And people have been very, I think, ecstatic for us as well, knowing that this is something that we really wanted to do,” Slattery said.