As a freelance writer, I spend a lot of time hanging out in local coffee shops and I can attest that Ogden has a pretty impressive variety of great places to get a cup of Joe. Whether you’re looking for a simple brew, a specialty latte, or even the perfect cup of herbal tea, even the most selective coffee drinker is sure to find her bliss in O-town.
But if you are a true coffee enthusiast, it’s only a matter of time before you discover the awesomeness that is Mason Jar Coffee Roasters. These guys have making coffee down to an art. They’ve crafted several different methods for creating the perfect cup of coffee, including espresso, hand-brewing, French press and an incredibly cool siphoning method originating from Germany that will blow your mind.
I stopped by last week to check them out and met the owner, Thomas Kiernan. When I told him I was writing a spotlight, he brought me a siphoned brew and a latte on the house, both of which brought flavors into my peripheral I have never before experienced. Awesome!
I need not mention that Mason Jar also serves buttery sweet liege waffles that pair perfectly with their brews, or that their space is both spacious and cozy, comfy couches and rich colors, lots of space to spread out and chat with friends or spend a quiet afternoon with a good book.
All I can say is there are reasons I keep writing for Indie Ogden, and you can be sure that this kind of perk is one of them. Seriously, go check out Mason Jar Coffee Roasters today, it will change the way you think about coffee, and quite possibly make your day.
Interview with Thomas Kiernan, owner, Mason Jar Coffee Roasters
Tell me about how your coffee business started.
I started selling coffee in 2009. A few months prior I had quit my day job and started working making espresso based drinks at Washington Heights Church on Sunday mornings. I really enjoyed making drinks and had always been interested in having my own business so the two of them together kind of made sense. One day while brainstorming some different ideas with my cousins I told them about a coffee delivery kind of concept I had been thinking about. My cousins really like the idea and encouraged me to pursue it. Not long after that I had an old postal truck that had been painted pink and outfitted with equipment for making espresso. I started selling coffee from the truck as “Brew2U” across the Ogden area and also at the farmer’s market. As more people found out about the truck they wanted to know how they could buy coffee from and I decided the best option to make that available to them would be opening a brick and mortar location. We decided that we wanted to have top quality products and set ourselves apart by roasting in house and really trying to connect people more with the coffee and the experience of coffee from green to roasted to in the cup.
How long has your shop been open?
Mason Jar has been open since late August of 2012 and continually growing and adding new things since.
What makes Mason Jar Coffee unique?
I believe what makes us unique is that we really have a passion for the coffee beginning to end. We roast and taste dozens and dozens of samples before we buy coffee that we believe our customers will enjoy. We strive to know as much as we possibly can about the coffee, the process, and the people behind all of it. It is a goal of ours to introduce people in the area to a whole new level of coffee experience. This goal is one of the reasons we employ different methods of brewing coffee such as siphon. We want people to experience different tastes rather than just “coffee” because there are a multitude of factors in play that can highlight different flavors and tastes that occur in different coffees.
Can you give me a brief explanation of the siphoning method you use?
The coffee siphon was invented in the 1830s in Berlin. It uses pressure from water vapor trapped in the bottom chamber to force water into the top where coffee is brewed.
What made you decide to use the siphoning system for your coffee?
We love the siphon coffee maker because of the show that it presents as well as the delicious coffee produced. Often times you can get the best of both worlds of brewing coffee. Full immersion brewing like a French press, and filter brewing like with a pour over. So with the siphon you get a nice body or texture while also getting clarity of flavors without any grittiness.
What do you want people to know about Mason Jar?
We want people to know that we are here! We also want people to know who we are what we are doing. We would like for them to know that we are bringing a new level of quality and presentation to the Ogden area that isn’t common.
What made you decide to do business in the Ogden area?
I grew up in Ogden. I’ve seen Ogden change and grow over the years and I want to continue to see Ogden change and grow. I’ve built my business here because this is place that I love (even when it snows continuously)
What are some of your favorite things about Ogden?
One of my favorite things about Ogden is the way that it is growing and changing so rapidly. I love seeing the new energetic businesses like Lucky Slice and Alleged bring a new life to the city while preserving the heritage. I see new things like that taking place all over and it’s very exciting.
What do you hope to see for Ogden in the next 10 years?
I hope to see Ogden develop into the diverse cultural experience that it has so much potential for. I also am excited to see what the new generation of entrepreneurs and leaders in Ogden grow to become.
Mason Jar Coffee Roasters
365 East 5000 South, Washington Terrace
Hours: Monday-Friday 5:30 am – 7:00pm
Satuday 8am – 5pm