The daughter-father team of Katherine and Jim Harris, who've run the catering company Food In Bloom and The Daily Cafe chainlet, have set their sights on one of the northeastern spokes of Ladd's Addition, where they aim to build out a 38-seat cafe (with an additional 20 outdoor seats) in the former Ladd's Inn space.
As its name implies, Upper Left Coffee Roasters will also roast their own batches of single-sourced beans—in a 10-kilo Proaster drum roaster—under the guidance of Chris Alspach, who's been either roasting beans or crafting coffee drinks in towns like New York, Boston and Vancouver since 2008.
Alspach says he and his fellow baristas will offer espresso drinks, drips, pour-overs and, should you need something of sustenance to settle your caffeinated trembles, snacks like morning toast (with flavors like walnut raisin bread with ricotta cheese and housemade apricot preserves) and lunchtime open-faced sandwiches (think olive oil-poached tuna salad).
If everything falls into place, Upper Left will be pouring its first cups by the last week of July.
Upper Left Coffee Roasters: 1204 SE Clay St.; Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays