Coffee And COVID: Local Roasters Trying To Stir Interest, Stay Afloat During New Era Of Doing Business


The smell of hot coffee and intermittent hiss of espresso machines fill the outside air. Roughly two-dozen people, seated at tables scattered on a patio, are sipping coffees and lattes.

It’s a sun-splashed Friday morning in mid-June, and Hub Coffee Roasters on Riverside Drive is buzzing. In fact, at first glance, one might assume business is back in full swing for the Hub after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Peer closer, however, and it’s clear that while its patio is brimming with patrons, the 3,000-square-feet of seating space inside the specialty coffee shop is completely empty.

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