What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Cocoa Cinnamon to open a micro-roastery, third retail location

Posted August 23
Updated August 24

Cocoa Cinnamon plans to open a micro-roastery and third retail location in Durham, owners said Tuesday.

"We've been in development on this for about a year and now that Hillsborough Road (the second Cocoa Cinnamon location) is out of beta mode, we are starting on our final location," owner Leon Grodski de Barrera said.

The micro-roastery, which will be located alongside the new retail store at 2013 Chapel Hill Road, will supply Cocoa Cinnamon's three locations with coffee, in addition to the blends from guest roasters.

"The three shops together will make one cohesive whole, each part a piece of the puzzle," Grodski de Barrera said.

Areli and Leon Grodski de Barrera started their business as bikeCoffee, a mobile coffee shop that was a staple at many food truck rodeos. That success led them to open Cocoa Cinnamon's flagship location, at 420 W. Geer St., in 2013. The second location opened earlier this year at 2627 Hillsborough Road.

David Solow Art and Design, which worked on the first two locations, plans to create a look for the third location that will gel with the Lakewood neighborhood. Expect the new shop location to have a more Mexican feel, to pay homage to co-owner Areli Barrera de Grodski

"We visited a place around the corner from Areli's Tia Nenna's house that we went into in Guadalajara and the feel of some of our family's residences in Nayarit will be touch points for design, plus some elements of the trip we just took in the Mediterranean that play in to the histories of coffee and chocolate," Leon Grodski de Barrera said.

The third shop's menu will also feature some new items like made-to-order churros with chocolate.

No word on when the new location will open.

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