rising star announces plans to open 'coffee lab' in hildebrandt building

Rising Star Coffee Roasters, the artisanal coffee company that currently has locations in Ohio City and Little Italy, is moving its roasting operations to the Hildebrandt Building at 3617 Walton Avenue on Cleveland's west side.

The owners say the move is about expanding the company's roasting operation, continuing to experiment and innovate when it comes to local coffee and helping revitalize an older building that's coming back to life.

“Our history at Rising Star has been to try and breathe new life into properties that are currently underutilized,” said partner Kim Jenkins in a release. “That is what is exciting about our move to Hildebrandt. We feel like it is a great place for us to grow together.”

The Hildebrandt Building is the former home of Hildebrandt Provisions Company, a meat-packing operation. Currently, the historic building houses an array of businesses including artists, furniture makers and craft food companies. Rising Star will take over a large portion of the building's former electrical plant.

The building boasts high ceilings, large windows and loads of natural light. Here, the firm will "roast all the beans for their wholesale and online clients, as well as the beans for their retail cafes," according to the release. "The wholesale division will use this space to expand operations and offer additional products to wholesale clients -- things like cups, purocaffe and equipment."

Rising Star is also planning a retail location. “We are calling it a coffee lab,” said Robert Stockham, General Manager of Rising Star Coffee Roasters. “We want to use this retail location to try out new brewing methods, recipes and equipment. There will be things at the lab before we roll them out to the existing cafes. We want to make our coffee lab a destination location. We will offer tours, cupping events, training classes and more."

The move should be finished next month, with the coffee lab open this summer.
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