Square One is constantly networking with coffee professionals and their customers to not only exceed the needs of their customers, but also to be innovative within the business. Josh is excited to explore new opportunities within roasting techniques and serving coffee that will expand what we know as a ‘coffee shop.’
While Square One isn’t against expansion, they admit that they secretly hope to stay small and intimate and keep the experience of coffee extraordinary. For Josh, the in-house roaster and owner, it is brewed within himself to roast the perfect bean. Square One serves only organic, fair trade coffee and is deeply passionate about maintaining that quality. However, with the changes in politics from the countries where they purchase their beans, it is becoming increasingly harder to support their favorite farms.
Steffy admits that he hates being compared to other coffee shops within the city, and I have to agree. Square One is a unique place. Their focus is coffee, not food, not atmosphere, but strictly, coffee. While they do offer some food such as muffins and pre-made wraps, Steffy would love to eliminate these fluffs and be strictly about the brew. He sees a future where fine coffee will be viewed and served like a fine wine, not just in disposable cups in a quick in-and-out atmosphere.
For their specialty drinks, Square One makes homemade caramel sauce and chai. They also brew fresh pots hourly, so the coffee will always be fresh, and never oxidized or ruined. The Steffys are adamant, if not a bit crazy, about their love of coffee. They cup their coffee daily to ensure quality control and stand behind their roasting techniques.
Square One is sold in 12 ounce bags, and has now expanded beyond their Lancaster store and into two Whole Foods markets. They are excited about the expansion of their wholesale business, but continue to work to remain small and intimate, yet they are excited about the growth.
You can find Square One Coffee at 145 North Duke Street in Lancaster, Pa. Visit http://www.squareonecoffee.com or you can follow them on Twitter as @SquareOneCoffee for up to date information on their latest roasts.