You don’t have to travel the world to get a great cup of coffee. Just drop into Blends Coffee Boutique on Broughton Street.
The newly opened shop features six varieties of freshly blended coffee from around the world, so your favorite latte can be Puerto Rican one day and Colombian the next.
“I started thinking that I wanted to develop something coffee related because I had a passion for coffee and I was starting to roast coffee,” said Javier Carro, president of Blends. “I started developing this concept a few years ago, and we started traveling to the U.K., Spain and many places here in the U.S. to polish the concept.”
Carro knew he wanted to give customers the power to decide exactly what kind of coffee they wanted and to know where it came from. The green coffee from Guatemala, Columbia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Ethiopia and Sumatra is brought in and roasted fresh in-house. The varieties will rotate about every six months, Carro said.
“We’ve got six different types of coffee from six different countries. From a light to dark roast... and whenever you come here, you pick which coffee you want in your latte or mocha, so the power is in the hands of the consumer,” he said.
Carro considered opening a shop in Miami and a few other places in the United States but had a friend living in Savannah, so he did a little research on the Hostess city and couldn’t say no.
“Miami is a great city and I love Miami, but it’s spread all over,” he said. “... After coming here a couple of times, doing my research and seeing that (Savannah) brings in 13 million tourists a year, SCAD is here, I love the culture, I love the city and everybody here has a passion for what they’re doing.”
The shop opened the day before St. Patrick’s Day. Carro said business has been steady, and they’re already picking up regular customers.
“We can’t complain. Everybody has been incredible,” he said, adding that from dealing with the city of Savannah for permits and licenses to architects and contractors, everyone had been easy to work with and they used as many local companies as possible.
“We wanted to be local in everything... If we’re going to start a business in this community, we wanted to be part of it and that’s what we’re trying to establish.”
If you need something to complement your coffee the shop also serves soups, sandwiches, salads, pastries, cheese boards and empanadas. They also feature a coffee sampler if you’re not sure which blend is for you.
“We’re bringing a little bit of our Hispanic flavor to the market. It’s something a little bit different,” he said.
Customers can also pick up bagged coffee and small coffee brewing accessories like French presses and drip pots.
“Savannah has an interesting coffee culture. Savannah some great coffee shops, some of the best shops and roasters in the region.
“Business brings business. We’re here not to take share from anybody else, we’re here to expand the market. They can come here today and go to another coffee shop tomorrow.”
The company, which is the newest member of Atlanta-based developer Ben Carter’s Broughton Street Collection, hopes to open five new locations in the next five years across the region and Southeast.
“Everything started with a passion for coffee, some roasters and growers and developed into what we have today and a concept that we want to expand in the new feature,” he said.
“...Savannah has a lot of potential, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds.”
IF YOU GO
What: Blends, a Coffee Boutique
Where: 102 East Broughton St.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday