Carytown Coffee comes to Brandermill

Posted March 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM, Filed Under: Business, Village Mill

BookeryBy Heather Jaszewski
Special Correspondent

The welcoming aroma of coffee still occupies 2425 Colony Crossing Place, the new establishment of Carytown Coffee off Charter Colony Parkway in Brandermill.

On November 25, 2012, Steve Opilla purchased Colony Coffee from Bill Proctor and renamed the shop. Opilla discovered the coffee business after an invitation to work for Coffee Butler’s president while helping build the president’s house. After 10 years with Coffee Butler, Opilla moved to Richmond, Va. in 1990 and established James River Coffee. At the height of his business, Opilla distributed other businesses’s coffee to 180 convenient stores.

In 2005, Opilla bought his first 7-pound roaster, began roasting his own coffee beans, and enticed his convenient store clients to become his own customers. Today Opilla is the owner of Carytown Coffee, the retail store, and Carytown Coffee Roasting & Distribution Center off Midlothian Turnpike, which provides over 90,000 pounds of coffee per year, and sells and services coffee equipment to local restaurants and coffee shops.

Colony Coffee“Over the years, I have turned down many available coffee shop sites, but I always wanted to open and operate a retail coffee shop,” Opilla said. “I knew the Colony Coffee owner well?we were both musicians?and he was ready to leave this location. He made an offer I couldn’t resist.”

Immediately upon walking in the shop, customers will notice differences in the unique and original décor. On the north wall is a large mural of a world map with markers indicating countries from which Carytown Coffee beans originate. To the left, shelves hold coffees by the pound and other retail items. The rear of shop is known as the Back Alley Bookery, a library and book store where customers can browse and purchase books.

Carytown Coffee roasts beans from 23 different countries, providing a wide variety of brews. A self-serve coffee station provides two dark roasts, two medium roasts, a flavor and a decaf roast daily.

Carytown Coffee serves all of the same specialty drinks as the former shop and most of the same food options, however, some with slightly different recipes.

The coffee shop is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends. Please visit the website www.carytowncoffee.com or call at 639-9953 to place an order.