DIY Coffee & Ale Supply is closing in Goshen, but birthing a new coffee house.

Owner Chris May is closing DIY Coffee at 114 E. Washington St. on Friday, July 15, and hopes to reopen in August as Embassy Coffee at 209 Lincoln Ave.

After opening a coffee and ale supply store, roasting beans and then moving away from the homebrew supplies, May decided to open a craft coffeehouse. “Craft coffee like craft beer,” he said.

Renovation is underway at the building. The new spot will feature plenty of wood, including tables made from slabs of bowling lanes.

Embassy Coffee, which will be in a former dry cleaners near the former Elkhart County jail, will feature “third wave coffee,” where the beans are sourced, roasted and cherished for their subtleties, said May. The first wave of coffee turned it into a commodity after World War II and the second wave brought Starbucks, according to the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold.

Chris May makes coffee at DIY Coffee, which closes Saturday in Goshen. Eric Strader/Flavor 574
Chris May makes coffee at DIY Coffee, which closes Saturday in Goshen.
Eric Strader/Flavor 574

DIY Coffee has been across the alley, literally next door to The Electric Brew, which opened at the corner of Main and Washington and then moved to 118 E. Washington. That coffee shop was part of the second wave of coffee, though in recent years has done its own roasting and more with varietals. Honey’s Frozen Desserts has added coffee and tea as well.

May is going for intense flavors that invoke descriptions similar to wine. Nitro coffee (cold brew poured from a tap) will be offered as it has been on Washington Street. He also hopes to have kombucha, a brewed and fermented tea, available on tap, as well as teas, coffee brewed a variety of ways, and food.

He is roasting all his own beans and doing some custom roasting for wholesale accounts. Embassy’s opening will allow him to do more of that.

May will offer equipment, as well as loose tea and roasted beans, for sale.

The hours when he opens will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

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