A Hero Among Us

Heroes Coffee reopens its Springfield café and roastery under one roof, and brings us a much-needed caffeine jolt.

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There are few things in this world that I love more than the pungent aroma of coffee. The thick notes of caramel and smoke wafting from an extra-large cup of joe warm me on even the coldest winter days. That’s one reason why I was thrilled to learn that Heroes Coffee had opened a café and roastery on Boonville Avenue in downtown Springfield. Not only has the roastery filled my corner of downtown with this intoxicating fragrance, but it’s a two-minute jaunt from my front door. If I run fast enough, I won’t even have to put on a coat to take a coffee break.

Heroes opened the storefront in June 2012 to combine their old roastery (which was on North Washington Avenue) and the café that stood at Chestnut Street and National Avenue. They also started offering coffee classes, and when I stopped by in October to get a tour of the roastery, they had just secured a new location in the Springfield airport that’s set to open in January. In total, there are six licensed Heroes locations scattered around Bolivar, Sedalia, Branson, West Plains, Springfield and even Pittsburg, Kansas. 

I stopped by the Boonville Avenue café to get a tour of the roastery and hear about the exciting things co-owner Amy Ferguson has planned for the classes. The café itself is tiny, with just two or three tables, so most drinks are made to-go. But Amy and her husband, Tim, designed the store that way in order to use the rest of the space as a showcase for the roastery. The two roasters in the back churn out 11 pounds of roasted beans in 12 to 15 minutes and produce 400 to 500 pounds of coffee each week. This one roastery provides beans to the other five cafés along with a slew of coffee shops and businesses that serve Heroes’ coffee, including Brown Egg Café & Coffee House, Gailey’s Breakfast Café and Rays Donuts. Tim’s roasting philosophy is simple. “Roast each bean differently,” he says. Even their espresso blend is made of three different beans, each with its own roast. 

If you’re like me and have an endless appetite for coffee know-how, the roastery is open for tours. Classes are another great way to learn how to properly brew coffee at home, even how to be your very own at-home barista. Amy posts a class schedule on the store’s website, and after attending the home brew class myself, I highly recommend signing up. If you stop by Heroes Coffee some morning, chances are you’ll see me walking down the street, nose in the air.

The 411

Heroes Coffee

401 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, 417-831-1492, heroescoffeecompany.com 

Open Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

To sign up for one of the coffee classes, visit heroescoffeecompany.com. The Home Barista Basics class is 6:30–7:30 p.m. on January 8 and will cover how to use your home espresso machine. Classes are $12, and space is limited.

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