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Coffee Shop and Roastery Caffeina Opens on State Street

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- At Caffeina, patrons can get an order of coffee for two. -  - HARRISON BERRY
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  • At Caffeina, patrons can get an order of coffee for two.
Mother-daughter duo Tammy Jenkins and Lyndsey Hopkins have already made their bones in the Treasure Valley coffee business by opening two locations of Coffee Studio, but according to Jenkins, their newest project is at the heart of their caffeinated dreams. Dubbed Caffeina, the combination coffee shop/roastery/home brewing showroom/soon-to-be-bakery opened Saturday, April 14, in the Collister Shopping Center on State Street, though Jenkins and Hopkins said it has been a long time coming.

"What's fun with this project is, it's our first project where we get to do our dream and our vision," said Jenkins, beaming around at the open space that was the former location of consignment clothing store Fussy Hussy. After a complete redesign, it has a funky, homegrown vibe, with blue-painted walls, copper accents and vintage upholstered seating. "When we started our first coffee studio in 2012, it was a distressed coffee house. So we just took what it was and slowly made it our own, but this is something we've always had a dream of."

Though it has the charm of a coffee shop, the expansive floor plan and visible machinery also lend Caffeina the industrial feel of a brewery. Alongside a black and silver roaster sits a huge wood and copper hot tank for brewing kombucha, and a cold brew chiller is also on the way. Hopkins said she hopes that having the machinery visible will pique the curiosity of customers and draw them out of their daily routines.

"Overall, we just wanted to slow things down and make people think," she said, "Kind of get people off their phones and back to conversation."

Caffeina Manager/Barista Molly Ellis pours a Brew-on-Brew. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Caffeina Manager/Barista Molly Ellis pours a Brew-on-Brew.
Really though, Hopkins is all about the coffee; Caffeina is firmly situated in the fourth wave of made-to-order artisan doppios and pour overs, but it's also an ongoing experiment. The so-called "Brew-on-Brew," which may become the house specialty, it a good example, featuring espresso combined with Crooked Fence Sins of Our Fathers Imperial Stout. The finished pour is rich with dark chocolate notes and and a thick crema-and-suds head. Partial credit for the creative pour should probably also go to Kris Price, the creator of Crooked Fence Brewing Co. and a partner in the Caffeina project.

Though Hopkins is largely self-taught in matters of coffee (she called her training "90 percent research and passion"), she and Caffeina Manager/Barista Molly Ellis know their stuff.



"My favorite regions are Indonesia, Central America and South America, that's where I really highlight," said Hopkins, leaning against the circular wooden bar that fills the center of the space and houses the espresso machine, beer taps and prep area for food.

Off to one side of the main bar area is her other passion—a small store, or "showroom," where home brewers can purchase artisan filters, decanters, air presses and espresso machines.

"We can help guide you to exactly what you're looking for," Hopkins said.

In addition to everything else Caffeina has to offer, Jenkins and Hopkins have also laid claim to the space next door, which they plan to transition to a bakery that will open in July. At that point, they'll replace their current locally-sourced breads (part of their menu of breakfast toasts layered with avocado, pumpkin seeds and more) and pastries with their own products. The bakery will supply both Coffee Studio locations, and sell wholesale and retail as well.

"The goal is to build a vertically integrated company," Hopkins said.

Caffeina opened to the public at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, and its hours going forward will be 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.