Collective Espresso: Coming Soon to OTR

Written By Caroline in Reviews

Collective Espresso Sign One Clean Plate

Collective Espresso

Over the Rhine
207 Woodward St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Rating: 5 out of 5 Plates
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Price Range: Espresso: $2
Macchiato: $2.25
Cortado: $2.50
Cappuccino: $3
Latte: $3.5
Mocha: $4
Hario Pour Over: Market Price
Chemex: Market Price
Morning Coffee, Tea, Chai & Hot Chocolate: $2-4

Cincinnati has a handful of good coffee shops, including a few that even sources and roasts their own beans, however I’ve often felt like there was still a hole, something missing from the local coffee scene.

Over the Rhine’s latest addition, Collective Espresso, perfectly fills that hole. It’s the yin to my yang. It completes me.

I think I’m in love.

Tucked in an alley just off Vine sits Collective Espresso. As a coffee bar, Collective Espresso focuses on one thing: Making the best espresso possible. A few other drinks are available, most being espresso-based (like a Macchiato.)

The space is small – which is in no way aided by all the top-of-the-line equipment – but they manage to make the most of it. The bar containing the coffee wares sits in the center and fills the majority of the room, with a few stools along the sides for people to sit.

There’s a distinct Earthy feel inside Collective Espresso thanks to the aged wood floors, wooden bar and accents, wood sign and chalkboard menu. It’s minimalist, clean and handsome.

But none of those things matter once you try the espresso. One sip and you can taste the care and detail that went into forging each cup. The owners, Dustin and Dave, are expert artists and coffee is their craft. Dedicated to creating the best drinks, they’ve spared no expenses in bringing together only the very best ingredients.

Collective Espresso Cortado One Clean Plate

The delicious Cortado.

Collective Espresso Donna's Gourmet Cookies One Clean Plate

Donna’s fantastic gourmet cookies.

It all starts with the beans; Collective Espresso doesn’t roast their own but they do source them from one of the best in Cincinnati – Deeper Roots. Anyone who has gone to the University of Cincinnati or is familiar with the area around campus might know of Rohs Street Cafe – one of my favorite little shops in the area. The owner of Rohs, Les Stoneham, also started Deeper Roots to provide Cincinnati with a better bean while supporting direct-trade with farmers and sustainable practices. The result being sustainable, fresh coffee that’s also some of the very finest in flavor.

Thanks to Yelp we were able to get a pre-opening peek at Collective Espresso and sample their drinks. The owners explained the simple and well organized menu, including the difference between the different espresso drinks – the primary difference being how much milk is added. Not just any milk is added – they pay attention to every detail – only the finest: Snowville Whole Milk. If you haven’t tried Snowville Creamery’s milk yet, stop reading this and go get it.

All these fine ingredients, combined with Dustin and Dave’s expertise and highly refined skill, comes together in a beautiful, warm cup. The drinks are smooth and bold, and each have a very distinct flavor. In the espresso or, one of my favorites, the Chemex, the complex flavors of the beans can be clearly tasted.

We’d like to thank Collective Espresso and Yelp for the opportunity we had to preview the coffee bar. Once they are open expect an update, more pictures and hopefully an interview with the owners! We’re also going to post an in-depth article on Deeper Roots coming sometime in December as well.

Collective Espresso Dave, Dustin and Adam One Clean Plate

Dave, Dustin & Adam (left to right) the guys behind Collective Espresso.

We’ve got a bunch more photos from our preview of Collective Espresso over in our Facebook Gallery. While you’re there, Like us too!

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