New Microroastery and Café Opens in South Tucson

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A new coffee roaster and café named Café Aqui has opened at 1317 S. Sixth Ave.

The café is owned and operated by Oliver Ray, who played guitar for Patti Smith’s band for a decade and currently plays with local band Greyhound Soul. He discovered a passion for coffee while living in Guatemala, where he currently owns a small coffee farm of his own.

Café Aqui sells bulk coffee from around the world and coffee by the cup. Ray just got the doors open and hasn’t even hired anyone yet, but says the java is most certainly flowing.

“The espresso is unique. It’s a blend I learned while working with a roaster in Vermont. It’s a citrusy, bright shot of espresso,” said Ray, adding that it might be a bit lighter than what many espresso drinkers are accustomed to.

Ray said he roasts certain coffees lighter to bring out the "natural flavors and nuances." He's holding a coffee-tasting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, that will highlight the differences between dark and light roasts.

The café currently opens at 7 a.m., daily, and stays open into the afternoon. But those hours could change, so it’s probably best to call 623-3767 first.

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