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Newport’s Flow Coffee Opening Location in the Northside

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Owner Rice Watkins at Flow’s Northside Location

A new Northside Coffeeshop will soon combine two of the neighborhood’s favorites: craft coffee and good music.

Newport’s Flow (the name is stylized as all lower case) is hosting the grand opening of its second venue on July 31 at the Liberty Exhibition Hall, complete with the brand’s distinctively brewed coffee and hand-built live music speaker system. it happens.

Flow first opened in February 2022 in a space shared with Fleurish Grounds, a plant shop in Newport. Northside Coffeeshop will also be a symbiotic operation in conjunction with the Liberty Exhibition Hall Arts Theater and its adjacent retro-themed bar, The Lounge.

Flow will serve its own coffee and kombucha here, as well as cocktails that use both ingredients.

“The biggest thing that will set this location apart from not only our Newport location but any other location in Cincinnati is the performance space,” says Flow owner Rhys Watkins. “Not only will we have a coffee and kombucha bar during the day in a fully ’70s themed lounge, but there will also be nightly programming, with a full bar and live performances.”

Although Flow hosted a soft opening in June, its grand opening ceremony on July 31 will include a special dinner featuring dishes and drinks accompanied by a performance by Allison Lorenzen and a rare Ethiopian coffee roasted by California’s Clache Roasting. . Tickets for the dinner and show, which begin at 7 p.m., are $50 and are available at cincytickets.com.

Watkins tells citybeat This will be the first time guests will be able to listen to music through their exclusive “brand new, unique, hand-built, hi-fi, horn-based, live-performance audio system.” He has branded the system “flow by sound” and says it is “unlike anything in the local area and certainly the best in town.” It will be used as the main performance space of Liberty Exhibition Hall and for live shows in the theatre. He is building a small system for the lounge.

Watkins says he wanted to tackle the opening of a second Flow location this year to both draw attention to the coffeeshop-linked businesses – Fleurish and Liberty – and to “give people our way to show people this new form of coffee. Bring unique coffee drinks and extraction method.”

Watkins, a chemist and former industrial manufacturing executive, says he didn’t start drinking coffee until recently, and when he did, he took a very scientific approach.

“I’ve never had coffee in my life, but when I learned seven years ago that coffee is done more as an art, not a scientific one, I studied the chemistry and physics of coffee for five years and Invented an entirely new extraction method. The one we use in our shops today,” he says.

Watkins says Flow has changed the experience of drinking coffee by modifying it and literally hand-creating the equipment used to make it.

“I chose to innovate and show people that coffee is really like wine. So Flow offers a wine-bar-style experience, except coffee, where we test (thousands) of coffees, among the best.” Let’s select the best from, and then extract them using our proprietary tools,” he says. “(That) allows us to use 50% more concentrate than espresso, which enables our customers to taste where and how the coffee was grown – like wine.”

He says this approach allows sippers to experience natural flavors in their coffee, such as blueberry, chocolate milk, even Skyline Chili. Each customer takes a selection of single farm, single-harvest seasonal coffee as a base, chooses whether they want it hot, iced or sparkling and then whether they want organic dairy or non-dairy cream or sweet cream.

“We are the only ones in the world using this kind of equipment to make this kind of drink,” Watkins says.

“We let the coffee speak for itself.”

Watkins says that Flow, Liberty Exhibition Hall and Lounge are working together “to fully utilize the space for full day and night use, seven days a week.” The current timings are Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm. Follow Flow on social media to learn about upcoming events, concerts and listening parties.

The flow is located at 846 Monroe St., Newport and 3938 Spring Grove Avenue, Northside. Find out more at facebook.com/flowfuturecoffee and instagram.com/flowfuturecoffee.

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