Southdown Coffee is coming to Northport.
The specialty coffee roaster, which launched its first shop in Huntington in 2014, expects to open in Northport in mid-October, according to owner Mark Boccard.
The company is renovating the retail space at 72 Main St., formerly occupied by the Artisan House, which moved up the street, and plans to put its sign up on Thursday, Boccard said.
A coffee aficionado who hails from Huntington, Boccard sold his gourmet coffee roasts at farmer’s markets before opening his Huntington roastery and café, which features seating and a full kitchen serving items like breakfast burritos, grilled cheese, avocado toast and pastries. In 2017, Southdown opened a second location in Oyster Bay, which lacks a full kitchen but serves many items prepared in the Huntington kitchen.
The Northport location, which does not have a full kitchen or seating, will more closely resemble the Oyster Bay shop than the Huntington flagship, Boccard said.
Southdown is also planning to open a location in Glen Cove within the next couple of weeks, Boccard added.
When deciding where to expand, Boccard said, “Our general approach is to look for communities that could really use a great coffee shop.”
And at Southdown, the emphasis is on coffee. In addition to its full coffee bar featuring drip, iced, latte, espresso and cold brew options, the retailer sells 12-ounce and five-pound bags of single-origin roasts from countries like Brazil, Mexico and Ethiopia.
Southdown Coffee and its owner have received national recognition. Boccard took third place in the 2019 U.S. Coffee Championships, a national roasting competition. That same year, Food & Wine magazine named Southdown Coffee to its list of “Best Coffee Shops in America.”