On Tuesday December 29th, Aromas Coffeehouse opened their third location as part of the Flagship Commons at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska. The Flagship Commons is a food hall concept created by the Flagship Restaurant Group designed to showcase local eateries.
Aromas Coffeehouse has been in Omaha for a number of years, but was purchased in late 2011 by owners, Autumn and Luke Pruitt. Before purchasing Aromas, Autumn and Luke had founded Bliss Bakery in February 2010 and were subleasing kitchen space from Aromas. This arrangement is what presented the opportunity for the Pruitts to purchase Aromas just a year and a half later.
Since taking ownership of Aromas, the company has seen consistent growth and popularity within the Omaha community. Each year since 2013 has brought a significant step of growth for the company.
In 2013, the original location in the Old Market District was remodeled and a second location was opened in the Benson neighborhood of Omaha.
In late 2014, steps were taken to launch a new coffee roasting company, Hardy Coffee Co, which serves as number three in the trifecta of companies now under ownership by Autumn and Luke.
Bliss Bakery has seen rapid success and the quality of the baked goods that comes from them is rather impressive. It was a logical step that Aromas Coffeehouse should have the capability to roast and carry its own coffee via Hardy and exercise control over the quality and offerings that Aromas carries.
Hardy Coffee Co. is a stand-alone company that provides coffee for the Aromas Coffeehouse locations, to wholesale clients, and via online ordering and subscription services.
Nick Tabor, formerly head roaster at Beansmith Coffee Roasters, has been a key factor behind the success of Hardy Coffee Co. Since Nick took the position of head roaster at Hardy Coffee, he has not only been responsible for green coffee buying and roasting, but has also contributed heavily to the overall coffee training program at Aromas.
A year later from the original move to establish Hardy Coffee, Aromas third location has opened in 2015 just before the end of the year.
The new Aromas location is clean and modern-industrial in design like the rest of Flagship Commons, and hosts a Mahlkoenig K30 Vario espresso grinder alongside a La Marzocco Two-Group Linea Classic espresso machine at the bar.
Aromas at Flagship also hosts a new offering on its menu that is currently not available at any other Aromas location: Nitro cold brew.
The nitro that Aromas has developed features Hardy Coffee's Benchmark blend which is used for both espresso-based drinks as well as regular cold brew, now nitro-infused.
It is exciting to see growth and continual improvement in everything that Aromas Coffeehouse and Hardy Coffee is doing together.
The specialty coffee community in Omaha is still so new and yet extremely vibrant. Since summer 2014, Omaha has seen the establishment of Archetype Coffee, Mug Life, Beansmith's downtown location, Hardy Coffee, and Aromas at Flagship Commons as well as the return of the Caffeine Crawl.
2016 is right around the corner and one can't help but look in anticipation at what this next year will bring to the Omaha coffee community.
Aromas at Flagship Commons is located at:
10000 California Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114