Bend, Ore.-based Riff Cold Brewed Coffee, a new craft beverage company founded by veterans from Crux Fermentation Project, Stumptown Coffee and LinkedIn, has opened a 3,700 square-foot taproom in the heart of Bend’s emerging craft corridor.
Located in the Box Factory, a recently renovated 100-year-old mill building echoing Bend’s timber heritage, Riff’s Taproom features a custom designed two-barrel pilot brewing system by Marks Design and Metalworks out of Vancouver, Wash. The unique pilot brewing system enables Riff to produce small batch experimental cold-brewed coffees and get immediate feedback from customers on the other side of the bar.
“This place is like a brewer’s creative playground,” said Nate Armbrust, Riff co-founder and director of brewing and innovation, in a statement. “Marks built an incredibly beautiful and functional pilot system that offers so much flexibility. And, to get direct feedback from customers within 24 hours of brewing — unheard of.”
The Taproom’s one-of-a-kind sculptural tap system includes 30 taps, each built with its own tower to allow for flexibility and adaptability, pouring cold-brewed coffees, teas and cold-brewed collaborations with friends in the craft brewing, kombucha, cider, spirits and CBD spaces.
“This is the first space of its kind devoted to cold brewed coffee,” said Paul Evers, Riff’s chief executive officer and co-founder. “We’re inspired by the possibilities within coffee and believe there’s so much more we can do with it.”
The Riff Taproom offers a contemporary food menu featuring salads, sandwiches, grain bowls and build-your-own cheese and charcuterie boards. Riff’s approach to brewing coffee cold allows for more of coffee’s natural flavors and aromatics to come forward and provide for some fun food pairing opportunities, it says. Many of the items featured on Riff’s food menu are inspired by, and sometimes infused with, cold-brewed coffee. BI