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Marlborough committee OKs coffee roasting special permit

Marlborough committee OKs coffee roasting special permit

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – The owners of Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company’s concept for a duel brewery and coffee roasting business took yet another step forward Thursday.

Urban Affairs Committee members Thursday signed off on J.P. and Melynda Gallagher’s request for a special permit to operate a coffee roaster at the former Speakers nightclub on Weed Street. The full City Council is expected to request a suspension of the rules to vote on the special permit at its meeting Monday.

“We want you guys up and running as soon as you can,” said Joseph Delano, Urban Affairs Committee chairman.

The Gallaghers have already received approval to open a brewery at the former nightclub.

City councilors this fall approved a zoning amendment permitting coffee roasters to operate in the Marlborough Village district downtown, business, industrial and limited industrial zones. Coffee roasting – a manufacturing operation – was previously not allowed in those areas.

Coffee roasters are required to apply for a special permit, in part, due to odors that emanate during the operation. Requiring roasters to go through the special permit process provides an added layer of security for city officials.

Lost Shoe plans to use a vortex eco-filter for odor and smoke control. Melynda Gallagher said the coffee beans will be roasted at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes and the odor is often sweet. She anticipates the eco-filter will suppress most of the smoke and odor from the roasting operation.

Roasters are required to have a filtering system that will reduce the smells, according to the zoning amendment. The special permit includes a condition that requires Lost Shoe to cease the roasting operation if there are nuisance odors until it is fixed.

Gallagher anticipates Lost Shoe will roast coffee beans two or three times a week for an hour or less each time.

J.P. Gallagher is a longtime home brewer and recently graduated from the American Brewers Guild in Vermont. Melynda recently completed a coffee roasting course at the Coffee Lab International School of Coffee in Vermont.

Lost Shoe – named in honor of the city’s history as a shoe-producing hub – plans to be an all-day operation, opening in the morning to serve coffee and the brewery serving beer later in the day.

Construction began in August and is expected to wrap up in the coming weeks. The Gallaghers plan to open later this month.

This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.

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