Carrie Rengers

Monroe Coffee Roasters to open at Dockum building

Benjamin and Amanda Spell stand in front of the Dockum building at Douglas and Hillside where they’ll be opening Monroe Coffee Roasters this spring.
Benjamin and Amanda Spell stand in front of the Dockum building at Douglas and Hillside where they’ll be opening Monroe Coffee Roasters this spring. The Wichita Eagle

Amanda and Benjamin Spell’s passion for coffee is now turning into a business, too.

The two are opening Monroe Coffee Roasters in the Dockum building at Douglas and Hillside.

Amanda Spell is from here, and Benjamin Spell is a Louisiana native. The pair have been living in New York City – specifically on Monroe Place in Brooklyn– and say they had their pick of great coffee shops.

Her favorite thing about New York “was just being able to go to all these amazing coffee shops,” Amanda Spell says.

“Once you kind of get into the specialty coffee thing, it quickly becomes an addiction.”

Monroe Coffee Roasters will be along Douglas in 2,500 square feet between the Dockum building’s corner unit and Gardner Design to the east.

“We’ll be mainly focused on our coffee drinks,” Amanda Spell says.

The Spells will be roasting their own coffee and partnering with a company to offer tea.

Amanda Spell says they’ll also have light breakfast and lunch options.

“We’ll be doing most things in house.”

They’ll have cocktails and drinks some nights of the week as well.

Monroe Coffee Roasters will be open seven days a week, though the Spells haven’t finalized hours yet.

“Ideally, we’d love to be open by late March or April,” Amanda Spell says.

She says it may take longer to remodel the space.

Spell, who has a marketing background, says their former street name inspired the name for their business.

“The name is a nod to our time in New York,” she says. “We’re just giving Wichita kind of a taste of our experience there.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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