BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s no secret the local coffee scene has been perking up as of late, what with shops popping up seemingly on every corner. Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery is a little different, taking advantage of a theme that has a pretty morbid history.
“It was a funeral home prior to us opening, so we decided to roll with that theme,” said CEO and GM Bridget Morris.
But it doesn’t stop there. Morris and crew are fully embracing their building’s former tenant.
Like the table featuring coffee additions like cream and sugar, or the “cream-ation station.”
“We wanted to transition it and bring new life into the building while respecting what had come before,” Morris said. “There were a lot of death puns, so we decided to give the people what they want and run with the theme.”
Located in the Old First Ward, Undergrounds owners like Morris put a lot of effort into converting the former funeral parlor.
The space is airy and different.
“It definitely felt good to have our hands in it,” she said.
The theme of mortality also translates to another fondness for the staff: New Orleans.
In fact, when they hold their grand opening later this month, it’ll be capped off with a Day-of-the-Dead-type march through the streets of the Old First Ward.
“We’re just so excited to have the opportunity to be in this neighborhood and just bring our vision to life, so we want to celebrate that for sure,” Morris said.
Undergrounds is part of a growing trend across Buffalo of unique, upscale coffee houses, offering a comfortable, homey feel and a quality cup of Joe.
You know, the cup of coffee you’d just die for.
“We’re doing individual pour over cups. It’s not mass brewed,” she said. We’re doing French presses. We really try to take the time to create that quality cup.”
As if it wasn’t unique enough, Undergrounds will soon be roasting its own beans on site, likely within a few months of its grand opening on Aug. 28.