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A Stop at Red Light Roastery


Coffee lovers, like me, are always on the prowl for a great cup of Joe. Well, every now and again, awesomeness has a way of falling right into one’s lap. For me, that came in the form of my friend who recently brought over a sample of coffee beans from Red Light Roastery Coffee House in Hot Springs. He’d been raving about the coffee, and, given his extensive background in the field, I was fairly excited to try out his latest find. I drink about three cups each day, so quality java is not something I take lightly. It took only one cup of Red Light Coffee for me to be hooked.

Rich and smooth, it was quite evident that these were quality beans roasted by talented folks.

The coffee was so good that I made Red Light Roastery my first stop on a recent mini-food tour of the Spa City. The 100+-year-old former residence turned coffee house is at 1003 Park Avenue. The spot is thankfully a little off the beaten path of the hustle and bustle of Hot Springs. The house sits atop a small hill which looks down on the light traffic of Park Avenue. There is a sizable front porch that offers up a beautifully tranquil setting for customers. Inside, like most coffee houses, you will find a scattering of people listening to music and working steadily on laptops. The barista is busy making lattes and espressos. Along a side wall are the stars of the show, a variety of 16-ounce coffee bags for sale.

“I work with a broker who travels the world finding the tasty coffee, and our offerings are dependent on the coffee harvest schedule. The challenge is educating the public about the harvest schedule and the reason we don’t always have the same coffee available year-around. This is especially true when we run out of a favorite coffee and tell them it’s gone and next season it won’t be the same,” says owner and roaster Adam Moore.

There is good news for fellow Arkansans who do not have the time to make it down to Hot Springs. The coffee can be shipped right to you. And while it is nice to know that fantastic, locally-roasted coffee is just a few clicks away, the real joy is sipping on a fresh cup right on Red Light’s porch.

Believe me. It’s darn near perfect.

Where to Find?
Superior Bathhouse Brewery, The Vault, Capachi’s Cafe, SQZBX, Hot Springs Family YMCA, The Beehive, The Avenue, Pretty Baked (Winfield, LA), Will’s Cinnamon Shop and Mamoo’s Paradice Cream

Stay Tuned …
“We are always brainstorming ways to improve and expand our coffee house offering and are currently working on providing a space for musicians to share their talent with others. Stay tuned,” says Moore.

Red Light Roastery Coffee House
1003 Park Ave (Hot Springs)
Phone: (501) 609-9357
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and one daughter, Sydney. His oldest daughter, Natalie, is a freshman at Loyola University in Chicago. He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, twelve years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for ten years. During that time, he’s written for publications like Little Rock Soiree, Arkansas Times, AY Magazine, and The Local Palate.

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2 responses to “A Stop at Red Light Roastery”

  1. […] us in starting Ouachita Chocolate. Whether it’s been craft makers like Adam and Briana Moore from Red Light Roastery, or Katie and Will Byrd from Will’s Cinnamon Shop, or Rose Schweikhart from Superior […]

  2. […] left Little Rock at 9:30 a.m. and arrived at Red Light Roastery Coffee House within an hour. At the time of this article, Red Light’s inside dining area is closed, and the […]

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