In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, friends Eliot Guthrie and Ian Barrilleaux saw New Orleans’ culinary scene quickly evolve as more and more talented chefs started serving dishes that challenged the status quo, and they set out to do the same with coffee at Congregation Coffee Roasters.
Starting in their garage with a tiny ¼-pound roaster, they learned how to coax the nuances out of coffee beans and began developing their style.
“There are certain flavor profiles that we try to fill when we’re picking coffees,” says Ian. “We try to have what we consider a familiar cup of coffee, with round chocolaty flavors, but we also aim for varieties with a more fruity or exotic feel that people don’t drink every day.”
Their airy, family-friendly café, located in an old corner store in Algiers Point, features classic coffee drinks, including a traditional steeped-milk café au lait, as well as pastries from Levee Baking Company, bread from La Boulangerie, and a selection of house-made savory items (think pork rillettes and baguette sandwiches).