Everyone has their own favorite place to get great coffee, but let’s face it: not all java shops are created equal. And thanks to some incredibly unique features (plus three iconic locations), Lamplighter Roasting Company in Richmond, Virginia is putting their own spin on the traditional coffee house.
In 2009, founders Zachary Archibald, Jennifer Rawlings, and Noelle Archibald were in agreement: their focus was to be roasters only, and leave the coffee bar job to the other guys. But when the people of RVA wanted more, they decided to listen to their customers and opened not one, but three locations to satisfy their clientele, and each with its own unique style.
On Addison Street, the original location you can find a variety of coffees, a full café, and an espresso bar for those who need a quick jolt. And sometimes, there’s even a show: when the bike couriers aren’t making local deliveries, they are performing tricks and backflipping over huge vats of coffee – all while you enjoy your own cuppa joe!
Summit Avenue not only serves as headquarters for the main roasting operation, but it is also the location for customer education events and training each of the top-notch LRC roasters and baristas. And when a previous coffee shop on Morris Street decided to close its doors, Lamplighter swooped in to continue the iconic location’s tradition of great roasts.
Despite the multiple locations, Lamplighter shows no signs of lessened demand, but instead has become known for its people watching and delicious food. We guess you could stay that their success is primarily based on making great coffee from the ground up – pun intended.